Podcast extraordinaire Folly Blaine has turned oldie-but-goody “Apotheosis Cake” into an audio story. You should go check it. She breathes new life into this story that came out…five years ago? Good gods.
I don’t remember a whole lot about writing this story It was based on a prompt: Begin a story with “[Someone] loved [something], but this was ridiculous.” if I recall correctly. Which I think it was from Stephanie who of course has a rock band now because if you’re my friend that is eventually what happens.
And I believe I had a powerful need to include the words apotheosis and ziggurat. The noblest of goals, surely?
Trivia: this story earned a place in Every Day Fiction’s second Best of anthology, if you wanted to buy a copy. You should. It’s good stuff.