Margaux reading Mama a story :)
Hi! Since it’s been a good long while since I’ve written anything here, I wanted to give a quick update about what’s been going on for me writing-wise.
1. First, my story “Lots of Rooms to Fill” is in the current issue of Indiana Review. It’s a story about motherhood and connection and disconnection and, naturally, a little ghost. I’d love for you to read it…you can buy the issue here!
2. Lately I’ve been working on what I’m calling a collection of “tales,” all of them a little fabulist in nature. My stories in Indiana Review, Ploughshares, and CHEAP POP are all in this collection, and I’m getting closer to having a completed first draft. Which is exciting! I think I have some good stories in there, but with that said, I’m branching out a little and taking on another project too—I’m working on a novel. Which is exciting! But also terrifying! I spent my last semester at VCFA working on a novella, and a few months after I finished it, I began thinking about expanding it into a novel. I’ve been thinking about it and thinking about it, and I finally decided I should give it a chance even though I have no idea what I’m doing. The novella/novel-in-progress is about a married couple in a cult in Texas, and I’ve been doing a lot of research into other cults and communes in American history, and I’ve been loving it. Cults, man. They’re the gift that keeps on giving. Well, not if you’re in one, I guess. But you know what I mean. I think. By the way, are y’all watching The Path on Hulu? We just finished it, and I’d definitely recommend it.
3. Because I’m working on a novel, my former advisor at VCFA Bret Lott encouraged me to apply to a writing retreat/workshop in Kentucky for emerging novelists who are also Christians. I found out a few days ago I got in, so I’ll be heading to Stanford, Kentucky in July for a week of writing. During a time when it’s been hard to feel like a writer—or much else besides Margaux’s mom—this acceptance has been a great encouragement.
That pretty much covers it! I’ve been reading a ton, too, and I’d like to share what my favorite books have been recently, but I’ll save that for a future (probably far future, let’s be honest) post. :)