Gravel Sights
Pony Express Trail

Gravel Sights

Just a few shots I've taken while riding around the area. Despite the signs, it seems there are a lot...
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Gravel Ride
Pony Express Trail

Gravel Ride

I took a break from writing today to go on a short ride. This is a big deal. Not that...
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Ditch Thoughts
Novel Writing

Ditch Thoughts

For some number of years now, I have made the local Peet's my go-to place for writing. At points along...
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Thoughts on Letter Writing
InCoWriMo

Thoughts on Letter Writing

So I've written a couple of letters now (sticking with the one-a-day thing), and I have a couple of observations....
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Learning to Handwrite
General InCoWriMo

Learning to Handwrite

I have been training myself to handwrite over the past few years. It's a lot harder than I ever would...
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InCoWriMo
InCoWriMo

InCoWriMo

InCoWriMo stands for International Correspondence Writing Month. The idea is to write and send a letter every day in February....
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Success and Lack of
Fiction

Success and Lack of

Here in the depth of the Davisville winter (grey mornings and sometimes full days of tule fog), I have decided to revamp my website. In doing so, I've been looking back on my desultory blog posts, and realize that in the last couple years they've mostly been just about publications and public performances of my work. It feels a little bit like braggery. I feel like I need to explain.
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“San Andreas’ Fault” to appear in Black Fork Review
Fiction

“San Andreas’ Fault” to appear in Black Fork Review

Black Fork Review has just accepted "San Andreas' Fault" for publication. Not only is that just cool in and of itself, but with this news coming just a couple weeks after littlesomethingspress accepted "Peanut Butter" for publication, it's like manna from heaven.
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“Peanut Butter” Accepted at littlesomethingspress
Flash fiction Non-Fiction

“Peanut Butter” Accepted at littlesomethingspress

A nonfiction piece I wrote is going to be published early next year in a really cool little publication called little somethings press. Actually, the piece is a flash memoir, and is only 300 words long (the maximum they accept). I have trouble keeping short stories under 5,000 words, so it was quite a challenge.
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“San Andreas’ Fault” Read at Stories on Stage-Sacramento
Fiction Performance San Andreas Fault

“San Andreas’ Fault” Read at Stories on Stage-Sacramento

Ethan Ireland read my story "San Andreas' Fault" last night at Stories on Stage-Sacramento. The other story was an excerpt from An Excess Male by Maggie Shen. Together, our stories comprised a sort of quasi sci-fi evening of fiction. SOSS billed it as "dabbling in dystopia and tinkering with time." The "tinkering with time" part being my contribution.
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“DACAmented” to be Published in Kestrel
Fiction

“DACAmented” to be Published in Kestrel

I just learned today that Kestrel has accepted my story "DACAmented" for publication. It should appear sometime next spring. That's a long lead time—nine months or so—but I'm grateful. This acceptance came out of the blue after a number of rejections.
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“Sailing Lessons” Accepted by Meat For Tea
Fiction

“Sailing Lessons” Accepted by Meat For Tea

Elizabeth MacDuffie, Editor-in-Chief of Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, contacted me to say she was going to publish "Sailing Lessons" in the next issue. I'm so glad this story is finally finding a home. Even though Stories on Stage-Davis acceptet it for reading, it has been rejected by forty other publications. So, either I finally edited it down to a publishable form, or, as is often the case, editors' tastes simply differ.
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“Sailing Lessons” Read at Stories on Stage-Davis
Performance

“Sailing Lessons” Read at Stories on Stage-Davis

Lisa Halko read my story "Sailing Lessons" last night at Stories on Stage–Davis, and she killed it. Lisa was kind enough to meet with me before the reading to talk about the narrator of the story, a sixty-something woman whose husband has just retired and decides they should sail around the world. Lisa did a great job giving voice to the character.
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“Sailing Lessons” to be Performed at Stories on Stage-Davis
Performance

“Sailing Lessons” to be Performed at Stories on Stage-Davis

I just heard from Naomi Williams, Co-Director of Stories on Stage-Davis, that they've accepted my story "Sailing Lessons" for next season. Stories on Stage-Davis holds readings once each month featuring short works by two authors read by actors. The story will be performed in SOSD's Sixth season (2018-19).
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“The Rides of March” Accepted by StoryQuarterly
Fiction

“The Rides of March” Accepted by StoryQuarterly

I just heard from Stephanie Manuzak, Managing Editor of StoryQuarterly, that they've accepted my story "the Rides of March for publication. This is a great publication, established back in 1975, and I couldn't be happier. The story is taken from a draft of a novel by the same name. I actually shopped the novel around to agents and drew zero interest. I mean zip.
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“Fire Illness” is Named Runner-Up
Fiction Korean-American

“Fire Illness” is Named Runner-Up

My first short story, "Fire Illness," has just been published. It was named Runner-Up in the 2016 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize hosted by Hunger Mountain, the literary Journal of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Matt Bell was the guest judge.
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Voice
Fiction Novel Writing

Voice

Last April, after sending out around fifty queries for two novels, and probably twice that many short story submissions over...
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The Light in L.A.
California Incline Fiction Novel Writing

The Light in L.A.

Watch this video on The Scene. The New Yorker recently posted a video online (embedded above) taken from its show,...
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California History California Incline

A Riot Every Generation?

In my current WIP, California Incline, the story suggests that the Rodney King riots would never really end in the sense...
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California Incline

The In Crowd

When I'm in a courtroom for jury duty, I feel comfortable. Which is strange because when I was practicing law...
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