So, yes, the short story I’ve been working on- “Phantom”- is completed. It’s set in the late 70s/early 80s in Las Vegas near Nellis Air Force Base and involves a young boy, Ken, who is on the cusp of adolescence. He must try to make sense of the various lessons about maturity and masculinity offered to him by his mother and the various Air Force officers that surround her.
I’m planning a book of short stories that will include “Phantom” and “Defrost.”
This is Spook, the mascot for the USAF F-4 Phantom II.
I had a weird feeling of vertigo drawing this, because I remember my father drawing Spook when I was a kid. It was odd to put that into my body through the act of drawing.