Literally Reruns, Short Fiction

Literally Reruns – Try, Try Again by L’Erin Ogle

L’Erin Ogle’s Try, Try Again underscores her ability to quickly weave a story thread into something three dimensional. She begins now then curves in some ago and presses on toward next. Her stories make clear sense, but they do not always take a linear path.

Q: The back and forth between what is, what may be, what could be and what will likely be is neatly drawn. How do you keep such straight in your head?

Q: The internet excels at enabling. If you are crazy and seeking someone who shares your worldview, you will find them if you turn over enough rocks. It’s also cruel when it comes to sniffing out desperation. All kinds of laetrile hucksters in there. Do you think that there is some value in false hope, since it sometimes gets a person through yet another day?

Leila

L’Erin’s responses:

Q: The back and forth between what is, what may be, what could be and what will likely be is neatly drawn. How do you keep such straight in your head?

Answer: I am OBSESSED with the idea of parallel universes. I’ve heard living with ADHD described as “having a hundred browsers open and running”—this story was like that. The first tab was the world the main character lived in now—the second was “what if this had been different?”, the third “was what if this happened instead?”, and so on. There are infinite possibilities in life; too many to track; so I settled on key scenes from a few different worlds that illuminated the differences strongly. The central story was the hub of a wheel; each spike led to a different possibility; so I drew that wheel and wrote the other possibilities in a bubble at the end!


Q: The internet excels at enabling. If you are crazy and seeking someone who shares your worldview, you will find them if you turn over enough rocks. It’s also cruel when it comes to sniffing out desperation. All kinds of laetrile hucksters in there. Do you think that there is some value in false hope, since it sometimes gets a person through yet another day

A: False hope is a blade that can cut either way. If false hope gets someone through another day; there’s tremendous value in that. If the trickster siphoning money is the one thing getting their victim through the day, then while it’s not the right thing to do, it still has some good coming out of it, if that makes sense. 

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Try, Try Again by L’Erin Ogle

4 thoughts on “Literally Reruns – Try, Try Again by L’Erin Ogle”

  1. Hi folks,
    Just echoing what has already been said.
    Excellent Sunday Re-Run and for anyone reading this should look up L’Erin’s work – You won’t be disappointed.
    Hugh

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