“Travel Light” is available for your reading pleasure

My story “Travel Light” is now up at Penduline Press. Surf on over there if you’d care to read all 5,290 words. They had a call for submissions dealing with the Seven Deadly Sins, and my story addresses gluttony (though self loathing would have served had it been one of those sins).

This story began its life as chapter two of my failed novel Larger than Life. It is out of tone with the rest of the story, which is part of why I think the novel never gelled. It was never as good as its start.

I actually wrote “Travel Light” to be no more than a short story, but it seemed that there was more to the Chris Newton character, so I began exploring that and thought I had enuf story for a whole novel. Chapter one, which is admittedly a fantasy inside the mind of Chris Newton (or is it?), was also out of tone. And the last chapter, which was going to tie all of this disparity together with an upbeat ending, was also more fantasy than the center of the novel. But the center did not hold and the thing fell apart.

The story takes place during a float trip on the Kaw River, which is an actual river that pours into the Missouri River at Kansas City. I had floated it some years ago with my sons’ Scout troop, and it really is as wretched a float as I describe in the story. Whether the river is a metaphor for the character’s life is your call, of course.

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3 Comments on ““Travel Light” is available for your reading pleasure”

  1. Annam Says:

    It seems like what is most gluttonous isn’t Chris at all, but his employees. Full of what society feeds to them about what it must mean to be overweight, they repeat expectations and impossible norms that just feed into his self-loathing. I liked that.

  2. donnaeve Says:

    I read your story Paul and I really enjoyed it. You captured the Chris Newton character so well, the struggle he had with himself and his desire to change. His self consciousness, his awareness of those around him were strongly written.

    Congrats on the publication!

  3. Averil Dean Says:

    Wonderful story, Paul, and very aptly named. Congratulations!


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