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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Yes, that’s my voice you hear

So under “other reasons I’m not blogging regularly”: I still host the Small Beer podcast. I just put up an interview I did with John Kessel and I couldn’t be more thrilled: firstly because we had a lot to talk about and secondly because, after many hours of labor, I finally finished the track.  Yes, once again I hit some unforeseen technical issue and ended up spending far too much time editing the audio so that it was “presentable.”

If only I could slap a little make-up on those audio files and call it a day…

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