Remittance Girl

Remittance Girl is a writer of literary erotica, commonly known as smut.

I Fall

I fall into you tumble down into the impossibility of your blind alleys plummet from a great height into the web of your passages sound out the street names as if calling to a dead lover. I miss you without having ever known you. Pine for the broad arms of your boulevards and the leafy…

The Death of the Editor…

There is someone else in the writer-text-reader relationship that is not spoken of much anymore. And it’s sad, because a good editor (I’m using the old sense of the word here) really can make a good book excellent.  They can, of course, also make a poor book readable. But when an editor works with a…

Battlements

The walls of your keep, miles high thick as a pre-dawn panic, bridge drawn as tight as virgin thighs the birds fly over and come out songless and feather-charred. Years of scrabbling have taught me the meaning of futility, the pathos of patience, and the knack of being a good outsider looking in through the…

Revisiting Umberto Eco’s ‘The Future of the Book’

Sixteen years after it was presented at a symposium, Umberto Eco’s paper ‘The Future of the Book’ would seem to be ridiculously out of date and yet, surprisingly, it challenged assumptions and brought up questions that are just as relevant – sometimes more – today as they were then. The text of this paper is…

Author – Who Decides What a Text Means?

In preparation for putting together my PhD proposal, I’ve had to do a survey of the theories surrounding reading. At the core of it lies the question of who has the right to interpret and determine what any given piece of text means. You’d think this would be obvious, but of course it’s not and…

Listening for Mistakes

I tweeted about this today, and several people thanked me and told me they’d never thought about doing this before, so – as it helps me so much – I thought I’d write a short post about it. After I write a story or, if it’s long, about halfway through, I use the text to…

HeartEater Anthology

On May 14, 2010, I wrote a short piece of #twitterfiction called ‘Amnesia’s Heart‘. After tweeting it, I asked people to tell me what they thought the moral or the meaning of the story was, and CD Christian said: “Don’t let someone take and eat your heart”. It seemed like a great theme to use…