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Almost Avalon - Thorn Sully
The picture is of me on the deck on my boat on Thanksgiving Day 1972.  (I'm the one with the beard).  I came back to the story almost 40 years later so that I could edit as my own big brother, having learned a thing or two about writing.

It is true that I lived on my boat at Cat Harbor for about a year. I was a commercial abalone diver. However, though written in first person, this is NOT autobiographical.  It’s based on a couple I met in Oceanside, California. I appropriated the flesh of their story as a repository for the despair and beauty of my own existence at the time. I envy what they had and squandered….

Only in the last five years did I learn that “Avalon” is the Celtic word for paradise.  This is an Adam and Eve story.  Catalina Harbor, on the windward side of the island, is almost Avalon.  For Aaron and Melissa in this story, it is almost paradise.  Almost Avalon…almost.

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“Melissa, the only man in your life who could love you more than me is the man you are helping me to become.”

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“Sails on the horizon, white and jagged, a regatta of sharks’ teeth, devour what is left of the day.”


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  1. Parisianne Modert says:

    Great radio show Thorn. You slayed it with laughter, wit and getting in what you needed to promote. It was a pleasure to listen in.

    • Parisianne Modert says:

      I have joyously ordered a signed copy of Almost Avalon. Thank you Thorn.

  2. Parisianne Modert says:

    “In-Between (new prologue sent in) (couldn’t resist) time, in the meantime ain’t we got fun?”

  3. Michael Stang says:

    Damn it, man. The concrete didn’t give up the ghost until well past your finest hour. Does the radio show have an archive??

    • Parisianne Modert says:

      I got the broadcast as a iTunes download and a shared item off of FaceBook “It Matters Radio – Live Talk Radio at It’s Best posted in Chris Fulmer of Stays in Vegas – Thornton Sully of A Word With You Press.

      If you are on FaceBook Michael look me up as Parisianne Modert and I will try to share the item over to you after accepting your request.

  4. Parisianne Modert says:

    I put it this way Michael, because there are a lot of men named Michael Stang on FaceBook

  5. Parisianne Modert says:

    It Matters Radio has a phone number of 213-769-0952 which might help Michael.

    • Michael Stang says:

      Thank you for your help, Parisianne. I pulled my facebook page about a year ago after a serious breach of privacy. Something like Thorn went through with the sight around the same time. I have yet to consider restoring it. The Vegas number will be a great help.

      I do have to wonder where all the Michael Stang’s come from. I feel like there is only me. (How foolish.)

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