“A Pinhole of Light” — Black Static (September 2016)

My story “A Pinhole of Light” was published in the September 2016 issue of Black Static.

First Lines

Waiting

Like this life, the afterlife is unfair. A woman dies at twenty-nine and leaves her infant daughter behind. Eight years later she is still trapped on the other side. When I’m in my happiest frame of mind, I imagine Veronica searching for my darkroom each time I turn on the blood-red light. In my darkest moments, I know I’m failing her. She still hasn’t arrived.

I’m an experienced photographer. I should be able to do better.

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A New Story Placed & A Personal Goal Unlocked

I’ve just signed the contract, so I get to tell the world. My story “Re-stitched” has been accepted by Split Lip Magazine. It’s always a thrill when a story finds a home. But for me this particular acceptance is extra special. From 2012 through 2014, I wrote a series of six stories for the annual Art & Words Show. “Re-stitched” is the last story in that series to be published.  Like many of those six stories, it has grown a bit since I first presented. In this particular case, the title has even changed!

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“The Woman in the Woods” Now Available Online

My story “The Woman in the Woods”—about the Orphan Trains, lost siblings, and the Iowa woods—is featured today on the the online magazine Necessary Fiction. Necessary Fiction publishes a new book review each Monday, a featured short story each Wednesday, a contribution to their Research Notes series each Friday, along with occasional interviews, essays, and other surprises.

 

First Lines: No matter how many times Horace told her different, Eliza knew her brother was wrong. The woman in the woods didn’t look the least bit dead. The woman in the woods looked beautiful. With her long flowing hair and … Read more

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