Quick Link to “Indications” at Eckleburg HERE.
While living in a cabin in the northern woods of Minnesota circa 2003, before I went to graduate school, I began writing a novel called Indications. It’s about a deaf man in New York who’s a dancer and creates a sign language out of dance he calls “Barbara Dansbury.” His girlfriend, D, is searching the world for an object called “The Indication”:
The Indication (noun) : According to legend, the Indication is an object that the hunter will recognize only upon its discovery. If you are searching for it, you will know it only when you find it. But if you find it and you are not searching for it, you will not know what you have.
I continued working on the novel in graduate school. It’s about 700 pages, and three books. The second book, “The Apocrypha,” is told in first person by the silent language of dance herself–Barbara Dansbury. The novel–my MFA thesis–was bound by Christian Brothers in three volumes, and is now bending the shelves toward the floor and collecting dust in the library at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Ironically, trying to read this book would not be unlike trying to find the Indication itself–you’d have to travel out through the drought-and-thistle-choked hills beyond Oakland, California, find St. Mary’s nestled alone out there in a valley, penetrate through the security kiosk, gain access to the library, find the manuscript somewhere on the third floor, drop it off the second-floor balcony, retrieve it from the grass, and run like hell.
Fear not, however, because I pulled a chapter out of the novel about D’s search for the Indication and adapted it into a short story. It has now been published at The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review at John Hopkins University and is as free as no lunch.