Mark


About Me

Display Name

Mark

Twitter Handle

Markgalarrita

Website

markgalarrita.wordpress.com

What I Write

Writing Sample

From: HOW YOUR FILIPINO SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL WILL BE ADAPTED FOR FILM published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Be sure to name your male protagonist something positively exotic but Christian. Adam Pilar, Matthew Aguinaldo, Johnny Rico, etc. When it comes time to describe the body, make it sound just brown enough to be open to interpretation; however, leave enough hints that when he stands upon the remnants of a battlefield — or slaying the enemy with a gigantic cybernetic broadsword — his dark, wavy hair, blows iridescently in the wind. When the option for film rights are bought (five to fifteen years from now — give or take), they’ll recast the hottest white dude at the moment and send him to Hollywood Tans every morning.
Make the character male because, no matter what you do, the lead actor in the film adaptation will be male, short, and positively delectable. Doesn’t matter if the protagonist is actually a she or gender neutral or transgender. Your hero is not their Hero. Your hero isn’t marketable. Your hero can’t fit into a Happy Meal or be the YouTube trailer ad to a celebrity chef Guy Fieri clip. Don’t argue.

What I Write

Speculative fiction, Realism/naturalism, humor, plays

Publications

2019

Short fiction – Play of The Game – Cosmonauts Avenue, May 2019

Essay – Speculative Fiction Goes for The Heart: Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie  – F(r)iction,  April 2019

Short fiction – Kuya – Santa Ana Review, February 2019

Short fiction – Homeboy – The Wrath-Bearing Tree, January 2019

2018

Humor – Reviews of New Food: Better Booch Cherry Retreat Kombucha and Halo Top’s Sea Salt Caramel – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, October 2018

Humor – How Can We Make Our Funded Program More Diverse Without Hiring More Faculty and Students of Color? – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, September 2018

Flash Fiction – My Sad Werewolf – Split Lip Magazine, August 2018

Flash Fiction – Vanilla Music for Sinister Women Coming of Age – Streetlight Magazine, July 2018

Essay – A Writer Learns to Die  – Electric Literature, June 2018

Humor – How Your Filipino Science Fiction Novel Will Be Adapted For Film – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, April 2018

Essay – Consider a Workshop or Conference This Summer – TheMFAyears, January 2018

2017

Essay – On Goal Setting – TheMFAyears, December 2017

Essay – Mark Galarrita Introduction (University of Alabama ’17) – TheMFAyears, September 2017

Short Fiction – Blood & Marinara Sauce – Bull: Men’s Fiction Magazine, April 2017

2016

Short Fiction – Young Brown Man and The Laundromat Werewolf – The Kelsey Review, August 2016

My Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

2019: Working on revisions of four short stories.

Revising a novel (50,000 words).

Drafting two plays.