John sends a thoughtful and serious response to Challenge 76:
The challenge for this issue should be, "are there things or experiences in life to which these stories (or even articles) relate? And can you discuss these experiential similitudes in a brief essay?"
Especially so of Don's story, which was, by the way, a good, tight piece of near-professional quality fiction.
How do the stories or articles relate to real life? John, I like that Challenge: it’s real. Maybe it’s a tall order, but that makes it all the more worth thinking about. And that can give us ideas: maybe for further stories, maybe for... who knows?
And thank you very much for the compliment! “Don’t Get Noticed” could have been listed as drama, because it’s actually a one-act play. I visualized it as taking place in real life, but you can easily imagine watching it acted out on a stage. I was also writing under a very fast-approaching deadline: we needed another “Christmas” story for issue 76, and I’d been thinking about this one for about three days. It all fell into place in a couple of two-hour sessions on Saturday and Sunday. It didn’t seem like I was writing at all; I was practically taking dictation.
Please send us your ideas!
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