The first comment is for you: send your own comment to the editors of Tupelo Quarterly.
Tell them your thoughts about Let Me Feel For You. (Unless you haven’t read it. If such is the case, go read it. Then send a comment to the editor.)
The second comment: Let Me Feel For You is the deepest step I’ve taken into writing fiction. It was not difficult for me to create the world, given my travel background and my childhood. It wasn’t hard to live as Carlie in that world as I wrote. That was fun! Her voice wasn’t a challenge to find, but the manner in which the voice reveals itself; how to convey the scattered thoughts, the time lapses, all while keeping the world established and moving the story forward. All that took an enjoyable millennium to forge
Let Me Feel For You started life as the chapter in a novel that has yet to be published. I can’t remember when I decided to break out some chapters into short stories. I started working with Chapter 7, also titled Let Me Feel For You, maybe five years ago, probably longer. I started submitting it three years ago; had to take a break from submitting for major revision, during which I found the narrative style. I sent out the short story slightly more than 50 times before Editor Kristina Marie Darling of Tupelo Quarterly took it.
Let Me Feel For You is the third piece I submitted to Tupelo Quarterly. In the fall of 2017, I sent Tupelo a (still-unpublished) short story, “That Moment in Lao.” In the fall of 2016, I sent a piece of creative nonfiction, “Round Down.” Both submissions received Dear Writer: NO. “Round Down” went on to be published by jmww journal, where I now work as the senior nonfiction editor.
Although this newly accepted short-short is about the beach**.
Actually, it is about healthy lust.
Actually, it is about female sexual autonomy. And imagined sexual normalcy. And, oh, the way lifeguards smell.
The Summers of Carefully: July or August in Right Hand Pointing, one of those small, electronic publications I discussed in my previous post–the sort of journal that could reach millions of readers if I promote correctly.
**Actually, this newly accepted short short is also about the beach.
About Childhood goes up up up, possibly international.
First order of business: my readers made my weekend, and for this you deserve a hearty dose of thanks. In response to my hat-in-hand plea, you hit this blog 115 times in a single day. Yowza:
six new subscribers, including someone I don’t know
what appears to be my first reader from China. Our dedicated reporting team is hoping for a confirmation soon;
following Day of Yowza, traffic to About Childhood clocks 14 times as many hits; okay, so
the increase is due the fact that previously, we had nowhere to go but up. To survive in publishing, it helps to define progress broadly and celebrate the minutia. That, or cry a lot.
Previous to the Day of 115, there was the Day of 94, which occurred directly after I posted on Seattle WriterGrrrrls. I conclude that SWGrr. is a good place to trawl for readers. Seqey to …
Seattlewritergrrrls Seeks Members
SWGrrr. is exclusive only in that we are hard to find. Good luck unto those who go all intuitive by Yahoo/google-ing “seattle” and “writergrrls.” Gotta look specifically for “seattlewritergrrls.” Website? Broke. FB? You need to be friended. Thus, I hereby present the keys to the kingdom:
Send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special to Spokane readers: search for ” Spokane” and “writergrrrls”, and bingo. Go figure.
And now, a great reason to come over from Spokane …
Hot Conference: Early Warning
On the weekend of May 21-23, Richard Hugo House will be hosting its first writers’ conference: “Finding Your Readers in the 21st Century” will explore “the changing literary landscape and the options available to writers for getting their work out in the world, into the hands of readers.”