Well, by God: it may be a BAD short story that I finished…

…out of respect for a man who has since passed on*; but it is no longer an UNFINISHED, bad short story**.  I’ve had the blessed thing stuck in the back of my head for two, three years: I was wondering if it would ever get completed.  Now I’m going to forget about it for a day or two, do the necessary pass-through, and send it on its way.

That’s it.  And, yes: I’m describing the literary equivalent of describing an itch that I’ve finally been able to scratch.  And at that I’m probably being kind to myself; there are so many other, less couth, metaphors that would work in this context…

Moe Lane

*Larry Latham: he was the fellow who did the amazingly good Lovecraft is Missing webcomic, and he was taken from us far too soon.

**That turn of phrase shamelessly stolen from Stephen King’s It.

Katu.com gets a key detail RIGHT on ‘guy attacks car with sword’ story.

I have so much respect for Katu.com right now. Background: a woman got her car attacked by a guy in chainmail and a sword. She called that in to 911, reporting that a pirate was attacking her. The cops show up, put the guy in custody. And then

Bass told officers that he wasn’t a pirate but a “high-elf engaged in battle with the evil Morgoth.”

Morgoth is a character created by JRR Tolkien in a prequel to the Lord of the Rings stories. In the stories, he is the character from which all evil grew.

…Dear God. That’s right.  That is a true statement.  Whoever wrote the article correctly identified Morgoth, and his role in Tolkien’s mythology.  In other words, a news media entity got a science fiction/fantasy reference right.  This never happens! Continue reading Katu.com gets a key detail RIGHT on ‘guy attacks car with sword’ story.