Phoenix Complaining
Written by
Rebecca Coffey
July 2009
Written by
Rebecca Coffey
July 2009
"I seem to be at a crisis in this cursed writing life of mine[exclamation point] ...." Anyway, that's a sentence inside a short, humorous essay called "Phoenix Complaining" about writing, publishing, and punctuating. The essay is mine and is in the current issue of Miranda Literary Magazine. By way of introducing myself I thought I'd post the link to it. (It's an oddly laid-out web page; you'll probably have to scroll down "below the fold" to see where the essay starts.) A second essay, "Oedipus, Schmoedipus," which I wrote for Father's Day, can also give you a feel for who I am. And JMWW has posted a piece of microfiction, "Early Thoughts on the Oedipus Complex," at Having posted those links as introductions to myself, I now realize that I've become more of a humor writer than I used to be. If I tell you the name of my one full-length non-fiction book, you'll understand that being a humorist in 2009 represents a profound shift from the me of eleven years before. The 1998 book is Unspeakable Truths and Happy Endings: Human Cruelty and the New Trauma Therapy. And that about says it all. Glad to meet you. Be in touch. --Rebecca

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  • Rebecca Coffey

    Well, that's an amazing blunder on my part! Thanks for the heads up! I've corrected it, and I've added a link to a third piece, as well. Again, thanks so much!

  • Renate Stendhal

    Hi Rebecca,
    I just noticed that your links are not clickable. Your titles are so fun and enticing that one want to click on them like grabbing a hot coissant! Could you change that by any chance? I am sure I would not be the only one to ask...