writing process blog tour

what are you working on?

image

//////////

how does your work differ from other writers of your genre?

image

//////

why do you write what you do?

image

///////////////

how does your writing process work?

image

//////

Thanks so much to the wonderful Timur Bardot Mukhodinov for inviting me to participate in this peculiar blog tour. You should go see him read some time. He’s great. Next week, the tour visits Natalie Eilbert's site to hear how she does things.

“The fact of this haphazard unity extends far back from the water into town, into the streets and shops, even our homes, our beds, our hands and hearts. Everyone everywhere, all of us, we make our choices and live our own lives, yes, of course we do. How else could one moment unfold into the next? Janet bakes her bread at three PM and so then comes four PM, just as always, and Erin mends her stockings at dusk so then comes night and even the day, how else can it be. And Janet doesn’t consult Erin on flour before firing up the oven, Erin does not commission Janet’s stitch expertise before starting her needlework, no, of course not, no more than one hour consults the next, and no more than dusk commissions the advice of day. It just happens, as a matter of course, and without conspiracy.”
wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.
wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.
wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.
wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.
wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.
wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.

wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn

  • On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
  • On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
  • Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
  • Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans,
    Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
  • Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.

Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.

Monster erotica is one of the most deplorable genres out there — so, against all sense of reason, I’ve decided to work on some. Here’s a new thing that Ampersand was kind enough to toss into the world. It’s loosely based on opera and features giants.

http://ampersandreview.com/2014/07/cavatina-dafne-by-dolan-morgan/

Really digging this bit from bldgblog: 

"As Prelinger described it, the human telephone was like an electromagnetic update to the oracle at Delphi: a lone female figure with access to distant voices, dancing slowly across a dance floor secretly wired from below, an interactive surface whose hidden technology extended up into her very clothing. 

There were copper wires woven through her dress, copper-soled shoes on her feet, even copper nails hammered in the floor below, and this all effectively turned her into a living telephone network—the “human telephone” of the article’s title—receiving voices from some continent-scale network invisible to spectators’ eyes. Oracular and alluring, she would then invite members of the audience to join her in this choreography, where ghostly conversations-at-a-distance would ensue.”

Returning to this today in honor of The ASDF resharing “Kiss My Annulus.” Woo woo

inguinalvoid:

Sometimes the world is a truly magical place.

thenewephemera:

The internet decided to revise my work. It did a great job.

I wrote a story called “Kiss My Annulus,” about the origin of SPAM and pyramid schemes inserting itself into someone’s life, published at the very cool Contrary Magazine. Then something strange happened:

I noticed that two erroneous paragraph breaks had recently appeared in the text, and I wrote to editor Jeff McMahon. This is not the strange part.

When I pasted the questionable sections of text into gmail, links to websites about erectile dysfunction appeared at the cross-hairs of the strange paragraph breaks. 

My story got hacked.

So, this self-reflexive piece about spam advertising has a new layer of subtext, namely more spam advertising, a synecdoche that literally exists between the lines.

I’m into it.

"Kiss My Annulus " by Dolan Morgan

theasdf:

"Ringing phones start too many stories. Take this one for example." »

Super excited to see this story of mine featured in the The ASDF, a cool magazine/endeavor dedicated to bumping previously published work. Woohoo.

Birdheaded man struts across his roof to his useless plane while a giant phone gazes longingly from the shadows.

I interviewed a cruise line employee and a tow truck driver about the ocean and being alone. Go see the video on Electric Literature. 

http://electricliterature.com/video-dolan-morgan-interviews-a-two-truck-driver-and-cruise-line-employee/ I interviewed a cruise line employee and a tow truck driver about the ocean and being alone. Go see the video on Electric Literature. 

http://electricliterature.com/video-dolan-morgan-interviews-a-two-truck-driver-and-cruise-line-employee/

I interviewed a cruise line employee and a tow truck driver about the ocean and being alone. Go see the video on Electric Literature.

http://electricliterature.com/video-dolan-morgan-interviews-a-two-truck-driver-and-cruise-line-employee/

YOU ENTER A ROOM

You enter a room. The room takes notice and is displeased. Angry. The room demands explanation. Why are you entering me? On whose authority? Certainly not mine, the room says, I have no authority – a fact which you are all too willing to exploit, the room says. I know your kind, the room says. Coming/going, all day long. You think you’re first to enter me? Hardly. You arrive unannounced and present yourself like some kind of treat! Hello!, you say, here I am, look at me, Room, be ready, be happy, be thankful, for me, the comer and goer, trespasser and traveler, I have come to make use of you, to make you useful, to give you meaning and purpose: housing and holding me! No. You are not a treat and I am not thankful. You are a jerk, and I am unthankful. I do not receive my purpose or meaning from you. I receive my ire from you, and frankly, I’m fed up. So get out. Be gone. Have off. The sooner the better.

Contrary to the room’s demands, you do not leave. You remain. Since when do rooms tell you what to do? No, room, you say. I am not leaving. There was a door, and I have entered it, and we both must deal with this fact together, not in a fit of anger, but through civil discourse.  The room is silent. Taken aback? Shocked? Defeated? Hello room, you say, are you listening? I’m not leaving just because you say so. I’m staying. Silence. Nothing. You look at the walls around you. The door, floor, nothing.

And that’s when the room enters you. 

You take immediate notice of the fact and are displeased. Angry – and extremely uncomfortable. The room does not fit inside of you. Not at all. But it is inside of you. The facts are disquieting. The not-fitting and the being-there-anyway. Painful. You feel every inch of the room against your skin. Stretching you. So it’s no surprise you sense the door opening, within. Or the person entering. Entering the room inside your body. Then the next. And the next. Oh god, you think, oh god, and wait wait wait, where even am I? I am not where I was. Where I was is now inside of me. It is safe to say that by being entered, you have effectively exited. You take where you’ve been and what you’ve done into this new place.

___________________

From Bound by Chance, a project from Ace Hotel and WORD Bookstore, featuring work from Bill Cheng, Myke Cole, Nick Douglas, Chad Felix, Rachel Fershleiser, Roxane Gay, Chelsea Hodson, Kat Howard, Edan Lepucki, Thomas Page McBee, Sarah McCarry, Dolan Morgan, Travis J Nichols, Rajesh Parameswaran, Danniel Schoonebeek, and Emma Straub. Get the full book here.