7 Mile Road

Wow! I didn’t realize so much time had passed since my last post—almost four months. Looks like my intended short break from blogging turned into an extended time off.

But I have been writing. Two of my short stories have been recently published, “Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are” and “Birds of a Feather”, plus one poem, “Red”, will be later this month. “Come Out, Come Out…” was published in Tell-Tale Press, clicking here will take you straight to the story, and “Birds of a Feather” was published in The Literary Hatchet, Issue # 24. I don’t have a direct link to it, but you can go to their website here and download a free PDF of Issue # 24 if you wish to read it. I also have three brand new shorts I’m currently trying to place, so wish me luck.

And in my WordPress absence I have started a novel in my preferred genre when writing long pieces: Southern Gothic. According to a web search, characteristics of Southern Gothic literature include:

  • Isolation and marginalization
  • Violence and crime
  • Sense of place
  • Freakishness and the grotesque
  • Destitution and decay
  • Oppression and discrimination

I think my novel will include everything on that list, and then some. Truth be told, every novel-length piece of fiction I’ve turned out has been Southern Gothic to a greater or lesser degree. I am drawn to it, perhaps because it’s what I know, especially the sense of place. I am rural Southern through and through.

The working title is 7 Mile Road. And a lot of bad things happen on 7 Mile Road.

On a side note, the title was inspired by an actual road sign I saw on a recent vacation. Traveling along a state highway in Arkansas, I saw a turn off for a road called “4 Mile Creek Road”, and I grabbed my phone and typed it into my notes app (which has taken the place of the pen and pad I used to carry with me). The name intrigued me, and when I got home and sat down a few days later to work on my novel, 4 Mile Creek morphed into 7 Mile Road. I like to put a title to a piece early on; it grounds me to the story. And in this case, it served as inspiration; it cemented the setting, allowing the flow of additional plot details.

I don’t know if this novel will ever venture forth into the world, be it by the traditional route or self-publishing. I just know that it’s in my head, the characters yacking back and forth, wanting their story to be told.

Well, I’ve got some catching up to do on WordPress. I know I can’t read all the posts from all the blogs I follow that I missed. Not enough time. But at least I can get back in the flow. I’m a capricious person, and as such might drop off WordPress again in the future. But at least for now, I’m back.

©️2019 KT Workman

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Comments

11 comments on “7 Mile Road”
  1. Welcome back! Missed your posts.

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    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you…good to be back. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Great having the short stories published, and good luck with the longer work.

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    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you very much! 🙂

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  3. Just read “Come out, come out, wherever you are.”
    An awesome story Kathy. Tried to leave a comment,
    but couldn’t for some reason.
    Good luck with the novel and short stories.

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    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you, Alan. I always appreciate your comments and encouragement. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. jccast says:

    Great to have you back in the virtual world spinning your dark and oddly entertaining yarns to brighten our days, Kathy. And three cheers for the pieces you’ve placed.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. KT Workman says:

      Thanks, J. I may very well take a break again sometime in the future, but for now, I’m back. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Linda Workman Smith says:

    Yay!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Bryan Fagan says:

    A long absence is healthy. It allows our minds to move on to better things. In this case, your novel. Best wishes.

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