A relatively new online literary journal on the scene, Queen Mob’s Tea House is fun, creative and progressive. I feel hipper (is that a word?) just being associated with them. The story they published, Aching Afterthoughts, has been through several incarnations to get to where it is. I think it is my most feminist piece of short fiction yet. It doesn’t hide behind metaphor. It’s a bit more in your face than I am accustomed to. In this way, I feel a bit more vulnerable putting it out there. I’m grateful to Queen Mob’s for supporting this work.
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“Elise, Nana and Juanita are all strong women who I felt very connected to… I found the end to be moving and dramatic pulling together the many threads explored.”
Kate over at Proto Libro, a dedicated book reviewer who specializes in debut novels, took the time to add her thoughts about Mama & the Hungry Hole. Check it out here.
This month, my short story, One Chance to Breathe, is featured on Hayden’s Ferry Review’s online Dock. First, it is such a great opportunity to be involved in such an excellent journal. Additionally, I get to be online. I mean, I love print as much as the next writer, but being online means I can share my story with, basically, everyone, including you, right now. This story was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short story All Summer in the Day. It was also inspired by a true story, believe it or not, that I read in the news.
I wanted to do something a little different. Readings can be difficult to focus on, sometimes even dull. I wanted to change things up a bit. Though I wanted to do something multi-media, I also wanted to keep it simple and easy. So, I made a movie that was exclusive for the book tour, but now available to the public. This is an excerpt from my novella. It is one of three original fairy tales and told from a young child’s point-of-view.
Each month the Postcard Fiction Collaborative crew writes a flash piece based on a photo and each month the outcome always surprises me, even my own outcome comes as a surprise. It’s interesting to see how the type of image effects the type of writing. An abstract image often results in poetic prose whereas a more literal image such as this one from December, will more often result in mini-narratives. Check out what happened when we were given Pet Shop for inspiration here.
I felt a little weird about giving advice to “new writers.” I still feel like a new writer myself even after all these years and publications. Actually, the whole idea of being interviewed made me feel warm and fuzzy and pretty awesome. I’m like the dork that was invited to the prom by the popular boy. When are they going to pour pig’s blood all over me? Someone’s going to stamp PSYCH at the bottom of my interview page and everyone’s going to point and laugh.
Yeah, I’m not insecure at all (insert sarcasm here).
Anyway, thanks Gravel for letting me be part of the cool kids.
How cool is that!
When my awesome musician friend Daniel Landin up in Olympia invited me to submit to the Oly Mountain Boys concept album, White Horse, I was totally thrilled by the idea. I love bluegrass and, since I only know about 6 chords on my guitar, this was the closest I was ever going to come to being on a bluegrass album. It was a total pleasure working with these guys who are super kind and professional and great musicians. Yesterday, my copy of the album finally arrived in the mail after many months (nearly a year?) in the making. In a beautiful box (see above), it was personally signed by the whole band. I quickly skimmed through it to find my flash fiction piece about Alaska, The Darkest Month, and then spent the next hour reading the whole thing in detail. It reminded me of the days before digital when albums were tangible works of art.
The whole album is a story of one man, Charlie McCarver, a pioneer in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the last century. The book inside the album includes all of the supplementary writing from 11 different authors, as well as, photos, artwork and song lyrics. In chronological order and sometimes epistolary in nature as many of the writings are letters and diary entries, it is a stand alone anthology. But you have to hear the music! That’s the best part, of course.
Check out their blog post here to learn more about tour dates and watch a video of the band perform.