…don’t worry, because yesterday and today we had an amazing selection and tomorrow, we have more plus even more. (You’ll see.)
Yesterday, we had a fantastic scholarly piece full of conjecture and mystery and concocted, never-was myth mixed with real lore by Tim Dicks. I was unfamiliar with Tim’s work before, but will certainly be adding his name to ye old Google Alerts now. A talent to watch, for sure, and I’m awfully glad he found out about this project and wanted to participate.
We also had a beautiful, moving, mysterious post-apolcalyptic piece by Alan Stewart Carl. Alan, besides being one of the nicest writers around, is also one of the most talented. He can write in a multitude of styles and on a multitude of subjects, but always with that voice: deeply empathetic, full of humanity and compassion, with a little bit of something strange, observer-like, otherly thrown in as well.
And we had a piece from a newcomer, a Ms. Lori Richards, a visual artist and friend of mine who I knew also wrote fiction, and who I asked to write this great piece. I knew Lori’s piece would be dark and funny and fun to read, and it absolutely was. So thanks, Lori, for jumping in and participating–and for letting me publish your terrific story.
Then today–whews0muchgoodstuffhowdidIgetssoluckywiththisproject?–we had two more amazing, amazing, very different from anything-that-came-before pieces.
J. Post, whose talents a mutual friend introduced me to (thanks, C.!) did a kind of prose poem on beauty and ugliness and consumer need and greed in the Ancient City. It’s a lovely, really interesting piece and I highly recommend it. Might I also add, J. took a very strange object indeed and turned it into something quite poignant. So that just made the piece even cooler.
And certainly last but not least today, we had the marvelous Erin Fitzgerald, one of my favorite people and also favorite writers. Erin writes people like maybe nobody else I know. Her portraits of people are honest and real and sharp and quick to see weakness and even quicker to forgive it, to blur it and smudge it the exact way our brains do with our friends and family in life. Every time I read a story by Erin, I feel a)smarter, because Erin is one witty and observant chica, and 2)like I’ve added more people to my life’s acquaintance roster somehow–her people are just that real. Realer than real. More human than human. Erin is also clever and very funny, and her stories manage to often be both without being condescending or cloying.
So I was super-duper-extra happy that Erin agreed to jump in and participate in this project, since I knew she’d do something amazing with it–and she has. I don’t want to get into the details, because I want you to read it for yourself and be no less amazed than I was. Get going!
And see you all tomorrow for the final installations by Chantel Tattoli and Sheldon Compton, and the unveiling of the Ancient City in its entire, properly researched and sketched out form!