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Smoking With Kim Chinquee


Art by Marty D. Ison
In one word, what is this story about?
Loneliness.

During deliberations, the editors at SmokeLong talked a lot about the details in this story—those admitted versus those excluded. From your perspective, what can you tell us about the process of illustrating this piece?
The story, as it appears in Smokelong, is basically how it was originally written. In revision and editing, I looked at each line, which I do with every piece I write, and omitted everything that didn't seem poetic or rhythmic, or original to me in some way. And then I ended up with only one small paragraph. And then I realized that maybe this story wasn't about any of those things. That maybe in its simplicity, it was meant to provide some meaning to the reader. So I put it back to the way it was.

What does the ex-husband's apology at the end mean for this woman—this woman who was "hoping for a man"?
I guess I didn't really see it as an apology.

Oh Baby! Great title for your forthcoming flash fiction collection, due out in March of 2008. Is this a linked collection? Will you be touring with it?
Thanks. It's not linked, per se. Many themes are alike. And many of the pieces are similar in style. I don't plan on touring, no. But will be reading wherever I can to promote the book.

SLQ completed issue 18 at the close of summer and launched this issue, 19, on the threshold of winter. During the three months in between, the crops were harvested, the leaves fell, the rain returned, temperatures dropped, darkness lengthened. Death in increments. How does the turning of the seasons affect your "muse," your inspiration?
I write constantly, and don't see the weather as affecting my inspiration. Though I have a really hard time in cold weather, and I live in Michigan. I take hot baths like three times a day and that probably takes away from the time I could be spending writing. When I lived in the South, seems like I wrote a whole lot more.

Read Holiday Inn.

Issue Nineteen (December 15, 2007): The Off-Season by Jami Attenberg «» A Company Function by Grant Bailie «» Food Spectrum of the Rainbow Family by Melissa Bell «» Holiday Inn by Kim Chinquee «» Killer Pair by Trinie Dalton «» What Happened to My Purple Flip-Flops by Arwen Dewey «» Truth (ii) by Ben Ehrenreich «» How 9) Strange by Laird Hunt «» The Mess You Made in Us by C. Robin Madigan «» Red Brick by Darlin' Neal «» A Boy Not Born Yet by Tori Malcangio «» Taco Foot by Jack Pendarvis «» Boyandaquarter by Ben Stein «» Teec Nos Pos (Circle of Cottonwoods) by Beth Thomas «» Music from 1975 by Benjamin Weissman «» Interviews: Jami Attenberg «» Grant Bailie «» Melissa Bell «» Kim Chinquee «» Trinie Dalton «» Arwen Dewey «» Ben Ehrenreich «» Laird Hunt «» C. Robin Madigan «» Tori Malacangio «» Darlin' Neal «» Jack Pendarvis «» Jim Ruland «» Ben Stein «» Beth Thomas «» Benjamin Weissman «» Cover Art "Desire" by Marty D. Ison «» Letter From the Editor
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