I wrote a short-short story called “My Hulk” that was posted yesterday in Altered Reality Magazine. Fun!
I have a writing / social group that I attend occasionally, and our ten-minute writing warmup consists free-writing from prompts. One of the prompts a few weeks ago was “the hulk is real.” This inspired a few paragraphs that I late spent about ten hours expanding and polishing.
I haven’t been writing a lot of fiction lately, nor finishing the various unfinished projects that weigh on my mind, so it’s nice to have something begun, finished and published!
Feeling stifled by her household and her giant panda, a woman contemplates escape.
I brought this story into a writing workshop early in my MFA experience, and the professor hated it. However, other people encouraged me, and “I” liked it, so I polished and submitted it anyway, and it found a home at Sycamore Review with people who loved it. It was a good lesson to learn — that everything is a matter of taste! One of the encouraging people was my classmate at the time, the multi-talented artist and writer Katie Burgess, who later made me the cover art you see above.