Benjamin Woodard will be reading at  DTN in Milford, CT on Tuesday, July 20

Benjamin Woodard will be reading at DTN in Milford, CT on Tuesday, July 20

What is your process like when you work on a short story?

I feel like every story has a different process. Because I work as an adjunct, traveling to 3 or 4 campuses each week, most of my writing time comes in small moments of freedom (unless we're talking about summer, of course). So even a tiny story can take up to a semester to feel finished. Then, on the rare occasion, I can knock something out in a week and consider it done. Lately, I've been digging up abandoned ideas from 5 or 6 years ago and have been working to turn some of them into micro stories. These brand new 250 word pieces are technically half a decade old. 

Any big summer plans?

Probably a trip to Maine. My parents rent this one place every year for two weeks and my wife and I take advantage of a "free" vacation. Other than that, as I reply I'm in the middle of installing a new tile floor in my entryway, which is slowly killing me. Every muscle in my body aches.

What can people expect from your reading?

Most of my stories are weird, so there will most likely be at least one monster. I think I'll read a two or three really short pieces.