Improving Pregnancy

“Turning the Corner.” Week 20 brings some improvements, and for a little while, it’s almost like pregnancy is great! The wife can eat, the kitten gets the snip snip, a rash spreads, and we watch a fox date a man. Here’s an excerpt:

This week, we spent 20 hours watching a Korean drama about a girl who is really a kind of ghost, a nine-tailed fox that is said to seduce men and eat their livers. The show reeks of symbolism.

Thanks to those who read it!

Lynne Tillman is still the GMP weekend fiction for now. A great one.

Hello, daughter

The latest column: “The Fragile Vessel.” In which snow falls over Boston, Cathreen and I make another ER visit, for dehydration, and we find out that we’re having a daughter and that the name we picked just won’t fit. Cathreen recently said to me, “Pregancy is weird.” That about sums up all of these columns recently. Here’s an excerpt:

In the morning, when it is time to leave, Cathreen asks me not to go. I have been dreading the possibility of this happening—I know my wife and her moments of tenderness. I apologize to her, but I do want to go, and I am going, and then I am out the door and feeling guilty.

Also, I’m working on linking up all the Epidemic stories, so look for a hyptertext version soon. Hooray!

Baby girl

I’m having a girl, by which I mean my wife is having a girl. Here’s the column I wrote just before finding out and then leaving my wife alone for three days to go to D.C. with 7,000 other writers.

Cathreen’s mother says it isn’t the baby that wants anything. She says it’s the hormones that want things. The hormones are full of hates and desires.

Why is Morning Sickness Called Morning Sickness?

Call it what it is, when it lasts all day and night. Here’s a column about its possible end, cat politics, Korean dramas, and crying. “Bear Our Angry Faces.”

She holds a tomato in her hand like a grenade. She says the baby is gurgling inside of her.

Also check out Our Island of Epidemics in Michael Czyzniejewski’s top 10 list on the Dzanc Books blog and on the new PANK site. Sweet.

Alexander Chee’s story, “My Next Move,” is this week’s GMP fiction feature.

Pregnancy is still scary

New “Love, Recorded” column: “Early Risk Assessment.” Is it just me, or is pregnancy scarier when you want a baby than when you don’t?

Here’s an excerpt:

On New Year’s Eve, I will walk in the door and Cathreen will call out that I’m going to jail, that we got a letter that I committed a crime. “What can we do?” she says. This doesn’t seem like the way crimes work. Then she hands me a letter that says Claim. If you pronounce this in Korean, it sounds like “crime.”

In other Good Men Project news, the Weekend Fiction section I’m editing was launched with stories by actor and writer James Franco (“Yosemite”) and emerging literary star Sean Ennis (“Saint Roger of Fox Chase”).

Happy New Year

Happy 2011! I’ve got a story, “Slowed Time, Normal Time,” in the current issue (8) of the Kartika Review. Asianness, filmmaking, and origami are involved. Thanks to Christine Lee Zilka and Sunny Woan.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Once, she’d spent the entire day making an armchair, and when I returned from school and tested it, it didn’t even collapse as paper should. She seemed to have an almost magical talent.”

In other news, Christopher Newgent has some nice words to say about Our Island of Epidemics at vouched.com. Our Island is still on sale at PANK for $6.

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!