More Fiction on the Way

Dear readers, writers, artists and fellow humans,
I’m working up a second collection of short stories, firing back up on my novel and submitting some other pros and poetry in the coming months. In the meantime, I invite you to read my first collection, the Brunt on Amazon. if you like dark quirk, ghost stories, satire andThe Brunt Cover animal revenge then these 6 stories are right up your figurative alley. Thanks as always for your support, your feedback and your own imaginative contributions to the world.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Brunt-Miranda-Culp-ebook/dp/B00MN2QRTG

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Norm Shriever’s Article on Huffington Post about Therapeutic Yoga

Thank you Norm, for shining a light on the beautiful work the Yoga Seed Collective is doing for all the bodies in the community. It is truly come as you are.  I’m really proud to be part of it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/norm-schriever/the-growing-go-field-of-t_b_5956188.html

Teaching Yoga at Sutter Center for Psychiatry through the Yoga Seed Collective

I am lucky enough to be one of the teachers in on the ground floor of a project that provides #yoga to the patients at Sutter Center for Psychiatry.  It has been an enormous challenge and a third eye-opening experience.  The #YogaSeedCollective, the non-profit that organizes the outreach effort, is a quietly powerful force in the community, offering classes at the local prisons, drug rehabilitation centers and now at Sutter.  Getting involved with this community of hardworking, no-nonsense yogis is one of the best things that has happened to me since arriving in #Sacramento.  I feel inexpressible gratitude to them, on my own behalf and on behalf of all the people they serve.  

I wrote a short piece about my experience at Sutter, you can read it here in the Yoga Seed’s Outreach update:

http://www.theyogaseed.org/outreach-article1/?utm_source=Copy+of+Newsletter+for+9%2F10&utm_campaign=Constant+Contact+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

Also, I want to say, of my own volition, how impressed I am with Sutter’s facility.  The dedication and level of understanding I see every day with the staff is awe inspiring.  I recently lost someone in my life to suicide, and while that person was not part of this community, I wonder if his situation would have changed had he access to care like Sutter provides.  If you or someone you know is suffering from mental illness, I would strongly urge you to seek help and based on my limited experience, I would not hesitate to recommend SCP.  (I have not been paid or am in any way affiliated with Sutter; I am an independent contractor through the Yoga Seed.)

To visit Sutter’s website, vist: http://www.suttermedicalcenter.org/psychiatry

#mentalhealth #mentalillness #psychiatry

 

 

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:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MN2QRTG

Thanks for reading.  And make more art!

Miranda

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.  

M