I just got a check from CRAFT for $200 for my two micros. All the more exciting because I'd forgotten I was going to get it, and forgotten how much it was going to be. I was also paid by F(R)ICTION recently for "The Lunatics' Ball," can't remember how much (Steve thinks $40 or $60). Always a surprise.
Really gratified by the online response to "The Lost Umbrella," from so many people, including strangers, including writers and places (e.g., DIAGRAM) I wouldn't have expected. I really like the story too.
Here's Magritte and my blue sky umbrella, which I used last night. It's still raining buckets.
CONFRONTATION solicited work from me (they're a really good magazine where I published one of my best short stories a long while ago). I don't have much to send right now, so I sent one of my Lunatics profiles, which I'm afraid is much too academic for them. 2019 has been painful, trying and failing to find the right voice for the nonfiction in my project-in-progress. I keep writing, hoping the right voice, the right blend of nonfiction and memoir will magically appear and I can rewrite the profiles I've done so far.
Little Colored pills in creative nonfiction sunday reads, the lost umbrella in pithead chapel, a pushcart nom from little fiction/big truths
A triple header today.
It’s my AA birthday, 29 years sober.
I woke up to find the latest issue of PITHEAD CHAPEL, which includes my flash “The Lost Umbrella” (fittingly, it’s raining today). I love PITHEAD CHAPEL, love fiction editor Kim Magowan. It's my first appearance there and I'm thrilled.
Then I found “Little Colored Pills” in my email inbox, today’s CREATIVE NONFICTION SUNDAY SHORT READS. I’m so so honored. Just as I was wondering whether anyone I know gets those emails (according to CREATIVE NONFICTION they reach "thousands of readers weekly," so that's very cool), I found a mind-blowing private message on twitter from Jill Talbot, whose memoir and essays I admire tremendously.
"Dear Jacqueline Doyle, Congratulations on your essay being featured in CNFs Sunday Short Reads today! I’ve added it to my Essays to Teach for the next time I teach the triptych. It’s a wonderful essay, rich in detail and juxtaposition (and that 2nd segment—love it). Thanks for a great read. Best to you, Jill"
And a nice P.S. to the day. Going out for dinner with Steve and Ben. And I just got an email from LITTLE FICTION/BIG TRUTHS; they nominated "The Arithmetic of Memory" for a Puschart! Really good magazine. Loved everything in their Flash Nonfiction issue.