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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
into a Worthwhile
Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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M.E. in Trouble

My short story "M.E. in Trouble" was published in PANK magazine a few months ago. It’s a little more experimental than most of my stuff, and experimental is sort of their thing. The whole issue is great, so if the story appeals to you, you should buy it! Or subscribe! We need more independent journals like PANK. Also PANK is fun to say. You have to shout it. PANK.  

I actually wrote this in graduate school. Which was, uh, 15 years ago. I submitted it to a bunch of places with no success, and I gave up on it. I’ve abandoned plenty of stories before, but this one really wanted to get out there, apparently, because it wouldn’t leave me alone. So I dug it out, had some trusted readers look at it, and made the necessary changes. I made the mistake initially of keeping it to myself and deciding it was confusing but it was SUPPOSED to be confusing because it was ART. 15 years later, I got over myself and fixed what was broken*. I also did my research and sent it to a place that featured non-traditional work. Not only was it published, but (bragging alert) the editors at PANK nominated it for the Pushcart Prize. I like happy endings. (Uh, not that you'd think that, if you read this story.)

*The only thing I refused to change was the character’s name, because okay, maybe “M.E.” is weird and sounds like ME, but that’s the guy’s name. It just is! I couldn’t do a thing about it.

Read the whole thing here.

Reader Comments (10)


March 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Wow, that is really good, powerful writing. Goose bumbs.

March 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Wow. Thank you for that amazing story. But whew. I'm seeing some spots before my eyes because I think I forgot to breath for a few minutes while the story unfolded.

Oh, man. I'm freaking out. Also, like all really good stories about kids and houses this one happened in the houses of the people who lived on my block when I was a kid. I don't know why that happens but it only happens with the good stories.


March 31, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterozma

PANK [yes, it deserves shouting] is a perfect place for this. It was an all-in, consuming experience to read this story. I love the gestural thrust of the narrative -- how it's fractured. That serves the content so perfectly. I've loved reading your essays & posts in the past, but this is a testament to the spectrum of your talent. Congrats on the Pushcart nomination!

March 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

I think it's a lot easier to do the hard writing work when you have a few years of experience. In grad school, I wrote and wrote and wrote. I never revised. I had no idea how. Now it's all much easier, and look! You have a fantastic story!

March 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDontBlameTheKids

Really enjoyed reading that! Congrats.

March 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRM

That was amazing! Wow!~

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjoaaanna


I was entranced by the narrator's voice and was tempted to race through because I didn't know what was going to happen next and really wanted to know.

Congratulations on the publication and nomination!!!

April 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren P.

Thanks for sharing with us, and I'm always glad to see things get published that may have been abandoned for one reason or another. It gives me hope that I can finish writing my dissertation. Perseverance! Hope! Really hard work!
Plus I really enjoyed the story- loved the crazy-ass dream part (hope that doesn't offend...dreams are just crazy!). So great.

April 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjane

Dreams ARE crazy! Thanks, Jane!

April 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteralice

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