There was a point in the story “Telling it All to Otis” where after being in one character’s point of view for the entire story it shifts to a different character for like the last three pages. I can’t figure out why, and have been obsessed with it all damn day. I still can’t figure out why he did this. He does it again in the final story “The Green Balloon” and this time for only a line.
Kissing in Manhattan is a ‘novel’ of interlinked short stories that one of my writing teachers, Dale, recommended about 100 years ago. I just finally got around to reading it and it rocks the ever-loving Casbah.
In the past two weeks, I’ve become obsessed (lots of obsession going on at Supergenius HQ today) with these interlinked story ‘novels.’ And let me tell you this, it’s not easy being obsessed with something you don’t know a lot about or can even find a lot of examples of.
See, and here I’m saying it definitively and this is scaring the shit out of me, I’m writing a book of interlinked short stories.
I am writing a book.
There I said it. I’ve been toying with the idea for months and months now, well since like October. But since I started reading Kissing in Manhattan last week, I’ve got ideas popping in and out of my head all the damn time. It’s exhilarating and scary.