Chanel Earl’s story “Duet for Unaccompanied Cello” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 5 August 2016.
The Kirkwood Observatory at Indiana University is actually made of limestone. Next to it are Dunn’s woods, which are beautiful year round. The first draft of this story was written after I visited the observatory to do a bit of stargazing. Then, after it was finished, it sat for over a year because it I just didn’t think it was very interesting. It featured one character who practiced in the observatory and then traveled to space. There were no mysterious sounds, and she didn’t have an astronomer friend to help her on her journey.
The second draft was more interesting, I added another musician and threw in some mystery. The ending was a bit different. Then the story sat for a long time yet again while I mulled it over.
It was only after some pretty intense brainstorming and revision that I managed to turn the story into what it is now, and I had a lot of help from friends, family, writing classes, and B. Morris Allen here at Metaphorosis. The story is worlds better than it was after the first draft, and I am happier with it than I was at any other point in the process. Two years and maybe close to ten rewrites, but well worth it.
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