Lily Hoang finished my story

January 7, 2011 — Leave a comment

Only Lily Hoang could pull this off. She asked for unfinished stories from a bunch of writers (including me), and she finished what we couldn’t. Check out the trailer! Order the book!

Jaded Ibis Press is about to release Lily Hoang’s 220-page book, Unfinished: A Finished Collection. From the site:

Hoang invited over twenty adventurous writers to submit unfinished stories that she then completed. Story fragments ranged from a few sentencesto a few pages, and manifested in wildly different styles. “The breadth of range is impressive,” wrote book critic Paul Constant, “some entries are science fiction, some are field guides for fictional birds, some are descriptions of fantastic, otherworldly museums.”

Authors of unfinished writing are Kate Bernheimer, Blake Butler, Beth Couture, Debra Di Blasi, Justin Dobbs, Trevor Dodge, Zach Dodson, Brian Evenson, Scott Garson, Carol Guess, Elizabeth Hildreth, John Madera, Ryan Manning, Michael Martone, Kelcey Parker, Ted Pelton, Kathleen Rooney, Davis Schneiderman, Michael Stewart, J.A. Tyler.

I’m so glad I did this, but I admit I was tentative when Lily asked for something unfinished. I didn’t want to send what I sent her because I still had hopes for it. It was really heavy with image and language and more like a prose poem. I loved it but I couldn’t seem to hit the right tone for the rest of the story, so I sent it to Lily, mostly because I trusted her. Lily not only finished it, I felt like she – sorry to be cheesy here – completed it. She made it the dark, creepy, desire-y thing it was intended to be.

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