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Christine Texeira on Getting the Right Mood

by Anca Szilagyi

ChristineTexeira (1)As we prepare for The Furnace Says Goodnight, Kyle Getz is interviewing Furnace contributors about their past performances. Next up is Christine Texeria! Please join us at Hollow Earth Radio on Friday, December 2 at 8 pm for a special collaborative performance and party. Without further ado:

KG: Your piece, “Immanent Ghosthood,” features a father and daughter playing Mortal Kombat together. Why was this the right game for your characters to play at this moment in their relationship and in your story?

CT: Elle, the character that I follow through many stories, is very young in “Immanent Ghosthood.” Elle’s relationship with her father is something that floats dimly through most of her life. His presence is more ghostly, not physical — really only present in memories of these younger moments. There is something aggressive in absence that I had trouble conveying in stories with an older Elle. So, I had to go back and really put the physical father on the page. I remembered playing Mortal Kombat at that age. I remembered the strange, terrified movements of the characters in the opening screens as you choose your fighter. It reminded me of that anxiety I knew the older Elle was feeling in her other stories. In some ways the two of them playing the game is too on the nose. But it’s all in the way Elle remembers it. It’s really an oblivious attempt at connection from her father, somehow kind. But as the narrator tells it, through Elle’s memory, it stretches and contorts to reflect their future relationship. I always feel a little meanness with this story. Like I’m trying to tell Elle something awful that she doesn’t need to know just yet.

KG: You mentioned before your reading that you learned sound editing to get the Mortal Kombat effects that played along with your work. What was the process like for you? Did you find any parallels to fiction editing?

CT: Doing the sound editing was an excited and frantic process. I can certainly find parallels to fiction writing. I had a vision of exactly what I wanted it to sound like in the end, then proceeded to fail immensely at reaching that goal. Over and over. Layering and stripping sounds, all trying to get to the right mood. I imagine this first experience with sound editing is similar to my first attempt at writing a story. It was what it was but I look back on it with immense confusion. Where did that come from?

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The Furnace Says Goodnight

by Anca Szilagyi

final-facebook-coverFriends! After a four-year run the Furnace will say goodnight. We are so grateful to the Seattle literary community. Join us on December 2nd, 8-10 pm at Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 A E Union St, or listen online live at hollowearthradio.org

Party Details:

A performance of a single story
-Furnace writers are at work writing individual pieces that Corinne and Anca will weave into a single story and performed by the writers below, who we know you love.

Music Performances:
– Previous collaborators perform music
WINDOWS95SECONDEDITION (as seen with Anastacia Renee Tolbert)
The Shtick Figures (as seen with Lisa Nicholas Ritscher)

Contributing Writers and Performers:
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke
Lacey Jane Henson
Jeanine Walker
Catherine Smyka
Rae Diamond
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Alan Sincic
Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher
Aaron Counts
Nancy Jooyoun Kim
Anastacia Tolbert
Buffy Aakaash
Christine Texiera

Corinne and Anca love you forever but we are in our 30s and need to finish our books.

The series often gave a platform to writers who were not yet properly recognized in Seattle who then went on to become mainstays at other literary events. The series also gave a few well-known area writers the opportunity to innovate how they perform their work. With a desire to create a larger literary community, The Furnace invited readers from outside Seattle, such as essayist Brenda Miller from Bellingham, Kathlene Postma from Portland and Alan Sincic from Florida. Hollow Earth’s broadcast of each event created a new accessibility to readings that some people might not be able to attend and reached listeners across the country.

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About The Furnace

The Furnace Reading Series is a quarterly event that highlights one prose writer at a time. The Furnace is performed in front of a live audience and broadcast online at Hollow Earth Radio in an effort to integrate an ever spreading community. To complete the experience, audience members can hold the story in their hands with a professionally designed chapbook of the performer’s work.

Furnace History
Anca Szilagyi: August 2012 More Like Home Than Home
Buffy Aakaash: October 2012 The Last Night at Manuela’s
Rae Diamond: January 2013 Three Songs
Kathlene Postma: May 2013 Fetch
Lacey Jane Henson: August 2013 Trigger
Catherine Smyka: October 2013 Don’t Mess With Straight Girls
Nancy Jooyoun Kim: February 2014 My Piles
Brenda Miller: May 2014 We Regret To Inform You
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke: August 2014 Sweet Nothing: A Manifesto
Aaron Counts: October 2014 What Happened to Peace?
Jeanine Walker: February 2015 Polarities
Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher: May 2015 Fake Books
Alan Sincic: August 2015 (in partnership with Big Fiction and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture) Sugar
Anastacia Tolbert: October 2015, The City
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: February 2016, The Freezer Door
Christine Texeira: May 2016 Immanent Ghosthood

Excerpt from “Immanent Ghosthood” by Christine Texeira

by Anca Szilagyi

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The final reading of the Furnace’s fourth season is next week! We’re excited to feature fiction from Christine Texeira. Here’s a taste of “Immanent Ghosthood,” which tells the story of a young girl, her father, their game of Mortal Kombat, and the mysterious sense of loss that between them hums:

He drove slowly and lit a cigarette. Elle worried about what might seep into the car through the window he rolled down. But only the smoke went out. It was like his ghost, willfully blown out over the water. It sunk down to the bottom, back to where there was dry dirt and foundation stone, and then emerged again from the river. The smoke then in the watery form of a man, dripping from his white button-up, pens in his chest pocket leaking and mixing, his glasses large and impossible to see through. Elle watched this form of her father sink back behind the railings of the bridge, allowing her eyes to refocus and hear the heaving breaths of the real watery man beside her.

Join us May 18 at 7 pm at Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 A East Union Street, or tune in online at hollowearthradio.org.

May 18: Christine Texeira

by Anca Szilagyi

Join us Wednesday May 18, 2016 as we present a performance of a short story by Christine Texeira at Hollow Earth Radio from 7-8 pm.

“Immanent Ghosthood” tells the story of a young girl, her father, their game of Mortal Kombat, and the mysterious sense of loss that between them hums. Christine Texeira received her MFA in fiction from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. She has been a reader for NorthNorthwest and currently works at Hugo House. Her work has appeared in Moss, and The Conium Review.

As always, the event is free, and chapbooks will be available for purchase.

Join us live at the Hollow Earth Radio performance space, 2018 A East Union Street, or tune in online at hollowearthradio.org.

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