So. Funny story. I was lying in bed (after wrestling the baby to sleep) waiting for Bo to finish brushing his teeth and I just… I really felt like writing something. It was fall of 2016 and I hadn’t written much since Estelle was born. So I grabbed my iPod and just… started writing a story. It was done before Bo climbed into bed.
It was weird. And short. And funny (I think). Oh, and also, it was pretty dirty.
Thus was born “God Talk: Advice From a Deity in Distress.”
I had amused myself while writing the story and tweeted about it, saying something to the effect of “where am I going to find an editor who doesn’t mind dirty stories with lots of F-bombs?” Turns out there IS an editor who would entertain such a story and his name is Brian White and he runs the fantastic Fireside Fiction, which I had the extreme pleasure of being published in last year.
Now, I adore Fireside. They publish heavy-hitter stories, stories that MEAN something, that tackle hard issues and truths, stories that RESIST. So I was a little surprised when Brian wanted to buy this weird little story. I’ve yet to read the other two pieces in the issue, but I already know I’m going to love them. I know they’re going to mean something. Does my story mean anything? Is it okay if a story is simply entertaining?
I think so. I think we need silly stories. I think we need dirty humor. Because a pause, a laugh, a moment of NOT-seriousness can be important for our mental health. And also it sort of gears your brain up for the next awesome, powerhouse story.
So, that’s my happy news–my first published story of 2017 is out, in Fireside, and it’s not at ALL my normal shtick. Still, I enjoyed writing it and I hope people will enjoy reading it. Our country is facing some increasingly terrifying times, so maybe a “dirty little flash story” (sort of the draft title of this piece) will provide a moment of fun before we press on to our important work.
All of that said–this is probably not a story for kids. Or people who don’t like F-bombs. Or people who don’t like, well…dick jokes.