Story Up at Bartleby Snopes – The Paperboy has arrived!

After three years of searching for a home, The Paperboy has found one thanks to Nathaniel Tower and the editorial staff at Bartleby Snopes.

This is my second story placed with them, the first was The Return of the Lone Ranger.

Please give some love traffic to my story here:

Also, should you feel inclined to participate in the voting (Bartleby Snopes conducts voting each month for favorite story) the “polls” open on May 23rd.

Don’t forget… my Word Riot story Flame is coming soon! Stay tuned for the link.


8 Responses

  1. Great story, Carol. The descriptions are vivid, but not overdone:

    “He swiped the kickstand with his sneaker and threw his leg over the worn leather seat. The bike rolled down the driveway. He banked to the left and pumped the pedals to pick up gliding speed.”

    Reading this was like watching a movie.

    • Oh gosh, thanks so much. This might be a story you’d like than many others… it’s set in the 1950’s, and the location is roughly Westchester (which let’s face it, is the upper Bronx!) 🙂

      I REALLY appreciate the comment you made re: it being like a movie. Thank you!

  2. Congratulations Carol, once again, I am impressed by your commitment to staying prolific!

  3. I read it just now. Perfect, Carol. Can’t wait to talk about how you conceived of it. Love the perfume and cookies imagery. But really dug the whole thing.

    • Thanks so much for your comment Patrick. I found it very challenging to get inside the head of a young man from the 1950’s.

      In today’s day and age, I think the young man’s thoughts would have been much more lurid…it’s just the nature of the culture shift we’ve experienced over the decades following the sexual revolution of the late 1960’s and beyond.

      But one could argue that even so, Greg may be a little “too innocent” in his thoughts and approach. I needed a way to get inside sensuality, and for me the image of cookies mingled with her perfume was a way to attempt it.

      You have a metaphorical piece of childhood merging with the sensuality of adulthood – in one bite.

  4. this story must have some special and symbolic meaning for the author. It has a touch of “the Graduate” with Dustin Hoffman or “Malizia” a famous 1973 Italian film with Laura Antonelli, or the famous 1976 French film “Le souffle au cœur” (murmur of the heart) with Lea Massari or the Greek novel and also film “Madame Doremi” with Eléne Anoussåki. There is a romantic and sensual touch when a young man has his early fantasies about an older seductive woman, regardless how the story is going to end. Past times like the 1970s, 1960s or 1950s,(where sexuality was a kind of a mystery for a young man and a forgotten aspect of a middle aged married woman’s life)give some special eroticism in a story. Of course, one way or another there is no future in souch stories however it is interesting what imprints are left on the young man and to what extend a woman’s monotonous life is rattled, before she returns back to her daily univentful routine. It is hard for a female author to get in the mindset of a teenage boy of the 1950s. The fifties suburbian setting also adds some strong flavor in the narrative it is like watching an old black and white movie.

    • Just a comment about your note – the woman in the story is NOT middle aged, she is in her 20’s, barely a few years older than him.

      But I appreciate the comparison of how I write to watching a movie. It always amazes me that when I write in a fairly spartan, aescetic style, it can seem like a movie. For example, I never provide a full description of the characters, but I do provide what I think of as “highlight items” to catch the mental eye. One obvious example is the cookie, another might be the scalloped tin cap coming off the bottle of cola Emma takes from the refrigerator or his Yankees cap.

      I think of these items as important props to help drive the story forward.


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