What you see, above, is the painting sent to Hyphen Mama. If you will remember, she had sent me a rubbing from the movable Viet Nam Memorial amd I did this painting, for her, in humble and abject gratitude for an extremely thoughtful act of kindness. You see the painting here at it looks in its frame, on her wall, although the greater context is not established because at the time of this picture, she wasn't done obsessing over the repaint of the rooms in her home.
I ported the story over to Google Documents today. With the 'Epilogue', which publishes tomorrow, it's just over 11,929 words. All I would have to do is take each episode, make it 10 times longer, sort things out a little bit, and I would have a book!!! Truth be told, when I saw that number I was dumbfounded. I have never written 11,929 words about anything in my life. What I plan to do now that I have it in Google Documents is to a) make it into a true short story and b) make it into a movie script. I may even work on turning it into a book. Doing so would mean more emphasis on his time in Las Vegas, a greater number of characters, an occasional sex scene, and lurid descriptions of The Kid's use of his knife in a progressively messier fashion - as referred to by Sully in his conversation with The Boss. There would also be an opportunity to develop stronger and deeper characterizations of both The Boss and Sully, and maybe take them back to their roots in gangland Chicago. All in all, it ought to be a fun exercise.
And one more bit of housekeeping ....
Well, I was going to send everybody over to Loralee Choate's because she hadn't been posting in a while and I thought she might be in a blue funk - but it turns out she's pregnant. Which is good news. Even better news - it's not mine. So go say hello if you've a mind to. She's another of those 'missed blogs' that I was going to point out anyway.
Today, October 1st, is the first day of the last one-fourth of the blog365 lap around the Sun. 91 days to go after today.
Remember, tomorrow is the "Epilogue" to the story of The Kid.