Many months ago I modified my story The Spare Midge
to make its ending less grim. I even explained my thinking in a post
. A while later I read the modified version and decided it did
betray the original and, moreover, fell flat. So I have restored the original ending.
In general I decided to accept the grimness of my earlier works. To that end, I also removed a couple of distracting
things from The Spare Midge
collection, which is now tighter and more tonally consistent.
Indeed I even put my grimmest story, The Amputated Man
, into my other collection The Chicken Bone
. I have always found this story rather cruel; yet it seems to me to be effective, too. It definitely darkens the collection. It also seems to fit.
I am done fussing with my earlier works.P.S. The Endless Batteries
was removed from The Spare Midge
and restored to its original form as a chapterbook. I have not published this on Amazon or the like. I probably won't. But for the sake of my oeuvre
, it is now as it should be.