Dear reader, let me tell you about some excellent happenings.
First and foremost, Unstuck #3 is out in the world and available for purchase. It is an absolutely killer issue full of weird fiction, nonfiction, interviews, and poetry. I’m really excited to see so many returning contributors in this issue, as well as brand new names. There’s one story in particular that really grabbed me when I was reading submissions last year, and I’m super happy that it made it all the way into print.
I’ve got a very short story forthcoming in Corium. It’s a little bit about lycanthropes and a lot about the anxiety of hereditary illnesses. Corium is a journal I’ve long admired. I’m looking forward to being part of one their future issues.
Also, I got myself a full-time job doing something I actually want to do. I started this week. I like it a lot. I don’t talk a lot about my working life in this space, though I did write that one semi-satirical piece about job applications for The Billfold. I’ve been cobbling together temp jobs, contract jobs, and part-time work for the last four years. I think that working one job, as opposed to working 2-4 jobs, is going to leave me with a lot more space in my life to do the things I enjoy doing. I am looking forward to dental insurance and writing on my lunch break.
I spend a lot of time thinking about video game narrative. So as soon as I found out that I would be writing regularly for the Unstuck blog, I knew that I wanted to interview the person who made A Dark Room. That person is Michael Townsend, and you can read our conversation here. The interview is spoiler-free, but I still recommend playing through the game before reading the interview. It’s a great game for a wintery day.
I am snowed in today, so I’m going to spend the afternoon reading for Interfictions, which is open for submissions for the next few days. Later, I’ll send out some of my own work. Later still? Well, probably some video games. I’m working my way through Closure right and thinking about light instead of narrative.
I recently returned from two weeks abroad, which means I have a backlog of interviews to share with you.
The first is with Julia Whicker, and you can find it here. We talked about the space program, science magic, severed heads, and Aleister Crowley.
The second is with literary power couple John Maradik and Rachel P. Glaser. This one is especially interesting from a process perspective, as we spent a lot of time discussing how two people go about writing a story together. (Hint: it helps to be in love.)
The third is with Helen Phillips. We talked about wigs, sisterhood, and giant garter snakes. You can read this interview over here.
Have I mentioned the Unstuck Kickstarter campaign lately? I am contractually obligated to mention the Unstuck Kickstarter campaign every three words or so. It’s going swimmingly, thanks to people like you. We have a little less than a week left on the clock, and we are tantalizingly close to our stretch goal of $10,000. What happens if we meet our stretch goal? An Unstuck fiction podcast, that’s what. Let’s make it happen.
Yes, another one. Yes, already.
Here’s another one of the interviews I did for issue #1 of Unstuck. In this one, I talk with Lindsay Hunter about literary Voltrons, the feelings of inanimate objects, and what cat food probably tastes like.
Our Kickstarter campaign continues to thrill. Not only have we already reached our initial funding goal, but we’ve surpassed it by over a thousand dollars. And we still have 25 days left to go. Internet, you are the best! Depending on how far the campaign goes, we have a very neat new planned for the journal. I can’t say much about it until it’s officially announced, but if you’d like to stay on the bleeding edge of news about the journal, our campaign, and our future plans, you can follow us on Twitter.
The Unstuck Kickstarter campaign went live today. Unstuck is a small, nonprofit publication, so every dollar helps. Check out the campaign, watch the short video about the journal, point and laugh at my ten seconds of screen time, and consider throwing a few dollars our way. Spread the word, too. Our initial ask is a modest one, and every dollar helps.
In celebration of our Kickstarter campaign, each weekday from July 30th to August 24th we’ll be posting excerpts from the first issue and interviews with the authors. The first interview, conducted by talented assistant editor Janalyn Guo, is with the fantastic Arthur Bradford. Go check it out!