It’s preview time! For EM Zine Issue 5 I decided to turn in the first few bits of work for a large project that I’m working on to submit elsewhere in the coming months. 🙂 These shorts are written in the format of the title–pretty self-explanatory.
I’ve been thinking about my stories and how strange it is that these small fictions that I’ve been working on have slowly gotten longer and longer and longer. The stuff I’m working on now (this one story in particular which I’ve enjoyed writing so much I fear that it’ll suck or that I’ll actually finish writing it) is currently around 8 pages long. I know that’s hardly a chapter of anything but that’s a fucking novel to me. This development in my work feels extremely refreshing: I feel like a child discovering that her bathtub was the ocean.
Anyway, I am of the belief that when something good comes your way it’s good to give something away too in the hopes that it’ll make someone else happy (or that it’ll break a couple of hearts). So I thought I’d give away some of my tiny (tinier?) stories, I hope you enjoy them.
This file is comprised of stories that I wrote late last year. They’re part of this bigger project that I’m not quite ready to talk about yet–but suffice it to say that it has something to do with science or interpretations of it.
The Chlorine Atom Girl contains three stories: Questions (previously published in Stache Magazine’s Nostalgia Issue ), The Chlorine Atom Girl (which was in EM Issue 3) and Air Hunger (which is coming out in EM Issue 4, so I guess you can count that as a preview of sorts).
Earlier this year, I remember mentioning that we were working on EM Zine Issue 4–and here it is. This is the first ever event we’re having for EM and it’s going to be exciting to see how this’ll go. The launch is going to be on March 22nd (Saturday), at Exile On Main Street, Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila (across from Taft Avenue, near DLSU). Details are on the poster above–you can also head to the Facebook event page to see more.
I think that this is definitely the swankiest EM Zine in terms of layout (although the first one took the cake for binding).
As for my work that’s in here–I’m a little bit nervous about it. Stories For Other People, Part 1 is included along with two other works entitled Recipes For Fear and Air Hunger. For now, I’m good with this decision to publish a “bulk project” like the installment of Stories For Other People but I get the feeling I’ll change my mind about that eventually. We shall see!
So today I downloaded this really nice software called Scribus–it’s the Open Office-compatible, simpler counterpart of InDesign and it has become my new addiction. I’m currently layouting Stories For Other People, Part 1 which I’ll be printing out and mailing to people within the next few weeks. 🙂 [More info on that here.] Feel free to download the sampler (which contains part of the introduction to the project) below!
So I decided to take this whole FB Art Challenge/Stories For Other People thing to the next level. Instead of posting up links which I did previously, I’ve decided to go all-out and release the stories in print instead. I will be posting the stories in four installments–six stories per booklet which I will send to all of the people who signed up for the FB Challenge. 😀 I already have the first installment done. This is nice because it also gives me time to process my thoughts as opposed to rushing to get something out because the internet is calling. I’ve finished with the first installment and am going to get these babies printed within the next two weeks, after which I will send them out to all the 24 people. 🙂 I’m unsure still about whether to make this available to other people. We shall see!