Okay, so maybe "The Dissemination of Michael Martone" is not your style. A little too weird, maybe? Too cerebral? Opaque? Well, I have just the story for you. The excellent Dark Sky Magazine has republished my short story entitled "Secondary Search" in this week's Issue 6.0, which marks the 20th week of publishing prose, poetry, photography, reviews, and art. The story was originally published in one of the very early issues of DSM, and I am honored that editor Kevin Murphy has decided to republish SS and keep it alive in the archives. While you're there, check out the rest of Issue 6.0, too. Of course.
If I were to stuff this situation into the ill-tailored suit of a metaphor, I would liken it to my being one of those parents who sees some great potential in one child, the wild and eccentric one, and sort of ignores the more self-sufficient and functional child. Secondary Search was the latter child for me. I refused to feel the excitement about it that I felt for another story -- SS's alter ego, evil twin, what have you -- that has turned out to be a bit of a disappointment so far. The wild child is a prodigal story that has said, Piss off, Dad, and give me everything I've got coming to me. Meanwhile, Secondary Search has, despite my neglect and relative lack of concern, made its way in the world. Only lately have I come to appreciate this story's ability to survive without much attention or encouragment from me. So, good work, Secondary Search. I'm happy and sort of impressed that you turned out nothing like me.
Okay, I think I've beaten that metaphor to its literal death.
Forward. Onward. ward.