Today was a banner day.
First, the fantastic Gavin Atlas Q&A went live at Out in Print.
Second, the day seemed to float by with wonderful people and great interactions throughout.
Third, the phone rang and it was a school asking me to come in and speak to the students, which is something that is the perfect mix of terrifying and amazing, with an added dash of "this is the kind of thing that I love the most."
Days like this remind me of how freaking lucky I am.
"The Wedding," by Sonal Champsee
This next tale from Friend. Follow. Text.: #storiesFromLivingOnline had a lovely cadence to it. Here we have a young Indian woman who is attending a wedding by herself due to an argument she's had with her boyfriend. Trapped in the same room as the ceremony is taking place, she has to endure the rituals - and descriptions of the rituals - as they are undertaken, all the while texting her boyfriend and trying to smooth things over.
As the wedding progresses, so does the series of texts sent back and forth between them, and the two relationships in the narrative counterpoint. One beginning, and one... well. One in difficulty, at the very least.
Champsee manages to put a lot of character into the supporting cast here - especially in the boyfriend, who is - after all - represented entirely in short-hand texts. Also, her mother is a lovely character, done with minimal strokes of a brush that still evokes a fully formed picture. I liked this story.