I hope your March is coming to a close nice and easy. We’re going to be taking a quasi-staycation for Spring Break. We are not doing the long, long road trip to Austin, TX like we did last year. I don’t have the energy. But anyway!
The most recent posts published on Fiction at Five are these:
A Story, a Poem, a Recommendation
Oh, Tyler & the Black Snow of March
As a brief update, I’ll list the new pieces that are live, in the world.
I have a poem published in The Bluebird Word called Strategies for Defeat.
And here are the most recent posts to Fiction at Five:
Short Story Club Titles & Why You Should Never Headbang in Heels
Three Stories & Winter Perseveres
This Tastes Like Dust
Thanks for reading.
Latest newsletter: February 5, 2023
February is the Tuesday of the Year
Latest newsletter: January 25, 2023
“Paperback, Dead Pet, and a Passing”
I run a short story club.
SHORT STORY CLUB
Our titles for January 2023 are…
“Virgins,” by Danielle Evans (2007)
“Everyday Use,” by Alice Walker (1973)
“Sonny’s Blues,” by James Baldwin (1957)
We will gather online at the end of the month to discuss. Send a DM to me @everythingerinlunde to join.
“Two Stories,” in motherhood minutes.
SHORT STORY CLUB
Our titles for April 2022 are…
“There Will Come Soft Rains,” by Ray Bradbury (1950)
“The Black Stain,” by Nnedi Okorafor in the collection “Kabu Kabu” (2013)
“Beneath the National Palace of Culture,” by Garth Greenwell (2015)
We will gather online in April 2022 to discuss.
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The school district and the teachers’ union have come to a tentative agreement, and so it looks like we will be back in school some time next week.
I am grieving. The loss of family, any normalcy, predictability, kids’ progress, their friendships. The rest of this school year. I’m calling this my last 50 words as I’m deeming today, with the tentative agreement, as the last day of the strike. Technically, I’m wrong. But I’m wrong a lot.
Seven months ago my nephew died. He was a public school teacher. I could almost see him out on the picket line these past few weeks, an outspoken, confident, passionate young man. Shortly before his death, he was organizing a coat drive for kids in need.
Teachers shape our communities.
In this episode, I talk about what is to come: Interviews with other writers/creatives. I also recommend the podcast Educate. Find me on Twitter @erinhadelunde and Instagram @everythingerinlunde. Subscribe for free to my Substack newsletter motherhood minutes. Subscribe for free to my bi-weekly newsletter Stories About Telling Stories, where I give you lots of other stuff to read and hear.
I attended the Public School Funding Discussion last night. The strike is over as of a tentative agreement made overnight, but shit we have troubles going forward. I have many more than 50 words, but this is what I’m adding for yesterday’s 17th day since the strike was called.
Days spin out and everyone is sick.
The strike is ending and we’re still under water. The state is still trying to get out from under the cuts to education made years ago.
What can I do. Vote Republicans out. We’re one of only two states with a split legislature.