One of the primary inspirations for W was the little outpost of 19th-century American literature known as the Old Southwest Humorists. My favorite resident of this out-of-the-way enclave is George Washington Harris, who created the wonderful character named Sut Lovingood. A collection of Sut Lovingood yarns can be read and downloaded from Google Books here.
My purpose was to use the humor and story-telling devices of the Old Southwest Humorists to create my own little yarn about a mad dash across the continent in search of gold. Here is a short excerpt from W, introducing you to the old storyteller Moses Carlyle and the tale he has to tell.