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“And then, of course, the biggest crime of all was that she had come here only five years ago from Earth, and she remembered the sun and the way the sun was and the sky was when she was four in Ohio. And they, they had been on Venus all their lives, and they had been only two years old when last the sun came out and had long since forgotten the color and heat of it and the way it really was.
But Margot remembered.”
— Ray Bradbury, “All Summer in a Day”
I wrote LIGHTNESS about six years–a long time–ago. Is it flawed? Absolutely. Does it have cliches? You bet. Why hang on to it? For all its flaws and cliches, when I reread it now, it doesn’t make me wish the earth could swallow me up.
Instead of “killing my darling” I’m publishing it on Wattpad. Why Wattpad? And why not?
This will be a twelve-part story. The first part went up yesterday. Be on the lookout for the second part tomorrow. The rest of LIGHTNESS will be published on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays — through January 2nd, 2017.
Submitted for your approval.
James Salter, the author that
“has shown us how to work with fire, flame, the laser, all the forces of life at the service of creating sentences that spark and make stories burn.” – Alan Cheuse, PEN/Malamud juror
Read James Salter’s Sundays.