Simple question, right?
Well, here’s last night’s dinner table conversation:
“What a day it was at work,” said my husband. “First, during a conference call with a client, one of our staff got a text that her dog was diagnosed with cancer. She went white and had to leave for the rest of the day. Another person called in sick with a relapse of malaria…”
My son’s day: “I got a wave-out for chair tipping and a safe space broken agreement when my chair landed on Sarah’s foot. Newt got a concussion from a basketball on the hard yard…”
My day: “Um, Sir Slipper and his trusty sidekick Slider the Slug saved Good King Canine from Evil Lord Dogbreath.”
When I’m living in my picture book world, I don’t have much use for realistic fiction. And now that I think about it, the story I just sent for my Squaw Valley Writers Workshop application skirts the edge of Southern Gothic “reality” a la Flannery O’Connor and Carson McCullers.
I’m curious to know. How would you categorize your day? Realistic fiction? Picture book fiction? Southern Gothic? Science fiction? Romance? Crime thriller? Textbook? Fantasy?