How Some People Like Their Eggs by Sean Lovelace makes young boys sing to me

True story. I was sitting on a train, coming home from work, and I was reading How Some People Like Their Eggs. It’s a cute chapbook to look at – a slim, yellow (yolky?) cover with beautiful black lettering.

I’d read it through and was flipping back and forth a little. Then some youngish male started singing to me “How do you like your eggs? I like mine fried and on top of toast.” His friend looked at him baffled and I did one of those tight half smiles trying to be friendly not stand-offish, but not wanting further interaction. Still his friend joined in and sung about scrambled eggs. And I wasn’t surprised, it seemed like just the sort of thing that would happen to someone reading a Sean Lovelace book.

Sean is a word magician. He has a way of putting words together and creating something fresh. He’s funny too. The flash fictions in this book made me smile (yeah, even the sad ones.)

I don’t want to spoil things as I think you should probably head over to Rose Metal Press and buy yourself a copy.

To persuade you I will say that “Charlie Brown’s diary: excerpts” managed to surprise me, amuse me, and leave me marvelling at Sean’s wit.

“crow hunting” begins ” Wednesdays seem a day to reflect. A day for gentler things. It’s their personality – the misshapen nature, the hump, the way a Wednesday morning feels like the last sip of home-brewed beer. Silty”
It’s that “Silty” that casts the spell I think.

I loved reading how Anne Sexton likes her eggs.

Sean Lovelace blogs here and I recommend his blog to anyone who gives a damn about fiction. He seems to be a thoroughly good egg. Har har.

New Cella’s Round Trip

Issue number two of the rather wonderful CRT is now up This edition includes “Slippery” from one of my favourite flashers Frances Gapper, and all fictions are accompanied by spot on visuals. Good, good stuff.

P.S I am so jealous. I wish I’d got to go to AWP and hang out with the cool kids (Rachel, Sean, Barry…) Sulk.

Do you use Duotrope?

In an interesting post Sean Lovelace suggests that the skewed stats at Duotrope make it a much less valuable resource than it should be. And this may sound rather slow of me, but erm, yeah. Of course. See, I was advised to use Duotrope by a few more experienced writers, and I joined up and browsed. I personally would prefer not to be published at “easy” places that appear to accept anything and everything, so I was looking for the ones that have lower acceptance rates, and then reading their zines, seeing if I thought my work would fit, keeping an eye on the market. But I rarely updated my subs file there,(actually, I think I did once) instead I write them all in a rather fetching notebook, tres old skool of me. Then I stopped looking, preferring instead to read other writers blogs and follow their recommendations, reading work I admire and aiming to be as good as that. Sean points out that saying a place has a 50 per cent acceptance rate only works if erm, like, a hundred per cent of people who sub report what happens to their subs.



EDIT – I have had a response from someone calling themselves thesingularitysucks in which they explain very clearly why Mr Lovelace’s suggestion is incorrect, so it’s well worth anyone interested reading through the comments.

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