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Hi Sophie – thanks for asking! Writing is going well. As usual, I have many writing projects in various states of progress. And I actually have a story coming out soon in the next issue of Reed Magazine. I'll post about it when it comes out :)
Toggle Commented May 1, 2019 on happy spring at elephantine
I'm so glad you liked them! x
Sorry for dropping the ball on the short story posts, guys. In the meantime, happy spring! Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at elephantine
Another busy week. But here's what I read! "The Confession" by Leïla Slimani "The Adopted Son'' by Guy de Maupassant "All Will Be Will" by Yiyun Li "Candace" by Michelle Miller "How to Become a Writer" by Lorrie Moore Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at elephantine
I'm so glad to hear that! :) Thanks for stopping by, Claudia.
I haven't had time to write up anything this week, but I still want to share what I've been reading: "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver "At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners" by Lauren Groff "The Solidarity of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at elephantine
A few months ago, when I started reading a short story a day, I decided on a few loose "rules": I wanted to read mostly new-to-me stories, with a few old favorites sprinkled in, I wanted to vary the types... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at elephantine
Hi Jackie – I haven't read any of Danielle Lazarin's stories. Thanks so much for that link! I'll read it soon :)
Enjoy! :)
I don’t know of many short stories told from the perspective of an inanimate object. The most famous one is probably “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury, which is about an automated house. And for the purposes of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2019 at elephantine
A couple years ago I took an online writing class that assigned the story "Boys" by Rick Moody as part of the weekly reading. And then our teacher asked us to write a short piece in a similar style. If... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2019 at elephantine
Isn't it?! And how great that you were at the workshop — a friend of mine was there, too (small world!) and I learned about Rachel through her. I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel when she came to Seattle to promote Suicide Club, too. She's wonderful.
Hi Anna — I'm so glad to hear that! I love the discussion they include on the podcast, too. It adds so much to the reading/listening experience. Thanks for stopping by :)
Last week I wrote about one of my favorite first lines of a short story, so I figured this week I'd mention one of my favorite last lines of a short story. And the story that immediately came to mind... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at elephantine
I'll look those up! Thanks, Claudia :)
You definitely should! (And I would love to see it.)
Hi Anna — That makes me so happy to hear that! Thanks for letting me know. Happy reading!
Thanks so much, Cammie! My story finding process is a bit random. Some days I'm thinking about a certain author for whatever reason, so I'll see what stories of theirs are available online. Other days I'll visit one of the websites that I know publishes good fiction and see what catches my eye. And then of course I have collections on my bookshelves to pick from, too. Oh, and recommendations from others! I'm also trying to vary my reading, so if I read Chekhov one day, I might look for an up-and-coming writer the next. Or if I read something very lyrical and lush one day, I might look for something quirky the next. I've been finding that this variety actually makes me appreciate each story more :)
One of my favorite first lines of a short story is from “Paper Lantern” by Stuart Dybek: We were working late on the time machine in the little makeshift lab upstairs. I love it because it works well on so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at elephantine
I have a thing for stories that cover long spans of time. But the vast majority of temporally expansive stories use flashbacks and jump back and forth in time; I rarely find stories that account for a lifetime worth of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at elephantine
Hi Tara — I definitely get what you’re saying about Yiyun Li’s story. I actually love the story, but it took me a couple reads to get there. I think that sometimes it’s a matter of being in the right headspace for a story to resonate... but sometimes a story just isn’t going to do it for you, no matter how receptive you are. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!
That sounds like a great class :)
Thanks so much, Chelsey! I'm really glad to hear that.
Thanks so much for sharing this list! The only one I've read is Louise Erdrich's story, which I'm ashamed to say I don't remember at all, but I have a copy of it and I'll revisit it soon. And Deborah Eisenberg! I have not read very much of her work, but she was introduced to me via "Some Other, Better Otto" and I've been meaning to read more ever since. You should definitely write some posts, too, if you feel motivated to — leave a link if you do!