Writer and friend Bonnie Zobell assembled a great mix of writers and posed the question: how would you put together your fiction collection? What pieces might go first or last? Is an overall theme important, and if so, how?
So here is an assembly of diverse and vastly talented writers, including xTx, Amber Sparks, Ethyl Rohen, Sean Lovelace, Kristine Ong Muslim, Cynthia Litz and me. Our “essays” on this topic are all different, and somehow similar: we are all figuring this process out on the fly! Here is the article, thanks to Flash Fiction Chronicles, Jim Harrington, and Bonnie Zobell, for asking me to be involved:
Writers Round-Up: How to Organize a Fiction Collection, Part 1 « Flash Fiction Chronicles
Also, I’m teaching a workshop for Red Oak Writing on April 26th, (9:30- 12 noon) called Publishing Your First (or Next) Collection. Here is the course description:
Publishing Your First (or Next) Collection « Red Oak Writing.
My piece, “Four Myths,” is published at In Between Altered States, alongside some other great flash fiction writers like Len Kuntz, Timothy Gager, Carly Berg and many more. This is the last issue (#36) of a great online zine, edited by the talented Aleathia Drehmer. But not her last project! Stay tuned for more:
In Between Altered States | Flash Fiction that crosses dimensions
Thanks, Aleathia, for publishing some of my most consistently stranger fiction! I truly appreciate the chance to stretch my own boundaries, and experiment fully.
Also, at Awkword Paper Cuts, my non-fiction piece, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” is included in Michelle Elvy’s Writers On Writing column. I was so happy when Michelle asked me to contribute a piece for the theme: ‘Rhythm, Breath, Dance.’ The multitude of different ways a topic like rhythm might be explored is staggering. I’m also honored to have my work appear with Nuala Ni Chonchuir from Ireland, and Tim Heath from New Zealand:
December 2013 – Rhythm, Breath, Dance – by Michelle Elvy – Awkword Paper Cut
Thanks Michelle, for your tremendous support, and all the instrumental editing suggestions, and also to Michael Dickes, editor at large of Awkword Paper Cuts for making this happen.
Today my essay, “Searching for the Solid” is published at Doctor T. J. Eckleberg Review. This is an essay reflecting on the piece “Ten Notes to the Guy Studying Jujitsu,” which was a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Award for Fiction earlier this year:
The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review » ESSAYS | Searching for the Solid
I feel as this is an ongoing motif in my writing, a search, in some sense, toward or away from, something. After all, language is always a traveling between the obvious and the obtuse. And the point of a poem, or an essay, for that matter, is to pose questions, not answer them.
I hope you enjoy! Also, if it is of interest to you, “Ten Notes to the Guy Studying Jujitsu” will be among the thirty pieces of mine collected in my forthcoming chapbook from Deadly Chaps, Diptychs, Triptychs, Lipsticks and Dipshits. Information will soon be available about how to purchase this.
Thanks to editor Rae Bryant for the idea of this “essays” series, and to Vipra Ghimire, Assistant Non-Fiction Editor, for her great editorial guidance.