Can’t start without coffee.  Truckloads.  Boatloads.  Of nothing but coffee.  Then breakfast.  A bagel.  With bacon and egg and cheese. Naturally, what follows is to pick up the laundry because my new Drive-By Truckers concert t-shirt is there, which is my lucky writing shirt. Once home and dressed in said shirt, I will find my novel, lined and marked heavily in maroon.  This manuscript will be set on the table next to two coffees, the old one and a new one, along with a package of Hairbo sour squiggly spaghetti.  Not much time left to write.  Six days left until thesis is due.  All day today left to write.  No left left to write.  Only right left to write.  And my coffees to drink.  Oh, the manuscript in maroon.  All the notes on the manuscript in maroon.  No sanity left inside.  Only a single bit of sanity left.  For me.  To use.  On my novel.


About J. R. Angelella

J. R. Angelella is the author of the popular debut novel ZOMBIE: A NOVEL (Soho Press) and a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology WHO DONE IT? (Soho Teen), benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” won the 2012 Short Story Contest held by The Coachella Review. He received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He taught creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer Kate Angelella.
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