Washington Park fountainRun Home, John Doe is one of my favorite pieces of all time. I wrote it over a period of several months during early 2008.

It is a five-part story that takes place over one summer.

My original notes for the idea behind the story as written down upon waking in the middle of the night are as follows:

There is a boy who follows me around.
Sometimes he has people with him, usually older.
Once it was a young girl – we discussed the significance of the colors in The Great Gatsby.
Once it was a boy, we discussed punk rock for hours.
He comes from ?
Likes to play games, always tells me a different name.

Most of the ideas made it, but I’m always fascinated to read a final draft and then go back and look at the initial notes/idea. Amazing.