Natali Petricic

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What's a Short Story, Anyway?

I thought I'd gotten the definition of a short story straight. Almost every conversation on the topic starts with Edgar Allan Poe’s famous quote: “A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build toward it.” But an overwhelming number of opinions and definitions flow from there.

A Shot of Positivity

Just as our bodies need shots to ward off disease, our minds need vaccines against negativity. We're surrounded by negative messages all the time, not to mention those we produce internally, so I’ve found that giving my mind a shot of positivity on a regular basis helps fend off negative self-talk.

Know What's In The Well

Workshop began this week. I got tons of great feedback, and in the next two weeks I'll do a major rewrite of the story we workshopped. I also have an assignment from Antoine: I need to identify my central character's presence, both thematically and physically, in each of my stories.

The Thing About Bookstores

During our mid-December orientation, each participant was assigned a couple of books to read. We were to read the supplemental material by this past Tuesday—the day we began workshop. My assignment: Jhumpa Lahiri’s short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, and the novel Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami. Sounded great.

Striving For Resonance


Photo: "Tidal Resonance Chamber" by Robert Horner.

The Friday of the Project Defense I continually ruminated on the upcoming event. Throughout the day I kept on reminding myself to return to the moment at hand.