“Peanut Butter” Accepted at littlesomethingspress
little somethings press, Issue 1

“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

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
Kestrel-A Journal of Literature and art

“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

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
Lisa Halo reading "Sailing Lessons"

“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
Stories on Stage–Davis website

“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
StoryQuarterly 51, which includes "The Rides of March"

“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
"Fire Illness," published on Hunger Mountain;'s website

“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
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Voice

Last April, after sending out around fifty queries for two novels, and probably twice that many short story submissions over the past three years, with no success, I decided to…

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