The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature

The December issue of The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature: Southern Fiction, Essays, Poetry & more Since 1995 is now available online. I love this publication — it’s quirky, wide-ranging, eccentric and really interesting reading.

I would love the Dead Mule no matter what — but the fact is, one of my pieces is in this December issue. And, I admit it, that makes me embrace the Dead Mule even more, bless its heart.

So read through the whole issue, but make sure ya’ll go to ESSAYS and read Natasha Drew’s Southern Legitimacy Statement. Then read Make It About The Money. Some of you may recognize parts of it. I can’t think of a better home for Alton and crew than the Dead Mule.

14 comments to The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature

  • Congratulations Natasha! Great way to end the year 😀

  • Holy cow! I’m so excited for you!! That’s a damn good piece of writing you put on that Mule!!

    I loved every word of it.

    You should be so proud of yourself. You’ve made huge strides toward your goals this year and you’re only beginning.

    Congratulations and hugs for you!


  • I agree, that is one great piece of writing and I love that story. I wonder if your tree trimmer knows he such a popular character. You could write an entire book about ‘The way Anton see’s it.’

    Congrats, btw, great month for you. Winning NaNo and seeing your own writing in your favorite publication. 🙂

  • I remember Alton and his son. I read it out loud to my husband and he got a kick out of it. What a great showcase for your work. And the visual you get when you read his words, priceless!! I agree with Dayner – you could make a book out of “The Way Alton Sees It.” Congratulations Ms Drew.

  • Natasha

    Shaddy, Dayner & Parrot — Thanks, ya’ll! I hope you read some of the other pieces in the Dead Mule. It’s the perfect place for the tree guys.

    I should work on polishing some of my other encounters with the local folks. Thanks for the impetus to do so….

  • That was great! And so true. I loved the image of him rubbing his fingers. Congratulations!!! I agree, what a great way to end the year.

  • Natasha

    Thanks! I feel like I should invite him back to cut down the rest of our trees (or better yet, our neighbors trees….)

  • Congratulations on your publication! I remember the original piece from your blog. You capture character so well.

  • Holy Poo! I’m way behind on following your blog. I guess I’ll start here as this seems like a great place to say Congrats and Well Done.

    • Natasha

      Thanks — and I think you will like Dead Mule if you are not familiar with it already.

      • This is one I had not seen until now. I’ve been reading some of the submissions to get a feel for the editor’s taste.

        You can get lost reading and researching magazines. I’ve discovered it is easier to write TO a publications taste than it is to find a publication that fits your style.

        Did you hear that there is controvery brewing regarding magazine submissions that now require reading and submission fees. I think there will be more big changes in the industry over the next year. It will be interesting to follow these developments.

        • Natasha

          I’ve only submitted a couple of things, but it’s incredibly time-consuming to find out what publications are looking for — the up side is getting to find and read a lot of stuff that it’s easy to miss otherwise!

          I don’t submit anywhere that requires submission fees. I understand that it is time-consuming to read submissions, but when most of the publications either pay nothing or a pittance to an author, it seems mis-placed to expect people to pay to get rejected. I’d prefer to get rejected for free. 😉

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