I need to mention that Grey Sparrow Press is holding their very first flash fiction contest. Entry fee is only $5.00. You can submit here. I will be helping to judge and am honored to participate. Help support a small, upcoming, freshly brilliant press.
I had my interview with Albuquerque the Magazine last week. It went really well. I was impressed by the intern, Brandon Call, who interviewed me. Brandon asked me some very detailed questions and said that he rarely reads through books that they receive at the magazine because of lack of time, but that he was so taken with how cleanly written the book is and the interesting subject matter that he read a large part of it (I know that sentence was not clean). Besides the Albuquerque Journal, it is definitely up there in terms of potentially large media coverage and professionalism. I even had pictures of me taken by a professional photographer. Sales of my novel have slumped, so I am hoping this will invigorate the decline. They will be having a launch party next month, which I will be invited to attend. Maybe I will forge more connections.
Good but generic rejections from Camera Obscura, Mom Egg. Generic rejection from Electric Literature.
I have dramatically pulled away from Facebook and other avenues of self-promotion because of the lack of time. Also because it’s frustrating. It all feels like a popularity contest, and I was never popular in school nor will I ever be. (Heck, I was even lowest of the low on the food chain at a writers’ conference a couple years ago–I can’t compete!) Who can post the most flashy update? How many people will like it? It makes me angry how many “friends” remember my birthday because it’s listed on Facebook but cannot remember my son’s because it is not. Is all of this making us more civilized? I need to read Sherry Turkle’s book, which I’m sure I will agree with wholeheartedly. I have also realized it’s a waste of time, of which I have precious little. So I am pulling away from that and focusing more on the actual business of writing.
I am excited about a new story that I am working on–the longest to date (over 10,000 words). Working title: Basquiat. It’s definitely more voice-driven than my usual stuff. I also just finished Incendiary by Chris Cleave. LOVED THIS BOOK. I get a lot of questions about my penchant for writing male characters. Cleave writes a female’s POV so beautifully…. the novel is fantastic. I’ve been reading this book as I’ve been working on this story hoping the strong voice will carry over into my work. I like how Cleave will throw in whoppers: little (but HUGE) sentences that make you stop and re-read. Stuff that stays with you. You’ll be happily reading, the writing is flowing, the words are just coming, and all of a sudden he fires a bullet into your chest and you have to stop and take a breath. That’s good writing.