Most of us are searching for meaning in the madness, seeking answers to questions in love, sex, spirituality, family), hopes of escape, Bruce Springsteen songs, or vodka-laced mango slushies. Most of us are looking for the Mother Ship.
BARBARA L BAER
Like most everyone else, I’m busy skating around on the surface, but sometimes I just stare into space and think about who and what has gone from life, and about the planet as it heats up.
My fiction always begins with the premise: what if? The inspiration for The Landline came about because for several years bill collectors kept calling my number trying to locate the Laura Brink of my story.
I dream of being known, of being loved for my stories and their characters. Some valuable lessons I’ve learned about writing have to do with discipline, such as to focus on the writing, not on the drama of my own anxieties, and to build on the mood of the story, no matter how vulnerable it makes me feel—in fact, the more vulnerable the better.
CLARA B JONES
I think that reality is fractured and discursive—we all, for instance, are good and bad, subject and other, present and alienated, healthy as well as sick.
My story The Good Consort is published in the 34thParallel Magazine Issue 31. My poems, flash fiction, essays, reviews, and interviews are published in Transnational, Matter, Bluestem, The Yellow Chair Review, WNC-Woman, The Review Review, Entropy, and others.
I often fear that I am not who I am supposed to be, or even who I want to be, though I am not really sure I know who either of those people are. I think, for a lot us, myself included, we are raised with one set of expectations for what our lives are going to be, but we grow up and realize that those expectations were not our own.
My work has been published in The Auburn Circle (Auburn University).