Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Fall 2022 edition. Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not "publish" the rejections themselves? Here are the rejections I collected from September 2022 - November 2022. I've decided to… Continue reading Fall 2022 Rejections: One Story, Granta, Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, and More Literary Journals
Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Summer 2022 edition. Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not "publish" the rejections themselves? Here are the rejections I collected from June 2022 - August 2022. I've decided to… Continue reading Summer 2022 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Uncharted, Epiphany, Hobart, Boulevard, and More Literary Journals
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
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
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
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 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?
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
What it took to get to my first published piece of fiction.
The following snippet of Jack Morgan's review of blinks of awe brings up some fun questions: ...it's hard to judge his poetry by itself because it isn't. Are we going to start judging poetry like we do films and plays, where every job is criticized on its own merit? Should I take the sound production… Continue reading What Else Can a Poem Be?
I recently met with one of the founders of a startup pushing the boundaries of what's possible in ebooks. We discussed what impact more technology and better insight into reader behavior would have on publishing. Could books be more like web sites or apps in that regard? Would that be a better experience for readers,… Continue reading The Data Hiding Inside Ebooks