Thursday, June 13, 2024

What I've been up to...

Mostly, writing for Decaturish. Depending on who you ask, I am doing great work and shining a much-needed light on dark corners of DeKalb County, or I am a yellow journalist who needs to go back to school and learn how to be a professional.

I did go back to school, but it was to teach college English. Jokes on them, I guess. 

I've participated in a couple of Outer Dark events, including Weird Bites last year and Call of the Weird last March. I expect the latter will be up on the podcast eventually.

I hadn't been writing much new fiction or poetry, and not trying very hard to get it published, until fairly recently. I've got an idea for a collection of short stories set in Atlanta in the late 80s and early 90s, mostly (some may reach further back into the past, and others might wander into the future, and at least one starts in Appalachia, as I did myself). They are hard to classify, as they have fantastical elements but are also frequently based on stuff that really happened. Magical realism, perhaps. Confusing people by writing things that seem really vivid like they could have maybe really happened, but couldn't possibly have happened is my favorite honestly.  In any case, I have finished two of those stories and have sent them out to find work, and I have several more in various stages of incompletion. One of them is set in the Hotel Clermont, but as it was in the old days when that whole section of Ponce was sketch as could be. I'm planning to go stay the night and see if I can commune with the spirits of sketch gone by through the boutiqueness of its current incarnation. Wish me luck.