Fiction Updates: Inspired by Sigmund Freud, Flannery O’Connor, Our Flag Means Death, and More!

New, Original Fiction Inspired by My Life, Flannery O’Connor, and Sigmund Freud

(trigger warnings: ableism, sexual harassment)

On the Origins of My Story

In April 2021, I analyzed “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor from a critical perspective on Book Riot, here on my Medium, and then in December on this blog post on my WordPress. I also mentioned The Uncanny, which I’ve written about extensively, in this story. I’ll always write about some stories and ideas in both my fiction and my criticism, like I did with “The Little Mermaid.”

On Slurs in O’Connor’s Work and Biography

I recently bought and read Brad Gooch’s excellent biography of Flannery O’Connor, Flannery: A Life, when it was an ebook deal. Most of the research in the book was later used in Flannery, the 2021 documentary in PBS’ American Masters series, which I wrote about on Book Riot and Medium last April. It discusses topics including O’Connor’s Catholicism, her beloved peacocks, her lupus (which her father also had), her education, and her racism.

Our Flag Means Death and Fan Fiction

I enjoyed Our Flag Means Death on HBO Max and posted “Full Circle,” my fan fiction of the show, on my Ao3 account in May. My fic has a “Teen” rating: references to sex and violence, but not explicit. I’m glad the show was renewed. I also blogged on OFMD on my WordPress here and here and mentioned it in my silly, humorous Book Riot article on fan fiction ship (relationship) names. Thanks to everyone who reads my work!


In one draft of “The Only Way to Travel,” I included footnotes with page numbers for all of the quotes from “Good Country People” that I used in my own story. They are taken from my copy of O’Connor’s Collected Works (referenced below).


Gooch, Brad. Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 2009.



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