Publications, The Next Big Thing, and Podcasts

The Colored Lens: Winter 2013I don’t blog nearly as much as I text, FB and tweet. Speaking in person is also one of my frequent activities.  I try though. I really do. I want to communicate. Why else would I choose to be a fiction writer? But when my day job compresses one hemisphere of my brain and my WIP eats up two months of dream time, my poor blog slips below the waves without a sound. Now that draft one of the novella is done and the holidays have passed, it seems a little resuscitation is in order.

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Interviewing Jennifer Stevenson and My First Publication

I don’t want to calculate how long it took from recording the actual interview to broadcasting it in episode #13 of the Small Beer Press podcast, but I can’t help myself. My brain is wired for math: four months and two weeks. In between, I graduated from the Stonecoast M.F.A. program, watch my youngest child walk into school with the rest of his kindergarten class and published my first short story, “Finding Your Way to the Coast.” (now available in the fall 2012 issue of A cappella Zoo.) It was the first story I wrote for the … Read more

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My Visit to the Sonoran Desert

Space Age Lodge at night.Have you read Anne Tyler’s The Accidental Tourist? I read it years ago and despite the vicious book purges I’m prone to, it’s managed to maintain a spot on one of the wood bookshelves that cower in our basement. In my house, it’s the safest place for old books. I go down there so infrequently, all that nostalgia and young love actually stands a chance at survival.

I guess everything comes around again. Jean Rhys’s The Wide Sargasso Sea has been calling to me lately from that subterranean lair along with That Kind of Woman (a terrific short story collection). … Read more

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