A story that appeared on the page many years ago in a very different incarnation for the fiction workshop at Stanford’s Continuing Studies has found a home! “Scarce Adjusted in the Tomb ” will appear this September in Oyster River Pages. This is especially welcome news in that I’ve become a professor again–teaching a graduate course at Kent State–so writing really hasn’t got the attention I want it to. (My writing activity has mainly been focused on the rewrite of The Wealthy Whites of Williamsburg, last year’s NaNoWriMo effort.)
The latest iteration of “Scarce” is darker than any yet, completely eschewing a traditional happy ending (Go ahead: Don’t grow! Run away!)–so I am amazed it didn’t provoke the opposite response–turning away in disgust. But it’s nagged at me all these years so I guess it nagged at someone else as well!