Going Underground

Update:  This reading (originally scheduled in October) has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 26. It’s a long awaited event!  Hope to see you there.

This month’s reading series theme digs deep.  Deep into the underground.  When I think of underground, I think of a few different things; caves, secret parties, hidden tunnels, and hidden thoughts.  I think of the things that hide in the dark, the emotions that hide in the dark.  It’s why I’m really looking forward to this reading.  I’m dying to hear what lurks beneath the surface.

Join us for a literary tour of the underground, and bring your own stories of the world below to share at the open mic.

Monthly Reading Series

January 26, 7:00pm, Canvas Art Bar

Theme: Underground

Featured authors:  G. Xavier Robillard and Becca Yenser

Photographic Evidence

Many, many thanks to all of our issue launch readers!  It was a fantastic night.  Another thank you to The Weak Knees for bringing the musical accompaniment.  And one last thanks to Canvas Art Bar for hosting us.  Enjoy these lovely pictures of a night well spent.

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The Reason We Party

It’s nearly impossible to have an issue release party without, you know, releasing an issue.  And since we’re such traditionalists here at Rough Copy, we have coupled our party with a brand new issue.  It’s the right thing to do.

Happy reading!

Issue Release Party

Look at this beautiful picture.  It’s beckoning you to come out to hear some amazing writing and music.  It’s beckoning you to celebrate with us.  And you can’t help but answer that call.

Issue Launch Party, November 11, 7:00, Canvas Art Bar

Featuring readings by:

Merridawn Duckler, Jason Gray, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Hannah Pass, Dao Strom, & Sandy Tanaka

With musical entertainment by:  The Weak Knees

Cover Art by: Grace Weston

Drumroll, Please. . .

You wrote. We read. We chose.  Thanks to all of you who submitted work to our very first fiction contest.  It was a pleasure reading stories from so many talented writers.

1st Place:  Linda Wojtowick “Woodchuck”

2nd Place: Lisa Battalia Anthony “The Gift”

3rd Place: Terry White “Alice and Bob at Play in the Zero Field”


Blues for Short Story Writing

This month’s Reading Series theme is music.  I thought I’d share a totally true story about how music helped me overcome my fear of the blank page.  Well, overcome it at least once, anyway.

So this one time that I was in college, (Not to be confused with that other time I was in college.  Or the time before that one.  Or that time after that time that lasted about half a semester.  No, this is the time when I was still sort of young, and fairly convinced I would actually finish. I like to refer to those as the optimistic years.) I was taking a fiction class and was promptly informed that our final assignment would have to be a minimum of ten pages, and be an actual finished story, and make sense.  Insert devastated face here.  At that point in my life (and frankly this point too) I had probably written one complete story, and it was, at best, four pages long.  A complete story in four pages?!  Impossible, you say?  Probably.  But it was as complete as it was ever going to get.  Which is to say, “here’s four pages that I’m calling a story,” and believing it makes it so.

The thought of coming up with a) an idea and b) a sufficient number of words that would actually carry me from page one to ten made me a little sick. You know those people who remain calm on the outside, but are freaking out on the inside, and everyone thinks how great that is because they appear to keep their wits about them?  I was just like that.  Only the complete opposite.  Well maybe not the complete opposite.  In my version, my insides were saying “no, no, no, can’t, can’t, can’t,” and my outsides were simply repeating it.  I’m one of those people who fully commits, inside and out, to the freak out.  But, I digress.  The point is I was losing it over these ten pages. Continue Reading »

Rough Copy Fiction Contest

Here’s the thing about deadlines; they loom.  They hang over your head, taunting you, saying “You’ve only got one week! Be brilliant, and do it quickly!”  But sometimes, something wonderful happens, sometimes deadlines are extended.  Oh, they still loom.  They just loom a little further out on the horizon.  Which brings me to my point; we have extended the deadline for our fiction contest to October 1.  There is still time to be brilliant.  Still time to put pen to paper (Fingers to keyboard more likely. Which, side note, makes me wonder; how many of you still kick it pen and paper style?).

You can find all of the details here.