This Ain't What You Rung For is a collection of stories about war, family, video games, romance, electronic music, chewing tobacco, ethics, political resistance, garbage, metaphysics, prison, and life.
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Do not read this book if you are looking for the following: vampires • unrealistic dialogue • tripe • derivative scenarios • video game cheat codes • ways to slim down for summer • hogwash • easy meals for under five dollars • insipid morality tales • heartwarming fables for the whole family • inspiring biographies of famous people • edgy postmodern nonsense • quaint stories about pastoral communities • things related to sports • melodramatic crime sagas • zombies • struggles for power among royal families • epic fantasy adventure • teenagers attending magical schools • steampunk crap • bad writing • leaves • wet leaves • funny lists • partisan politics • snakes
Praise for Eric S. Piotrowski
"As soon as I finished 'Agoraphobia' I wanted to read it again."
"In general, however, Eric's narrative strategies work."
"He trys way to hard to get the students to pay attention"
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Why should I buy this book, if so much of it is available for free on your website?
A: Because there's lots of new stuff in it. Besides, who reads stories on a computer screen? Don't you want to support authors by paying for their work? Fortunately, I don't need the money, so I don't really care if you buy my book or not. I just want you to read it.
Q: Is this book available for my Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other tablet device?
A: No. You have to read it the old-fashioned way, with ink on paper.
Q: Will there be an audiobook version?
A: Probably not. I'm trying to buck the trend of everything being ephemerally digital. It's old-school all the way with this.
Q: Why publish this, before one of the four novels you've written?
A: Those novels need a lot of work before they're ready for a general audience. I've been writing and revising these stories for years, and they're all in excellent condition. So I bundled them together and printed 'em up.
Q: What's in "The Fiction Journal"?
A: From the introduction to that section:
Every day in my Creative Writing class, I put two prompts on the board — one fiction and one non-fiction. Then we write for ten minutes. I have written over a hundred little stories in response to the fiction prompts.