On Reading My Own Short Story in Penduline Press
An older shotgun fiction I wrote as part of a college assignment was published in Penduline press a couple of years ago. Sure, the final product that actually made it into the small digital literary magazine was nothing close to the original work that was submitted for credit, but the bones were definitely the same. Recently, I found not only the link for the online story, which you too can read here, but also the original story as it was written for class (an subsequently originally published on my very first blog).
In reading both, it really impressed me just how much was able to change in telling the same story over the course of 10 years. I was sure that as I continued to work, my language and expressions were evolving, but in reading the before and after variation of this piece really showed me just how much. The original piece, which wasn’t bad perse, certainly lacked the polished confidence that those 10 years of failures and intermittent success had on me.
I guess the lesson here is, dont throw anything away. Even work that isn’t the greatest when its written can often have the potential to change when you do. I’m inspired now to see just how much workable material I have put aside over the years.
And before you ask, no, I am not sharing the original. That’s just not how it works.
Header image: Benczúr, Gyula – Woman Reading in a Forest via wikimedia commons