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 Indiana, where she works as a virtual assistant, editor, and freelance writer via her self-started business, MLT Creative. She 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 Poetry Editor for Third Coast. She previously completed her B.S. in Secondary English Education and B.A. in English, with a Concentration in Writing, at Indiana University South Bend, where she worked as the Managing Editor for 42 Miles Press. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Encore Magazine, Thank You for Swallowing, The Spooklet, Sleet Magazine, and Analecta, among others; and her book reviews and essays have appeared on The Rumpus and Motherly. When not writing, she enjoys art and music, and the simple mathematics of being a wife of one, a mama of two, and a cat-mom of three. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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