Tuesday 3 January 2023 – A new year and a new story

Welcome to the 2023 edition of THE 3:57 BY WILLIAM E. SPEAR and twelve months of creating, finding, or re-discovering stories. The schedule for the year is to publish a post every Tuesday and release a podcast episode on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Introducing ON A FROSTY DAY

A walk around a nearby reservoir allowed for thoughts on the first month of the New Year. January is named after Janus who had one face for looking forward and another for looking backward. It is a time of beginnings and endings. Every New Year resolution is homage to Janus and for improvement during the coming months.

Do we have a similar process to cast off the previous twelve months? What is the opposite to a resolution for the future – a good riddance of the past? As we lift a champagne glass to the glory that lies ahead, are we – should we be – mopping up the debris we left behind?

However, what if the past and future are the same? Neither is dreary nor spectacular. Each is acceptable but unremarkable. Day after day after day of sameness.

This month’s story, titled ON A FROSTY DAY, finds an unnamed central character embarking on its latest adventure. And, as shown in this excerpt, barely remembers any of those from before:

“I had explored from here 23,359 times before. Wandered the landscape that extended in all directions. The journeys had been pleasant. Some were foggy, others were painful, but most left no traces.”

The first episode of ON A FROSTY DAY and Part One will be available on Tuesday 10 January 2023.

Until then, here’s to a new year of stories.

William E. Spear

Author: William Spear

William E. Spear has written for audio since 1994. His book, "Lit Between the Ears, Volume One: Chekhov, O. Henry, Spear and Tarkington On the Air," was released on July 31, 2006. He founded Two Plus Plus Productions LLC in 2006 and is President. He founded Hunterdon Radio Theatre in 1999 and has written over 15 plays since. Spear's work has been broadcast in New York and New Jersey and his plays have been published on web sites across the country.

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