Tagged: fiction

Good, bad, what if?

Good, bad, what if?

I am always asking, “What if?” What if I turn this story in a series of flash pieces? What if I apply to this job at a different library? What if I write an essay about every library I’ve used? What if I put my hair into dreadlocks? What if I just dye it purple?...

Don Quixote: Meta masterpiece

Don Quixote: Meta masterpiece

I went into my reading of Don Quixote expecting to be bored to tears, but having the book put in its proper historic and social context made me realize that the Quixote is about much, much more than a lunatic chasing windmills. Not only is it a story within a story, but a story within a story within a story, and Cervantes uses that story within a story within a story to make one of the most hilarious social commentaries this world will ever see.

Why I love experimental fiction

Why I love experimental fiction

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and sometimes fiction is truer than truth. And sometimes, in order to tell a story the right way, you need to let the story know it’s a story.

Short Story: Shimmer

You know—or used to know—three things. In your youth, when you embraced an obnoxious and overt homosexuality to compensate for your teenage awkwardness and unknowing, you rejected the idea of your body as something to be ashamed of, something to be changed, something to be hidden. The luxury of love has clothed you in silks...

White barn that says "Eden Hall Barn Chatham University"

Flash Fiction: It Could Be

Mia finds a barn on the Iowa side of the Sioux City outskirts. It sits atop an almost imperceptible bump of a hill, a white sailboat against the ocean of the meadow rippling like waves in the wind. She couldn’t find her grandparents’ graves, and she still doesn’t know where, exactly, they used to grow...