Go Read Something!

Capturing pain in writing is difficult.

Capturing a character’s response to someone else’s pain is even more difficult.

In my own writing, I try to focus on emotion and unique responses. I try to encourage my characters to react to things in a way that is unusual, but yet still true to the human experience. For that reason, I was awestruck by David Peak’s short story, which is so raw and emotional and powerful. Because of that, it is also so, so, so true.

So, go read “Collapse” by David Peak, published by Keyhole Press.

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For a bit of a change, I’m sharing some non-fiction in this edition of “Go Read Something.” I came across Laura Bogart in much the same way I come across many amazing writers publishing their work out there on the interwebs: by chance. I read something, caught something in a comment or supplemental posting, then read something, clicked something, read something, and found myself googling Laura based on something else of hers that I read.

Then, I stumbled upon this essay, written in the period following the Newtown school shooting in late 2012. An event like that is so raw that much of what is written about it cannot come close to approximating and capturing the hearts and minds of disconnected citizens watching events, and their aftermath, unfold.

But Bogart nails it in “The Great Unfathomable How,” published on The Nervous Breakdown.

Indeed. She nails it.

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It’s Halloween! While I’m not much of a “Halloween” person, my kids have kind of forced me to embrace the holiday, like it or not. This year, in particular, they’re starting to understand what “spooooooky” things are and they’ve been reading scary stories (for their age level) here and there quite a bit recently.

In honor of this spooooooky day, I’m sharing a (very short) scary anecdote by Kelly Link, a great author of macabre and creepy fiction. It was originally shared by Allie Townsend near Halloween a couple of years ago in the entertainment section of Time online.

Here it is: What Scares the People Who Scare Us?

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I’m not much of a poetry person. It’s more often than not that poetry is confusing or sluggish to me as a reader. I enjoy it, but it’s not something I generally seek out to find.

Marianne Kunkel is the current managing editor of the University of Nebraska’s literary journal, The Prairie Schooner. When I had some recent interaction with her (she’s lovely, by the way), I sought out some of her poetry online. She’s quite talented, and one poem in particular left me in awe. There’s something so simple about this little poem, but it’s so strong. Enjoy!

“A Sloth First Hears Its Name,” by Marianne Kunkel

published by Rattle