As a reader of this blog, you are witnessing — and, perhaps, participating in — one author’s creative process.
If you are the sort of person who requires that an individual have a Social Security number and a physical body, a property have a parcel number and a legal description, and a town have a ZIP code and a set of GPS coordinates to be considered “real,” then this blog is merely a (hopefully) interesting experiment in fiction writing — a sort of serialized novel being published more or less in real time, as the author conceives it. It is a rough draft. It likely will contain innumerable mistakes, inconsistencies, and contradictions; feel free to correct or question these in the comments if you choose.
If, on the other hand, you are the sort of person who regarded Ramona Quimby as a childhood playmate, spent most of high school hiding out in the Phantom’s lair beneath the Paris Opera House, and pored over maps of Yoknapatawpha County in college, then Sierra, the Tumbleweed Motel, and Coldwater, N.M., are as real as anyplace you’ve ever been, and you are welcomed and encouraged to use the comments to ask questions, make reservations, and contemplate the possibilities of life in a fictional world not so very different from the one we all inhabit.
Certainly there are Sierras operating Tumbleweeds in Coldwaters up and down Route 66 and on a thousand other roads across the United States. It is our hope — Sierra’s and mine — that you will seek them out and learn their stories before they disappear.
Enjoy the story.
P.S.: This seems a wretched little bit of nastiness, but unfortunate experiences with other projects in the past make it necessary for me to remind readers that all material on this blog is Copyright © 2010 Emily Priddy. I’m giving it away for free. Read it, enjoy it, have fun with it, but please don’t steal it and try to pass it off as your own.