Below is an excerpt from an upcoming short story, “The Flying Kite.” The inspiration came to me as a novel. I envisioned a man out to set a record for an Out of Eden style walk. Failing in his progress but determined to the point of obsession, he loses his family, then his sanity, then disappears. I have never written a novel before, so I mulled the idea over for a while until I came up with a way to present it as a short story. A young man walks into a bar, introduces himself as a photojournalist, then tells a tall tale about finding the star-crossed traveler out in the wilderness, still dead set on completing his goal, decades after its completion would have meant anything to the rest of the world.