Tagged: fiction

2015 by the numbers

2015 by the numbers

Writing 5 short stories published 1 essay published Approximately 56 blog posts published on TheRumpus.net Approximately 12 blog posts published on EleventhStack.Wordpress.com Submitting 4 stories accepted for publication (2 that were published this year were accepted in 2014) 10 submissions withdrawn because of acceptances elsewhere 73 total submissions to literary journals and chapbook presses Reading...

Adding diversity to my fiction

Adding diversity to my fiction

I was halfway through writing my MFA thesis—a collection of feminist retellings of Warren Zevon songs—when I read Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti (one of my favorite feminist authors) and realized I’d made a glaring omission in my project. All my main characters were women, yes, but they were all white women. As soon...

#FridayReads: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

#FridayReads: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Mostly, I love Neil Gaiman. I always get that sense of a dark, deep mystery being solved when I read one of his books. He taps into the parts of our brains that live on mythology and stories, and mostly nails it. I read his comics first (Books of Magic and Sandman), so I’ll always...

Five plot points that ruin the story

Five plot points that ruin the story

I am guilty of judging books by their covers. If I see a book cover or dust jacket that’s visually appealing, I read the jacket copy. Sometimes I find something amazing. But there are certain plot conventions—cliches, really—that make me put the book back on the shelf no matter how pretty the cover is. Zombies/Zombie...

#FridayReads: Criminal by Brubaker and Phillips

#FridayReads: Criminal by Brubaker and Phillips

Ever since his run on the revamped early 2000s Catwoman series, I have been in love with Ed Brubaker. After branching out into Fatale and Velvet, both of which I loved, I decided to go back and check out some of his earlier stuff. Unfortunately, the first volume of Criminal did not catch my fancy....