CHANNILLO
Tearing Down the Playhouse
By Corinne Litchfield

Series Description:

Meet the Parkers, a family of four living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.:

Michael, a Vietnam vet and artist haunted by the choices he's made;

Jean, a woman at the crossroads of feminism and traditional family values;

Nate, a comic-book-loving boy who just wants to be cool;

and Jen, a Generation-X girl trying to grow up gracefully.

This collection of interlinked stories of love, loss and coming of age are told in their voices, from Cold War America to current day. 

Category: Short Stories
Updated: Other
Status: Ongoing



Author Bio For Corinne Litchfield:

Corinne Litchfield is a writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her flash fiction piece "The Last Drop" received First Prize in the 2012 California Writers Club of Sacramento Short Short Fiction Contest. Her short story "What the Beautiful Girls Do" was published by In the Snake in March 2012. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, including Late PeachesSoul of the Narrator IV, The Inker's House and Sacramento Voices. She is currently seeking representation for her first novel, The Girl from Galax.

Raised in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, Corinne lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she works as a freelance writer and marketing/communications consultant. In her non-work life, she is a pop culture addict, fountain pen aficionado, metropolitan explorer and amateur cat wrangler.

Visit her website at corinnelitchfield.com.

Acknowledgements:

Many thanks to:

- Jodi Angel, who gave the assignment that turned into "The Last Drop"

- the Sunday Scribblers writing group, who gave me invaluable feedback on these stories: Ed Cole, Jan Haag, Kevin F. McKenna, Deborah Meltvedt, Sondra Olson and Sue Staats

- Barbara Bruederlin, who patiently read my stories and provided gentle yet direct suggestions on revisions, as well as lots of virtual cheerleading

- Jeff Polman, who designed the amazing cover image

Special thanks to Dylan G., whose lurking on the stairs while I talked with his mother inspired "The Last Drop" and the character of Nate Parker.

Tearing Down the Playhouse is dedicated to Shannon, who was - and is - always there.

Notes:

Cover art by Jeff Polman.

This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

 

References:

"Coronation"

In the fall of 1957, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visited a Giant supermarket near the University of Maryland, College Park so the Queen "could see how American housewives shop for food." While I have fictionalized their experience within the context of "Coronation," the royals' trip is documented here.







Series Description:

Meet the Parkers, a family of four living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.:

Michael, a Vietnam vet and artist haunted by the choices he's made;

Jean, a woman at the crossroads of feminism and traditional family values;

Nate, a comic-book-loving boy who just wants to be cool;

and Jen, a Generation-X girl trying to grow up gracefully.

This collection of interlinked stories of love, loss and coming of age are told in their voices, from Cold War America to current day. 

Category: Short Stories
Updated: Other
Status: Ongoing


Author Bio For Corinne Litchfield:

Corinne Litchfield is a writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her flash fiction piece "The Last Drop" received First Prize in the 2012 California Writers Club of Sacramento Short Short Fiction Contest. Her short story "What the Beautiful Girls Do" was published by In the Snake in March 2012. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, including Late PeachesSoul of the Narrator IV, The Inker's House and Sacramento Voices. She is currently seeking representation for her first novel, The Girl from Galax.

Raised in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, Corinne lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she works as a freelance writer and marketing/communications consultant. In her non-work life, she is a pop culture addict, fountain pen aficionado, metropolitan explorer and amateur cat wrangler.

Visit her website at corinnelitchfield.com.

Acknowledgements:

Many thanks to:

- Jodi Angel, who gave the assignment that turned into "The Last Drop"

- the Sunday Scribblers writing group, who gave me invaluable feedback on these stories: Ed Cole, Jan Haag, Kevin F. McKenna, Deborah Meltvedt, Sondra Olson and Sue Staats

- Barbara Bruederlin, who patiently read my stories and provided gentle yet direct suggestions on revisions, as well as lots of virtual cheerleading

- Jeff Polman, who designed the amazing cover image

Special thanks to Dylan G., whose lurking on the stairs while I talked with his mother inspired "The Last Drop" and the character of Nate Parker.

Tearing Down the Playhouse is dedicated to Shannon, who was - and is - always there.

Notes:

Cover art by Jeff Polman.

This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

 

References:

"Coronation"

In the fall of 1957, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visited a Giant supermarket near the University of Maryland, College Park so the Queen "could see how American housewives shop for food." While I have fictionalized their experience within the context of "Coronation," the royals' trip is documented here.