And I don't even have to go to the mall (although I will anyway).

I'm telling myself to write a collection of short stories, each with a title corresponding to the titles of the tracks on Madonna's Like a Virgin album.

I'm currently writing "Like a Virgin." I'm about halfway through.

Other tracks, in case you need reminding:

Material Girl
[Like a Virgin]
Over and Over
Love Don't Live Here Anymore
Into the Groove
Dress You Up

I'm a fan of structure. Anyone who tries to make plans with me knows that my weekend is booked by Wednesday. I'm interested in structure beyond the form of the text, but more in the form of the project. I just started reading Salvador Plascencia's The People of Paper, which is a structural book akin to another favorite of mine, Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves.

And just as I warned everyone, once I started reading fiction again, I started writing it.


  1. ...the first album I ever owned. I'm loving the idea of a story called "Shoo-Bee-Doo."

  2. House of Leaves is a mind-bender.

    I enjoyed it, though.

    Found yer blog through Steve S.'s by the way.

  3. have you read Deliver Me From Nowhere by Tennessee Jones? It's a similar idea; the stories are based on the songs on Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska. (I thought it was pretty good, too.)

  4. The title names are a great idea.

  5. Awesome idea. Run with it. Also one of my first albums. Damn, that was a sexy cover.

  6. Are you using the content of the songs to guide you, or just the titles? (I like the idea of just the titles. More discovery for you as a writer that way.) I once wrote a short story using the alphabet as a guide. It was broken into segments, and each segment had a theme that started with a letter in sequence. Yes: X inevitably stood for xylophone.