Sleeping With Strangers – The Process Of Revision

Sleeping With Strangers – The Process Of Revision

I attended a workshop with Roxane Gay at the Tenth Annual Columbus State Community College on the topic of revising your writing. I selected this piece for revision, using the theme of “trust” as my guiding principle. What follows are two drafts of the story of Danny and his wild ride, the final draft followed by the original draft posted here last October.


The Edge

The Edge

He examined the razor. Its mirror finish reflected the overhead light. He tilted the razor and its edge cut the light in half, like a half-moon. The other half was missing, cleanly divided with no visible border. That was one scary sharp razor.


Mithra’s Hand

Mithra’s Hand

In the century before the Common Era, the ancient Greeks discovered that the fixed stars were not fixed after all; instead, they moved, as if marching at a steady pace in a circle across the sky.
This knowledge was considered too dangerous for the average man to possess.