I’ve been a huge fan of Eunoia Review for a long while now, and I’ve been honored to be among their contributors three times now, and they’ve been home to some of my favorite stories. Today, I’m happy to say that Eunoia has published a fourth story of mine, and, depending on how you measure these things, it’s my oldest story.
There’s a part of this story that, when I was in college way back in 1994, I wrote the first draft of. I was proud of that story at the time but over the years, as I sent it out and the rejections poured in, I came to realize what a ridiculous mess it was. Still I kept at it, revising and tinkering and starting over.
Then, in grad school about a decade ago, I was in a medieval hagiography course and I had an idea for a modern adaptation of one of the hagiographies I was studying, and in the process of drafting it, I realized that what I was really working on was a new, drastic revision of that old story from 1994.
Slowly, slowly — it took years — the two drafts came together, and and then slowly I revised their offspring, this new story, until now, finally, the story of Val and his wife and Jeremy the crazed street preacher and Cecily, the woman who once slept with an angel of God and couldn’t quite let him go, it’s all here for you to read in “The Penitent Go to Texas.”
I hope you enjoy it.