I think that was the line that didn’t let me give up on this piece.
I wrote “The man that invented the carousel” twice in Paris and then twice in San Francisco.
I think I garnered either one line or one idea from each draft before destroying them.
I haven’t written much all year and the last Quiet Lightning submission deadline was midnight Friday October 19th.
At 10pm on Friday October 19th I wrote the last draft of “The Man that Invented the Carousel”
I sent it off at 11:30pm.
Last night I received its acceptance letter.
It doesn’t feel complete because it shouldn’t.
I wanted it written like a blueprint.
I wanted it written like a vague idea, executed in heated broad blunt strokes.
Because it is about an invention and not a refinement,
it must envelope that in its style and its word choice and its deft atmosphere.
Because it is about a first attempt at conceptualizing a feeling shared between two adults acting like children.
I am curious to read it on November 5th.
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I do love that aside from myself and whoever curated this Quiet Lightning installment this piece is unheard and unread. All my editors are gone and it was only workshopped between my ears. It will accelerate from a whisper to shout rather quickly.