“Swans” is up today at Squalorly. Thanks to fiction editor Pete Stevens for taking the piece. “Swans” is part of a series called MILK TEETH. Previous installments can be found here, here, and here. You can read another story from the gold man’s POV here. New stories in the series are forthcoming in Banango Street and Passages North. Holla.
Anchor Points is up at theNewerYork. It’s a short story about a sadistic dentist, and it’s part of a series of stories called MILK TEETH. It’s inspiration came partly from googling the phrase “fish with human teeth,” which you absolutely should not do. Previous stories in MILK TEETH can be found here, here, and here.
Lake of Earth is nearly a year old. As a way to mark that, I thought I’d list some things I’ve learned over the past few years. Some of this might seem painfully basic, but they’re lessons that’ve taken me a while to get right.
1. Do the Work
I had a professor in undergrad, Rebecca Gorman-O’Neill, who told us that “writers write.” This seems like obvious advice, but I didn’t do a great job of it after graduation. From 2008-2010, I wrote very little. I’d chip away at existing stories once or twice a month or write first drafts I never returned to. I almost never submitted work. I’m not sure what I was waiting for. I told myself that I was collecting ideas, that I only wanted to write when I was “inspired.” Those reasons were bullshit. I just didn’t want to do the work. While I discovered a lot of great authors in that time (Gary Lutz, Blake Butler, and Aimee Bender to name a few), I had zero disciple, so I never got finished anything.
In early 2011, I started writing on a schedule and sending out work. Later on in the year, the work started getting published. I also began writing in a journal about what I was reading, and that kind of close analysis helped my stories. In this article about Maria Bamford, her mantra is reportedly “Do the work.” It’s good advice for all realms of life. If you want to do something well, you’re going to have to put in the hours.
New story in issue five of Kilgore Quarterly! It features comics by Noah Van Sciver and Sam Spina, an essay by John Kuebler, an interview in comics with Anders Nilsen, and more. It can be ordered here.
Valkyrie is up today at Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Thanks to editor Tobias Carroll for taking the piece. After having the idea for the story, I thought, “That doesn’t sound like something I’d usually write.” I had just finished some longer work, so I was interested in trying something different. Anyway, while reading the story, maybe listen to this?
“Collar” is up today at The Fanzine. It’s part of a loosely connected series called MILK TEETH. More on that in the coming months.
“Vessel” is in the new issue of SAND, a literary magazine based in Berlin. It’s almost sold out, so I think you’ll have to go to Berlin for a copy. Haven’t you always wanted to go to Berlin? It’s alright, I hear the weather’s just fine.