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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)

New Acceptances

I'm excited to learn that an excerpt from my novel, The Tide King, was accepted by The Newport Review. Only I deleted the excerpt from this draft of the novel, feeling it extraneous. Still, maybe it's a good sign. Also, "Evolution," which was going to appear in Bananafish before it closed for good, has been graciously accepted by kill author, a magazine I have been hoping to get into for quite some time but never felt I had anything good enough to send them. For me, May was a terrible month for submissions (five rejections, one acceptance), but June seems to be shaping up okay (three acceptances).

The lady and I have been watching "Freaks and Geeks" on DVD lately. Although it has some obvious weaknesses in plot and continuity and strong finishes, the characters are interesting (although I wonder whether what really drives these types of shows is their homage to nostalgia, for it kind of seems like an updated "Wonder Years"). Maybe I find it hard to relate because I didn't have much of a life (or friends) in high school, being more inwardly consumed by my parent's troubles at home (and also budding hints of my sexuality during a time when homophobia was pretty high). One thing's for sure; despite the increasing tolerance of these times, I refuse to believe that high school ever changes, and I would not do it over. My acceptance rate there would always be zero. I do miss the excitement and optimism of that time, though. My mantra for those years was that college would liberate me. My life would finally start, and all I had to do was hold on for a little longer. Gosh, I wasted so much time waiting, when now every day feels so precious, so short, so full of regret.