Attend My Free Submissions Workshop at the 2022 Gaithersburg Book Festival

Gaithersburg Book Festival logo I've been invited to give my submissions workshop at the lovely Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, MD for a third time on Saturday, May 21. Perhaps you've written a few stories, poems or essays and want to know where and how to submit your work for publication. What's the best draft… Continue reading Attend My Free Submissions Workshop at the 2022 Gaithersburg Book Festival

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

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

What happens when a luggage thief picks the wrong target on the early-morning airport train? Dive into the mind of a snarky antagonist in "A Damn Fine Town," my first short story publication, available now in Down & Out: The Magazine, Vol. 1, Issue 4.

Why I Shut Up & Write

Where are you at 10:00am sharp on Saturday mornings? Sleeping in? Waking up? Waiting for brunch? I’m usually grabbing a seat at Mo Joe’s Cafe for a Shut Up & Write! marathon. To make it on time, I have to wake up before 8 in sleepy San Francisco to catch a just-shy-of-9 train that whisks me… Continue reading Why I Shut Up & Write