Enough About Me

Posted on 26 February 2012

Today I overheard a little girl ask her family: “Can we stop talking about me already?” I hear ya, sister. Sometimes enough is enough and you want to focus on someone else for a change. So in honor of that cranky little girl, here’s some news from other writers:

If you’re an anxious traveler and are about to get on a plane anytime soon, don’t say I didn’t warn you before reading Jennifer Marie Donahue’s short story “Crash & Fly,” which was published in Issue 29 of Neon Literary Magazine. But if you’re (1) fearless and (2) in the mood for a reading guide, Jennifer’s daughter offers a five-step tutorial that should help you experience this story with all your senses.

Jennifer’s on a roll — her story “Letters to My High School Boyfriends” was recently published by The Northville Review. The last paragraph of this story slays me every time.

Blip Magazine has published an excerpt of Cleveland author Mary Grimm’s novel in progress.

As for me, I have no exciting news aside from the fact that in a few days I’ll be at my first AWP. I’ve finally realized it’s not realistic to bring along all the books I hope to have signed by the authors who will be in attendance. My Margaret Atwood books are the major exception — there was a lottery to see who could go to the signing after her keynote, and I ended up with one of the golden tickets. Okay, so maybe I suspect everyone who entered the lottery got one, but I’ll take what I can get.

Which book would you most want to be signed by the author? And what kind of letter would you write to your high school boyfriend?

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7 responses to Enough About Me

  • Sarah W says:

    I’d like any collection of Damon Runyan’s stories signed by the author.

    As for the letter:

    Dear high school boyfriend,

    Where the heck were you and why didn’t you speak up? I wouldn’t have said no. Or at least, I wouldn’t have laughed.

  • Teri says:

    Funny you should ask. I had one boyfriend for 3 yrs of high school and I wrote him a real live email last year. I haven’t seen or talked to him in 30 years. Last Spring, he called to tell me he’d just had his 4th heart attack (at age 47) and wasn’t doing well. I felt so horrible for him, and we talked on the phone for about 2 hours, reminiscing and catching up. I was so sad when we hung up.

    Then the emails started coming. Turns out he was recently divorced, had no health problems!, and was on just about every dating site out there, scamming to get laid.

    Yep, I wrote him one hell of an email after finding out all that.

  • Jennifer says:

    Thanks, Laura. This has totally made my day.

    Congratulations on winning the Margaret Atwood lottery! I would really love to have Rita Dove sign one of the many books of hers that I own. I just love her. Every time I’ve gone to an event or reading I get shy and can’t work up the courage to stand in line to chat with her.

  • lisahgolden says:

    Oh no! I can’t narrow down the author to sign a book for me. Maybe Kurt Vonnegut. Neil Gaiman. You! Bobbi! Betsy! Averil! Erika Marks! Lidia Yuknavitch!

    Decision making is not my strong suit today.

    I’m so sorry I’m going to miss you this year at AWP. I was so looking forward to visiting you at your table!

  • amyg says:

    well of course i’m bringing Living Arrangements!!! (do you practice your autograph? i don’t even have any upcoming signings and i do.)

    i hate that i never got any of my marilyn french books signed. i still have hope for my erica jongs.

    my eat pray love is signed.
    a few david sedaris ones.
    the artist way may be one of my favorite signed copies.

    another favorite is a book phyllis theroux sent me of hers that is out of print. it came with a card that will now forever be kept within its cover.

    what letter would i write to my high school boyfriend??? maybe a thank you note. a i-hope-you-found-happiness card. he came from a rough family, but he was kind. and he loved me as much as a 16 to 19 year old boy can love.

  • Erika Marks says:

    Oh, how I wish I had a high school boyfriend to email. I was such a late bloomer. Now I am a mother who wants to know how she can encourage her daughters to be late bloomers. (Good luck with that, right?)

    I am giddy for all of you getting to AWP, getting to hang out and laugh and talk. I hope there will be copious postings from everyone. Photos would be great too. Just saying.

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