Beth Goder’s story “To the Eggplant Cannon” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 April 2017.
I wrote the first draft of “To the Eggplant Cannon” for a flash fiction contest run by my writing group. I’m afraid I’ve forgotten the prompt that sparked this story, but I had just visited Gilroy Gardens, an amusement park that was the inspiration for the setting. (They have people dressed in garlic suits, and a spectacular train that goes around the park, although, to my knowledge, no eggplant cannon.) After the contest, I revised the story into something longer. The first draft had a lot of bad toaster jokes, which were thankfully removed before I sent the story out.
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