UPDATE 6 January 2017: The book is out! Published December 30, 2016. Read more here.
Current working title:
Riding the Chariot The Toad’s Garden
This post invites you to preview my next book by following the tentative table of contents links (below).
I’ve been working on a book manuscript for print that collects the prose I wrote last year (flash fiction, experimental prose, short stories) and posted here on the blog. I don’t know that I’ll keep the working title—until just now, it was The Woman with a Beard, The Toad’s Garden, and Other Stories. But that sounds too pretentious. Perhaps just The Toad’s Garden, for now.
eventually. For now, Riding the Chariot, as that piece is about a lecturer gone bonkers and disappearing into his own crazy world of fiction, sort of. And, hey, isn’t that what working a book manuscript is like?
I hope that you will follow the links, in order.
Another possibility could be As Far As I Go…although I’m not sure that story should carry the weight of the collection, or rather, I’m not sure the collection should carry the weight of that story on its back.
In this post I’m sharing the tentative Table of Contents (ToC), with links to the original posts. In the book, I’m making the amount of text on each page relatively small, a bit like prose poetry—for the more experimental works in the collection, the breaks are almost like stanzas. For those pieces that veer into more conventional modes of fiction, the breaks are more like scene shifts. In some of the original posts there are lines to indicate sections, and these are honored in the manuscript. The book will be around 125-130 pages with these breaks, but far fewer if I simply use a conventional flow of text filling each page of prose.
I’m interested in comments about the arrangement, the way each piece does or does not flow-connect to the adjacent ones.
I hope that you will follow the links, in order. After you’ve read a post, you’ll have to close the new tab on your browser and return here, to the ToC. I’m interested in comments about the arrangement, the way each piece does or does not flow-connect to the adjacent ones.
Riding the Chariot begins almost in the chronological order the pieces were originally written in, but veers from that order at first to keep the woman with the beard and the toad’s garden stories together. Then, further rearrangements are an attempt to group stories that might connect to each other…but your comments, I hope, will let me know how well the arrangement works and how well this succeeds as a “book.”
Table of Contents
I. The Woman with a Beard (Chicken and Egg)
II. The Toad’s Garden (Deciduous Mirror Reflecting)
Butterfly Effect: Chaos on a Shoe String 19
The Other Day 20
The Toad’s Garden 22
Reflexive Properties 23
Word-tossed Salad 26
Deciduous Mirror Reflecting 27
Reflections on the Toad’s Garden 30
A Visit 33
Nematode Garden Crisis 38
Political Philosophy 41
Soon the Trumpets 45
Ison Tonic Expressions 47
III. Palm Reading (As Far as I Go)
IV. Off the Trail (Dark Date)
V. Final Destination (A Crack in Everything)
After Words (God’s Pop Quiz)