I thought it would be a good idea for us to talk about ourselves because I figure our readers should know who they're listening to, or not listening to, as the case may be.
I'm Davin. I've been writing for about nine years, and before that I painted for about nine years, give or take. So, I've been an artist for a long time, just changed media as I moved to smaller spaces and got tired of having paint on my elbow.
When I first started writing, the first stuff that came out of me was magical realism. So, deep down, I always feel like that's my natural genre. I later fell in love with more realistic stories. My first completed novel is called Rooster, and before that I wrote two other novels, one about a man and a magic swimming pool, and another about two families in an ultra-personified world. In all three I ended up writing from the points of view of multiple characters, and I think that's what I'll continue to do because it's the most exciting thing for me.
I've finished several short stories, often short short stories. Some new ones just came out:
"Dolores", which everyone assumes is true
"God In Frogs", based on a trip I took to the mines of Brazil
"Red Man, Blue Man", which is published in the current issue of The Los Angeles Review (with my name spelled as David instead of Davin, unfortunately!)
"Enchantment", published in a small and beautifully presented Paris literary journal called Upstairs at Duroc
Scott mentioned a short story in Opium Magazine where I got 17 writers to all collaborate on the same story. It ended up being nightmarish, but I'd do it again, so feel free to ask if anyone wants to collaborate!
I've got a few other things online , some of which I'm still proud of, and some of which I'm not as much. Plus, you can find some of my writing throughout this blog and in a few print publications. I've taught a couple of free writing classes in person and online, and I'm a staff editor for the online literary journal SmokeLong Quarterly.
Lately, I've been working hard to write more for myself. That has involved focusing less on story climaxes and more on sustaining a low and steady level of emotion throughout my stories. I know that's perhaps weird, but I think it's writing I enjoy more. And, I think it's finally teaching me about structure!
I'm not sure exactly what I'll do with Rooster. I did start querying agents again a couple of weeks ago, but I'm finding that my heart isn't in it this time around. I think about self-publishing a lot, but I feel like I don't yet have good enough marketing ideas to do that well. Or maybe Rooster isn't a strong enough book to self-publish. I keep thinking of ideas that could break out in a self-publishing forum and am currently working on some.
Other things: I live in Sherman Oaks, CA and have lived in California for almost my entire life. I got my Ph. D. in biology and get paid to do environmental microbiological research--I study algae, bacteria, nutrient deficiency, and water contamination.
Even more things:
I think commas should be allowed to go outside of quotation marks.
I very much want a puppy.