WATCHING is unlike other stories I have written in a couple
of ways. First of all, it is perhaps darker than most things
I have written. That is reflected immediately in the opening
of the story. Second, the time sequence is not at all
straight forward. The story moves in a kind of stream of
conscious mode i.e., while any section may start in the near
present, it may remain there or go anywhere in the past.
Further, the story may take a new tack in the middle of the
telling of an event or episode.
Additionally, in literary terms, it is a framed story, i.e.,
it begins at a point, travels around a long and circuitous
route before returning to that point. However, unlike a pure
framed story, the frame, i.e., the opening point and closing
point are not outside the story itself. Further, unlike most
framed stories, having finally returned to the beginning
point, the story does not end. Rather MOON WATCHING moves
ahead in a straight chronological
about a particular timeline? I am not surprised. I was
confused many times and may well have not gotten the
timeline absolutely correct. Of course, any confusion in the
timeline is to be blamed on Tom's memory, not my writing!
I hope you
like Tom and Keith. I do.