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weirderary is live!

Okay, so it’s been live for over three months, but I had a busy semester and forgot to notify you guys. weirderary is the online lit mag my friends and I started. Please check out our first issue. In addition to helping choose what we published, I conducted an interview with Jacob Appel and reviewed books by George Saunders and Victor LaValle.

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I interviewed Lincoln Michel for Hobart

I was fortunate¬†enough to get the opportunity to interview Lincoln Michel for Hobart. Please check it out. Because I was going to interview him, I received a free copy of his short story collection, Upright Beasts. If you read the interview, you’ll see that I liked it a lot.

This was the first writer interview I did and it was a lot of fun. Getting the book for free and then liking it was pretty exciting, too. It helped me feel a little more legitimate, like it’s another tiny sign that I’m progressing in the right direction and that this career path might be viable after all. I received the opportunity because my lovely professor Jarod Rosello connected me with Aaron Burch at Hobart via email (whom I was already sorta connected with via twitter).

I know some people probably think it’s dorky or naive-looking to share all of this info, but trust that I’m doing it intentionally. It seems like so many successful¬†writers just magically appeared where they are, with little to no information available about how they got there. I like transparency and learning about writers’ struggles. I like when the process is demystified–it makes it clear that a writing career is something that can be achieved through work and isn’t preordained in a way where some are in and some are out no matter what. I like seeing writers’¬†journeys as collections of tiny little steps that eventually add up to a “real” career. This was one of those steps for me.