Keeping Susie Whole: an update of sorts

I'm currently working on a new story about a little girl whose body falls apart. I'm quite enamored with it at the moment. I'll have more to say when it's finished.

Lately I've been really drawn to what I can only call "phenomenon" stories. Perhaps they're best described as speculative fiction, but I don't presume to know enough about the genre to use the label. This, the anorexia story, and a few others I've been sketching at more quietly are all emerging as tales in which anything can happen. I've been leaning this way more and more with my writing lately, but I think it has come from reading more online fiction recently.

More and more, I'm finding that what I read on the Web is much more adventurous and engaging than anything I'm seeing in print. You can find a good example of what I'm talking about in Matt Bell's "Twenty Fingers" in the latest issue of Frigg.

As for life in print . . .

I recently completed editing "Oncoming Traffic" for publication in the next issue of Streetlight Magazine. I can't say enough about what Fiction Editor Rod Schecter's wise and fearless edits contributed to the story.

Working with someone like Mr. Schecter, I've really come to feel that the editorial process is a blessing.

6 comments:

T-Nat said...

I'm not familiar exactly with the terms "phenomenon story" and "speculative fiction" but based on your description, it sounds like the kind of thing I enjoy reading, akin somewhat to magical realism, the novels of Vonnegut, and the recent narrative-style poetry of James Tate

I read "You Will Behave" and enjoyed it a lot ... looking forward to seeing the recent stories you've described when they appear

Matt Getty said...

Thanks. I think "magical realism" might fit as well. I say "phenomenon stories" just because a lot of what I'm writing now seems to center around a single inexplicable phenomenon in an otherwise ordinary world, but I guess that’s basically what a lot of magical realism is as well. By the way, for any passersby, there's no doubt that some of Mr. Howell's mind blowers are leading me down this road as well. Check out Memo Re: Identity, CC: Me.

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