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Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by addieprey, Dec 5, 2013.
I'm going to ignore the sarcasm and read it as earnest...
Before long I'm gonna be interested enough in the story to hafta read it myself, and then there'll be two of us desperate to know the title!
Did I hurt yer feelings? Didn't mean to.
Lol, it'd take more than that Blunt...Kiwis are tough, right @FlakeNoir ?
Hahahahehehhohohhhehehahahehee... Oh boy, have I failed in my training?!
Stone (ok yeah, albeit a bit crumbly, more like hard clay actually) on the outside, silly-putty on the inside.
Then I don't really understand yer post above, but that's ok.
Oh sorry hun...thats called "kidding around"...or "joking". Its an ancient art.
Oh come on now Frank, you were having a joke, we were having a joke... it was all light hearted nothingness.
So back to topic... I really do hope we get to find out what this story is, it sounds interesting.
I am pretty sure that it is "Gramma" and I just scanned through the whole story (you can download it as a PDF) - he does make a phone call near the end.
I erased that link to the story. I'm not sure that we can post that, but please feel free to ask Marsha about it in the morning.
Okay - no problem. I actually starting thinking about this later (while making myself a sandwich). I just knew I had read that story - thanks DJ
...I was gonna answer but my town got cance.................
I was hoping there'd be an answer to this one today. I want to read it - I thought Gramma as well, but no, huh? If it doesn't exist, maybe we could all take turns writing it? That'd be fun.
Unlikely that it is Gramma. That story takes place in warm weather as some of the plot points out. There is no mention of towns being cancelled by a radio announcer and the boy is home alone not because of his mother having to work.
This I still driving me crazy. I have searched all sorts of things trying to come up with an answer and asked all my friends if it sounded familiar (no) to no avail.
I think I will have to medicate myself over this!
Oy! Every time I see this thread resurrected I think: hallelujah! someone's figured it out. Did you hallucinate a short story addieprey? or dream it maybe? too bad there's not something like IMDB for books & stories (or is there?).
Have you tried other social sites?...Goodreads?. Seems like there's a group...possibly more than one...where one can post a question such as was posted here. Perhaps the reader base is larger there and one could find an answer?
What a thread. It's kind of spooky, isn't it? What is this story? In fact, this could almost be a short story in itself...told in posts (would that type of narrative engine still be considered epistolary?).
Here's the best solution I can think of: if you can, think of any unique phrase from that story, and search it either with quotes or not (quotes would be better, but in case you miss a word or get a word wrong, it might need to not have quotes...full disclosure: I am not an expert at the science of Googling, but I think I got this method right).
Also: are you absolutely sure this isn't an idea you may have had in your head? A phantom memory? You could maybe write this if that is the case, but then again, I don't want to recommend that in case this story really does exist.
My best guess is that perhaps this was a short story in a genre fiction magazine, but I really don't know.
I do know this though: I love this idea (as well as the idea about writing a story about a fiction forum discussing a story that may or may not exist). I also love what GNTLGNT wrote. He wrote:
" ...I was gonna answer but my town got cance................."
Now, I assume GNTLGNT meant "cancelled." However, at first, I read it as "cancer." That's an intriguing -- and a quite disturbing, scary -- phrase: my town got cancer. I suppose an entire town getting cancer would be a cancellation of sorts.
This would have been a great Stephen King story. Or a great Joe Hill story; I thought of him because if memory serves, although I haven't read it, he wrote a story composed of Twitter statements. He could probably do a story composed of forum posts about a mysterious story that may or may not exist (and what happens if the forum can't figure it out?) the justice it deserves.
Anyway, please let us know if you figure it out. Add me to the list of people who want to read this.
This is driving me crazy! I feel like I've read it, too. I went through all of Gaiman's short stories (that I'm aware of), Campbell's, Joe Hill's... nada.