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Friday Feature ~ “Pandora’s Tackle Box”

May 21, 2021

My story “Pandora’s Tackle Box” first appeared in A Golden Place in their Spring 2011 issue. Sadly, that online publication is now defunct, so I can’t link you to it. A couple of years later I saw a call for stories dealing with the Greek god Hephaestus, and since my story had a character in it named Old Festus who was modeled on the blacksmith to the gods, I thought I would submit and see if it would be accepted, and it was. The publisher is Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which publishes regular bound collections of stories and poetry devoted to characters in mythology.

My version of the Pandora myth is set in modern times and involves a young man, Ep, who wants to enter a fishing tournament but doesn’t have the fee. At the same time, Old Festus sees the return of his beautiful (but dim) daughter, Dora, from her years of upbringing by two maiden aunts. Eager to unload Dora, Old Festus sees Ep as a likely solution and begins plying him with lures and money to rent boats (that Ep keeps instead). The courtship progresses until the night before the tournament, when Old Festus bestows Dora with her own tackle box filled with lures and devices that will surely catch Ep the bass he needs to win the tournament. What happens in the boat on the day of the contest leaves poor Ep with nearly no hope.

This was a fun story to write. I intended it to be comical, and I think I hit that target (though some of it seems a little forced and obvious as I look back ten years). It was to be the first of many retellings of ancient myths I thought I could write, and actually I realized it was the second, for my earlier story “Moron Saturday” was also a retold myth. I had written a sketch for a story about Ep’s brother (the brothers being Epimetheus and Prometheus), but my enthusiasm waned. Still, I do see a lot of old stories like this being retold, some by quite accomplished writers, so maybe I’ll try my hand at it again someday.

“Pandora’s Tackle Box”

January 3, 2013

Let’s start the new year (arbitrary transition that it is) right.

My story “Pandora’s Tackle Box” has been accepted for the Harnessing Fire anthology. The collection is subtitled A Hephaestus Devotional. Hephaestus was the blacksmith to the Greek Pantheon and, among other things, he is said to have created Pandora to bedevil poor Epimetheus. My story is a modern retelling of that myth, centered in the Missouri Ozarks and dealing with a fishing tournament, thus the tackle box. My character’s name is Old Festus, and he is a blacksmith, as it happens.

The Harnessing Fire anthology will be a print publication, due to come out this spring. I’m eager to see it since it appears to be focused on literary and scholarly writing. I feel classed up a bit.

Long time readers (or those who have delved into the sidebar of this humble blog) will recall that “Pandora’s Tackle Box” has already seen publication. It first appeared in A Golden Place in the Spring 2011 issue. Now a new set of readers will have a look at it.

Simple pleasures.

“Pandora’s Tackle Box”

January 21, 2011

A bit of good news started off my weekend. On Friday evening I heard from the editor of A Golden Place telling me that my short story “Pandora’s Tackle Box” has been accepted for publication there. I first made cryptic mention of it in this post.

As I said then, I made some of the changes she suggested, but not all of them. In her response, the editor didn’t make mention of me not changing the ending, but she did say there were some typos in the punctuation that would be fixed. Not sure what those might be, though they may have been intentional since you know how little regard I have for “the rules.”

Once the issue is online — the first week of March — I’ll put a link up over in the sidebar.