If my thought-dreams could be seen, they’d probably put my head in a guillotine.
–Bob Dylan, “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”
Originally, this blog served as an online portfolio of my creative essays, flash fiction, and short stories. As I’ve begun to more frequently submit my fiction to literary journals, I’ve decided to move most fiction off of this blog and devote Thought-Dream Guillotine primarily to nonfiction—the reason being that many journals won’t publish stories that have previously appeared anywhere, including personal blogs (let that be a lesson to all you aspiring writers out there).
While you may occasionally find flash fiction or links to my published stories here, you’ll more often find personal essays analyzing my more riveting experiences, in-depth film reviews, tongue-in-cheek cultural observations and more. I’ll also share excerpts from articles I’ve written for online culture magazines founded by friends of mine, most notably The Thought Erotic. Finally, I used to work on a collaborative project called Cultural Transmogrifier, which is sadly now defunct. Rather than letting the many film reviews I wrote for that site fall by the wayside, I’ll resurrect them with Thought-Dream Guillotine.
When I first started this blog, I noted that my work may at times be vulgar, crass and potentially offensive to more sensitive readers. In the original “About” post, I wrote, “I’m a fervent believer in unfiltered creativity. So at the risk of dismemberment, I lay bare my ideas in the hopes of entertaining, provoking, and inspiring you.” It was from this idea (coupled with the lovely Dylan lyric cited above) that the name of this blog was born. With the focus now on my essays rather than my fiction, I doubt potentially vulgar, crass work will crop up as much as it used to (if at all), but I’m sure my liberal, feminist values will still piss someone off, so I’m confident this blog will keep the spirit of unfiltered creativity without fear of the metaphorical thought-dream guillotine.