The Last of the Creative Writing
Boys and Girls

Ginny Good, A Mostly True Story:

Read and/or Watch

After you write your book, get an agent and get it published, then (if your agent didn't sell it to some big, bullshit publisher with a heavy-duty hype department, in which case you do whatever dumb-ass thing they tell you to do), you have to somehow get someone to read the sucker...and review it. That's close to impossible. The pages with this notification have thousands of media boys and girls listed, one of whom may hype your book. They have to justify their existence somehow, right? G.

July 3, 2023

"On or before July 14, 2023" the host of my website is bagging it for lots of exquisite reasons. So am I. You can see the last 20 years or so here: (stick in the box).

They're getting rid of my email address, too. Use this:

If you want to read my written stuff, click this:

If you want to see or listen to my video/audio books, click these or this and look around:

If you want to know how to write, click this:

Thanks. G.

Gerard Jones


University of Utah

His mother worried about Elliot. She was proud of him, but she thought he was odd. Quirky. She didn't think he fit in. We talked about him in their kitchen one afternoon. We were looking out the window at Elliot sitting under his Indian blanket. She was wearing a pair of tight white tennis shorts. Her legs were tan. Sunlight sparkled through pretty red highlights in her hair. "Elliot's always been...exceptional," she said.

"Everyone's exceptional," I told her.

"Yeah, but he's always been so—I don't know...difficult, I guess—even when he was little. He thought he could do things nobody can do. He thought he brought a bird back to life. It was just a sparrow, a little fluff of a thing." She stopped and seemed to be picturing him as a curly-headed little three-year-old with his baseball cap on sideways, then went on in a faraway voice: "It flew into the screen door of our house in Salt Lake—probably the first time the poor thing had ever been out of its nest. I'm sure it was only stunned, but Elliot thought it was dead. He picked it up and cupped his hands around it and blew into his hands and pretty soon the sparrow started chirping. He was so proud. He beamed up at me. His eyes were happier than anything I've ever seen. I said something silly, like, 'Now it thinks you're its mother.' And do you know what he said then?" she asked.

Ginny Good, Chapter Six, (San Mateo)

Katharine Coles

Lindsey Drager

Michael Mejia

Lance Olsen

Jacqueline Osherow

Brigham Young University

Six months later, around Christmas of 1962, Elliot came home on leave. He'd just finished basic training and some other hush-hush CIA sponsored school at Ft. Bragg and was going to be on his way to Vietnam the morning of New Year's Day. His head was shaved. His ears stuck out. The leather band around the edge of his green beret made a red, painful-looking groove in his scalp. His face was tan. His nails were clipped. He had a few crisp, new ribbons above his shirt pocket and had already earned himself something of a reputation. The guys he'd been in boot camp with called him "Deacon Felton" or "The Deacon" or "Deak." He was the only Mormon in the elite, newly created branch of the military they called "Special Forces." None of the big Bible belt Baptist bruisers who were his comrades in arms had ever known anyone who belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Elliot talked to them fearlessly about The Book of Mormon. He told them the whole story of how this Moroni guy, this sort of angelic fellow who glowed and walked a foot or two off the floor, told some New England dirt farmer by the name of Joseph Smith where to find some gold tablets hidden under a rock, along with a secret magic decoder device, and that the tablets explained how, shortly after the resurrection, Jesus came to North America and turned a bunch of naked savages into Christians. Elliot's army buddies took kindly to him the way people take kindly to the incurably insane.

Ginny Good, Chapter Seven, (North Beach)

Chris Crowe

Joey Franklin

Kimberly Johnson

Lance Larsen

Patrick Madden

Stephen Tuttle


University of Washington

Linda Bierds

David Bosworth

David Crouse

Andrew Feld

Richard Kenney

Rae Paris

David Shields

Maya Sonenberg

Pimone Triplett

Anne Duncan

Reginald Kent

Jerico Lenk

Eastern Washington University

Polly Buckingham

Christopher Howell

Jonathan Johnson

Natalie Kusz

Samuel Ligon

Gregory Spatz

Rachel Toor

Western Washington University

Brenda Miller

Kathryn Trueblood

Kelly Elizabeth Magee

Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi

Theresa Anne Warburton

Greg Youmans

Donna Qualley

Pacific Lutheran University

Rick Barot, Director

Suzanne Berne

Barrie Jean Borich

Wendy Call

April Ayers Lawson

Sequoia Nagamatsu

Marjorie Sandor

Jason Skipper

Seattle Pacific University

Scott Cairns, Director

Dena Jones

David McGlynn

Lauren F. Winner

Gina Ochsner

Robert Clark

Jennifer Maier

Christopher Merrill

National University

Frank Montesonti

Amina Cain

Colin Dickey

Brandi Megan Granett

Marci Rae Johnson

Michael Grant Zimmer


University of Idaho

Leah Hampton

Michael McGriff

Alexandra Teague

Kim Barnes

Daniel Orozco

Boise State University

Martin Corless-Smith, Director

Mary Pauline Lowry

Ridley Pearson

Emily Pittinos

Taryn Schwilling

Brady Udall

Mitch Wieland


University of Montana

Judy Blunt, Director

Chris Dombrowski

Sean Hill

Emily Ruskovich

Erin Saldin

Robert Stubblefield


University of Wyoming

Paul Bergstraesser

Alyson Hagy

April Heaney

Harvey Hix

Frieda Knobloch

Jeff Lockwood

Kate Northrop

Val Pexton

David Romtvedt

Julia Obert

New Mexico

University of New Mexico

By the fall of 1966, our apartment on Shrader Street had become a crash pad for all the people we knew who didn't live in Haight-Ashbury—Thulin practically lived there, that fucker. He and Wanda got married there. Holy smokes, was that ever a surprise. Well, he and Wanda got married in Golden Gate Park, actually, but we all came back to Shrader Street when the wedding was over. I've mentioned Thulin, right? One-Eyed Jon? The guy who gave Ralph Wood his first marijuana that time in the elevator of the Navarre Guest House? He had just the one eye, see. That was why we called him One-Eyed Jon. He ended up on the cover of Rolling Stone as one of the acid cowboys of Taos, New Mexico, but back then Thulin's main claim to fame was chicks. He fucked more chicks than you could shake a stick at. I think it had something to do with his eye.

Ginny Good, Chapter Twenty, (Shrader Street)

Lisa D. Chavez, Director

Andrew Bourelle

Michelle Brooks

Marisa P. Clark

Greg Martin

Daniel Mueller

Julie Shigekuni

Diane Thiel

Sharon Oard Warner

Not long after our conversation at the donut shop, four or five months before the baby was born, Thulin dumped Wanda and moved back to San Mateo. That was the last I ever saw of him. The next thing I heard was that he went to New Mexico and got his picture on the cover of Rolling Stone, and later I heard from Dick Joseph that he was killed in a drug deal that didn't work out.

Ginny Good, Chapter Twenty-One, (Foghorn Fish-and-Chips)

Connie Voisine, Director

Rus Bradburd

Richard Greenfield

Brandon Hobson


University of Nevada Las Vegas

Maile Chapman

Claudia Keelan

David Morris

Donald Revell

Douglas A. Unger

Sierra Nevada College

June Sylvester Saraceno, Director

Gayle Brandeis

Anitra Budd

Rick Campbell

Peter Catapano

Steven Church

Nana-Ama Danquah

Patrick Hicks

Lacy M. Johnson

Peter Mountford

Gailmarie Pahmeier

Jess Regel

Arianne Zwartjes


University of Nebraska Lincoln

Timothy Schaffert, Director

Jonis Agee

Joy Castro

Rachel Cochran

Scott Guild

Chris Harding Thornton

David Henson

Chigozie Obioma


University of Kansas

Joseph Harrington

Laura Moriarty

Doug Crawford-Parker

Kansas State University

Traci Brimhall

Elizabeth Dodd

Daniel A. Hoyt

Katherine Karlin

Jonathan Holden


Oklahoma State University

Lisa Lewis, Director

Sarah Beth Childers

Aimee Parkison

Stacy Takacs

Dinah Cox

Eric D. Howerton

Alex Hughes


University of Minnesota

Kathryn Nuernberger, Director

Peter Campion

V.V. Ganeshananthan

Ramon Gonzalez

Douglas Kearney

Julie Schumacher

Kim Todd

Kao Kalia Yang

Minnesota State University Mankato

Robin Becker

Geoff Herbach

Christopher McCormick

Rachael Hanel

Hamline University

Katrina Vandenberg, Director

John Brandon

Sheila O'Connor

Richard Pelster-Wiebe

Angela Pelster-Wiebe

John Colburn

Carlton College

Susan Jaret McKinstry

Gregory Hewett

Gregory Smith


University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Liam Callanan, Director

Rebecca Dunham

Valerie Laken

Lane Hall

Andrew Kincaid

Stuart Moulthrop

Beloit College

Joe Bookman

Christopher Fink

Shawn Gillen

Chuck Lewis

Michelle Pretorius


Northwestern University

Chris Abani

Brian Bouldrey

John Bresland

Averill Curdy

Sheila Donohue

Reginald Gibbons

Juan Martinez

Shauna Seliy

Natasha Trethewey

Rachel Jamison Webster

University of Illinois

Ted Sanders, Director

Amy Hassinger

Christopher Kempf

Alex Shakar

Corey Van Landingham

David Wright

University of Illinois Chicago

Cris Mazza

Christina Pugh

Luis Urrea

Christopher Grimes

Daniel Borzutzky

Columbia College

Randall Albers

Julia Borcherts

Andrea Cladis Hodge

Don DeGrazia

Lisa Fishman

Ames Hawkins

Ann Hemenway

Gary Johnson

Garnett Kilberg-Cohen

Ryan Kulefsky

Aviya Kushner

Joseph Meno

Thomas Nawrocki

Alexis Pride

Lloyd Sachs

Shawn Shiflett

Tony Trigilio

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Sally Alatalo

Mark Booth

Janet Desaulniers

Sara Levine

Ruth Margraff

James McManus

Beth Nugent

Judd Morrissey

Rosellen Brown

Anne Calcagno


Washington University St. Louis

David Schuman, Director

G'Ra Asim

Kathryn Davis

Danielle Dutton

Kathleen Finneran

Maddy Frank

Niki Herd

Marshall Klimasewiski

Caleb Lewis

Asjylyn Loder

Heather McPherson

Edward McPherson

Martin Riker

Seth Wang

University of Missouri Columbia

Aliki Barnstone

Gabriel Fried

Trudy Lewis

Speer Morgan

Phong Nguyen

Sherod Santos

Julija Sukys

University of Missouri St. Louis

Shane Seely, Director

Tola Abraham

John Dalton

Glenn Irwin

Steve Schreiner

Mary Troy

Missouri State University

Robin Silbergleid, Director

Janine Certo

Tim Conrad

Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai

Juliet Guzzetta

Gordon Henry

Divya Victor

William Vincent

Jeff Wray

Marcia Aldrich

Lindenwood University

Kali White Vanbaale

Zachary Tyler Vickers

Nicole McInnes

Laura Vena

Nathaniel Minton

Andrew Pryor

Christopher Candice

Gene Pfeiffer

David Maduli

David Hollingsworth

Kendra Hayden


University of Arizona

I liked being on my own, being free—having no money and only what clothes I was wearing, standing in a hot desert as it was starting to cool off, with no cars coming from either direction and a huge orange moon rising above the horizon. The sun went down. The moon came up. A prairie dog barked. Nobody expected anything. I had no one to worry about but myself.

In Yuma, Arizona, I shoveled horseshit from one pile of horseshit to another pile of horseshit to make some money to get something to eat. In Texas, a trucker put his hand on my dick. I was asleep. I'd been having a dream about this cute little Mexican chick at the diner where I'd spent most of the money I'd made shoveling horseshit. She was going to come with me to New Orleans, but didn't. Whether that was worth writing about or not, I didn't know. Maybe so.

Ginny Good, Chapter Thirteen, (Stockton Street)

Susan Briante, Director

Kate Bernheimer

Christopher A. Cokinos

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Ander Monson

Manuel Munoz

Aurelie Sheehan

Arizona State University

Sally Ball, Director

Jacqueline Balderrama

Matt Bell

Jonathan Danielson

Norman Dubie

Jennifer Irish

Tara Ison

Mitchell Jackson

T. McNally

Alberto Rios

Solmaz Sharif

Safiya Sinclair

Northern Arizona University

Sherwin Jay Bitsui

Chelsey E. Johnson

Lawrence M. Lenhart

KT Thompson

Nicole Walker


University of Alaska

Gerri Brightwell, Director

Daryl Farmer

Joseph Holt

Sara Eliza Johnson


University of Hawaii

Kristiana Kahakauwila

Craig Santos Perez

Nou Revilla

Shawna Yang Ryan

S. Shankar

Joyce Pualani Warren


University of Toronto

Daniel Tysdal

Andrew Westoll

SJ Sindu

Randy Lundy

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

University of British Columbia

Annabel Lyon, Director

Keith Maillard

Carol Shaben

Alix Ohlin

Timothy Taylor

Nalo Hopkinson

Nancy Lee

Maureen Medved

Linda Svendsen

Mallory Tater

John Vigna

Arthur Protasio

Mandy Len Catron

Concordia University Montreal

Kate Sterns, Director

Stephanie Bolster

Terence Byrnes

Mary di Michele

Mikhail Iossel

Josip Novakovich

Sina Queyras

Louis Patrick Leroux

Colm Toibin

George Saunders

George Elliott Clarke

University of Windsor

Louis Cabri

Susan Holbrook

Nicole Markotic

Andre Narbonne

Marty Gervais

Karl Jirgens

University of New Brunswick

John C. Ball

Robert Gray

David Huebert

Stephen Schryer

Sue Sinclair

University of Saskatchewan

Jeanette Lynes, Director

Sheri Benning

Jon Bath

Dwayne Brenna

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Nicola Harwood, Chair

Aaron Bushkowsky

Jen Currin

Aislinn Hunter

Billeh Nickerson

Cathy Stonehouse

Cathleen With

Humber College

David Bezmozgis

Meaghan Strimas

Alissa York

Douglas College

Elizabeth Bachinsky, Chair

Shashi Bhat

Rick Maddocks

Calvin Wharton

Wayde Compton

See also:

Book Awards and Creative Writing Boys and Girls

More Creative Writing Boys and Girls

Even More Literary Boys and Girls

Ridiculously More Creative Writing Boys and Girls


Copyright 2002-2022
Gerard Jones
All Rights Reserved