Last year Failbetter–one of the best online literary journals out there, and whose name derives from the great Samuel Beckett quote–ran a novella contest that was won by Lou Mathews, a friend/teacher/mentor of mine. The winning entry, The Irish Sextet, has been published in installments over the last few months. Now the complete work is available online. One of the stories (I won’t prejudice you by saying which) has already inspired me to overhaul the ending to one of my own stories. It’s a lesson in building toward something.