I saw a priest pull up to the gas pumps yesterday morning while I was stopped at the gas station on my way to work. He was driving a Buick.
I should be more specific. This wasn’t some old rust bucket of a car; that wouldn’t be worth mentioning at all, really. No, this guy was riding in style. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not very knowledgeable when it comes to cars, but here’s the thing: I know a new car when I see one. I’d never seen one quite like it, and I actually thought it was a Cadillac at first.
Strange times we live in, folks. What ever happened to vows of poverty? A “man of the cloth” driving around town in the newest, shiniest toy on wheels just doesn’t seem to jive with the Church’s mission of saving the world. I can think of many other uses for all those thousands of dollars it cost to put the father into such a sweet ride. Plus, last time I checked, used cars were being sold everywhere.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this sort of thing. I remember one of the parish priests in the neighborhood I grew up in drove a Thunderbird. Again, this wasn’t just some piece of crap. His was all black, with the big bird detailed on the hood in gold. How does a priest justify owning something like that?
Anyway, I’ll end my rant there. Just a little something for everyone to think about. Now, to more important subjects…
I wanted to take some time to tell everyone about what’s coming up here on the blog.
First, I’ll be posting a Story Fragment. The idea behind the Fragments is simple enough: these small pieces of narrative are windows into untold stories. Often the focus will be on minor characters that show up in other stories, giving readers an alternative account of some of the events that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible or don’t necessarily belong in the main text. The two points I want to stress about these: 1) what you see is what you get, even though they’re called fragments the rest of the story does not exist, and 2) these are not essential to understanding what happens in any given story.
The Fragment that’s coming up, probably within the next day or two, is tied to the events of “Seeing Things” and is from the perspective of a man named Donald Faircraft. I’m probably getting ahead of myself here, but I also want to tell you that this particular fragment will contain some minor spoilers about the plot of “Seeing Things.” If that bothers you, I’d suggest you skip over the Fragment and wait until the actual story comes out.
That will be the first of many that you’ll be able to read here. Some of them will be very obviously connected to another story, but don’t be surprised if I drop one on you and expect you to figure out how it fits into the whole.
Finally, keep an eye out on here over the next week or so. I plan on posting one of my older short stories that I wrote last year. I’ll give you a hint—it’s not the one I’ve been talking about all this time.
P.S. – I wrote this blog last night, but I was exhausted and didn’t have the willpower or energy to publish it here until now. Thank you to everyone that’s been checking this blog out–I have much more on the way.