Publications, The Next Big Thing, and Podcasts

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.

My Latest News in Brief (Aka things I really should have blogged about):

This morning I discovered a second story of mine is out in the world! (Three more are forthcoming.) The Colored Lens, an emag, published “China Island.” I wrote it before I started my M.F.A. program. In fact it’s one of the things that got me in. Anyway…It’s set on a Maine island in winter. Creepy, melancholy and worrisome are all good descriptors. The ending is likely as close as I get to the classic happy ending. (Warning: it’s not terribly close.) If you’re interested in a read, you can find it at It’s even free for Amazon Prime subscribers.

In other under-reported news, my younger child and I recorded a special introduction to Episode #15 of the Small Beer podcast. In my family, we read a lot of YA novels together, but Lydia Millet’s Dissenters series is one of the few both of my children love equally. The Younger Child did a terrific job. He even gave me editorial suggestions for our two minute clip…

My writing friend and comrade-in-arms, Angela Still, included me in her Next Big Thing post! Angela and I share our weekly writing goals each week, and even better, make sure the pressure isn’t getting either of us down. Plus the woman has the best tattoo I have ever seen: a single peacock feather than runs diagonally across her back.

Finally, I’ve just finished another podcast. God, I hate to make promises, but I will and I do. I will blog about it once it goes live. And, I swear on the stars and the heavens and the heads of my crazy addled cats, I will actually get my own Next Big Thing post up soon.  Well, it is the internet. I can always edit those last few sentences if it turns out they aren’t entirely true…


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