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IRL Research Notes at Necessary Fiction

 

TReed-IRL-6Here is the link: http://www.necessaryfiction.com/blog/ResearchNotesIRL

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Coming in Fall 2016!

Scroll down to check out the cover for my novella, IRL, coming this fall from San Francisco’s Outpost 19. Stay Tuned!

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Publishing News For The New Year

2016 looks like it will be a busy year in Timmy Reed-land. I have a number of projects forthcoming and I am excited to tell you about them. I have three novels coming out from three different presses, for starters.

My mother/daughter novel of sainthood and cross-country travel in a tear-drop trailer, Miraculous Fauna, is coming out this Spring from Los Angeles press Underground Voices (http://www.undergroundvoices.com).

This Summer I have another novel, a satire of reality television and celebrity culture in the early years of the 2000’s, Star Backwards, entering the world courtesy of the British outfit Dostoyevsky Wannabe Press (http://www.dostoyevskywannabe.co.uk)

And, finally, in the Fall, I have a novella about social media, vacationing from the Internet, and mound-building in an east Baltimore vacant lot. The novella is called I.R.L. and will be featured as part of San Francisco press Outfit 19’s (http://www.outpost19.com/index.html) Short-ish series of novellas and extended essays.

Also my short story Birds and Other Things We Placed In Our Hearts, which was featured included in last year’s Wigleaf Top 50 among other places, is being adapted into a short film by a film crew from Columbia in Chicago.

Below are a few links where you can learn about the film, see some early footage, and help support it as well.

Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/birds-and-other-things-we-placed-in-our-hearts–2/x/13018781#/comments

Tumblr: http://birdsashortfilm.tumblr.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Birdsashortfilm/?fref=ts

Oh, and look out for another short story, The Star Fort, in the February or March issue of Juked (not sure which one yet).

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The Month Off

I will be taking the next month off from the Internet (I will still be checking emails from time to time; I am not crazy; although no social media and little to no updates on this blog) in order to write a novella about a fellow who takes a month off from the Internet (and some of the other “conveniences” in his life.) The name of the novella is The Month Off (super original, I know) and I am looking forward to writing it in a quick, intensive stretch, especially after the three-year process I just finished with my last project. I am hoping this story will refresh me, like a bath.

The idea of vacations from social media or virtual life has been an intriguing one to me for some time now. I see more and more Facebook statuses about it. People taking a vacation from something that is not their job, or even their “real life” as it were. I see people at hotels and resorts on their smart phones and iPads and I realize that when they get home, their friends will have already seen their experiences and they may be in need of another vacation already, whether they know it or not.

Since a lot of my own friends (and “Internet friends”) are also writers, this is not a new idea to me. The notion of the Writer’s or Artist’s Retreat is an old one. Some place where you can go and there are no distractions, no one to deal with, no new problems, only the writing to work on. I have always thought this idea was a little silly (although I would jump at the chance to attend one if it was paid for.)  Maybe it is because I already lead a pretty simple day-to-day life, I think (no kids, mortgage, etc.) and it is hard for me to imagine why someone would pay to attend a retreat when they could just go on a vacation (I love staying in hotels) but I am realizing that the more time we spend interacting online, the more we will be needing similar retreats to concentrate and get back in touch with ourselves. I see the “Internet vacation” as eventually becoming as common or more common than the traditional vacation. For one thing, it is cheaper.

But the downside is that it takes willpower in a way that going to the islands doesn’t. Are we rewarding ourselves or punishing ourselves by removing the Internet from our lives? If we have an addictive-type impulse to log on, does that mean that we really want to be online all the time? Is a vacation from Facebook actually more like rehab? Is it a way to develop more responsible habits or “detox” from the computer? Also, what will we miss? Information that our real life friends will assume we have via social networks? What if someone dies and you don’t find out? What about all the events and milestones you will not learn about? Now that everybody is online, you are far less likely to get notice of a new baby or something in the mail or via a phone call. The people you know expect you to be online because they are. If you are not, are you being a good friend to those people? If you rarely see them in real-life anymore and now you have logged off too, are you being a friend at all?

And what kind of wonderful or potentially dangerous real-life situations might we get in that we wouldn’t have had we been at our desk or on our couch, tuned into a virtual landscape? Is it safe to be disconnected? Is it sane not to be?

If you need to get in touch with me in the next month, my e-mail address is timmyreed17@gmail.com

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