Fun Camp. Fun Camp is a novel-in-shorts about a week at a summer camp called Fun Camp.
“I KNOW, Gabe. Fun Camp. I know about Fun Camp. Shut up about Fun Camp. Stop saying Fun Camp.”
Yeah, good point, but the other day a friend told me that he clicked over to a couple of shorts and didn’t know what to make of them.
So, for the casual reader on the go, jet-setting to the board meeting, go-go-juice in tow : Context. Orientation.
Plotwise, pretty loose. Most of these shorts were built to stand alone. There is not an overarching plot other than “a week at camp,” but instead each short (monologue, soliloquy, letter home, intra-camp note, speech, sermon, list, comment card, activity explanation) has its own mini-plot. To learn more, you could read this conversation between me and Lydia Conklin about our camp books.
By now, there’s a pretty hefty sample of Fun Camp shorts that you could read online right now, so I’m going to link to all of them.
Why not start with Apology + Opportunity? This one was taught in a COLLEGE CLASSROOM the other day!
Your are feet wet now, good, so it’s time to try the motherload: 8 from Fun Camp in FriGG. So much on one page, i know! But maybe one day these will be in a book and each will be granted its own page. So picture that, maybe.
This one has a picture! Hello Clone, I Will Say
Which, OK, now you’re starting to notice: Not all of these are as explicitly about camp. 5 from Fun Camp
Or: “The musings of an incoherent cook.” Peek Here, Progeny
Or “the cook again, plus other stuff”: 4 from Fun Camp
Or: “A groundskeeper’s remembrances of a past long past.” Sure, I Remember Guns
(“Seems like with some of these he just wrote the short he wanted to write and then found a way to tie it in.” Wink.)
But then we’re back at camp and it’s all good: 3 from Fun Camp
and then Perk
and then (creepier when located at a camp) One About Circles.
And: A PDF! For printing or just clicking 100% then 125% then back to 100%, over and over. Largely Jamie Iredell (Book of Freaks) on this PDF but also Fun Camp.
More. There are still more.
Flight of the Boring (TLB 7 preview)
and 5 from Fun Camp (featuring an autobiographical music review)
and Remember to Breathe.
Are there still more? There are. But they’re printed in in print journals (un-online), such as Hobart, Nano Fiction, Quick Fiction, The Lifted Brow, Saltgrass. Or they will be out but not yet: Dark Sky, Gargoyle, NOÖ. Or are on my hard drive, in wait.