When Steve first sent this to me for review for Popcorn Popping (because in the beginning if either Steve, Brian G. or I were going to post our own work the other two had to agree that it was worth posting), I experienced one of those authorial twinges of pain because it was exactly like a project I had planned out about a year or so previous but hadn’t completed. That is, a series of shortish short stories or vignettes that all centered around one common experience (with Steve it was writing someone’s name on the temple prayer roll; mine was about priesthood duos visiting homes*). But I quickly got over it and instead reveled in the fact that this sort of thing was clearly in the air. What I like about this story is how fantastically Mormon it feels.
Title: Otherwise Afflicted
Author: Steve Evans
Publication Info: Popcorn Popping, 2006
Submitted by: Katya
Why?: Katya says: “I’ve been going through the Popcorn Popping archives and found this story very interesting, but was disappointed that there wasn’t much discussion about it there. Reposting it will hopefully amend that.”
Wm adds: “Agreed. Thanks, Katya!”
* Note: that would be Gentle Persuasions