Under the Influence of John Saul

I don’t know if you all have read anything by John Saul, let alone my favorite Saul novel, The Homing, but I have been thinking of that novel all day. When you haven’t read a book for years and continue thinking of it… there’s obviously something to say about the quality of the writing.

There is this concept I’m struggling with for writing a short story, the use of insects as a larger entity, a driving force, which is largely addressed in this novel. I’m beginning to write the story, with no idea of how it will end or really how my idea functions as the beginning (only that it will be placed…at the beginning), so we will see how this goes. I’ll be posting the story as-is once I finish it tonight, under its title (yet undecided).


About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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