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Friday, December 01, 2006

Riding a Greyhound Bus into the New World

Here is the story that placed third in our recent Canadian Travel Stories Contest. We are happy to share it with you! And keep on coming back for more!

Riding a Greyhound Bus into the New World

by Len Joy

(This story has been removed from the site. It's been happily revised and is on it's way to a good (published) home. Thanks again, Len, for sharing this great story.)


Blogger Andrew Tibbetts said...

Because I co-ordinated the contest, I didn't judge the entries. We wanted the judges to read the stories blind, so I just cut the name tags off, so to speak. I'm actually just reading this story properly now that we are having the opportunity to post it. I have to say that those judges sure can pick 'em!

This is a great flash. Count how many striking characters he introduces in just a few words. And the layers of emotion that ripple through- the marriage, the death, prison, dealing with the conflict with the guard, facing one's own younger self in a memory, the mixed feelings about the pen... wow- it reads like the wind, but it's extremely complicated emotionally.

Congrats Len!

Fri Dec 01, 05:44:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Patricia said...

It is. That's exactly right! This is so great Len, thank you so much for sharing your work with us.

Congrulations and thank you.

Sat Dec 02, 02:07:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Tricia Dower said...

Let me add my congrats, Len. I'd love to know more about you and this story if you'd care to share.

Sat Dec 02, 07:22:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Len said...

Andrew, Patricia, Tricia and the rest of the Collective,

Thanks very much for publishing my story. I appreciate your comments. It's not a true story, but I did ride a greyhound bus from Saratoga to Montreal on my honeymoon in December 1973 and had the opportunity to share the last row of the bus with a couple of guys returning to prison.

Len Joy

Mon Dec 04, 01:23:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger J.A. McDougall said...

This wonderful story will stay with me a long time, Len. Thank you for sending it in to us.

Tue Dec 05, 10:34:00 pm GMT-5  

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