I’ve always loved CONNOTATION PRESS, fiction editor Jonathan Cardew’s wild and audacious fiction, and the great writers they publish, so I was especially pleased to make it into their last issue before they close for a long hiatus to redesign the magazine. Very excited to see that the other three fiction writers in this issue are writers whose work I’ve long known and admired: Len Kuntz, Claire Polders (I'm in the online writers group QUILLS with her), and Andrew Stancek.
"Prayer to St. Dymphna" is one of the LUNATICS' BALL fictions. I'm feeling stalled by my operation last Thursday and anxiety leading up to it (a parathyroid gland and tumor removed at UCSF Mt. Zion Hospital), by the continuing uproar created by the family room renovations (painting done, window today, carpet Wednesday, lots accomplished really but the entire house is a mess, with stacks of books everywhere). But really the project is moving along, and I've placed nonfiction in THE COLLAGIST, F(R)ICTION, and PASSAGES NORTH. Lots still to write.
Jonathan asked us about beginnings and endings and included our responses in his preface. All I could think about was saints. I have to write another craft essay, on plot, for CRAFT literary journal, and I'm not feeling very inspired. It will be short and I've got a couple of months.