New Music Essay Up

In honor of “Best Songs of the 2000s" week over at the website, I've written an essay about my love of Sad Lady Music from that decade. For those less familiar with the genre, I've even included a handy chart:

The 2000s: The Decade the Sad Ladies Took Over, (Dec. 3, 2018)

Writers & Words Reading (Tues.; Nov. 13, 2018)

I was briefly interviewed about writing by Writers & Words, who I will be reading for next Tuesday. If you happened to be in Baltimore come see us at Charmingtons.

I'm the "Wildcard" reader, which apparently is the unpredictable slot. I've decided to embrace that role, and will be doing 5 minutes of fiction, 5 minutes of nonfiction, and 5 minutes of poetry.

New Short Story Up

I have a new piece up called "Amantha the Brave" over at Sweet Tree Review. It's a quiet story about three grown sisters in a cabin drinking gin.

The Inner Loop Reading (Aug. 15)

I will be reading next Tuesday the 15th for the Inner Loop, a nomadic monthly reading series held in DC. They feature a blend of fiction and poetry by about ten writers, each performing for about 5 or so minutes. This month's event will be held at the Colony Club.

I'll be heading off for ten days to the Bread Loaf Writers in Vermont on August 16th, so this will be a nice opportunity for a literary sendoff!

You can read about the event here

"A Gift of Two" is a Runner-up Finalist

I'm honored to report that I almost shot the moon today: my novel "A Gift of Two" was chosen as the runner-up finalist to this year's AWP Prize for the Novel. To help me find a publisher, this year's judge -- author Zachary Lazar -- wrote me this lovely blurb:

“A GIFT OF TWO is a daring and perpetually interesting work of speculative fiction that literalizes and explores the repercussions of an impossibility—an individual splitting in two—and what this might say about living in America. The book vividly evokes a semi-real New York City and the surprising, always persuasive, choices of its memorable protagonist, Catarina.“

I've been working on this novel for almost seven years and am so moved to see its essence summed up so fittingly and succinctly by a fellow writer whose hands have typed out decades more words than me.

Appearance on the Kindle Chronicles

I appeared today on a popular weekly podcast, the Kindle Chronicles with Len Edgerly to discuss Jerry (from Accounting).

In this episode, we have a wide-ranging discussion of the current publishing landscape, starting with the portrayal of workspaces in fiction, and how fiction tends to lag behind nonfiction in accurately capturing the impact of trends like stack ranking, billable hours expectations, and the decline of American leisure.

Next, the discussion looks at how the publishing landscape is shifting for emerging writers, and how several unique reader sets have developed for literary magazines/small presses, the Amazon ebook community, and traditional Big Five publishers.

As an emerging author who has published with Amazon's literary imprint and traditional lit-mags, I offer my thoughts on how to navigate the diverging platforms.

Listen here (interview starts at 14:56 in the recording):

Jerry (from Accounting)

Jerry (from Accounting), the debut novella by Timothy DeLizza, is available through this link via Amazon.   

The full-length book trailer: 

Weekend Remembrance of Dr. Kai Chaikin

"Take pride in everything you do" and all that but, well, I feel I should warn potential readers that is that this piece is pretty . . . well, an odd duck.

I suppose maybe the most helpful way to introduce "Weekend Remembrance of Dr. Kai Chaikin" is to share the rejection that it provoked from Bellevue Literary Review, which happens to be my favorite rejection of all time (do all writers have those?):

"I like the idea of the pseudo-scientific paper as a genre and the social implications--that the correlation between bladder size and memory, or bladder size and a predisposition to belief in God, parallels such issues as gender identity today, and also raises the question of whether or not there should be a gap between expectation and reality, or objectivity and subjectivity. But in narrative terms it needs to engage the reader more with regard to character and plot."

I love-love this rejection for two reasons:

First, it makes the story sound pretty insane, to the point where I almost want to reverse-engineer a second story with "Write a story that might provoke this rejection" as the prompt.

Second, I was just told by a literary journal edited and maintained by DOCTORS that my writing was too dense, which is kind of like them making fun of how illegible your signature is.

Anyway, you can read the piece in the Flatbush Review here

Puppy Spa World

This was my favorite story to arise from a prompt ("Humor", "A Dog Trainer", and "A Kiss") in no small part because I never write humor and this encouraged me to push outside of my comfort zone. 

Fun note on the calligraphy above: the two spirals that look kinda like on each end of the first word aren't actually Korean -- they're designed to mimic the "sheephead" towel style often seen in Korean spas.

(Calligraphy by SaEun Park)