In August I sent off a creative non-fiction entry to Hippocampus Magazine in response to their Remember November contest. Though it didn’t make the final five, I was thrilled to find out that Another Brick in the Wall, had made it to the semi-final round of 11 and bonus…Hippocampus wanted to publish the piece in its January issue. Which is….now! The issue went live yesterday and I am excited to share it with you.
Another Brick in the Wall is a memoir piece revolving around the year I turned 10, which not coincidentally, is the year my father was hospitalized for what is politely called a nervous breakdown. It is the foundation not only for this particular piece, but for the novel as well. Though the novel is not auto-biographical, nor is it a memoir, there is certainly a fair amount of cross-over. Case in point: there is an entire scene in the essay that was lifted complete from the first draft of the infamous ‘book’.
So if you’re interested in a sneak preview of the tone, the subject matter, the feel and weight of the still untitled ‘book’, head on over to Hippocampus and take a look.
Novel aside, I would love for you to read it, share it, like it, let me know your thoughts. Anything really. Here’s the thing about writing I’m just finding out. It’s not just writing. It turns out that writing is the easy part. There’s submitting and then promoting and then laying yourself bare to the mercy of people you don’t know. Sending out works for publication is a little like watching your kid walk to school for the first time. It’s kind of thrilling, kind of terrifying, you know it has to happen at some point and and yet at the end of the day, though it makes your own heart skip a beat or two, it really doesn’t mean much to anyone but you….
Regardless of my successes or failures, I will continue to write. But I will not tell a lie: it is always nice when other people read something I’ve put my heart and time into, when they relate to it, let me know how it affects them. Whether someone loves it or hates it, if it makes them feel something, it means I’m doing my job right.
Another reason to head on over to Hippocampus? There is some amazing work being published there. Seriously good/I wish I could write that way type of stuff. If you think non-fiction is all boring biographies or maudlin memoir, do yourself a favor and read a few pieces published in the last few issues. I guarantee you will find something to relate to or recognize or just plain enjoy.
I hope that you find something to enjoy in Another Brick in the Wall. Do yourself a favor and stick around to read a few more.
Happy New Year reading, folks!