Posted by: Memorizing Nature | January 23, 2011

The Meaning of a Moth

Hey, folks: my flash fiction story, ‘The Noise in the Cocoon’ was just published in the literary online magazine, Bartleby Snopes. It was a little bit inspired by the very first post of Memorizing Nature from April, 2010, Tenacious Tents. At least, that’s when I researched tent caterpillars because they were swarming our land. (They were in their up-cycle). Since I was a child, the moth has been one of my favourite creatures. They’re  also full of symbolism, as you’ll read in the story. Missing all of you in the blog world. . . Elaine

Photo by E. Medline

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  1. Interesting story. It touched the part of me that went through infertility studies but never decided for in vitro stuff. When the “normal” methods didn’t work, I sort of made the decision taht if I couldn’t carry a fetus to term maybe there was a darned goood reason. But it was a decision fraught with pain and second guessings.

    Anyway, I felt the story telegraphed the ultimate disappointment by the woman’s acceptance of the identification of the cocoons as monarch butterfly larvae — No, no, dear — monarchs inhabit chrysalises, not cocoons! You have made your decision based on wrong information, given the real estate agent too much power!

    I good story, making me want to talk to the protagonist right away. I was engaged.

    Thanks for visiting the Havens recently. Hope your story does well in the contest.

    • The protagonist did admit she couldn’t even name the trees in her backyard, so yes, she really got suckered by the real estate agent due to her ignorance of nature. I wanted to give her this sense of bewilderment, especially since she was dealing with issues so beyond her control. Also hoped to achieve some character development with the hubby!


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