There's no real rhythm to these Guthmantics interviews; I just sort of do them all willy-nilly. When I have one, I post it when I have a moment or the inclination to do so. So, I can assure you that my interviewing and posting Nick Ostdick's interview here, mere days before I read with him at The Book Cellar (as part of RAGAD's release party, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago in Lincoln Square, please come), is completely by chance.
Everyone, welcome today's special guest, Nick Ostdick, a fiction writer from Chicago. He is the editor of RAGAD, a literary broadside and online magazine of new writing and author of . His work has been nominated for a StorySouth Million Writers Award and has appeared in the likes of Slow Trains, Pindeldyboz, Word Riot, Letter X, THE2NDHAND, and elsewhere. He also reviews books on a bi-monthly basis for the literary magazine decomP and he is currently working on batches of short stories... please make him welcome.
Guth: Tell us what you write, what you have written and how you do it? (You guys know I like to ask that because I have such ever-changing, funky and specific writing rituals, myself.)
Ostdick: Fiction. That's my game. That's what I do mostly. Some non-fiction too, like book reviews and such, but mostly short stories. That's what I like the best. I think just by their nature there is much more urgency in short fiction than in other forms of writing, which is something I like. Every single word has to matter in a short story, every punctuation, whereas I think you have a little room to fluff things up in the novel, a little room to add some filler here and there.
Ostdick: What's next for me? Hmm. A bathroom break and more coffee. But on a little more grand scale, a reading to release RAGAD #6 on April 26th, 7:00 PM, The Book Cellar, Chicago, et al. A great lineup of readers including Tanzer, Jill Summers, Amy Guth, and Jason Jordan, frequent RAGAD contributor and good friend. He's making the trip from Pittsburgh, so everyone COME OUT and make his voyage worth it. After that, I'm reading a story at a conference in May, and then I'm hitting a couple of local reading series in June. And of course, Pilcrow Lit Fest [also in May]. Something not to be missed. Aside from all that, I've quite a few short stories on my plate right now, so those should keep me busy.
Ostdick: "I grabbed you by the guilded beams/Uh, that's what tradition means
And I doused another venture/With a gesture
That was ... absolutely vile."
From I Started Something. Savory, isn't it?
Guth again. You know what to do! Head over to Good Reads, then to Shelfari and then over to LibraryThing and be his friend. Also, swing by his websites here and here and look at all of the wonderfulness over there, and check back often to see when he'll be where. And, when you hear that he is reading in a place near you, do whatever it takes to go show him some love and hear him read.
Want to be a featured author/writer type for this? Well, just send an email to me and I'll tell you everything you need to know.