Join my revision workshop on October 15, 2022 from 5:00 - 6:30pm Eastern: Still staring at the same words for your next draft? Learn how to revise in this playful, hands-on workshop by experimenting with techniques that go beyond writing–like creating movie posters, floor plans, caricatures, mind maps, and typography bombs. Your next draft needs… Continue reading Attend My Revision Workshop at The Writer Unboxed OnConference
Category: Writing Stories
Acceptance Isn’t Always Publication, or How “Evergreen Promises” Got Published
Photo by freestocks on Unsplash When are traditions worth breaking? When can they heal other patterns that hurt? My latest short story publication, "Evergreen Promises," explores these questions and appears in print in Palooka #12: Evergreen Promises “I’ll never buy a real Christmas tree again,” I say as I flip on the car’s emergency lights. “Huh?” My stepdaughter… Continue reading Acceptance Isn’t Always Publication, or How “Evergreen Promises” Got Published
I love how fiction warps the mind. Today's example… I think I only dream in present tense, though time is surreal in dreams. When recounting a dream, I think I do so in past tense, though with the occasional foray into present tense. Surely some dreams are exciting enough to relay in real time. The… Continue reading Dream Tense
How a Neglected Setting Led to my Quietest Flash Fiction Publication
Photo by Tapio Haaja on Unsplash Can flash fiction be a pensive cup of slowly sipped tea, among all the espresso shots of flash fiction? Pull up a chair on the balcony and let's find out. My latest publication, "Imperfect Balconies," appears in Nevermore Journal. The story is free to read online. Here is the opening: Imperfect BalconiesWhen… Continue reading How a Neglected Setting Led to my Quietest Flash Fiction Publication
How Writing a Screenplay with My Best Friend Led to Our First Story Publication
What makes a boy grow up to become an arsonist? My first co-written short story, "sparkbirth," is now published in Down & Out: The Magazine. Here are the opening lines: sparkbirthWhen I turned eleven, Mom forgot to buy more birthday candles. So instead of eleven little sticks, I got two. She pretended 1 + 1 made… Continue reading How Writing a Screenplay with My Best Friend Led to Our First Story Publication
“afterglow” and “Dialing Islands” Published in MacQueen’s Quinterly
Happy New Year! My latest flash fiction publications, "afterglow" and "Dialing Islands," are published this morning in MacQueen's Quinterly. Both are free to read online. Here are the openings of both stories: afterglowShe wonders aloud what his orgasms are like. He lacks the clarity to inhabit what just happened, but he wants to try before the… Continue reading “afterglow” and “Dialing Islands” Published in MacQueen’s Quinterly
Awarded 3rd Place in Library Film Festival
aisles of ideas is a 2-minute short film that answers "what does the library mean to you?" Watch aisles of ideas below or on Vimeo: The film premiered at the KCLS Reel Fest on Monday, September 28, 2020 and earned 3rd Place! Watch the other lovely films from the premiere: https://youtu.be/Z0JF_aPWbqs Congrats to everyone who… Continue reading Awarded 3rd Place in Library Film Festival
Attend my Short Film Premiere Monday, Sept 28
What does the library mean to you? That was the question posed by King County Library System (KCLS) Reel Fest in January. I had 2 minutes to answer on film. I got my family to help. Together, we made "aisles of ideas." We shared my experiences reading inspiring words, writing, submitting, and seeing it go… Continue reading Attend my Short Film Premiere Monday, Sept 28
How Leaving San Francisco Got Me Published… in a San Francisco Zine
How do you say goodbye to a brief universe inside you? Find out in my latest flash fiction, "Glimmering Sidewalks," published in the first zine from The Racket: Quarantine Journal. What amount of effort went into getting "Glimmering Sidewalks" published? 300 words2 drafts15 submissions14 rejections, 6 encouraging rejections These numbers are on par with my… Continue reading How Leaving San Francisco Got Me Published… in a San Francisco Zine
How Long Did It Take for My First Submittable Acceptance to be Published?
How much does chivalry really cost on a summer night where young ideals are alive and well? Find out the dollar answer and its unexpected justification in "The Price of Chivalry," my most recent short story publication, available now in From Whispers to Roars: Volume 2, Issue 2. What amount of effort went into getting… Continue reading How Long Did It Take for My First Submittable Acceptance to be Published?
How Loathing Travel, Public Transit, a Tuscan Residency, 24 Rejections, and a Writing Conference Led to My First Published Short Story
How a College Freewriting Prompt and Being Woken by a Downtown Songbird Led to My Shortest Publications
How Writing and Submitting Short Stories Improved My Novel
Why should a novel writer devote precious writing time to short stories? After five novel drafts, two years of submitting shorter fiction, and seven publications, here are my reasons.
“Reading Willow” Published in The Common
What expectations transcend distance and life changes? I explore that in under 400 words in my latest flash fiction publication, "Reading Willow" in The Common. What amount of effort went into getting "Reading Willow" published? 2 drafts5 submissions2 rejections2 withdrawals These are lucky numbers, especially given that this story didn't earn any encouraging rejections. Read on… Continue reading “Reading Willow” Published in The Common
“bleedin’ peach” Published in KYSO Flash
Starting Shut Up & Write! D.C. Meetup
“Rivet Here” Published in Necessary Fiction
The Cost of Accomplishment
Accomplishments come with costs. These were mine for 2017.
Speaking of sharing rejections, check out this anti-resumé.
Within an hour of our IndieGogo campaign meeting its goal, I got a call telling me I’d been awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship. It’s a huge, huge honor. It’s also the fourth time I’ve applied for it, and to me, that’s part of why it’s an honor.
A couple years ago I was having dinner with a playwright, Bekah Brunstetter, and her director David Shmidt Chapman. We talked about how rejection is just part of the landscape for all beginning artists, no matter how talented or hardworking they might be or how successful they might appear. David said he’d love to publish his “anti-résumé” someday—a list of all the things he didn’t get.
Ever since, I’ve wanted to publish my own. So I’ve gone through the last six years’ worth of spreadsheets in both prose and playwriting, to literary journals, workshops, conferences, theaters, graduate schools, play…
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128 Submissions, 93 Rejections, 1st Publication
What it took to get to my first published piece of fiction.