My author interview on the PANK blog and other stuff

If you’d like to read my author interview on the PANK blog, it’s up and available on this link:

http://www.pankmagazine.com/pankblog/interviews/ask-the-author-carol-deminski/

The interview was conducted for a story of mine PANK pubbed in Feb 2012 called The Price of Luxury. And the fine folks at PANK sent me my interview questions and dutifully posted the interview on their blog on May 21st, 2012 and I didn’t see it there until, well… now.

That’s embarassing.

But correctable!

I wanted to let my regular readers know the interview is there, and while you’re at it if you haven’t read the story … why not take a moment to read it now?

http://www.pankmagazine.com/the-price-of-luxury/

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As a side note, I’m getting more excited because Recyclables is coming out soon on Pure Slush, an Australian small literary mag (how cool is that peoples?!). The fine folks at Pure Slush also publish an add-on which they call the Hue Questionnaire. Since each author fills one out, I’ve done what I could to amuse you, my reader… so now that you’re feeling all intrigued and such, don’t forget to come back in about a week to click on the links to the story and the questionnaire!

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Two New Stories at PANK and The Molotov Cocktail

Having my first PANK story published feels fantastic. I’m thrilled to be able to share this story, even though it’s one of the most difficult stories I’ve ever tried to write. I had to dig deeper emotionally in this work, and I’ve got my own resistances to that.

Please note though, the events in the story did not happen to me – it’s not reflective of personal experiences…it’s important to me that people know that because what happens in the story is very difficult.

Roxane Gay, yes I have to say it again, is a phenomenal editor. She was supportive and instrumental in how this story was shaped. She told me she thinks this story has a lot of heart which means the world to me. With pride, here it is:

Click here for The Price of Luxury:

http://www.pankmagazine.com/the-price-of-luxury/

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I think I mentioned How We Found Each Other wasn’t getting much love from many other editors. Josh Goller was the right man at the right time, and for that I’m so pleased to have this quirky little story published in The Molotov Cocktail. Thanks to Josh for giving me the chance to show a darker side in my work:

Click here for How We Found Each Other:

http://themolotovcocktail.com/volume-2/vol-2-issue-23/foundeachother/

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The permanent links for these two stories are on the Published Stories page.

I am not cool

I’m not cool. I’m not a hipster. I don’t live in Brooklyn. I’m not hipster enough for Brooklyn. I’m not a lesbian. Lesbians are cool and hipster. They get extra points if they have tattoos and multiple piercings. I don’t have any tattoos (or multiple piercings). I’m not sure what kind of tattoos I’d have if I got any, but I probably wouldn’t get cool ones if I did. I’d probably get a tattoo of a butterfly and then my hipster friends from Brooklyn (I don’t really have any) would tell me that’s SO 1980’s. Yeah, that’s probably what would happen.

An editor friend of mine, (in other words, an editor I befriended by sending them lots of emails and they graciously answer,) recommended I read The Chronology of Water. Another editor friend of mine said it’s a fantastic book and she wants to know what I think of it when I’m done reading it. (I just started reading it.)

After two pages of reading it I have an opinion about me, not the book or the author. I thought, yeah, I’ll never be able to write like this. I’m not just un-cool, I’m so far out of the loop on what is cool it’s a freaking miracle any of my writing has seen the light of day. She starts the book by describing how she delivers a stillborn baby. It’s a fucking memoir. Non-fiction. Yeah well, game over, check and check mate. Mad respect to the author, for sure, and I’ll continue on in my un-coolness.

And then, THEN, an author friend of mine sent me an email telling me about that whole Adrien Brody kerfuffle over at MuuMuu House. So I went and read that thing and I was completely horrified and disgusted by it. I guess now when a 21 year old girl (yes, GIRL) decides to be self-destructive and publish her self-destructive sex-capades for all to read like a car wreck happening in slow motion, we’re all supposed to read it and clap and say how cool it is? Well I’m not. It wasn’t cool and I’m not cool about it. And shame on the 40+ year old pervert asshole who took advantage of the situation. That girl needs adult guidance, role models and help, not publishing.

Maybe this blog post is really about how I can’t keep up anymore. I just started reading The Rumpus, and I’m getting hooked on HTML Giant and I regularly read PANK, Word Riot, Wigleaf, Dogzplot, and many other talented writers – and editor-writers too – and I’m running out of time and room in my brain for what’s cool. All these things I’m mentioning are cool, I know they’re cool and THEY know they’re cool.

How does a writer without an MFA and without connections to Brooklyn or Berkeley or any other cool place get known? (Am I worthy of being known…yet? I keep asking people to read my stories, so clearly I’d like to be known.)

And since we’re being honest, I don’t even really know who is cool. I know who I think is cool but even that is my own limited knowledge based on where I’ve been stumbling around on the internet to do my reading. I know what I LIKE and I know what I RESPECT – but is that good enough? I wish I knew the answer to that question, but as I’ve already said, I’m not cool. I don’t know the answer.

I want to hang out with the cool kids, and be in their company, but I think they might think I’m a poser. A wanna be.

I feel like a poser when I look at my stories and their stories. I don’t want to write what they write, I want to write what I write – just better.

I want to be good enough to write the stuff people say…wow, did you read that? That was cool.

Story Accepted by PANK Magazine!

I am thrilled and honored to announce my work has been accepted for publication by PANK Magazine!

This will be the first story of mine to appear in PANK; I’m so excited. PANK Magazine represents the best of cutting edge fiction and I’m a huge fan of Roxane Gay, the amazing editor.

The story, The Price of Luxury, is slated to appear in the February 2012 issue.

As I normally do, a link will be posted to the blog when the story appears, and a permanent link will also appear on the Published Stories page too.