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The Brunt: Short Stories by Miranda Culp Now Available on Kindle

Yes, its happening.  The shorts I have been toiling at for years are finally done and up on Kindle.  Please fork over the 3 dollars (of which I get 70%) and engross yourself in my slightly creepy, scary, hopefully funny imagination.  If you are a reader of fiction or maybe you are just my friend, download this collection of short stories onto your device and tell me what you think.  And you can even “lend” it for free to one person, so if you like it, let your literary friends know.  

I titled these stories the Brunt because they all thematically collect around the wonderful or awful moment when the rubber meets the road, the point of no-control that life regularly hands us.  I am interested in how this moment brings out the best and the worst in us, how it changes us.  

While I’m here, I’d like to give props to Jeremy Gilmer for coaxing my erratic ego through this process, Beth Wenbourne Katz for her ninja marketing and editing skills, my Mom, Lynne Culp for being a stringent reader and asker of questions, as well as Mona Nahm, Josh Noble, Dean Ellis, Bridget Kolakosky, Stacy Greengard Luget, and Julia Beckner for the fabulously eerie cover.  You all rock.

The Brunt Cover

Here is where you go to buy the Brunt:

Thanks for reading.  And make more art!


The Final Push: Letting the Book be Imperfect

Paul Valery said, “Poetry is never finished, only abandoned.” And I think I can say the same for my short stories.  I am about to self-publish my first work of fiction. Some of these shorts have been in the can for years, others of them fell out of me recently.  

Despite my many years of art-making (music, acting, photography) the process is still incredibly chaotic; it means regular visits to the existential equivalent of the sub-abyssal zone and the Himalayan summit of Meaning, sometimes in a single day.  

Publishing a collection of stories is not unlike sitting around a table with your family during the holidays.  You like some of them more than others but you are supposed to act like you adore them all equally.  The ones you get along with the least demand the most attention from you.  They all talk at once.  And some of them, the more you visit, the more you like them and the deeper your relationship grows.  

i am thrilled, exhausted, grateful, relieved and a little sad to be finished.  I am genuinely surprised with how my process has developed, regardless of the final product.  I am also so, so grateful to my friends and fellow writers who have generously taken the time to give me feedback.

A friend of mine, Mr Bennett Ralston, said to me, “what you are doing is difficult and lonely, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.”  Well, I’m doing it.  Here you go, world.