So one of my readers wanted to have a place to discuss his understanding and get my response. I think that’s a great idea, so I’ve moved his comments over here in case anyone else wants to join in. I am not one of those people who believes any explanation on my part ruins the story, but I also value letting other people enjoy their own experience of the story as it is, and the value of letting someone figure it out.
So I’m going to split the difference. I will put my own thoughts in this forum as we go, but I will not promise to answer everything. I will try to be helpful, but I also want you to know that I value your experience with the story even if it’s not what I intended. Neither my intent, nor your experience are irrelevant to this discussion.
Anyway, we’ll start off with Joshuas comments and I’m going to give a day or two for your responses before I interject any of my own. I’m very eager to hear of your thoughts, possibly even more than you are to hear of mine, so I hope that some of you do join in.
So, after reading the story again, and having some time to roll some of the ideas it sparked in my mind, I have some questions. I think one of the reasons you would write a story like this is to generate a discussion. If I’m wrong and the purpose of the story is that it is just a story and you want to keep it simple I can get that. If on the other hand there are themes that you wove into the text hoping to capture some more complex truths and are willing to share some of that with the audiance (me), I would appreciate the chance to learn. My literary skills are rough, but I love to read and discuss and think and learn….
Here are a few thoughts I had:
How did you plan the story? I mean, did you plan it out ahead of the daily posts or did you make it up as you went?
Here are some themes or morals or lessons I read into your story:
Stop and smell the paint (roses).
Everyday people can be superheroes.
Selfishness hurts us and others.
Which morals did you have in mind when writing each day?
What does the bus stop represent?
These are just some thoughts to start. Thank you for the feedback.