Notes From the Trenches: Six Degrees of One Story

You may have noticed an article in Publisher’s Weekly and thought to yourself, “Hmmm, they’re making a pretty big deal this guy’s first novel, I’ll wait and see what the Times says about it.” But we at One Story have been hearing about this book for a while, because our own Elliott Holt has gotten a sneak peek and thinks it is heartfelt and dazzlingly original, and deserves all the hype. Keep an eye out for The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet; it’s sure to be a scorcher!

Notes From the Trenches: You Know You Love Top 10 Lists

Entertainment Weekly asked Elizabeth Gilbert to come up with a list of THE 10 NEW CLASSIC SHORT STORIES There’s no real quote to go with it, but it’s an interesting list. I don’t agree with aspects of the it, but people rarely do agree with this type of thing. Anyway, it gives you something to think about. There is also a list of New Classic Books, which is linked to the top ten list… The Road by Cormac McCarthy and, I think, the fourth or fifth Harry Potter book hold the top two spots… this is why I’m writing about the top 10 list instead of the new classics list.

Notes From the Trenches: Much Love For Rae Meadows

It’s come to our attention that long time subscriber, Rae Meadows, has just published her first novel! Calling Out is available on Amazon and I suggest you all check it out. Author of One Story issue #15, Darin Strauss, says:

Rae Meadows’ novel is a sexy, confident, totally winning debut…she brings the sordid world of the escort business into affecting and often hilarious relief. [She] is a shining talent.

If that’s not enough to make you want to click on the hyperlink, then I don’t know what is!

Notes From the Trenches: A Daily Podcast for Writers? SWEET!

I don’t know whether it’s a change in climate, or some pollen in the air, but my head is killing me and I’m going to hit the hay early tonight. But, before I do that, I just want to share with you all this little morsel from galley cat.  Brought to you by Litopia and Peter Cox, this should be interesting. I’d listen to an entry and give you my opinion…. but my temples are screaming “NO NO NO!!” You’ll just have to bite the bullet and find out for yourself. Enjoy!

Notes From the Trenches: Holy Annual Deadlines, Batman!

It’s that time of year again to bust out your favorite thriller or mystery novel for some good old beach reading! It’s also time for summer blockbusters to drain my bank account. Interestingly enough, this article’s beginning sounds like something out of a movie trailer:

In an age when reading for pleasure is declining, book publishers increasingly are counting on their biggest moneymaking writers to crank out books at a rate of at least one a year, right on schedule, and sometimes faster than that.

My mentor, the great Blanche Boyd, has often told me that writers, sometimes, simply cannot bring themselves write without a hard deadline… but this is kind of ridiculous! Check it out!

Notes From the Trenches: I’ve got to stop writing about John Hodgman!

In my perusal of Galley Cat this morning, I came across yet another post about John Hodgman and I’d like to take the time to say that we at One Story also wish him a happy birthday! I’d also like to give some dap to Ron Hogan, for mentioning their conversation about Galactus and his dastardly habit of devouring worlds…. Some one should do a PSA about that guy.

Notes from the trenches: John Hodgman & Liz Gilbert

I found this on Galley Cat this morning. We always need to show love for the author of One Story #1! Also there is a link to what Mr. Hodgman calls the best short story he has ever read–“The Famous Torn and Restored Lit Cigarette Trick” by Elizabeth Gilbert (known these days for Eat, Pray, Love) Pretty high praises… I know what I’m reading tonight!

Notes from the trenches: The House on Fortune Street

Hello again. My girlfriend went out to see the Sex and the City Movie tonight with two of her friends. I’m sure many other groups of ladies have done the same since it’s come out. But I’m here to talk about literature. And, as I sneak a peek at the Sunday book reviews, I’m thinking that it can’t be a coincidence that the Times reviewed Margot Livesey’s The House on Fortune Street so soon after the premier of this movie about single, sexually liberated women. The review is interesting and raises some really great questions to keep in mind as you approach the book. There is also a link to the first chapter of the book, so you can decide whether you want to shell out the 24 bucks or check it out of the library.

Have a good weekend!

Notes from the trenches: One Story and Web 2.0!

I think I should introduce myself first. My name is Chris Gregory. I’m a NJ native, an undergraduate student at Connecticut College, and I’m proud to say that I’ll be an intern at One Story this summer.

This has been something I’ve wanted to do since I saw Hannah read at the Daniel Klagbrun Symposium on Writing and Moral Vision (a mouthful, I know) up at Conn two years ago. I’m a really big fan of the publication, and my first week at work has only reinforced my appreciation for the terrific job that they do here.

That said, I’d like to boast about how glamorous it is to work at this hot, up and coming magazine, and then post a picture of the hot tub that we have in the middle of the office…. but I actually spent my first week counting every back issue of One Story that we have in stock, and we have quite a few. I’m also reading submissions, which is a really interesting process. Trying to differentiate great writing, from merely good writing can be really challenging. Luckily, I have past issues of One Story to use as a barometer. Not that I’m literally comparing stories, rather, I use One Story to get a feel for what greatness looks like on the page.

I’m sure you’re sick of reading about me by now. And I think I should get to the real reason for my post: One Story is on Facebook! Right now we have a nice little description of our operation and Elliot has posted our upcoming events! Exciting! We hope put up some other cool stuff like pictures, audio clips, and maybe even some videos! I can tell you’re quivering with anticipation, so I’d suggest that you immediately click on that link I posted, fan us, and show everyone how awesome you are! If you’re don’t have a Facebook account, then I’d suggest that you get in on the social networking sensation that is sweeping the world, if anything just to show everyone how hip you are by being a fan of the coolest magazine around. Rest assured that you can find plenty of cool people to friend amongst the ranks of our fans!

So, until next time, take some time to read a short story! I re-read “A Little Cloud” before writing this… That James Joyce was pretty good.