Sunday, October 11th, 2009 • No Comments on The Next Thing
I have put Fairy Tale Lust to bed—at least for now—and now I’m mulling over anthology ideas and contemplating on what I want to do next. I absolutely love working with Cleis Press—and it seems like I’ll be editing more books for them in the future. I’m so excited about the possibilities—and so honored to be keeping company with some of the awesome Cleis Press editors who have bought my stories over the years. The very first erotic story I ever wrote (the infamous “Service Entrance”) was selected by Marcy Sheiner for the inaugural edition of Best Women’s Erotica. There was a sense of coming full circle as I sifted through submissions for Fairy Tale Lust, remembering what it was like when I first started submitting my fiction to editors. Terrific feeling, really.
I have a few other writing projects I’m interested in exploring—not just anthologies, but my own writing. My recent foray into nonfiction (memoir?) with P.S. What I Didn’t Say makes me want to follow that path and see where it takes me. It seems as if this pregnant, husband deployed, taking care of a baby alone (and freaking out along way) experience might be something worth writing about. Provided, of course, I can salvage any brain cells to write once this baby comes and I’m the only one here to get up with him in the middle of the night for several months.
And always in the mix is the pull back to academia and the desire to get my PhD. I was interviewed last week about Fairy Tale Lust and one of the questions was about how my academic background influences my writing. It’s a good question—and one that reminds me how much I love discussing literature. I miss that. I can write, I can edit, but I miss talking about writing and popular culture and historical influence. I miss discussing erotica and feminism, exploring the women writers who came before, analyzing the literature that has so influenced my own writing. I don’t know when I might be able to go back to school, but I know it’s on the list of things to do in the next few years.
So, the next thing. It’s good to think about the future—it keeps me from stressing too much about the immediate unknowns of pregnancy and parenting—but everything seems to be a bit of a question mark right now.