July 2, 2011

What A Week

All parts of Bodies Made of Smoke are up. Later this year, the paper version will come out. I’m really, really, really proud that I did this. I’ve never written a 10,000 word story before and was glad they pushed me to make this happen. In order:

Foreword

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

I want to write another one but it’s challenging for me to write like that unless I am pushed to do it. We’ll see.

I have a new poem up at decomP called “No Song Titles Were Harmed In The Writing Of This Poem” which you can hear and read here.

On July 15, I’ll find out whether I make the Write Bloody list for a second book. I’m crossing everything that I can at this point.

I’m writing test questions at work and there is a fascinating science to it, including constructing question stems and distractors. I’ve reached that stage where if someone writes a  question, I can tell if it is well constructed and how to improve on the construction of the question. For example if your question is:

“Who can tell me who invented the first airplane?”

The correct answer won’t be “The Wright Brothers” but “I can” if that person knows the answer. If you want your answer to be “The Wright Brothers”, then construct your question like this:

“Who invented the first airplane?”

Enough instructional design nerding out. I am going to do some non-writing things. Enjoy your holiday.

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About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at iheartfailure.net.

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