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Mitchell Toews

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~ Short story collection: "Pinching Zwieback" (At Bay Press) Spring 2023 https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5...

~ Story out now on Macrina Magazine: https://macrinamagazine.com/general-s...

~ Co-contributors to "Framework of the Human Body" anthology. (Bell Press) https://bellpressbooks.com/contributo...

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~ Mitchell is a contributor to “Small Shifts: Short Stories of Fantastical Transformation,” a collection of ten fantasy stories from Lintusen Press (Shawn L. Bird). Available now. https://books2read.com/Prose-by-Toews

~ Mitchell Toews has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Rivanna Review (Charlottesville, VA) magazine. This is his
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Mitchell Toews Eva! Oba jo! I'm kind of a Mennonite imposter, though. My mom is a Plautdietsch master and she loves the language. Dad, on the other hand, was the thi…moreEva! Oba jo! I'm kind of a Mennonite imposter, though. My mom is a Plautdietsch master and she loves the language. Dad, on the other hand, was the third gen of, "English is the language of Canada..." believers, and so, our household lingo stayed uni. Except, thankfully, for all the rude sayings and funny slang I was taught by my awesomely sketchy-dietschy high school friends. Like, for example, how a really tall volleyball team was, "a bunch of vedaumt Schanzenfelders!"

My father-in-law's well-thumbed Wörterbuch (beautifully written by his Grünthal buddy, Jack Thiessen) sits always on my writing desk and lots of old päpanät nuggets work their way into the stories. Like some of the greats—Roth and Hemingway for instance—I just stick those words right in there, splinta noaktijch with no italics, no gloss. I try to lay them in a bed of appropriate context, but sometimes they are just a little reward for Plautdietsch Redna. Sometimes the translations are more fun: like "pepper nuts", "crack maker" or "it goes to hold out" (as a reply to "How are you?")

My editor is an English dude (Englander!) and he is fast becoming a Plautdietsch wannabe.

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Mitchell Toews I don't get blocked much. My issue is more often too many spigots open at once. Still, the leader of the Writing Circle I belong to suggests this: Whe…moreI don't get blocked much. My issue is more often too many spigots open at once. Still, the leader of the Writing Circle I belong to suggests this: When you're stuck, consider the characters in your WIP and, in your notebook, build rich character profiles for them. What's in their pockets? What verbal ticks ("schwas") do they have? What do they look like, in great detail? etc. This works because your brain chews on these jazz-like bits and bytes and niggles with them like a mental fidget-spinner and tries them on for size with your characters... interactions happen in your mind and before you know it, you are LEAPING from your cozy bed and cracking open that laptop with the same frantic urgency as that time your friend called and asked, "Why did you post all those naked pictures of yourself on Facebook? And, who's 'Gordy'?"(less)
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“What I thought the most while reading this one for the first time was: ‘This must have taken so long to write!’ Every sentence is packed with detail and not a word is spared. A highly skilled piece of writing with a lot to say about the way we live and how we treat one another. Can’t believe such a short piece of writing left me with

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“Grab a root and dig! Ken Kesey, from 'Sometimes a Great Notion'.”
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“The darker the shadow, the brighter the light.”
Mike Skinner, The Story of The Streets

“Grab a root and dig! Ken Kesey, from 'Sometimes a Great Notion'.”
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“The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location.”
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“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

“I'm a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can't, and then tries the short story, which is the most demanding form after poetry. And, failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing.”
William Faulkner

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