“It’s none of their business you had to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.” (Ernest Hemingway)
Literati. I pulled a story I myself wrote out of the archives. (yes, in addition to snarky comments, I really do write!) Though not written to our “Beneath the Surface” theme, it exemplifies what I am looking for. Here is a nine year old boy being taught how to swim by his father, but beneath the surface he will eventually discover krakens and sharks. My greatest hope for this website and for all who enter story submissions is that they confront in themselves and our society what really goes on beneath the surface of our lives. Great literature digs deep. Can you dig it?
Judging these contests has been quite lucrative, and I want to thank you all for those amazing offers!.. I apologize for having accepted some of them (delicious!) and your generosity still did not result in a win for you! Oh! the Larceny and Farceny of it all! Here is the story of how the family tradition got started, with an important caveat about judging Beneath the Surface:
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….
(My little town. The number is not population or elevation) Good Morning from the towers that are A Word with You Press I have no idea where this is going. But as I have very few laurels upon which to rest, I thought it would be a good thing if I entered my own contest. […]
(this photo of Avalon was taken a few hundred yards down the hill from the Zane Grey Pueblo.) Ahhh, my land-lubbing Literati! We have five books under construction here at the towers that are A Word with You Press, slated for release in early summer, and one of them is mine! Me first! […]