As of tomorrow, July 4, I will have been publishing material on this site for exactly a year. The date signals not only my independence from the tyranny of the need to deal with agents and editors and the whole literary infrastructure which supports the very big business of publishing in standard print mode–though if asked I would be willing to publish that way too, face it, I’m a realist!–but it also marks my celebration of a year’s consistent effort to turn out reasonably good and responsible posts on literature at the same time as I publish my own efforts. I hope you will have a look at my stories, published here under the lengthy title Sympathy And Centripetal Force and Eight Other Young and Hopeful Stories. The title, though cumbersome, is at least honest in that it marks the stories frankly as revisited efforts from my literary past, and indicates that I still think these early efforts, never before published, were worth updating some and putting before you, my public. Though I have modernized a few aspects of the stories, there are some “dated” items in them which I have left unaltered because they carry the flavor of the time and place of the story, and I wanted to leave them be.
So, though I will certainly return to the recent project I mentioned in my last post, that of commenting on some of our feminist and feminine forebears in writing, I wanted to take this opportunity to mark my own special anniversary by diverging slightly on this path and putting up a new page. I hope you will enjoy this short collection, and for those of you celebrating the Fourth of July tomorrow, Happy Independence Day! (For those of you who are from elsewhere in the world, please excuse our silliness and fireworks, it happens to everyone at sometime or other!). Shadowoperator (aka Victoria Leigh Bennett)