What My Lover Wants: Stories

"Anyone whose goal is ‘something higher’ must expect some day to suffer vertigo…[but] vertigo is something other than the fear of falling.  It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves."  Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

For the last year I have been working on a new collection of prose pieces called What My Lover Wants.  This collection is a sequence of stories about the desire to fall and the fear that it could happen: falling in love, falling out of love, falling from Grace and God, falling into and out of mythologies of all kinds, falling into and out of and back into disillusionment.  The central character, Rhonda, has a desire to escape her previously overprotected life, and so she has a hard time saying "no" to the "emptiness below". "Odors" was published in River Styx, "What I Need" was published in The Mississippi Review, and "Wednesdays" was published in Exquisite Corpse. Some of these stories are available below.

What I Need

Pyramid Schemes
Love in this Universe
We Ride the 811
We Drive By Oakley
What She Wants is the End of the World
Down In Torrey

Trying to Say Yes

News of the Weird
Sea of Cortez
We Forget Our Origins
The Ones Who Find Me
How We Talk
What We Find in Baja
Eight Years of Mythology
And then She Goes South
Artistic Statement