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“Jen Michalski’s second novel is an intense emotional commitment, but a worthwhile one.” – Ploughshares


“Jen is an astonishingly sensitive writer.” – HTML Giant


“Jen Michalski excels in subtlety that is made possible by her nuanced understanding of voice.” – The Rumpus


“Jen is a writerly heavyweight.” – Nate Brown, American Short Fiction


“We’re lucky to have Michalski before the rest of the world discovers her. But they will.” – Baltimore City Paper

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Looking Ahead

I am happy we've booked the Wonderland Ballroom for the dogzplot/jmww/wigleaf/Sententia off-site reading at AWP in February 2010. We're looking at 12 contributors to read, and it'll probably work much like the slam earlier this year at the KGB Bar.

I know we'll still be living in Baltimore until February, because (1) AWP and (2) I'm teaching another writing class at the Creative Alliance around that time. But that's as far as I'd like to think ahead—too much can happen between now and then.

I got another really nice rejection from one of my favorite journals. These rejections hurt more than anything, when your story is "great" and "so close" but not quite the "right fit." I never understand the "right fit" thing. Everything is the "right fit" for jmww if it's a good story, whether it be a romance, a historical romance, sci-fi, or western. As long as there are satisfying, literary elements (although I admit, these combinations are rare) in it, it can be about anything.

So I have to wonder how much of my story is that it wasn't really as good as it could have been, not that it was a good fit, per se. The story of mine in question takes place in World War II and is actually an excerpt from my in-progress novel (although it was a story before a novel).

I must admit, I miss cable a little bit. There's only so much "Antiques Roadshow" and "Wine Country" you can watch on PBS.