In a rush to print out most of my flash for a trip next week to Cape Cod, where I will meet up with flash writer Kathryn Kulpa to consider a collaborative project. And to gather together some materials for a Skype interview that week, requested by Jenny Ferguson, a creative writing instructor at Hobart and William Smith College, who contacted me out of the blue. A very small class, but they'll be reading my chapbook, which is exciting.
And of course right now, while I'm so busy, I've been going through extensive edits with short deadlines for two upcoming flash: "Medusa Reflects," coming out in the feminist journal So to Speak, and "Cheated," coming out in a Folio at Mom Egg Review edited by Peg Alford Pursell. I've gone through lengthy editorial processes on creative nonfiction before (most recently, at The Gettysburg Review and NOR: New Ohio Review) but not on flash. I find it more difficult somehow; in something so short any small change has a ripple effect and throws off the balance of the work as a whole. I'd done a rewrite of "Medusa" with some major structural changes between the time I submitted it and the time they accepted it. They worked with both drafts and the rewrite was fairly complicated, arduous but fun. Finished with "Medusa." Not sure about "Cheated" yet. Waiting to hear about our fourth version.