Yo what’s good? The SASS is here. For those new to the spot, that stands for Slightly Anti-Social Socialite. I wanted to spit a little bit on S.K.A.R. (Simi’s Komma: Amplified Reminiscence). Before I do that, let me invest in some rewinding.
The building blocks for Amplified Reminiscence started with “Simi’s Komma”.
Papyrus is a small town that’s not a fan of anything different. Here we meet four longtime friends. Hiphen is the observant one. Rod is the laid back one. Point is a girl that acts like one of the guys yet is a proponent of action. Simi is the leader of the squad.
When transfer Komma Plush arrives, Simi takes it upon himself to show her the ropes of a new time, yet at first she is not open to it. What follows takes Simi on this journey that threatens the balance of this long term friendships.
At first, this work was offer for free on the Smashwords platform. However, last year, my publisher started making some big moves, and part of that moving and shaking involved removing works that would be getting a price point based on word count.
“Simi’s Komma” was one of those works.
As I was reading the tale, I noticed that some readers were curious about the aftermath and my twisting mind got to brewing. I added more and more to the original and this “story” became a “novelette”.
I usually frown at stuff being extended, but this take—from the newer cover to the additional material—makes me smirk a whole lot.
Excerpt from S.K.A.R. “Simi’s Komma: Amplified Reminiscence”
Section (Epilogue: The Grave Visits)
The Weight of Hesitation
A few months had passed since I conducted that special interview with the reporter. I thought that by telling the reality, and not the embellishment that was depicted on the news, the weight would fully be lifted.
It didn’t work the way I hoped.
The memories caused too much pain. I felt as if the whole town blamed me. How could the one known as the voice of reason not use his reason to act accordingly? The emotions avalanched, not just changing my dynamic with the town but my parents as well. In the end, we ended up moving out of Papyrus, the only home we’d ever known.
The coolest thing about the extension is that some segments bring up even more questions—whether the group of four was as tightly knit as the outside world suspected. I frayed the ropes of likability, in the sense that a character one may have liked in one segment may emotionally screw you up in the next segment. To me, it makes for compelling literature, and I’m not saying this because I wrote the thing.
I have an appreciation for all I’ve put out. No moment has existed where I’ve said, “Man I should have kept that to myself”. Out of my short time publishing, S.K.A.R. is high on my list as my favorite—from concept to execution, and that’s including prior to the extension. I don’t think even the hype behind the Transcendent Choice collection can top this feeling … mainly because “Simi’s Komma” was one of my earlier works. The “Amplified Reminiscence” is the newer part but I could not have pinned that so exquisitely without the former.
This work is my shyt and the shyt … #justsaying