Each year, I focus on some kind of major project. Last year, it was the Yelp reviews. 2013 was focused on making final edits to The Bones of Us and creating my e-chapbook, Porn For The Blind. I wasn’t sure what I was going to work on this year until I stumbled onto it in the first workshop I took for my MFA program.
I always believe that a core idea finds you. If you go looking for a core idea to work with, you run the risk of not finding it or forcing the idea to exist only for it to falter when you explore it. I also believe in keeping a core idea vague enough where it allows you lots of wiggle room to explore it. For example, the core idea in my novella Bodies Made of Smoke was “a woman who is a big fan of the Highlander franchise”. I was able to do a lot with that core idea.
Part of my (ongoing) MFA thesis work won the 2015 Five [Quarterly]‘s e-chapbook contest in the Fiction category. I’ve been nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize a couple of times. This is the first time I’ve ever won something, literary or otherwise and it’s a really amazing, humbling moment. Click the picture below to check it out.