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Thursday 3/3/22

"Okay. Now we're getting into it. This is completely done for good now, after a final read today, having let it sit again for a week or whatever. In my life, I have created nothing greater than what you see attached in this story, 'The Parable of the Woodpecker.' What does that mean? Well, it's all of a piece, and I don't believe I have anything that is better than anything else I've done. But I still took the time to say what I said just now, and that means something. The story is one of my longest. It's 6200 words. It's a story that explodes form, prior conceptions and notions of form, what can be a story, and what is a story. And it changes, I would say, what story is. It is inconceivable that I could have written something like this prior to now. The recent now. It is also the 350th story I have written since June 2018. You're going to want to spend some time with this. It's going to blow your mind."