My Poe-inspired story “The Leaf Blower” is up at POTATO SOUP JOURNAL today. Leaf blowers felt like a fitting subject for a murder story.
Not sure why I keep landing on elderly, unmarried narrators, often unreliable. The fussy spinster narrator isn’t me, of course, but she's a lit professor, and I used some real details about a neighbor in the character of Henry. After writing creative nonfiction for so long, it’s strange to start incorporating true details into fiction. I did that in “The Blue-Haired Woman on the Polish Freighter” also (another elderly unmarried narrator). I was actually on a Polish freighter like that, with a German husband (not fiancé), and heard a Polish acrobat sing “All that meat / and no potatoes.”
Decided on a flash and 2 micros for the FBOMB Flash NYC reading tomorrow on Zoom. Going for short and accessible this time, not necessarily the stories I like the best. One is recent, one is forthcoming, which is nice.
Got my BENDING GENRES lesson plan with links to readings and videos sent off. Equally worried that enrollment will be too high or too low. Meg Tuite's was very small, and she's a lot better known than I am. I loved her workshop, though, and I'm really pleased with the two flash that were born there.