Interesting thing has cropped up in my first reader reactions to the story. It apparently makes no sense unless you read it with the illustration in mind. The story doesn't really work on its own, because the central image from which all the text derives is never described within the text itself.
So I'm turning this over in my head now. Is this a "real" story, if it's utterly dependent on an accompanying illustration? The illustration would certainly stand on its own without the story. Am I playing fair? It's not a graphic novel, or if it is, it's a one-frame graphic novel with 1,800 words of lettering. Does it count?
Hmm...deep thoughts on a cold night when my hands are already cramping from the weather.