My dissertation is rigid, POV-wise, and it’s been a while since I’ve worked on a long form first person story. To compensate, these short monologues show up on my blank pages from time to time. Here is my latest one of those.
Also, related: I have never named a child. I have named two dogs, though, after American music icons. We’ve got Woody Guthrie (the bigger one) and Elmore James (the littlest).
I’m excited to appear with some friends in this latest issue: Meri Culp, Keith Kopka, and Russ Franklin.
Thank you to Mary Jane Ryals and Michael Trammell for including me.
The American Literary Review nominated “Miss Thailand Country Band” for a Pushcart.
I wrote that story ten years ago with a prompt from writer, Jim Heynan: Write about something that is off-limits.
I’m excited to have my lyric essay, “Variables” included on Cahoodaloodaling’s list of nominations for the Best Small Fictions anthology. Many thanks to Raquel Thorne and the journal’s team for letting me be a part of such a cool issue.
The journal’s latest issue, Joysticks, is also fun and full of punchy pieces. Special bonus–the theme is joy!
Two interns for the literary journal interviewed me about my theater background, my time living in Bangkok, and my obsession with point of view (among other things). You can read about it here.
Carolina Quartly has published my story, “Ready for Glory,” on their website this week. This is the first I’ve published from an ongoing project I’ve been working on as part of my Ph.D, which is to “adapt” (I put quotes because I’m still trying to figure out what that means) the stories in James Joyce’s DUBLINERS to stories about present day Detroit.
It’s exciting to have “Ready for Glory” out first, because it is based on the first story in Dubliners, “The Sisters.” Take a look if you wanna.
The second story, based on “The Encounter” has also already found a home. News about that is coming soon.
The first few were easiest because they are about childhood, something I love to write about, and because they are in first person. As the project progresses, it gets trickier, but I’m also embarking on the challenges that have drawn me to the project in the first place: to learn how Joyce uses point of view. With every story, I’ve been enjoying finding parallels with early 20th century Dublin and early 21st century Detroit. There are more than I’d imagined.
I brought back some boxes of old books after my Thanksgiving visit home. Among them, I found a Detroit Public Schools anthology that published a poem I wrote randomly one day in English class. It wasn’t an assignment. I think that impressed my teacher more than anything. I still had to learn some things about verb tenses, but I was already starting to tell stories.
This one, “Next to Godliness” is a flash story that came from a prompt from my Fall 2016 fiction workshop at Georgia State [Write a story that takes a saying literally and use it for the premise of a story].
I think I must have submitted at least 20 stories to this magazine before they finally took one. Writing ain’t nothing if it ain’t persistence.
I am excited to share the entry for NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest that I made with my friend Libby. I wrote this song 9 years ago (!) while I was living in Thailand.
The most fun part of making this video was watching the other entries on Youtube for ideas about how to go about this one. There are so many tremendous musicians, so many fun ways to record music.
My husband, Jeremy, recorded this one and my friend Libby O’Neill is on the violin.
You can listen to her music here.
PROMPT: Learn a happy song about love.
Because so many of my friends are celebrating love today, I’m going to go ahead and sing about it.
SONG OF THE DAY: Rainbow Connection
Because once I played this for my friends in a friend’s living room and her mother came in and asked, “Is that a song about being gay?” She thought Jim Hensen was gay. I’m pretty sure he was not, however, today this song is about being gay.