Yes, it’s true…the long awaited and no longer a special plumber’s issue of Harvey Duckman (Volume 9) is now available for your reading pleasure.
Many writers contributed (including Peter James @Brennan_and_Riz Martin, Kate @KateBaucherel Baucherel, Liz @LizTuckwell1 Tuckwell, Robin @robinmoonwrites Moon, Will @will_nett Nett, Mark @DarrackMark Hayes, A L @ALBuxton2 Buxton, and Craig @CKRoebuck Roebuck). My offering is From the Casebook of Ima Flush, HDP Certified Space Plumber, Quadrant 6E.
This story has a strange history.
But then again, what story of mine doesn’t?
The special plumbers issue – which this story was written for – never came about. Kind of. The issue had been talked about for several years. It was on again off again and the seesawing (frankly) became tiring. I hadn’t written anything for it yet so no worries.
Then I drove to a master telescope maker to have our telescope repaired (it’s a beautiful Schmidt–Cassegrain I originally purchased back in the 1990s to learn astral-photography. finally getting back into it). I’m driving along and listening to music (must listen to music) when the protagonist, Ima Flush, appeared in front of me.
Naturally, I swerved.
After people stopped honking their horns and getting back on the highway, I listened to what Ima told me.
Even had to turn down the music. A bit.
Turns out Ima likes classic rock, too!
She had an amazing story to tell.
Here…let me share just the title. I thought Ima was changing her mind. No, she was sharing her genesis with me.
And an amazing genesis it is…
“From the Casebook of Ima Flush, HDP Certified Space Plumber, Quadrant 6E”
[no, that was true when we started, not any more]“Choices made Manifest Through Self-Awareness”?
[too wordy and obscure]“The Opening of Ima Flush”?
[no, nobody’ll remember the reference]“The Silver Ring”?
[no, ditto… ah, I have it. how about…?]Breaking Through
(Yes! That’s it!)
Hope you enjoy.