There’s so much to tell you about my time at Ucross, and I also don’t want to tell you about any of it because it is so perfect I don’t want to ruin it by attempting to explain it. What I will say is this: there was this me that existed a long time ago, before I had kids, before I was married, before I started writing, this version of me that I thought only existed in a particular place at a particular time and could never be retrieved or revisited. This me liked to read and think and scribble about what she was reading and thinking about and walk around for hours taking pictures of whatever crazy beauty passed her way. This was the first me I ever liked.
After a few days at Ucross, there she was again, that me I liked. Turns out I am not just a screaming mom running late to get the kids out the door, or a nagging wife asking her husband to pick up his socks, or a time-deprived writer scrambling for one more minute to finish a story for a deadline. I was still this other me, this curious, world-loving, wandering, autonomous me. It is no exaggeration to say I had absolutely no idea I was still this same person underneath the minutae of the everyday.
And I realized how if I was that person then long ago, and was this person again at Ucross, then isn’t it fair to believe she will be there when I go looking for her the next time?
Where is your you that you thought was gone?
Folks, I’m happy to report that I’ve just been added to the faculty at the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s Certificate Program in Portland. I’ll be the prose instructor for the creative writing track fellows.
I couldn’t be more delighted.
The IPRC empowers writers, illustrators, screenprinters, graphic novelists, and others to create, design and publish their own work. Their motto LEARN MAKE SHARE couldn’t be more in line with my own.
Here’s what their website says about the program: The IPRC’s Fiction/Nonfiction track is one of the most innovative creative writing programs in the country, featuring the unique combination of graduate-level writing workshops plus intensive training in Book Arts, graphic design, digital publishing and more.
GO HERE FOR MORE INFO
‘The world needs more of her writing’
I was hunched over the kitchen counter this morning, bleary-eyed, trying to fix myself a cup of coffee, and then from the other room I heard this: “Hey, you’re on CNN.”
Honestly, I thought he was talking to somebody else. (Who that would be I’m not sure, but I was tired.)
Then I thought he was kidding.
Then I looked at his iPad, and sure enough, there was CNN’s Beach Read list for the summer with (wait? what?!) my name next to the name of my book.
Sandi Shelton, a Connecticut novelist with the pen name Maddie Dawson, read PEOPLE LIKE YOU and loved it and went on to say dreamy things about the characters and the writing.
“Malone’s characters are funny and unhappy and self-sabotaging and honest and brave,” says Shelton.
Every time this happens, I’m still dumbfounded that someone gets it, what I was trying to do with those stories. It blows me away.
She also said:
“I couldn’t stop reading these stories and now I find myself missing them, so I go and reread them over and over. I want to go over to Malone’s house and cook her meals and do her grocery shopping so that she has time to write more books, because the world needs more of her writing.”
Happy to take you up on this offer, Sandi.
Here is the LINK to the BEST BEACH READS of 2017.
I’d been writing one craft essay for The Masters Review, and then most of the way through, days before the deadline, I scrapped it and wrote this one instead: THIS IS HOW A WRITER WRITES A STORY.
It’s actually kind of funny too (not haha funny) – because the creation of the essay itself mirrors the process I write about in the essay.
Ouroboros kind of a deal.
Thanks to the fine folks at The Masters Review for reaching out to make this happen.
I’m honored to have work published with them.
Here’s the book I reference in the essay:
[And thanks to Arthur Koestler for allowing me to sum up a mind-blowingly phenomenal behemoth of a kick ass book in a couple sentences. I’m aware of the liberties I took.]
There is still one month left to submit to the Pacifica Literary Review’s Summer Fiction Contest – DEADLINE MAY 15th.
I’m this year’s judge and I can’t wait to read your best stories.
But you can’t win if you don’t submit.
So go… right now. Really, right this second. Submit here.
Many thanks to Alan Rose for this great conversation leading up to October’s WordFest in Longview, WA. And thanks to KLTV and the fine folks operating the audio and camera.
I felt right at home.
Here’s the link to the Book Chat interview with Alan Rose.
And if you’re in Washington, come say hello on Tuesday, October 11 from 6-8.
Great big thanks to Bookshop Santa Cruz and to bookseller Chorel for making PEOPLE LIKE YOU a Staff Pick. Chorel’s review is so thoughtful.
I’m honored to have the book in such wonderful company.
A few months ago, Portland Monthly came to me and asked for a brand new short story with a few rules:
- Set in the Pacific Northwest
- Word count under 1,400 words
- And, written to the theme of “That Summer…”
The result is The Buried Forest, published online today, and the print version is out in the August issue of Portland Monthly. Inside, you’ll find new work from authors David Shafer and Diana Abu-Jabar, and poetry by Anis Mojgani, Elyse Fenton, and Samiya Bashir.
For the whole shebang of Summer Reading stories and poems, go here.
Enjoy the read, and happy summer!
The PEOPLE LIKE YOU e-book is now available for purchase.
Here are a couple links, depending on where you like to buy your books:
On Bookshout, it says the book can be read in about 3 and half hours, which is hilarious because it took me about twelve years to write. I guess I better get back to writing the next one…
Deep gratitude to Beth Castrodale of Small Press Picks, and Connie Bennett of the Eugene Public Library for their beautiful reviews of PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
Beth’s review can be found on her site, Small Press Picks, where she champions small presses (and short stories too!) doing good work.
Connie’s review can be read and listened to on the KLCC website here.
As I’ve said before in various places on my site and in other media, finding a reader that not only understands what you’re doing but loves it is just about the best thing out there for a writer. It is the ultimate kind of connection.
Thank you both so much.