Monthly Archives: February 2015

A New Story- “Lover, I’ll Be Waiting”

Many years ago I took a phenomenal class (taught by an amazing professor) on Pre-Modern Japanese Ghost Stories. For the class, I wrote a creative response that incorporated the motifs and tales of  the folklore we were reading and also the more contemporary style, motifs, and themes of ghost stories.

As some readers know, ghostlore is one of my biggest writerly/ readerly/ scholarly obsessions. So, I’ve been tinkering with the piece since and it remains one of my favorite writing experiences. This story was exciting to write.

I am happy to say that, now, the story has found a wonderful home with excellent literary journal Wyvern Lit and you can now read it here. There are so many amazing pieces in this issue and I am truly proud to be along side them.

 

(Note: as always, you can find links to all of my digitally available writing and news of print publications on my Writings {published} page)

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Music to Write Antarctic Terror To

I’m having a writing day. Well, earlier it was grading day, but I try not to grade more than 6 hours straight, since I think my commenting skills begin to go downhill after that point. And I should say it’s a writing day until The Great British Baking Show begins and I have to get all tense with worry about my favorite baker. It will be a writing day/ night again after that, though. (I’ll save Downton Abbey to watch tomorrow when I’m in a less grouchy mood and won’t need to go into as much of an Edith-related rage).

However while working, on what’s fast becoming a very long sci-fi horror story, I began to think about the way I write to music. Often, I do so because it helps me stay focused, but also because it helps me stay within the mindset / tone that I need. For an example, of the sort of insanity this normally creates in me, I recently listened to Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” 32 times in a row, because it had me in such a good writing zone that I needed it for the entirety of the story I was writing.

I’ll plan to do a more in-depth version of this in regards to the novel I’m writing, but for now here are the ten songs I’ve listened to on repeat while working on my current story (Where available, I’ve linked to the song from the artist’s Youtube page).

1.) Spoon’s “I Just Don’t Understand

2.) Gotye’s “Easy Way Out

3.) Lhasa’s “Is Anything Wrong

4.) TV on the Radio’s “Happy Idiot

5.) Lucinda Williams’ “Changed the Locks”

6.) Hozier’s “Work Song

7.) Andrew Bird’s “Three White Horses

8.) JD McPherson’s “North Side Gal

9.) Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson’s “Buriedfed

10.) Jim White’s “Corvair

 

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Where in the World is Pints?

Seeing that I haven’t posted in a long while (my dear reader, how did you cope?), I thought I’d update on some of what’s keeping me busy. In addition to grad school, teaching, helping to edit a literary magazine, and writing monthly columns for the awesome Luna Station Quarterly, I’m also working on three big writing projects. Why three, you ask? The only honest answer is probably that I like the idea of driving myself insane. However, the answer that I’ll give is that I find it much easier to write if I’m able to take breaks to work on other things. The three projects are a poetry collection (for my thesis) along with a linked story collection of sci-fi pieces and a novel.

In other update-y news: I have pieces forthcoming from a variety of places. These wonderful places include: Bombay Gin Literacy Journal (two poems), Wyvern Lit (a story), Cake (a poem), Soft Blow (four poems), Diabolical Plots (a story), Monster Fancy-from Minor Arcana Press (a story), and Apex Magazine (a poem). As always, I’ll post links to the pieces available online on my Writings Published page as they appear! I’m very excited to appear in each of these excellent literary places. Check them all out!

And because who doesn’t want some reading updates? The next five books on my to-be read shelf (not ones I’m reading for classes, but ones I’m reading because I must has them books): The Wilds by: Julia Elliott, Trigger Warning by: Neil Gaiman, Ghosts by: Roger Clarke, Scatter Adapt and Remember by: Annalee Newitz, and Once Upon a Time by: Marina Warner. So, as you can see, I’m in book heaven!

So, while Pints hasn’t been posting, she has been working and shall be posting again much sooner this time. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some words of wisdom from my Facebook statusbot: “Now everyone I am going to take the entire dream…” Statusbot may be writing all my poems for me from now on, it appears.

 

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