Dialogues: a Collection of Creative Conversations is my 2018 challenge. I am writing one short story in dialogue every week this year. I’ll be posting about each piece here on the website plus creating a Medium.com series that will have a few extra goodies about the dialogues. Once the collection is complete, I’ll seek a publisher. My hope is that some of the pieces will also appear in zines, reviews, journals, magazines, and anthologies.
Dialogues: a Collection of Creative Conversations. A standoff with Bigfoot, an epidemic of serial killers, crossing a busy and blood-spattered road, men leaving their wives for artificial intelligence dating apps—these are just a few of the dialogical short stories you’ll find in this new collection by Randal Eldon Greene. Dialogues is currently being written. See the Oeuvre or the Read Randal Online page for a list and links to published pieces.
These dialogue-style conversations are equally influenced by the short fiction of Donald Barthelme and Plato’s dialogical explorations of ideas presented through the mouthpiece of Socrates. But, despite the influence of these two philosophical giants, don’t expect any direct philosophy or even erudite characters to be the norm. These are conversations. They’re rough and tumble, written without an end in mind, flowing where they will, landing wherever the dialogue wishes to land. Nevertheless, I think you’ll find they are still doing the important work of exploring ideas like Plato did (through dialogue) and as Barthelme did (through experimental stories).
This weekly writing challenge will continue through 2018. Book publication will be sought sometime after all the dialogues are completed at the end of the year.
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