Month: May 2012

Mistresses of the Macabre

Since my last post was about gender & writing, it caught my eye when I saw a call for submissions from Dark Moon Books that wants horror written by women: “No doubt about it, woman view the world differently than men.”  The deadline is June 30th. Time to get your creep on. Sorry boys, this one…

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When Dudes Write Chicks

I the Divine was the first book I read by Alameddine.  When I picked it up, I had a moment of skepticism because here was a dude writing a book with a female protagonist and some of the chapters are even in first person.  Right around this time, we had a couple of guys cycling…

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How Do First Chapters Work?

Rabih Alameddine’s novel I, the Divine is a novel told entirely in first chapters. As a reader, the whole-novel-as-first-chapter concept put me in an immediate state of: What do I have to follow here? (The answer is: Sarah’s life. It wasn’t as difficult a read as I thought it would be. Alameddine flows the first chapters…

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We Break Your Bones: Entry for ENO’s Mini-Opera Competition

This is a piece for a Chorus (Villagers) and three soloists (Wife, Husband, and Death). The place is an unnamed Iranian village. Wife No!                                                                 Villagers                                                                 Hear how she begs…                                                                 But no mercy                                                                 She spread her legs                                                                 Our verdict is read                                                                 Bury her                                                                 Up to her head Wife I’ve…

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Experiment

It’s very fitting that, in a month where we’re talking about an experimental author, I find a call for submissions from Blood Orange Review where the theme is Experiment.  The part I think is cool about the prompts is, “We have purposefully chosen themes that can be interpreted in many ways, so if you think…

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Third Culture Kids

Writers like Alameddine are interesting because living in more than one culture (he grew up in Lebanon and Kuwait, then moved to England, then to America) gives unique flavors to the writing.  An article I read for my thesis is “Home: Territory and Identity” by J.M. Wise.  It’s an interesting read and I definitely recommend…

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Chain Chain Chain

I’ve been a slacker with writing lately.  First, the novel group went on hiatus, which removed my constant impending deadline.  Then, I was looking for a new job, which sucked up oodles of time.  Then, I was moving for the new job and doing all the work that goes along with a move.  Then… I…

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