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Aug 21, 2007; Meredith Asks:

This is embarrassing, but let's just have it out: I plagiarized a part of a sentence from your story, Goodnight, in my own story. It was an accident, really. I keep a notebook in which I write down words or passages that I like in what I'm reading. I also write down my own ideas in the same notebook. It's usually very easy to tell these two types of entries apart in that I will never think like F Scott Fitzgeral as much as I admire his writing. But then this passage in my notebook (without quotation marks, which I will use in the future): "sliding glass door--the world is, she knows, irrevocably ugly" and I took it for mine since I have felt that same thing countless times looking out at my sister's backyard in Oklahoma. So I used the line in a story and realized later it belonged to you. (When I became suspicious, I started looking at the entires around it: "she had longed to be a part of something vast, golden and vaguely male" and "late afternoons were the worst--the setting sun made me feel like I was going to die.") I have tried cutting it out, but it is central to the character. I have tried making the sliding glass door a mini-blinded window or replacing the word irrevocably with hopelessly, but it doesn't feel right. In truth, the story, if published at all, will only appear in some rinky-dink on-line magazine, so it may not matter. What do you think?

Stacey answers:

Yeah, sure Meredith, take it, run with it, remix it. I'm fine with that. Thanks for asking. I don't even really remember that story, quite honestly, since it's one of my very oldest ones. (I would ask you what it's about, but that might make you feel weird). I'd be curious to see what you do with it, so drop me a line if you publish it. You can use those other sentences too...if you name a character after me.

I would steal a thing or two myself if I was organized enough to keep a notebook handy. I think a little stealing is the standard custom these days in the arts and humanities. It's like taking sugar packets from restaurants.

Aug 08, 2007; wag Asks:

Honestly now Stacey, what's cuter; a baby skunk or a baby hedgehog?

Stacey answers:

The baby skunk.

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Aug 05, 2007; Zelda Fitz Asks:

Were you at the McDowell Colony? I think you thank them in one of your books. Do they really bring you your lunch in a basket and leave it on the steps of your cottage like Spalding Gray says in Monster in a Box?

Stacey answers:

Yeah, I went there a couple of times though I haven't been for a while. They do bring your lunch in a basket and leave it quietly, reverently on your doorstep. It sort of freaked me out to be treated so nicely when I'm used to people staring blankly if I say I'm a writer. Also, there was a sign near my cabin that said something like, "Welcome to MacDowell, where enduring works of art are forged." I would walk by it and think, holy shit. I better get on that.

Aug 01, 2007; Snarklegrump Asks:

Hi Stacey, What literary magazines do you read? Which ones do you like but can never find the time to read? What do you think makes a good 'zine?

Stacey answers:

Snarklegrump! I often read Zoetrope All-story, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, Hayden's Ferry Review (which by some miracle I get for free), and Spork, RIP. I also like to buy McSweeney's when I find it. Since I can't read everything and don't want to anyway, I try to read the Pushcart Anthology every year so I can at least read a bunch of good stuff.

I think a good, strong, defined aesthetic makes for a good 'zine. That's what I like about Fairy Tale Review.

Jul 28, 2007; floozed Asks:

Hello S.R. my girlfriend left town for a week and I've barely left the bedroom I just watch TV and masturbate...does this mean I'm agoraphobic and which prescriptions should I go for? I would much rather be normal, thanks, much obliged.

Stacey answers:

Uh, I'm stumped...I thought that was normal.

Jul 27, 2007; Wag Asks:

How do you feel about comic books being called "graphic novels?"

Stacey answers:

I like "graphic novel." It's pretentious but cute. You can hear the adolescent angst in it: "Shut up! I hate you! It's not a comic book! It's a GRAPHIC NOVEL!"

Jul 25, 2007; natasha Asks:

i was wondering what a human smells like??????

Stacey answers:

A human smells like unwashed hippie feet!!!!!!

Jul 25, 2007; tahli Asks:

do u smell???

Stacey answers:

Yes.

Jul 23, 2007; Wag (No, not Luke Skywalker) Asks:

Hi Stacey! Is it okay for a TV watcher to like to read? Or should I just consider books to be script outlines that haven't been made into TV shows yet? P.S. May I play one of the Cavemen in Twin Stories: The Motion Picture?

Stacey answers:

Yes and yes. But you'll have to grow a big food-catching beard.

Jul 23, 2007; Luke G. Asks:

Hey Stacey! Wonderfalls was the EXACT show I was thinking of when I wrote my previous question. Anyway, another Q: What would Twin Stories: the Movie be like? Who'd star? Who'd direct? In what ways would it be dumbed down for mainstream appeal?

Stacey answers:

Whenever I think of Twin Study: The Movie I can't picture anything except Jennifer Aniston in a dual role. Jennifer Aniston with ratty hair, gesticulating, Jennifer Aniston with brushed-out hair, gesticulating. Eddie Murphy would direct. In a fat suit.

But wait, I just thought of an alternate version: Twin Study filmed on miniature sets starring rabbits dressed in human clothing. Oh my God! So, so cute. Amy Sedaris would direct, also in a fat suit.

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