Ridge Writers explore serial saga

Julianna and Linda Crisalli will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to an Ending” for Ridge Writers on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

The public is invited, and admission is free.

This past April, the Tehachapi Loop newspaper launched “Valley of Light: A Loop Serial Story” with installments contributed by readers — one by the first creative soul, the second by another, and so on. Additional pieces continue to arrive while an editorial team works on tying the various threads together and wrapping them all up with a punchy denouement.

The brainchild of Linda Crisalli, long-time head of TALE (Tehachapi Arts, Literature, and Entertainment), the communal effort draws from quirky happenings and occurrences spotted around town. The genre most closely resembles fantasy.

Linda’s daughter, Julianne Crisalli, shepherded the project through channels at the Loop while pursuing her other duties there. Today, still editing and reading for the 20-plus-year-old publication, she has a new job as an editor for Intuit as well.

Linda and Julianna will talk about the mechanics of getting such an ambitious opus off the ground, facing the challenges, and eventually making sense with the final product.

Ridge Writers (CWC-ridgewriters.org) is the East Sierra Branch of the 110-year-old California Writers Club (calwriters.org).

Story First Published: 2019-08-23