Somehow, The Good Men Project finds my memoirs worth re-posting! This one was my intro to creative nonfiction, and tbh I don’t think I’ve topped it since.
Remember that phase of writing creative nonfiction I had a few years ago? (it was during a really severe bout of writer’s block) Turns out The Good Men Project thought one of them was good enough to repost.
Suddenly I’m 14 again, hunched over my computer in the dark. Enjoy these recs!
“Doldrums” is one of my favorite short stories that I’ve written. It went live at The Yard: Crime Blog today, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. It’s a story about loneliness, questions to which there aren’t good answers, and being lost at sea.
A review of one of my favorite horror podcasts functions as the “and more” of this title!
Grats on making it through three whole months of 2021.
Good luck out there
It turns out there are actually people in this world who are willing to look over the chaos that is any first draft of mine and help me make it coherent (not a task for the faint-hearted). Chief among them is K.A. Collings, who is a superb editor and just went over my latest short story, in which I finally explore all the things I find creepy about cargo ships.
Collings has a knack for gently nudging a piece exactly where it needs to go, with overarching commentary, line edits, and in-depth analysis of what’s working and what’s not. She’s not just good at telling what needs to happen to a piece to make it truly shine; she can also explain her edits deftly, and when she’s done, all the wrinkles seem to shake out, and the piece comes together.
I definitely recommend her for edits of anything that involves words and paper. Her editorial services can be found here, and you can follow her on Twitter @ka_collings.
Don’t worry, this isn’t another “reflecting on 2020” post because we’ve had enough of those, and better philosophers than me can analyze this trashfire. Instead, here’s a round-up of what I’ve been up to, as far as writing goes, anyway.
~Graduated (in absentia) from the University of Limerick with my MA in Creative Writing
~Started Quaint and Curious Volumes, my horror column, at Luna Station Quarterly
~Got a listing on Poets & Writers which means I’m a real poet or something.
There you have it, folks. Happy 2021.
It’s over, Mr. Frodo. It’s done.