Back in the 90s, when I was in writing school, I wrote a short story called “Eighth Grade.” Being 14 in the late 70s was a strange thing. Being 14 is a strange thing. Middle schoolers live in school in a profound way. This story is about exploring that terrain and then starting to outgrow it. The story grew into a novel, which ended up being my MFA thesis, and was serialized in Sassy, in 1993-94. Over the years readers have contacted me or posted queries about the book on blogs and so I am publishing it myself.
The picture is of me in 9th grade.
I am on my way out for the evening and being made to eat breakfast.