Category: Fictive Life

So Many Tools to Choose, So Little Fiction Published

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Drill Indecision Suggests Unpublished Success

How have I remained unpublished for so long?

Indecision has played a critical role in my success as an unpublished writer.

I once spent two hours trying to select a drill at Lowes. So many factors to consider.

  • Cord or cordless? Cordless would provide a certain amount of flexibility, while a drill that plugged right into the power grid offered a more substantial drilling experience. And if I was going
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Teaching, Writing, and Misshaping Minds

My proudest moment—working as an unqualified teacher sharing with uninspired youth my inability to write and publish. My teaching had a transitory impact on a few people.

Gift From My Writing Students
Gift From My Writing Students

Many writer’s can’t live on what they publish. As an unpublished fiction writer, I have felt even greater pressure to generate alternate revenue streams. My teaching provided more than meager revenue and academic disrespect. I had many opportunities to connect with today’s youth …

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Diary from Planet of the Apes, I Hate Bright Eyes

Cornelius finds his career and marriage threatened by a filthy talking man.

Dr Zaius in Diary from Planet of the Apes

Dr Zaius in Diary from Planet of the Apes

Day 15 in Year 1205 of Our Lawgiver

Dear Diary,

“What’s so special about him?” I asked, when Zira first showed me this Bright Eyes, or Taylor, as he insisted on being called.

Zira, I’m afraid, was lost in his brutish, animal magnetism from the moment he scribbled a few words in the dirt. …

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Occupy Wall Street and Agile Decision-Making

After wrestling squid, ghost of Enoch Powell occupies Wall Street

After wrestling squid, grunge doppleganger of Enoch Powell occupies Wall Street

We must be mad, literally mad, as a country to be permitting the annual production of 21 million sleeping bags that contribute to the future growth of the wily Chinese.

WE MUST BE MAD, LITERALLY MAD, AS A COUNTRY TO BE PERMITTING THE ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF 21 MILLION SLEEPING BAGS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUTURE GROWTH OF THE WILY CHINESE.

It is like watching …

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Amy and Dying Young – Writers and Poets

Alcoholic Authors in Winehouse Lifetimes

Alcoholic Authors in Winehouse Lifetimes

Amy Winehouse’s death feeds the Romantic mythos of artists dying at a young age in a blaze of glory. Dying at 27, she is preceded by other members of the 27 club, including Kurt Cobain and, of course, the holy trinity of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison. Memorable actors have also died at a young age: Natalie Wood, Judy Garland, and James Dean. Poets: Sylvia Plath.

How …

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Look on the Bright Side of Motel Life

See My Motel Room from Where I Blog

See My Motel Room from Where I Blog

What does Hotel Life conjure up in your brain? A white, lush bathrobe and Victorian furnishings? Exquisite cuisine? Massive entertainment setup?

Well, I don’t know about any of that hoighty toighty stuff. As an unpublished writer, I live the motel life, which is practically the same thing but at a mere $40/night.

So the fridge freezes all of your food. That happens with all of those small …

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Fiction Panel Discusses All the Pretty Horses


This month’s Unpublished Guy Fiction Panel: Dr. Zaius, William Blake, and William Gass.
Dr Zaius: Clearly All the Pretty Horses illustrates the warning given to us by the Lawgiver.

New York Times book reviewer, Madison Smartt Bell, said All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy had “”magnificent scenes that make Faulkner’s story “Spotted Horses” seem almost forgettable” What did the Unpublished Guy fiction panel think? This week’s panel includes Dr. Zaius, William Blake, and …

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Destroying the Ones You Love for the Sake of Art

What Broken Hearts Has Published Fiction Left Behind?
What Broken Hearts Has Published Fiction Left Behind?

 

While Valentine’s Day has passed, it is not too late to do something special for the ones you love. Something only a fiction writer can do. People who are close to writers will end up on the writer’s page. Hide behind the figment of fictional deniability and let your passive aggressive tendencies come out. Base a character in your short story …

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Fiction Panel Discusses Franz Kafka the Complete Stories

Unpublished Guy Fiction Panel (left to right): William Blake, Dr. Zaius, Mrs. Butterworth

Unpublished Guy Fiction Panel (left to right): William Blake, Dr. Zaius, Mrs. Butterworth

Each month, more or less, the Unpublished Guy Fiction Panel discusses a novel or short story. This week: Franz Kafka the Complete Short Stories.

William Blake: Kafka, Kafka. burning bright. In the fiction of the night; What existential void. Could dissemble thy inexplicable asymmetry?

Dr. Zaius: To paraphrase this fiction collection’s dust jacket flap, I would describe reading this tome of …

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Ape Lady in Paris Review

Dr. Zaius Rates the Literary Journal, Paris Review
Dr. Zaius Rates the Literary Journal, Paris Review

Unpublished Guy: Dr. Zaius, what literary publication will you share today with the readers of this blog?

Dr. Zaius: This month, I would like to discuss the Paris Review. Specifically, I would like to discuss issue 110, which published the story “The Ape Lady in Retirement” by T.C. Boyleby T.C. Boyle. Initially, I was skeptical about this story. What could a man have to say about a female …

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