"Drugged: A Character Study in Six Parts"

Posted on: June 18th, 2006 by Anthony Rapino

I recently wrote on my decision to add content to a flash story that had been rejected, entitled, “Drugged.”

It happened that the suggestion (from an editor) to add to this story coincided with the need for me to write a short story for a graduate class on contemporary literature. Killing to birds with one stone, I used the theme “identity” to create a new, longer story, called “Drugged, A Character Study in Six Parts.”

I received an “A” on the assignment, and my professor was nice enough to critique the piece so I could get it ready to resubmit.

Now in possession of her critique, I plan to polish the work and resubmit within the next week.

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In other news, I am still polishing and revising my short piece, “State of the Union,” as well as working on another short or two.

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In website news, my brother is hard at work, creating an atmospheric page for me. He is currently working with a 3D program, creating nerve cells that will morph and pulse as the user clicks on them. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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No new rejection/acceptance/submission news. The calm before the storm?

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Flesh and Blood Magazine has officially closed its doors. It always looked like a nice market to me, but I never did order their mag, having noticed a lack of publishing in recent years.

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My decision to present myself as a writer of Dark Literature instead of a “horror writer” has not been questioned, and I am glad for that. I never liked the restriction of genre titles (no matter how easy it makes marketing and promotion), and I felt it was time to break free of the title.

True, I have replaced one title with another, but I feel “Dark Literature” has more slack in its meaning.

Anyway, I don’t really want to give a sermon on it, so I’ll stop while I’m ahead.

-AJR

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