My short story “The Stink of Horses” appeared on Hobart on June 27, 2014.
First line: “I don’t understand anything about the ballet; all I know is that during the intervals the ballerinas stink like horses.”
— Anton Chekhov
Inspiration: I read the above Chekhov quote in a magazine, maybe The New Yorker, and couldn’t get it out of my head. This was one of those stories where I started with the tiniest of ideas — what if the ballerinas stunk of horses because they were horses? — and started writing with only that thin sliver. I’ve always been obsessed with dance, likely because I’ve never been able to achieve a dancer’s grace. Thus, I suspect this story was hidden inside me, as it was one of the easiest, and most fun, I’ve ever written.
Art: In a Different World by Jennifer Stufflebeam