Archive for the 'Line Breaks' Category

So here’s “Alteration.” You will notice that it sucks. I can’t figure out who I’m imitating here, though it’s not George Saunders, because I wouldn’t read him for another five years. Probably I’m trying to channel Ignatious J. Riley.

   Checking in with Shred the Safehouse
   Fictionaut Five: Greg Olear
   Monday Chat with Christopher Allen

The story was worthless, she said, a narcissistic, solipsistic, repugnant waste of time.

   Fictionaut Five: Timothy Schaffert
   New Twitter Feed: @FictonautRx
   Introducing Fictionaut Front Page
   Checking in with @Geek

Line Breaks is honored to feature Meg Wolitzer, a selfless & generous mentor to countless writers, and one of the most talented novelists working in America.

   Fictionaut Five: David Abrams
   Monday Chat with Sam Rasnake

The idea of the past and present existing simultaneously is an obsession of mine, and until just now, rereading the story after all these years, I had forgotten that it started with “The Right Thing.”

   Fictionaut Five: Tom Franklin
   Monday Chat with James Lloyd Davis
   Checking In With Midwestern Gothic

I wrote “Gershwin’s Second Prelude” in my mid-30s, at a time when I was contemplating the idea of quitting the writing life altogether. [Read more]

   Fictionaut Five: Sara Lippmann
   Checking in with Gigantic Sequins
   Fictionaut Five: Adam Robinson
   Luna Digest, 10/26

I was 22 when I wrote this. I can’t remember where it came from except that I did actually sell rhodium jewelry on Yonge St. in Toronto in the mid-70s and it was one of those occupations that could make an already crabby person insanely misanthropic. [Read more]

   Fictionaut Five: Lauren Cerand
   Luna Digest, 9/21
   Fictionaut Faves, 9/20: Perfect Pho
   Checking in With A-Minor

For the first few years I lived in our house in Maine, our only unexpected, ever hopeful visitor was a dog who crossed the highway often to visit us – so of course once I began imagining the world of the story, the dog made his scheduled appearance. [Read more]

   Fictionaut Faves, 7/11
   Checking in with SF & Fantasy
   Fictionaut Five: Marcy Dermansky
   Luna Digest, 7/6

Moving Day” appeared in the October, 1974, issue of Redbook. I wrote it in the midst of my early, autodidactic days of striving to be an artist, when I was mostly writing pretty badly by the standards I was trying to set for myself. But this is a good story. [Read more]

   Checking in with Negative Suck
   Fictionaut Faves, 5/6
   Fictionaut Five: Sam Rasnake

Writing about writing is not the easiest task — but I tried to make the best of it. Then, luckily, I remembered how I’d always wanted to write about The Chair. The Chair! I loved that chair, or at least the idea of the chair. [Read more]

   Fictionaut Faves, 4/15
   Fictionaut Five: Finnegan Flawnt
   Luna Digest, 4/13

Writing “The Palatski Man” had a liberating effect in that rather than trying to exert control, I was able to surrender to the story. It was a border I had to cross and it was also something I had to learn to do by allowing myself to do it. To exert control had required that I copy other writers. When I was finished writing “The Palatski Man,” I realized the story had taken me to a place I could have never gotten to without writing it. That’s the first I still feel the most indebted to. [Read more]

   Bid On a Significant Egg Whisk
   Checking In With Mad Hatter Review
   Fictionaut Faves: April Fools’ Edition
   Christian Crumlish Joins Fictionaut Board of Advisors


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