Overdue Meto-news for May Day


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Interview time (click here for the link). Thanks, as usual, to Mike Czyzniejewski, for the gig.  Smokelong Quarterly has turned out another smashing edition with ol’ 55 (here) and is still including an interview for every single piece, every single writer.

This time, as intrepid interviewer, I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Hatch. His flash piece “Missed Connections” is a real get-in-your-headspace piece. Hoping this doesn’t give too much away–like his main character, I’ve lived entire lives at traffic lights, but of a more pedestrian sort since my dashboard lifetimes typically involve living in other peoples’ houses and driving to the end of the continent where I would build a lean-to and become a hermit. You really have to read Kevin’s story (here) for a thoroughly wilder ride.

It was a pure pleasure to get to know Kevin a little through this interview.

First of all, his story worked on my longstanding love of all things old car.

Little known: nearly into my twenties I subscribed to Classic Cars magazinbel air nighte and spent copious time talking my friends into haunting classic car shows and tracking down the occasional creepy want ad—not because I had the means to buy a car (didn’t have one at all) but because I loved them. Hence the aging illustrations you see here—I obsessively painted old cars for about a year and a half between 17 and, well, a year and a half later. Pop fiction side, my favorite Stephen King novel was not The Stand or The Shining, but Christine. The end of that book has never  not worked horrors on me.

So Kevin’s story became an instant classic in my catalog of things I keep track of. And his thoughts about the story process and meanderings in general are thoughtful and genuine. The interview is worthwhile on its own.

I know I’ve said it before, but I won’t stop saying it, so here it is again: I love talking to writers. What I learn from them is always something different, but this time I remembered that we can afford to be real with each other and to allow ourselves to care about  reality, and story, and each other as artists. I hope Kevin stays in touch. He’s going to do writing I want to read.

In case you missed it, let’s make it obvious and easy:

Kevin’s story: here

My interview with Kevin: here

Smokelong Issue #55: here

Kevin’s blog: here

And I have to say, that this story appeared in Issue 55? Perfection. (yes, click the link, very yes)

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About metonymicalpen

I earned an M.F.A. from Goddard College in 2013. Since then, my work has received the 2013 Beacon Street Prize in Short Fiction and the 2014 John Steinbeck Short Fiction Award. My stories have appeared in REED, reDivider, The Concho River Review, Sou'wester, Moon City Review, and elsewhere. Currently, I live in the desert with my family , but I am trying to move us closer to water. We need an ocean to float all of our ideas.
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2 Responses to Overdue Meto-news for May Day

  1. Thank you again for the kind words! It’s been an absolute joy hearing your perspective on writing and the community in general.

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