Recent appearances by ME elsewhere on the internet

My MFA application story, “A House, Drifting Sideways” was just published by GigaNotoSaurus. So if you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get into Hopkins and NC State, just drift over there and see for yourself. Actually, you can’t see–you’ll never see–because what was published was a significantly revised version of what I sent in to MFA programs. I owe many thanks to Ann Leckie for giving me a rewrite request. The open word limits of her magazine gave me the room I needed to give the story a proper ending.

Fellow Bay Area SF writer, Amy Sundberg has recently been mining me for some good blog posts. She wrote a few weeks ago about my practice of disposing of books that I no longer read (and let me tell you, that was a real tempest in a teapot!) and then she wrote a later blog post about one of my many pearls of wisdom.

Finally, I was asked to contribute a post to author Emily Anderson’s blog for National Short Story Month. And I did. I think it’s a preeeetty good one. I wrote about how short stories need that extra thing in order to succeed. I always thought that the “extra thing” requirement was common knowledge, but I think that most people don’t know about it, because whenever I mention it (usually in a very complimentary way, i.e. “This story really has that extra thing!), I get these blank looks.


God. Word Clouds are _so_ 2005.
God. Word Clouds are _so_ 2005.

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  1. Morlock Publishing (@MorlockP)

    > “A House, Drifting Sideways”

    “download to kindle” button clicked; looking forward to checking this out. Thanks!

    1. Morlock Publishing (@MorlockP)

      Took a long time but I finally got an evening where I could read fiction and I read it tonight. I was impressed. I like your writing, but this was one star higher than the other stuff I’ve read. Well done!

      1. R. H. Kanakia

        Thanks! I am glad you liked it.

  2. Widdershins

    Yes! Thing-ness is very important.

  3. Joseph

    Could you use your own story, “A House, Drifting Sideways”, to illustrate your point about “the extra thing” necessary for short stories to succeed? It would be interesting to see your analysis of how the story develops and ends too.

    1. R. H. Kanakia

      It definitely has that extra thing: it’s basically a respectful treatment of the spoiled celebutante (i.e. Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, etc), which is not something that one ever really sees.