I’m always intrigued when a new group for a literary journal is formed at Fictionaut. I contacted RW Spryszak about his new group, Thrice Fiction, and how it ties in to his magazine, Thrice Fiction. Thrice Fiction, in their own words:
The main thing Thrice Fiction means to feature is the forms fiction can take. So along with the more standard, straight-up, rote, causative stories that go from A to B to C, there will always be the form benders. Is it poem or is it short story? Is it recognizable at all? Does it tip a hat toward the phenomenon of flash fiction? The answers are; who cares? Does it have to be? And why not? Respectively
We don’t always know where we’re going. All history, besides usually written by the victors, is also retrospect. And sometimes a survivor gets a word in edgewise.
It’s the edgewise we’re after.
So we’ll mix forms we may not yet understand with the more acceptable, accessible ones. We do this in the hope that it can all be seen as part of the same effort. We set the proximity between the two streams so they can at least offer validity to each other from a new viewpoint. Not that anyone is seeking approval, but simply making the statement that they belong together for a reason. People who love words read it all.
Q (Lynn Beighley: ): I sent an email to RW Spryszak, and received a response, and then got your obliging acceptance of the interview. I’m not sure if RW Spyszak is your real name and I have no first name. What should I call you?
Seems like you’ve been very active in both writing and publishing and worked full-time as well. How do you keep your writing in your life when you have to take care of a job and kids?
Well for example my second granddaughter is getting born tomorrow. My daughter Kate has to be induced because she developed pregnancy-specific diabetes and is on insulin, and they have to induce because that’s not good for the baby, so they have to get her born tomorrow. But I compartmentalize like everybody else. I walked away from it for about 10 years and concentrated on my family, though I never gave up on the contacts and friends I made in the 80’s and 90’s. Lori Jackson, who was just about to break through in the early 90’s, wrote a piece for the Fiction Review when I ran it called “And the Corpse Had Numerous Tattoos”. It was about a woman with a lot of tattoos who dies of a heroin overdose. She sent it in and then went and died of a heroin overdose. She had tons of tattoos. Stuff like that makes you think. But I’m at the point now, with my daughters on their own, that whenever I feel the need I just hide upstairs and start hammering away at it. Bits of what I’m working on I put up at Fictionaut with the hopes somebody will say something useful. Mostly though people only say things when they like it, which is odd because I usually hate what I write the next day and everybody’s so damn nice over there. None of what I’ve posted there now looks like it does there.
In the meantime I’ve done everything from sales to construction to being a printer. I’ve worked every shift there is. When I rip off a piece of napkin and write furiously on it and stuff it in my shirt, people are used to it.
Where’s the connection with Fictionaut for the magazine? I see some contributors who are my friends on Twitter, but who aren’t Fictionnaughters.
What’s the point of creating a Fictionaut group?
I wasn’t invited to join, and I have to admit, that stings. What are you looking for in the submissions?
The free downloads to computer are the most popular. It should be noted that the pay-for-hard-copy version sells quite a bit for being limited in our marketing, but we don’t see a penny of that. That’s why we have to be careful about accepting long work or a lot of things, because the more we pack in there the more expensive it becomes. I’d like an alternative. We’re looking into it.
Thank you for the invitation. Your artwork is gorgeous. Who does it, what inspires it?
So to summarize, what do you hope to receive from your contributors to the group?