Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake


Last week I wrote a short story called "The Last Familiar Thing." It's my Abraham Lincoln on the moon as a zombie Confederate astronaut story. (Hey, they had New Orleans.) It was written specifically to literate a painting of Frank Wu's -- the two pieces will run in the RadCon program book, where we are co-guests of honor this coming February.

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.
Tags: conventions, writing

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