As far as the craft of writing, all my blathering about my hometown and high school boils down to this: don’t write angry. Sleep on it for a few years or a few decades. If you’re writing about someone or somewhere only to prove how silly and despicable that person or place is, your written world will have the flatness that comes from small-heartedness. A story should not be a means of carrying out a vendetta, but perhaps a story might be a way to lay one to rest.
Maggie Shipstead, “Going Home”
While doing some creepy Google-stalking of Maggie Shipstead in preparation for her event this evening, I came across this great short story that was published in Glimmer Train.