Cheap Beer & Sparklers.
My story, “Cheap Beer & Sparklers,” is up @ The Weekenders Magazine. Thank you much much to the editor, Ryan Swofford, for including me!
Over @ brightlywound, I posted “Hot Knife” off of the new Fiona Apple (so dope) and the link to my story and a picture of a sparkler. That’s how I’d give you my story if I could put it in a box and leave it on yr porch. The song + a long, soft paper box of sparklers + a some words.
“My lightning bug-heart was already working out a new flash pattern for both of them, I knew it.”
I wrote a bunch of little stories abt the girl in the story. This particular one is taken from right in the middle of the series. Her name is Violet. The stories are about her so-slow-it’s-almost-backwards slouch to redemption. I’m not real quick to write abt why I write abt what I write abt. But I will say that whenever I have a character do something or say something, it feels phony to me unless I know WHY they do it or say it. The reason behind their choices, whether right or wrong. I also love writing abt the idea of big big love no matter what. Even when someone is awful or just The Worst…who still loves them? And why?
One of my v. favorite movies is Into the Wild and there’s this part when they’re @ Salvation Mountain (you can ffwd to around 1:45): “Yeah. Totally. This is a love story that is staggering to everybody in the whole world. That God really loves us a lot.”
And in a way, no matter what I write or who I write abt, I’m always writing abt that. Over and over again, looping and circling back; looking at it through my fingers b/c it’s super-bright and hurts if you try to look directly @ it.