“Above” (NEW STORY(S) OH COOL)

The Towers

Oh hey, my iPod took a decent picture for once!

After breaking back into a pattern of regular updates this January, I must confess it’s been a time since my last e-contribution. Two weeks, in internet-years… that’s what, a decade? But no matter! New material is here, and well as new news. A brief diversion before the “main course”:

–The latest issue of the University of Washington‘s premiere speculative fiction journal AU is revving up for their seventh volume, “Chronos,” where time (travel) stories are the name of the game! Fittingly/fortunately enough, the deadline traveled into the future a full seven days last week, allowing me much-needed time to put the finishing touches on my submission, “Until,” last night. It’s a (hopefully) thought-provoking piece adapted from a lighthearted word-doodle I produced for “Write Away!” a year ago, and it also has this opening line:

“One day, I woke up, and it was the future. Not just for me, though. For everybody.”

The rest is a little rough in spots, though, so I’m going to hold off on posting any further samples until I hear whether it’s been accepted or not–and if so, what the editing team has to offer!

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So yes, back to business: I’ve shared work from my poetry class, but not prose! That’d be ENGL 384 on “literary portraiture,” in which we read the works of authors with a distinct style and then try to imitate their style in a piece of our own. The below story was initially my shot at imitating the tone and texture of Mary Gaitskill’s “The Other Place,” though I kicked it up a notch with illustrations (as inspired by the experimental elements of Carole Maso’s The Art Lover and W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants) for a more recent “longer short fiction piece,” along with overall revision. Enjoy!

Above

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