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Jen Michalski

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You'll Be Fine (2021; NineStar Press)




"An enjoyable story about an adult trying to grow up"
Kirkus Reviews

Selected, "Best Books We Read This Year (2021)”— Independent Book Review

Coming Soon

The Company of Strangers
(2022; Braddock Avenue Books)

She's Having a Baby

It seems like I get my best ideas from dreams. In fact, my forthcoming novella MAY-SEPTEMBER (Press 53 2010, Open Awards Anthology) is mostly the result of a long dream about two women. It only seems prudent, then, to evaluate the potential of last night's dream. In it, my best friend, a gay man, and I had sex, and I got pregnant. Only when I become engaged to another man (for some reason, I'm straight, or technically, bisexual in this dream) do my friend and I realize the depth of affection we have for each other, that we're having a baby, for goodness sake, and we fight the odds to be together.

This has the makings of a second-rate screenplay, I'll admit. A B-rate Jennifer Aniston playing me, and Greg Kinnear as my boyfriend, right? And there would be just enough to piss straight people off for having my character marry a gay man and enough to piss the gay people off for having Greg Kinnear choose heterosexual complacency.

So definitely not a go. I'll admit, however, if I was desperate and needed the money, I might consider trying my hand at screenwriting something like this. But I doubt I'd wind up giving birth to anything worthwhile by my standards; more than likely, I'd be laying a big, fat egg.

Oh well. Back to the nocturnal drawing board. If you're listening, subconscious, I'm open to a cable-ready television mini-series.