Sometimes the stories seem better when viewed at a distance. Sometimes worse.
I had a short-short story that had been languishing in the files for a couple of years. It grew out of personal experience, walking the boundaries of my West Virginia farm with the man who was to buy it.
Of couse, the characters and the incidents are changed or remodeled to fit the needs of the story. But the descriptions came from real life, and the emotions. At the time, I wasn't sure I liked the story much, probably because it was too close for comfort.
But when I read it again, I found that distance had made it better. With some rewrites, it was ready to go.
I sent it to the News & Observer in Raleigh, which has a nice weekly feature called the Sunday Reader with poetry, essays and stories by writers across the state and the region.
They liked it, too. And printed it this past Sunday.
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