Plaid and Brass

I'm Jane Liddle. Writer. Vinyl for life. Copyedit for money. Clothes, birds, trees, laughing. Brooklyn.
Twitter @janeriddle Email: liddlejane at gmail.com

"American Ruse" —-MC5

Timely song with not enough close-ups of my second-favorite drummer of all time Dennis Thompson (first favorite Bill Ward, of course) for all your revolutionary jukeboxes lit up this Wednesday night.

A Jukebox Song for the Discontented

"It’s Too Late" by Carole King

To play while taking the defeat lap around the bar. We’re tired but we don’t want to go home to be alone with it. We protested for months and what do you know, we’re still going to war/still letting rich murderers go free/ still poisoning everything. We’ve signed the petitions and wrote to our elected officials and held the vigils but the towers are still going up and the new police chief wants more arrests and the courts ruled banks were people.

                We’ll fight again tomorrow and stock the soup kitchen and send money to the Innocents Project and books to prisoners and vote in the primaries but tonight, fuck it, we’re gonna wallow in frustration and romanticize ourselves.

                “Something inside has died and I can’t hide.” Well it’s not innocence that died (that happened when we were fourteen) and not hope either. These are all just battles and they won’t ever stop because on all sides people are people, and people are good and people are greedy. There is no end point but maybe we leave something better than how we found it.

That’s what we say tomorrow morning. But not tonight. 

Evolution

Found an early “murder” story before I landed on the style I used throughout the series. Some of the elements are there: reaching beyond the scope of the murder, playing with no resolution. But this early version is more specific in details and names the character.

Birdie was driving along in an old car that she loved, tuning the radio station. One doesn’t actually tune a radio station anymore, but you know what I mean. She had just landed a job as an office manager at a health clinic and she felt really great about that. As she was tuning the station she hit someone who had started to cross at an intersection she did not stop at. Birdie didn’t get out of the car but instead kept on driving, her eyes and mind in shock, her heart angry at the way a day can flip so quickly. When she got home she fixed herself a drink. She waited for a knock on the door. None came. She went to work the next day and looked at every patient that came in. She was looking for signs, even though it wasn’t that kind of health clinic. Nevertheless she looked for signs everywhere: in the vials of blood, in the boxes of plastic gloves, in the tin boxes outside the door meant for laboratories. But there weren’t any signs and eventually she met a man, got married, had children, and got into arguments with them about when they were allowed to get their driver’s license.

Writing Process Blog Tour: I’m It!

On what am I currently working?

I am between writing projects right now. I just finished a short flash series about murder and a short story collection. I’ll start writing my novel in August. It’ll take place in dystopian NYC where bureaucracy has comedic reach. The main character is looking for her brother. There are no dogs left. All the art is warehoused in a secret location. Something like that.

How does your work differ from others’ works in the same genre?

The question of feminism’s importance is settled for me (it is important) so I like to start a little farther along in the conversation. I’ve explored the ideas of self and free will and brains. I got a voice that comes from I don’t know where. Maybe from my childhood of watching stand-up comedy and telling jokes. Maybe from feeling like the truths I told sounded like lies and the lies I told sounded like lies.

Why do you write what you do?

For a long time I wrote about toxic friendships and platonic love. I started writing about murder to get away from the usual stories I told. Right after I finished my murder collection, a friend who was a strong subconscious motivation for writing the same friendship story over and over was murdered. I don’t feel the same compulsion to write about toxic friendship anymore. I don’t know if I can write about murder ever again. I don’t know if I will ever be able to stop.  

How does your writing process work?

I spend two to five days writing a story then spend two to five days revising it.

Thanks to Lauren Spohrer for tagging me on this blog tour. Next week Hannah Sloane, www.hannahsloanewrites.com, will be participating. Please visit her and the other writers who’ve come before, whose bios are below.

 

Bios:

Jane Liddle grew up in Newburgh, New York, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her stories have appeared in Two Serious Ladies, Cactus Heart, Whiskey Paper, Specter magazine, Luna Luna Magazine, and elsewhere. You can find her on Twitter @janeriddle or at liddlejane.tumblr.com.

Lauren Spohrer is a writer and public radio producer living in Durham, N.C. Her fiction has been published in NOON, Unsaid, the Mississippi Review, GIGANTIC, and some other places. She’s the founder and editor of Two Serious Ladies, an irregular online magazine to promote writing and art by women. She also makes a true-crime podcast called Criminal.

Annie DeWitt’s writing has appeared in NOON, Guernica, BOMBlog, Esquire’s Napkin Fiction Project, The Believer Logger, art+culture, Everyday Genius, The Faster Times, elimae, and Dossier Magazine, amongst others, and is forthcoming in Tin House and the American Reader edited by Ben Marcus. Her work was recently anthologized in Short: An International Anthology of 500 Years of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms, edited by Alan Ziegler. Ann holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia School of the Arts. She was a Founding Editor of Gigantic: A Magazine of Short Prose and Art in 2008. She currently teaches in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. For more of her work, please follow her column at The Believer: http://logger.believermag.com/tagged/various-paradigms

Rae Bryant: Rae Bryant is the author of the short story collection The Infinite State of Imaginary Morals (Patasola Press 2011). Her stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in print and online at The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, McSweeney’s, Huffington Post, New World Writing, Gargoyle Magazine, and elsewhere. Her intermedia has exhibited in NYC, D.C., Baltimore, and Florence Italy. She has won prizes and fellowships from Johns Hopkins, Aspen Writers Foundation, VCCA, and Whidbey Writers and has been nominated for the PEN/HEMINGWAY, Pen Emerging Writers, the &Now Award, and multiple times for the Pushcart Award.

Rosebud Ben-Oni is the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists’ Collective, 2013) and a CantoMundo Fellow. Her work appears in The American Poetry Review, Bayou, Arts & Letters, Puerto del Sol, The Feminist Wire, Dialogist, B O D Y, Lana Turner Journal, Slice Magazine, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and elsewhere. In 2010, her story “ A Way out of the Colonia” won the Editor’s Prize in Camera Obscura. Please read more about Rosebud at rosebudbenoni.com She does good things at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Tessa Fontaine graduated from the University of Alabama’s MFA program and joined a traveling circus sideshow. As an instructor for Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project, she taught creative writing and performance in prisons across Alabama. More of her work can be found in Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, Pank, and more. Stay tuned for more updates from the road

Luke B. Goebel is the author of Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours (FC2 2014). He won the Ronald Sukenick Prize for innovative fiction for the above-mentioned novel. He is a fiction writer and an Assistant Professor. His fictions are forthcoming or have appeared in The American Reader, PANK, The New York Tyrant, Unsaid, Elimae, The Collagist, Greenmountains Review, Gigantic, and elsewhere. He won the Joan Scott Memorial Fiction Award in 2012.

 

"Greetings from the Sugar Lick" by The Spinanes

aka The soundtrack to my male characters.

see you in august, nyc

You are Here by Amanda Miska

tumblingtowards:

I have a strange little poem/prose thing at Counterexample Poetics today.

I asked the man at the Stop and Shop counter, “Can you put number one dad on the cake?” and he said yes. After some time he came back and asked “Do you want the number or the word?” I said, “The number. Like number one dad.” I was thinking “#1”.
Instead he wrote Oneth Dad.

“My sister steps into a hole in the ground in the yard and the bees swarm out and start to sting and attack her and she is shrieking and my mother runs over to grab her and everyone else scatters but I stand and stare at the welts forming where she has been stung and then my father pushes me out of the way and pours a can of gasoline into the hole and calmly drops a lit cigarette into the hole. I watch as bees fly up and out of the hole in flames while my sister screams and my mother screams and my father nods his head at me and says quietly, only to me, ‘burn anything that ever hurts you.’”

Everyday Genius: Jane Liddle

My story “The Victim” was published on Everyday Genius. The story is part of my murder series. Check it out, and other stories and poems at Everyday Genius edited this month by Mark Cugini.

“It was a sucker age, an age for any propaganda, any cause, any lie, any gadget, and scorning this susceptibility chroniclers sang the stubborn cynicism of past heroes who would not believe the earth was round. It was an age of explosions, hurricanes, wrecks, strikes, lies, corruption, and unbridled female exploitation…This was an age for Amanda Keelers to spring up by the dozen, level-eyed handsome young women with nothing to lose, least of all a heart, so there they were holding it aloft with spotlights playing on it from all corners of the world, a beautiful heart bleeding for war and woe at tremendous financial advantage.”

—   A Time to Be Born, by Dawn Powell

FICTION: Loneliness Is Key by Jane Liddle - LUNA LUNA MAGAZINE

tumblingtowards:

Love this story by Jane Liddle! Thrilled to get to share it via Luna Luna Mag.

Thank you to Amanda and Luna Luna for publishing my story. I had fun writing this one.

(Source: easy-to-love)