So incredibly grateful for two Best of MicroFiction awards for 2002!
The first is for my piece “What Bones Carry” in Whale Road Review’s Fall 2022 Issue
You can read it here:
The second nomination is for “No Matter How Much Time has Passed, Some Houses Don’t Die” from Janus Literary’s Issue 8
You can read it here:
Thanks so much for the editors and readers of Janus Literary and Whale Road Review and best of luck to the other nominees!
In which Gastropoda interviews me about my CNF, “As Fast as She Can”.
Spoiler – a 1979 Pontiac Bonneville can go 112 miles per hour.
photo credit Endri Killo (from Unsplash)
…for Atlas and Alice, containing my predictive origami story, “Folds Within Folds”.
There are so many amazing pieces in here, just chock full of goodness and weirdness and curiosity. Enjoy!
A little like an echo in the room, two stories are out with Janus Literary. Like two sides of a coin, two slices of bread, two choices of dessert.
“Countess Herzinga’s Alchemy” is a drabble with magic and birds and birth.
“No Matter How Much Time Has Passed, Some Houses Don’t Die” is a micro with teeth, and analogies, and political ramifications, and well, Nazi ghost houses. It is about complacency and packaging.
Grateful to Janus Literary and the writing community!
Some really nice places have been kind in the month of June and I have not posted about them here (it happened all at once!). So ICYMI….
“Atmospheric Variations”. FlashFlood. June 18, 2022
Her mother never touched the ground, so Su didn’t either. Her toes splayed on rooftops and gables, curled around hanging vines and gutters. (speculative, literary)
“The Sternum Ties it All Together”. Molotov Cocktail. June 15, 2022
My teeth wandered off their tether in the night, bringing back the taste of calcium bones and morning dew. (horror)
“As Fast as She Can”. Gastropoda. June 5, 2022
Cars then and now. Also how fast a baby-blue flower-painted 1979 Pontiac Bonneville can go along Racetrack Road in the dark. (creative non-fiction)
Best wishes to all!
My odd origami micro is up today at Atlas and Alice – one of my favorite pieces. It’s an underutilized superpower, the kind of magic I would hope for, if I could hope for such things. Thank you, Atlas and Alice for publishing it.
Wishing everyone nimble fingers and full hearts.
Incredibly grateful for upcoming publications in some fabulous places: X-RAY Lit Mag, Whale Road Review, Janus Literary, Bullshit Lit, Gastropoda Magazine, and FlashFlood.
Ya’ll are the gooeyist chocolate chip cookies around.
Image courtesy of American Heritage Chocolate.
A little urban archaeology mixed with a bad relationship is the foundation for this one. Digging digging down. Thrilled to see it with Scissors and Spackle, whose magazine just has the best stuff. This issue is pretty amazing too, grainy and deep. Like sifting through layers.
Scissors and Spackle Issue 17
It’s good to take stock, to turn the gaze backwards to get the level of the landscape. To determine exactly how much time I’ve spent staring at the computer screen. Actually, it’s been a great writing year, regardless of the state of the time portal.
Two things that have happened over the last month are simply astounding, for me personally. I was asked to be guest reader for SmokeLong Quarterly (
https://twitter.com/SmokeLong/status/1466526373871337479) and they also nominated my piece for Best Microfiction ( https://twitter.com/SmokeLong/status/1462548564853227520). Yep. Unbelievable. If I think about it for too long, I can’t feel my toes.
I’ve also been a little silly and collected some stats for the year, which are below. Just for funsies.
End of Year Stats – 2021
Submissions – 111
Rejections – 103
Acceptances – 8
Publications – 6
Stories written – 38
Noms – 1
Other awards and near misses – 4 longlists/HMs
Agent queries – 18
Agent rejections – 13
3 requests (including pitch contests)
Two passes and edits of IITAOFA
17K written of War Island
Other Lit Involvement:
Blog editor for LSQ
Guest reading for SLQ
lotsa beta reading
Took three workshops
Active in 3 writing/reading groups
I’m looking forward to writing in 2022, to channeling the joy that writing brings and the community that supports it. Wishing the same for everyone. Love to all and Happy New Year!
Picture by Anna Sushok on Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/photos/WmtH0ysU65A