Did I Mention?

Last month, I had a flash piece published in the JellyfishReview. It’s called “Hardware.” I’ve really come to love that little magazine. They publish consistently fine writing, make it look nice on their site, and are kind to authors. What more is there?

“Hardware” was part of a series of four I wrote over 2015 and 2016, featuring the same family but different POVs, all set in Taos, where we went for extended visits four times in that period. Originally, the bulk of the story took place in a hardware store, but that fell away around revision three. Still, the title seemed to work, and I added some small screws to the piece so it has some mooring in the physical reality of the story.

And come to think of it, the first of the series was an omniscient POV piece that featured the family only in that it concerned the incident (a boy falling to his death) that the main character in “Hardware” witnessed and was trying to process. I liked it, but it roved too much through various folks’ heads to work in flash, I think. And whenever I showed it to someone, he or she would say, “Why don’t you…” and then add a completely different suggestion than the last reader. That was a hint something was not working, it a fatal way.

I’d been planning to write a piece about Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, which is one of the National Book Award finalists. And I will do that. But for now, just go read it. It’s the best book I’ve read in years. If you haven’t read it, I wish I were you and could start again.

What I’m reading now:  Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt


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