Another week’s roundup

The latest in my Love, Recorded column: “Yes, Honey.”

I tell her I will lose weight with her after the baby is born. Though five to eight pounds will come out of her and become a person, automatically. I think I am imagining this incorrectly.

Also, a story of mine in the latest issue of Storyglossia: “At Least I Felt Bad Afterward.” Thanks, Steven McDermott!

It took a lot out of me to be nice and I needed to dump my self-respect.

And I made a page at

Lastly, I wrote a post on the Good Men Project blog about one of the stories that we published. The post was supposed to be part of a four-post series for Short Story Month, but due to some GMP scheduling issues, it is only one.

More self-promotion, please

So Bryan Parys and I started a fatherhood blog: New Dads Strut. And I’m actually liking Tumblr so far. Here we get to air all our dirty diapers. Latest post is about being adopted and expecting a birth child.

Oh, and Robert Kloss, friend of alligators and writers, interviewed me on Plumb. I talked about the merits and not-so-merits of an MFA, editing, and audience.

There was this study done (I was told this, so can’t cite) that showed that people were far more likely to see a movie if the trailer gave away the plot than if it did not. This might seem counter-intuitive–you might think we want to be surprised–but people are mostly interested in seeing things they expect to happen happen.

Link Roundup

Here are some links from the world of Matt over the last week:

1. The Wigleaf Top 50 chose the first of the Epidemics stories as one of the 50 best stories under 1000 words published online last year. Lots of good stuff on this list from people who are far more interesting than me. Thanks to Scott Garson and Ravi Mangla and Lily Hoang.

2. I said something about reading and (while?) being snobbish here on Shome Dasgupta’s blog. Thanks, Shome!

3. Chris Newgent is running a contest to win Our Island of Epidemics over at Vouched Books. I will judge tomorrow. Click here and leave a disease in the comments.

4. HTMLGIANT threw Bill Knott week and I popped in for a visit. Kyle Minor assigned me some reading, and I asked Bill two questions he didn’t answer. I don’t think.

5. MAKE Magazine made a couple of my nonfiction pieces available online. Here (“Valentine’s Day”) and here (“5”).

6. For some reason, Ethel Rohan trusted me to blurb her beautiful book, Hard to Say, which is forthcoming from PANK. How badly did I screw it up?

2 classes with me, what?

I will be teaching two classes soon, that is if people sign up for them and make them happen.

Flash Fiction

Interest in flash fiction has caught fire in the literary world, and this is the perfect class for those ready to try it for themselves. Using a weekly assignment designed to help you create compelling tales in 1,000 words or less, this course will offer class feedback on your work, as well as discussion of published flash fiction masterpieces. Open to all, it’s a great way for veterans to hone their craft, and for beginners to explore imagination’s possibilities. Limited to 12.

Sec. 01: 8 Mondays, 5:45-7:45 pm. Begins Mar. 28, 56 Brattle St.

Getting Published in Lit Mags & eZines

Learn the ins and out of preparing a story or essay for publication in a literary magazine or journal, an important step in building your career as a writer. In the first session, you’ll find out all the basic for submissions to lit mags: dos and don’ts, cover letters, what editors are looking for, how to find the right fit, etc. In the second session, you’ll focus on crafting a strong opening as we discuss how to carry that urgency throughout the story. Motivated students will leave with an idea of how to start a story and what to do with it once it’s ready to submit.

Thursday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; 2 sessions starting March 24, 2011, ending March 31, 2011

Late Post

Forgot to post this: in the latest “Love, Recorded” column, “The Numbers of Hummingbirds,” I wrote about the baby having a too-fast heart rate. Scary stuff for us.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The doctor said that the fast heart rate could be a sign of fetal distress. Or it could just be the baby moving. We could have caught the baby at an awkward time.

There is nothing to do but wait.”

In other news, I remixed a Robert Kloss story as a little Necessary Fiction Christmas present. Here.

And the kind Amber Sparks gave a nod to Our Island of Epidemics in her end-of-the-year wrap-up in Big Other. Yay!