Tagged: writing

Five reasons I’d love to submit to your lit mag

Five reasons I’d love to submit to your lit mag

The specific ingredients that make a literary journal “good” are always up for debate, because what constitutes “good” literature is subjective. As it should be. But just as lit mag editors can do things that will make me think twice (or thrice) about submitting, there are some things they can do that will make me...

Find me at The Rumpus

Find me at The Rumpus

Yesterday my first blog post for online literary-type magazine The Rumpus went live. It’s called “Internet Content Mills Have Nothing on the Hardy Boys,” and you can read it here (don’t worry, it’s short—like this post).

I can predict the weather

I can predict the weather

I felt the change in weather as a migraine spider-webbing its way across the right side of my skull. The storm suited my mood: impatient, unsatisfied, expectant. I have not yet developed an instinct for process, for taking joy in the things themselves and not just what results from the things. When the clouds and...

David Comfort’s publishing guide is not so comforting

David Comfort’s publishing guide is not so comforting

David Comfort’s The Insider’s Guide to Publishing is depressing, although I believe he was aiming for darkly humorous. Unfortunately, I found the humor to be more annoying than funny. I will save you the trouble of reading it by distilling the information here: Publication is unlikely, especially paid publication. Your book will probably flop, and...

All of it’s true, and none of it happened

All of it’s true, and none of it happened

The book is perhaps the most challenging I’ve ever read, or ever will read, both from the perspective of writing craft and from the perspective of subject matter. The images and scenes are vivid and hard to face. They show carnage, destruction, cruelty and disfigurement, all of which are worse than death.

O’Brien’s writing is the same. He tears the craft apart, destroys the genre of fiction and leaves it bleeding and raw with its guts hanging out and its head cut off and posted on a stake at the entrance.