A landmark day...

Copies of the Hawai’i Review arrived late yesterday. Two separate packages taped up in manila envelopes, marked Priority Mail. Issue 80, themed: Voyages.

The editors’ note in the front matter asks, “Where does the desire for voyage begin, burn, and end? What do we have left after we have gone?”

I tried to answer those questions in my story “Wagon Mound” (page 111) which, coincidentally, came to me as I was driving the isolated stretch of New Mexico Interstate that skirts the curious landmark.

The particulars of the story have a footing in real-life events, though I’m not inclined to divulge which ones. Leave it at this: If I ever find myself needful of a cat wrangler, I’ll know exactly where to look.