I write short stories and flash, mostly. I'm currently at work on my third novel, hoping it doesn't suck as much as the last two.
My ss collection, Big World, is out now (Short Flight/Long Drive Books) and I have a chapbook of flash, Less Shiny, that might still be available from Magic Helicopter Press. My stories have been published in McSweeney's Quarterly, Versal, New Stories from the South, Black Clock, Mississippi Review, and Oxford American.
I write because I can't do anything else.
Also, because I like it.
Mary Gaitskill, Susan Minot, Beth Nugent, Walker Percy, Denis Johnson, Amy Hempel, Lynda Barry, Larry Brown, Donna Tartt, and many, many others.
love, love, love this story! (As well as so many of your other stories.)
Hey Mary...how's life been since Big World came out?
Thanks for the invite, Mary, btw.
Hey, Mary. I can be a serious dumb ass, the most careless writer on the planet - or that's how it feels. For wall comment number three: I meant Roy Kesey. I don't think they are related, these two writers. Roy is on Fictionaut. Red Velvet cake is the thing, isn't it?
hey, you two share a birthday!!
Ken Kesey, he dead.
Did you figure out that I wrote you a note from Fictionaut founder Jurgen's Fauth's computer.
Happy Birthday, Mary. It's also the birthday of writer Ken Kesey. He's getting all sorts of greetings on Facebook...
Hope you have a lovely day. I feel like I am in for a good one.
We also share a birthday with Natalie Portman. I like how all the calendars I see on walls say June 09 as if the whole month is about our birthday. Hope you have a happy one, too!
Rachel Yoder has me read stories from Big World, and then we discuss. We agree that the stories in Big World are awesome stories. Feel better having got that off my chest.
I'm a fan!
Mary, I am reading Big World right now, as the nurses walk to and fro outside my husband's hospital room, medical machines beeping their alarms in the background. It's a terrific book, and I love that it's transporting me far from here.
haha - it's my most prized possession. good material too. i should probably make more and sell them out of the trunk of my car.
Mary Miller! Nice to meet you, too, at AWP. And as for your book, "forcing it" on people has not been difficult. Once they read one line, they are in... I plan to use this tactic--"Hey, just read this one line..."--to lure more people into the stories, so that I will have more people with whom to discuss them. It's a beautiful system I have.
And have I mentioned that I love your stories? I mean, more than three thousand times? Well, I do!
Thanks for the congrats. We have the same birthday!
Very, very nice.
You know I'm a huge fan, have been ever since reading your work on Zoe about five-six years ago. I knew I could spot talent! You and Randall Brown were the two authors that kept me coming back to the flash/ss boards!
Just ordered Less Shiny and am looking forward to it very much.
It has been a while, Mary! How is school? I want to hear all about it. I hope you love it very much.
I really liked both of your stories.
Hope you're doing well.
here's an emoticon i should have known before last week, but didnt.
Thanks. I wrote that on my own wall, which is probably not how walls work. That's why I have no facebook--that wall and all those applications and what not. It's just chaos.
mary - just read through all the pieces in the new hobart. yours is my favorite. great stuff.
this is the cindy crawford :.)
I do! <(*^*)> , <(*u*)>, <(*&*)> (various pig expressions - from my daughter! : ( :O :D (in order, sad, surprised, joyous)
I can't even do that one.
I haven't heard of fictionaut until today! Everyone's already here! lol.
i'm going to do an emoticon now. this is the only one i know. i tried it in an email w/ Cooper and either he was embarrassed for me or it worked.
do you know any others?