Fiction can’t touch this one.
Sometimes the truth really is that much better.
Read Chad Cottle’s story, and you’ll understand.
Visit Chicago Now to read my long-time friend and fellow writer’s adoption reunification story, ”I Had My Mother’s Name!”
Carrie Goldman chose to use Chad’s piece as her grand finale for “30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days,” a November series in honor of National Adoption Month. The Huffington Post will re-run the series in January, so watch for the story there too.
If you like Chad’s writing, you can find more of it on his Amazon Author Page.
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The first mystery, where novels [and short stories] are concerned, is how anyone manages, ever, to write a book that’s any good at all.
Sure, go ahead, simulate life, using only ink and paper. Take the words offered by the dictionary, the same words that are available to everybody who can read, and arrange them so strategically that they simultaneously illuminate and deepen the mystery of human existence.
Do so in a way that’s cogent and compelling, that grabs readers with the opening line and doesn’t let them go until the final one. Don’t make it too neat and tidy—that will come off as trivial. But don’t make it too messy and sprawling, either—that won’t feel like much of anything at all…
Still want to write after that?
If your answer is ‘YES!’: you’re crazy, but I understand. You must read-read-read and write-write-write though. So, start now: subscribe to Electric Literature’s Recommended Readings, read Wescott’s The Pilgrim Hawk, or check out these suggested shorts (bottom of the page). You’ll be glad you did.
Oh, yeah, and then write. You have to because–remember?–you’re crazy. But, people like me understand.
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“Hide and Seek with Summer” is now up at Citizen Brooklyn, a magazine
devoted to “unique energy, diversity, and expression.”
I just call Citizen Brooklyn edgy and provocative. It’s worth the look.
…watching my curtains rise and fall
my breath pushes in from outside
after I have drawn them against your heat…
(Try reading the piece different ways: right column first and then left, left column first and then right, or top to bottom. But, no matter how I tried, it just couldn’t get it to work backwards.)
The poem was first published by Intersections in 2008.
Pay them a visit too, if you have the time.
Authors include: Nick Boreham, Mark Budman, Claude Clayton Smith, Mindy Hardwick, Christine Pakkala, Dave Schofield, Megan Smith-Harris, Townsend Walker, and me.
To purchase the collection, visit iTunes.
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Out of over 825 entries, this ‘ultra-short’ (under 150 words) story was selected as an honoree in the 9th Annual Ultra-Short Competition sponsored by The Binnacle. “Here Lie the Chicken Bones” will be published in late 2012 / early 2013 with the other fifty-two honorees and, of course, the four winners.
So, check one out.
Or, submit something. It’s always ‘no’ unless you try.
And, congrats to the winners!
Eric Svehaug – Married Love, Year Thirty (Poetry)
Cynthia Tracy Larsen – The Loyalty of Legs (General Fiction)
Lisa Ricard Claro – A Twisty Thing (Humor)
Jordan Gilletti – Roots (UMM Student Winner)
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