Maybe Tin Can didn’t suck so bad

OK, I never thought Tin Can sucked — the title of this entry is theme-based — I just didn’t rank it with some of my other bits. I’ve only been a Piker contributor for a few months now, so I didn’t think I’d show up in the anniversary issue. It’s a huge issue, a lot to go through, but there’s some great stuff there this week. This is your chance to appreciate the talent at that rag.

So I was pleased to have one if my scribbles recognized by my piker peers, but I’m left asking myself ‘why that one?’

Perhaps my other stories are not accessible. Zelazny, in a comment between stories in an anthology of his early work said, “explain everything.” I’m having a hard time with that. But shit, he’s been camping for years while I’m still looking for the trail head. I should listen to his advice, but I like leaving things unsaid. I want there to be a question mark hanging over the reader when the last sentence is over and nothing is left but but the unknown. I imagine you, faithful reader, setting the story aside with a frustrated “dammit” and then building the unknown yourself. All I’ve done is give your imagination a Scooby Snack.

Pardon my pompous-ass declarations, the pseudo-intellectual trappings of a storyteller striving to be important, but the things I have written that I like the most have been about questions, not answers. There is a Giant Unsaid, a current of thought that we all know but try to ignore. It is the work of artists to speak of the Giant Unsaid, and it is why we are afraid of true artists. Or, at least, I’m afraid of them.

The implication of the above is that in some sense I am an artist. Craftsman I have no doubt. Artist, well, that’s not for me to decide. Giant Unsaid, well, crap, we’re human.

Tin Can is getting better the more I think about it,

3 thoughts on “Maybe Tin Can didn’t suck so bad

  1. Actually quite a number of the old-timer Pikers liked “Tin Can.” You never know about what someone will consider your most memorable work, though.

  2. I liked Tin Can very much. Sometimes you leave a little too much Giant Unsaid for my taste, and I don’t continue to think about the story after I’m done reading because it feels incomplete. Tin Can hits the balance of completeness without explaining everything just right for me. I’m glad I sought it out!

  3. Thanks for the feedback, guys. I think maybe things that are obvious to me are not so automatic for the reader. I hate to beat things into the ground, but apparently that is not really a concern.

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