Hi, Narratively readers! We know a lot of you on this list are storytellers, whether you work in writing, film, audio, music, theater, dance, fine art or another field; whether you’re a full-time creative or you pursue passion projects in your free time. Well, we’re always sending you stories so it’s only fair that you get to send some our way once in a while! If you’ve had an article, book, film, podcast or other creative project come out lately, please drop a link in the comments so that we (and all of our readers) can check it out. And if you’re currently working on something we should be on the lookout for in the future, we’d love to hear about that, too. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!
My book just came out! It's about some of the roughest things I have done to and with my body. Thanks for this space to share :) https://wwnorton.com/books/9781324050872
Thanks for the invite, Narratively! The most exciting surprise of 2023 has been this: A story I wrote for Longreads (about Thomas Stevens, the first man to bicycle around the world) was adapted by BBC Reels into a short documentary, which I got to help produce. Enormous thanks to Sam Hartford for proposing this to me. Not often this freelance writer *receives* a pitch :) https://www.bbc.co.uk/reel/video/p0gfp509/the-first-person-to-cycle-the-globe-on-a-penny-farthing
Greetings from the Frankfurt Book Fair, where I have negotiated German language translation (and publication in Germany) to a children's book I authored (Harry the Scaredy Super Seal) and distributorship in India for the books published by the publishing company of which I am part owner. I'm thrilled to have accomplished these things while navigating the Fair, and I'm grateful for this space to share the news. Thank you.
I don't know if this counts, but I guest edited the Sunday Long Read last week and it was very fun to put together a selection of picks and ruminate on them a bit. Some great reads in there: https://mailchi.mp/sundaylongread/oct-1044401
The Raised By Whoops Fake Radio Show - we post interviews with all types of creative people. www.RbwPod.com
We are also creating an anthology and seeking writers to contribute - specifically we are looking for performers with horror stories from the stage. It’s called “I’m Dying Up Here” - learn more about it at www.LeonBlanda.com
Finally, I wrote something you might enjoy - “The Moron at the End of This Book: Short Stories From a Life, Well, Lived.”
Available everywhere - www.MoronBook.com
I’m working on a profile series for Tidal Magazine’s online edition, Current. We’re going to be covering artists and small business owners who are carving a new way forward for themselves in the post pandemic world. It’s based off an article I wrote for Tidal Mag last year called Mid-Week (https://ashleyrubell.com/ar-blog/2023/3/28/mid-week-spruceton-inn-owner-casey-scieszka-carves-out-quality-time-in-the-catskills-tidal-magazine-issue-15)
Been writing and playing original music since age of ten...40 + years later got to do this recording with family and friends during a three month sabbatical! https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/richgelson/campfires?mibextid=Zxz2cZ
I had a podcast I did with WUNC come out this last week! It built off of a couple articles that I wrote for Scalawag Magazine about music in prisons.
Thanks for this opportunity to share a fairly recent article that I am proud of about a musical icon ..https://www.stillalivemag.com/articles/big-pink
I was super lucky to be involved in an amazing project while in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. I was there with the Brazilian experimental film director Gustavo von Ha, who convinced all of us to star in his latest film idea he wanted to shoot at Yaddo—a horror movie about the weight of artistic expectations and the pressure to produce. Everyone played some version of themselves and gave interviews about our own artistic practices—then the film switches gears. Imagine if Christopher Guest made an avant garde horror movie about what it takes to make art! (I'm the one—unknowingly —pulling off an amazing Parker Posey impression.) The movie is just about to have its premiere in Rio this month. Here's the IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt27330978/
My third collection CHILD CRAFT just came out on 9/5 from the wonderful Belle Point Press: https://bellepointpress.com/products/child-craft. I'm in the middle of book promo - heading to the Louisville Book Festival as an author next month, book club discussion pick for SmokeLong Quarterly in November too.
I'm a wild old woman and an author of five nonfiction books about forests. I'm finally working on a meta-memoir subtitled: "From Burning Man to Bhutan"
My latest article was the cover story for Cowboys & Indians Magazine! Pretty thrilled about this one!
Lori Wagner Ford it should be on the website, but here is the link:
Thanks for the space to share our creative works.
Thought I would share my essay—'I Wish My Children Were Still Living Inside My Uterus,’—which I published on my newsletter. It took me months to write this essay because the subject matter deals with gun violence and because when I sat in front of my laptop to write sentences tears would blur my eyes and I would get up from my chair, unable to write a single sentence.
Please be warned. This essay has gun shooting experience on the page.
My podcast airs personal essays. We’re about to hit a million downloads. Check guidelines, we’re open to submissions www.Writingclassradio.com
My memoir Honeymoon at Sea: How I Found Myself Living on a Small Boat came out from Re:books, a small women-owned press in Toronto and to top that off they are in Frankfurt this week. And it only took me 34 years to get it written!
Not mine, but my husband is a documentary director, and his short film "Keepers of the Way," about the Pennsylvania Lenape, just finished making its rounds on the festival circuit. He has his first public screening coming up in about a month! This is where it will be screening: https://countytheater.org/films/keepers-of-the-way.
There isn't a link available yet to the full video until the public screening is done, but here is the trailer: https://www.topazcreative.com/keepers-of-the-way.
Then after that, he's straight to working on his next piece, a short about a bronze sculpture artist who lives Wyoming, looking at his creative process in contrast to the change of seasons. That one is called "From Brass to Bronze," though since it hasn't been filmed yet and they're still in the funding phase, there isn't anything to share.
Eulogies for Strangers, brief encounters with (dead) people.
Thank you for asking this question!! I just started a blog about Hassidic sexuality. It documents my experiences dating while transitioning from Hassidic rabbi to ordinary human. www.theblackcoat.blog
Hey y'all! I just launched a season of essays on my substack all about competition and my need to be the best and how i started prepping for the sat in 4th grade. The first essay is here - https://botharetrue.substack.com/p/i-got-a-perfect-score-on-my-sat-and
Also, I recently crossed 6666 subscribers on Substack and wrote a satirical but also honest and hopefully helpful guide about what I've learned along the way https://botharetrue.substack.com/p/6666-tips-on-how-i-reached-6666-subscribers
hope y'all dig em!
My latest story is called, "Systemic Deflation: War on the Poor."
Thanks for the chance to shout out, Narratively!
My first novel just won the Gold Award for Women's Fiction in the 29th Annual CIPA Awards -- pretty excited about that!
Here it is: https://tinyurl.com/3wctzxf4
My website stephanieshafran.com introduces my chapbook "Awakening", published at the very beginning of the pandemic in the spring of 2020. My September blog post describes a recent visit with friends from my high school years. It's at https://stephanieshafran.com/2023/09/30/a-circle-is-round-it-has-no-end/.
I wrote a folk-horror leaning piece with a cast comprised solely of kids https://open.substack.com/pub/paradiselostinthesauce/p/picnic-upon-lambshead-pasture?r=2n5xj8&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
Having just read Friday's Narratively email I hope you don't mind a late entry! I'm a freelance writer and I have a new Substack newsletter, Off-Field, where I curate tales from the fringes of sport and society. Featured work includes longreads and podcasts either produced by my fair hands or, less self-indulgently, by others whose work I not only admire but secretly wish I’d come up with myself!
Some of the brilliant work I've read on Narratively has featured in the three editions so far. Any writers who'd like to see their work featured would be more than welcome to get in touch. Find out more at https://offfield.substack.com. Many thanks
My book came out a little under a year ago: "Just Another Meat-Eating Dirtbag: A Memoir," it's my third book, but first graphic memoir: https://www.streetnoisebooks.com/just-another-meateating-dirtbag
My memoir, ASK ME HOW IT WORKS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MY OPEN MARRIAGE, will be published by Viking Books UK in Spring 2025! https://www.thebookseller.com/rights/viking-triumphs-in-six-way-auction-for-pauls-life-changing-memoir-on-open-marriage
Love this thread and look forward to checking out the exciting work you're all sharing. My personal essay about mental illness in the family was recently published here: https://herstryblg.com/true/2023/5/10/the-road-to-durango. And I have a complete manuscript of a memoir about raising a young child diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder that I'm procrastinating pitching to agents. The book also touches on my own background as a recovering alcoholic turned marathoner and triathlete. In it, I describe how training for tough athletic events helped me cope with the stress and uncertainty of my daughter's diagnosis.
I have been writing on Substack about infertility, mental health, and adventure!
After three years trying to have a baby and five miscarriages, I needed a break and decided to pursue a new dream. I bought an old camper van and I’m driving from Alaska to Mexico, writing about my adventures along the way as I process the pain and grief of infertility and the question of what comes next.
Read more and subscribe for free at:
I'm working on developing a new - hopefully comedic - voice. Had my second funny travelogue-ish piece published, and sold out on my first ever one-woman-wine-tasting-travelogue-bio performance! You can find all at https://caroleinnit.com/?page_id=176 and more on the reset of my (still very new) blog
Just this week Geographic Expeditions published my essay, “Diversions,” which won first place at the 2023 Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference. It’s one of the chapters in my memoir (working on it) about being dragged by my husband around the world in search of birds. https://www.geoex.com/blog/diversions/
I won the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press nonfiction chapbook contest. My chapbook, Twinkies, was released in June 2023. Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
my book also came out this summer! It's about the intersections of wine and power -- part memoir and part reporting. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/wine-9781501383625/
& here's a fun essay about lady truckers that came out earlier this year
Puppet Master is currently performing Halloween songs at Community Cup near Philadelphia. We're signed up for several gigs there. We're also posting online
Thanks for this Narratively! Love reading about everyone's creative projects. I have a comic infertility memoir out on sub AND my podcast How to Survive is in it's second year. We just released our Halloween episode on the Salem Witches! Check it out! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-survive-with-danielle-kristine/id1586894471
My latest story for Perceptive Travel appeared in the September issue. On an epic road trip covering 1500 miles through northern Quebec, four friends' backstories combine with stories of fur trading and European colonization to prove that survival comes in many forms.
My latest piece is in Success magazine's Nov/Dec issue, out at all Barnes & Noble locations, but not online yet. My story, "The Evolution of Bertony Faustin," is one of my most favorite interviews I've ever done. It's just one of those things where you get swept away into the essence of another human. He's a dynamic, larger-than-life personality (and Oregon winemaker and owner of Abbey Creek Vineyard), and was so vulnerable. His willingness to talk about how he has never felt like he was enough was so powerful, and I wish more people were as open and honest about the internal struggle of being human. I am grateful to have gotten a small glimpse into his personal evolution!
A book to be released by end of this '23 year called, Flying Rocks... Backstage and production insights about the high flying episodes of the biggest rock n’ roll stars in the world, traveling and touring on the road in private airplanes! https://michaellofton.com/publishing-projects/flying-rocks-book/
I wrote a funny, uneasy essay about my deeply weird 25th Columbia College reunion -- Reunited -- Thanks so much for this opportunity to share! https://lizziesimon.substack.com/p/reunited
This week, I started a free newsletter listing bookish events in and around NYC. It somehow didn’t already exist! https://tinyurl.com/2t385yaa
Recently published this essay in Open Secrets magazine https://open.substack.com/pub/opensecretsmag/p/live-through-this?r=e5f91&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post and working on a GenX memoir chapbook
Thanks for the chance to shout! Pretty excited that my first novel won the Gold Award for Women's Fiction at the 29th annual CIPA awards! Here it is, The Wisdom of the Olive Tree:
Love this invite! Given I mostly have work in-progress, I'm proud to share my newsletter, The Gift, about creativity, divinity, books, and daily life. My latest piece is The World Is Cruel and Irrational: Here's What You Can Do About It:
I am recovering from a bad fall now, but still have been working on music fir my short, animated film, THE LIGHT AT THE EDGE! We hope to resume production starting in December. Mac McCord; Zen Barking Films
Thanks for this opportunity.Today Substack just sent me an email saying I’m one of their bestsellers. I write “What Just Happened” at pattyasaad.substack.com I’m a chronically ill grandmother, and because of addiction and mental health issues in my family, I’m raising my 2-year old granddaughter who also has special needs. I write spiritual, but humorous articles about our experiences. The most recent is “Mastering Patience: I don’t want to.”
My new middle-grade novel, THE MUSEUM OF LOST AND FOUND, came out with Abrams a few months ago! It's about an 11-year-old girl who discovers an abandoned museum in her town and starts filling it with her own projects, inspired by children's classics like THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER and THE EGYPT GAME. https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/museum-of-lost-and-found_9781419754517/
Hello, everyone! I'm putting the finishing touches on my memoir, Hurricane Lessons, with my amazing book coach. It's the story of falling in love with my Pilates instructor at age 46, ending my mixed-gender marriage of 22 years, and ultimately finding the place where I belong. I shared a little piece of it on Substack a while back. Thanks for the opportunity to share it here as well. :)
My husband is dying of metastatic on tie cancer and we have been writing together for the last few months. I wrote an essay about our shotgun wedding the night before a surgery we thought we wouldn’t survive (and which took his tongue) what does a promise of forever mean when our lives are so short?
Thanks for offereing your audience our own self-promotional opportunity.
I recently began a photographic portrait project called "Bruisers" about prizefighters, accompanied by an essay. Together, they can be seen — it's a placeholder — on Medium: ( https://zimberoff.medium.com/bruisers-63c5e33240e5?sk=fcab0bea82007f51db4907dd1790c790 ). Together they respond to Mike Tyson's famous quote, "Everybody's got a plan until they get punched in the face." Here's why they let that happen. "Bruisers" will eventually become a book.
Here’s a piece I wrote in the middle of the night, camping alone next to a lake near the border of Alaska and British Columbia, waiting for the northern lights to come out. I was reflecting on my journey from New Hampshire to Alaska and the woman who made this dream come true after enduring three years of infertility and five miscarriages: