Saturday, August 18, 2018
Welcome everyone. You’ve entered my sanctuary. Today we’re visiting Atonement, Tennessee. I know it can be hard to find your way around in a fictional town. So, let’s have lunch at the local diner, L.O.L.A. Lola’s. I want you to meet the owner, Marge Tipton.
Marge’s part in Atonement, Tennessee is quite small, but she comes back for book-2 with a somewhat bigger role. I thought it would be fun for you to meet some of the residents of the quirky town.
Actually, I wrote this vignette a few years ago. So while I try to finish the edits to Atonement in Bloom (I know you must be as tired of hearing me say that as I am of saying it but…) I’m giving you a rerun. I hope you don’t mind. This little slice of life was done in my “three things” style of pantser writing and I took the things from names of three blogs. Thanks to those folks for following me then and now!
No Facilities (Dan Antion)
Writer, Facilities, Western
Cowgirl to the Rescue
The voice on the radio crackled as she drove through another area with poor reception. The DJ counted down the top hits of 1974. Marge pushed her big glasses back on the bridge of her nose and hoped she wouldn’t lose this channel before hearing a favorite song. The glasses were very similar to a pair she’d seen in a picture of Elton John. She loved his flamboyance.
You see, Marge Tipton wanted more than anything to be a wild child, an anti-establishment rebel. However, the truth was she just didn’t know how. So she left her southeastern home and as her family put it, ran off out west. She stopped running just after she crossed the Texas state line. Marge lived there for ten years. Then the post cards started coming.
The writer of the cards was her brother, Tracey. She didn’t know why her brother moved to the strange sounding Tennessee town a year before. It sounded like he didn’t have much choice in the matter. With each post card Tracey’s state of mind seemed to get worse. He was not pleased with his life there, yet he refused to leave. In his last missive Tracey begged his sister to come to Atonement, Tennessee.
Marge was not happy about the situation. She rebelled against anything she felt she was “supposed” to do. She knew that everyone would judge her and say she should help her brother, regardless of whether he deserved it, or whether it ruined her own life.
She adopted the cowgirl style that she would continue throughout her life. Marge was perfectly satisfied in her western home. However, she had a sense of duty that was every bit as strong as her wish to defy the establishment. So cowgirl Marge got into her pickup truck, left Texas in her rear-view mirror, and headed to Tennessee.
The gas gauge in the truck steadily crept toward empty. Just as Marge was getting worried she spotted a sign for a gas station. At first she was relieved in more ways than one, but when she got closer, she saw the smaller sign below the oil company’s logo. “No facilities.” Marge grumbled to herself.
Maybe, if she was real polite, they’d let her use the employee restroom.
It wasn’t really a story, just a vignette, but now we have a backstory for a younger version of Marge Tipton. She stayed in Atonement, TN with her brother and eventually opened “L.O.L.A. Lola’s Bar and Restaurant,” the diner frequented by my characters.
Marge wasn’t there to “atone” after all, but her brother was. However, as you’ll see next week, Deme and Honeybell might argue that point. Meanwhile, Marge has her hands full with Atonement in Bloom. There’s something about a bear, but I won’t say more.
Do you have a story about a fuel gauge and the big “E” for empty? Leave it in a comment if you do. Thanks for visiting. Great big hug!
Now a Reveal!
You know I’ve been trying to finish the editing and publishing work for book-2, Atonement in Bloom. (My real job makes that difficult.) Well, the thing is… There is a short story (many of you have seen it) that is a prequel to everything else in the “Atonement universe.” Always one to make more work for myself… I’ve decided to do a double release. Along with the sequel to Atonement, Tenneessee I will publish a collection of snort stories, which includes that prequel. Here’s the cover.
Here’s the rest of the requisite shameless self-promotion…
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