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Jacob Tomsky

Founder and President

Short Story Thursdays

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short story thursdays - Story A Day

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Guest Writing Prompt from Jacob Tomsky
Jacob Tomsky of Short Story Thursdays Jacob Tomsky is a best-selling writer and host of Short Story Thursdays, a weekly email dispatch that somehow manages to be snarky and sweet at the same time. (If you haven't signed up to receive a story a week from Tomsky yet, do it now). Read our interview with him, talking about how he moved from a short-story-hater to one of its best champions. As you can see from the prompt below, Jacob has Opinions. Every week for almost five years, Jacob Tomsky has been researching and sending a short story to an email list of rabid readers. He doesn't write the stories (he's a best-selling memoir writer and budding novelist), but he does curate them. Driven by his mood, he plucks a story that speaks to him from the vast slush pile of Public Domain works, and sends it to thousands of his Internet friends. Not only that, but Tomsky writes a passionate (and often expletive-laden) exhortation to readers as to why they should read this week's story. If Tomsky's 'dispatches' are the amuse-bouche of Short Story Thursdays, the stories are the meat. Since he's been doing this for four years, he must always really loved short stories, right? "I actually hated short stories for a really, really long time. Maybe I still kind of do," he laughs. So here's how it all started: Tomsky had a full time job he hated, in a hotel. Bored, he began printing out short stories from the web - using company paper and company toner- because it "would look like I was working, like I was just reviewing documents or something." And, a frustration for Tomsky is that the public domain collection is 'a sea of white males'. Still, Tomsky sees a a benefit to reading these stories week after week. Although the New York Times called Tomsky's whose memoir is titled "Heads In Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles and So-Called Hospitality" 'an effervescent writer', he wasn't writing humor before SST. "I had three novels pior to that and none of them had a joke in it," he says. But Tomsky even kept up his weekly dispatches during a four-month stay in South Africa AND during a ten-day crossing of the Atlantic on a freighter from Liverpool to Philadelphia. "So I told [everyone] I'd be missing a week," but in reality he queued up a post and had a friend hit 'send'. "Then, when I was in the middle of the ocean, it just dropped on them," he laughs. Tomsky gives a qualified 'no'. Two of Jacob Tomsky's favorite short stories in the public domain:


storyaday.org

Guest Writing Prompt from Jacob Tomsky
Jacob Tomsky is a best-selling writer and host of Short Story Thursdays, a weekly email dispatch that somehow manages to be snarky and sweet at the same time. (If you haven't signed up to receive a story a week from Tomsky yet, do it now). Read our interview with him, talking about how he moved from [...]


www.chaseliterary.com

Jacob Tomsky
Jacob Tomsky never intended to go into the hotel business. As a new college graduate, armed only with a philosophy degree and a singular lack of career direction, he became a valet parker for a large luxury hotel in New Orleans. Yet, rising fast through the ranks, he ended up working in "hospitality" for more than a decade, doing everything from supervising the housekeeping department to manning the front desk at an upscale Manhattan hotel. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room-service meals, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your minibar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. In HEADS IN BEDS he pulls back the curtain to expose the crazy and compelling reality of a multi-billion-dollar industry we think we know. HEADS IN BEDS is a funny, authentic, and irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life, told by a keenly observant insider who's seen it all. Prepare to be amused, shocked, and amazed as he spills the unwritten code of the bellhops, the antics that go on in the valet parking garage, the housekeeping department's dirty little secrets-not to mention the shameless activities of the guests, who are rarely on their best behavior. Prepare to be moved, too, by his candor about what it's like to toil in a highly demanding service industry at the luxury level, where people expect to get what they pay for (and often a whole lot more). Jacob Tomsky is a dedicated veteran of the hospitality business. Well-spoken, uncannily quick on his feet, and no more honest than he needs to be, he also is the founder and president of Short Story Thursdays, a weekly, email based short story club. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, The Daily Beast, and other venues. Born in Oakland, California, to a military family, Tomsky now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Jacob Tomsky's Heads In Beds • Represented by Chase Literary Agency

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by Jacob Tomsky
"Heads in Beds embraces the full, novelistic breadth of hotel experience.... [Tomsky] is no longer a hotel employee and now, with good reason, thinks of himself as a writer. - Janet Maslin, NYT "...a horrifyingly good time. It's the sort of equivalent of WebMD for hypochondriacs: You know you're learning way more than is good for you, but you just can't stop reading. Tomsky ... may be an even better writer than a hotelier (and he's a damn good hotelier)" - People "Jacob Tomsky is a star. Jacob Tomsky never intended to go into the hotel business. As a new college graduate, armed only with a philosophy degree and a singular lack of career direction, he became a valet parker for a large luxury hotel in New Orleans. Yet, rising fast through the ranks, he ended up working in "hospitality" for more than a decade, doing everything from supervising the housekeeping department to manning the front desk at an upscale Manhattan hotel. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room-service meals, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your minibar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. In HEADS IN BEDS he pulls back the curtain to expose the crazy and compelling reality of a multi-billion-dollar industry we think we know. HEADS IN BEDS is a funny, authentic, and irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life, told by a keenly observant insider who's seen it all. Prepare to be amused, shocked, and amazed as he spills the unwritten code of the bellhops, the antics that go on in the valet parking garage, the housekeeping department's dirty little secrets-not to mention the shameless activities of the guests, who are rarely on their best behavior. Prepare to be moved, too, by his candor about what it's like to toil in a highly demanding service industry at the luxury level, where people expect to get what they pay for (and often a whole lot more). Jacob Tomsky is a dedicated veteran of the hospitality business. Well-spoken, uncannily quick on his feet, and no more honest than he needs to be, he also is the founder and president of Short Story Thursdays, a weekly, email based short story club. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, The Daily Beast, and other venues. Born in Oakland, California, to a military family, Tomsky now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


bookriot.com

This is a guest post from Jacob Tomsky.
He is a dedicated veteran of the hospitality business. Well-spoken, uncannily quick on his feet, and no more honest than he needs to be, he also is the founder and president of Short Story Thursdays, a weekly, email based short story club. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, The Daily Beast, and other venues. His book, Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality, recently came out in paperback. Born in Oakland, California, to a military family, Tomsky now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Follow him on Twitter @jacobtomsky.


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