The alpha and the omega

Something emerging...

I got this trick via Jim Krusoe, who attributes it to Carol Emshwiller.  (Thanks, Jim and Carol!)

Writers of fiction: Take the first and last words of a piece, then put them together.  The idea is that the resulting phrase might somehow relate to the whole.  Here are mine.

The Watery Girl: “Something emerging.”

The Eight Mile Suspended Carnival (which is rough and will surely change): “Mim hands.”

Both, weirdly, work.


I have been fascinated with cicadas since I was a kid.

In my novel, The Watery Girl, cicadas are kind of important, maybe emblematic.

I just found this on Wikipedia and couldn’t keep it to myself. I wish I could shed my shell like that sometime. Or at least once.