I’m so happy that Visual Verse shared my May submission, “Close Your Eyes.”
“Mother of Pearl” published at Visual Verse
I’m so happy that Visual Verse shared my April submission, “Mother of Pearl.”
“Death of an Influencer” published at Visual Verse
As I dedicate some time to writing a new piece for the April prompt at Visual Verse, I’m excited to share the piece I wrote for March.
Here’s “Death of an Influencer.”
“501” in Spartan
I wrote this micro in one of Sarah Freligh’s workshops – if you haven’t taken one, I highly recommend them! I’ve taken three now and am always so inspired by the lessons and prompts. This story started as “The Object of My Affection” and got plenty of polish from workshop feedback.
More Photography in Rock and a Hard Place Magazine
I’m thrilled to have a photograph, “Shining Light,” in issue 9 of Rock and a Hard Place magazine!
“Rock and a Hard Place Press is a lit-noir publisher, focused on stories of struggle, tales of the powerless and marginalized, characters on the fringes of society … and what they do next.”
Don’t miss out on all the amazing stories and art in this issue! Get it now!
“A Minute, A Lifetime” published at Visual Verse
It’s the first of February, meaning there’s a new prompt up at Visual Verse. Looking for the new image made me realize that they published my December submission! I sent it and forgot to check back, so here it is, extremely delayed.
As always, I’m honored that they’re sharing my work. Here’s “A Minute, A Lifetime.”
2022 Writing in Review
Last year, my Writing in Review covered April to December with 44 submissions and 5 acceptances. For coming off an (almost) decade-long drought, that felt pretty good.
This year, I submitted the entire year, with 74 submissions across flash fiction, essays, poetry, and photography. Eight pieces/photographs/chapbooks are still out. I published one poem, 14 photographs, one essay, and 11 flash fiction pieces.
I had a chapter published in the Thirty West #antiwriomo novel, Those Who Scream. I wrote it last November and the book came out in May.
I got my first Best of the Net nomination for my Daily Drunk essay, “Douglas Fir Give Me Heartburn: Exploring the Magic of Christmas Eve on Sesame Street,” published last December.
I got my first Best Microfiction nomination from Atlas and Alice for my flash fiction piece, “No Place Like Home.”
I submitted three different chapbooks or microchaps, and one was accepted and published! Won’t Be By Your Side came out September 23rd and I’m very proud of the stories in that book, along with the cover design, which uses my photograph.
I also designed the cover for my friend Janet Dale’s chapbook, ghosts passing through, which uses another of my photographs.
I also submitted a collaborative chapbook to three places, and it’s still out at one.
I submitted a chapbook pitch to a publisher, which felt amazing even with a rejection because I’ve had this idea bouncing around in my mind since 2011 without any clarity of what to do with it. The pitch pushed me to figure out how to share these ideas, so I hope to work on this project more in 2023.
I also submitted a flash sample to Reflex Press and was accepted to write a piece for their collaborative novella-in-flash. My time will come at the end of February 2023, but I’ve loved getting the pieces in my inbox and letting my imagination run wild with what I might add to this amazing project.
I didn’t keep strict track of the workshops taken, but I think I took 9, either one-off generative workshops or more involved week-long or three-week courses. This is up from… maybe 3 in 2021? I love workshops and feel like I create a lot of material from them, so that’s something I’m going to try and make time for in 2023. I’m already signed up for 3 in the first quarter alone.
I also have other major writing goals for 2023, but since this is a time of reflection over 2022, I’ll recap with a general overview of satisfaction. I feel like I’ve accomplished so much since 2021, and of course the years before that were a desert, so I’m proud of where I am now. I feel like there are still goals to strive for and ways to have fun with my writing instead of always pushing myself to do more.
Nominated for Best Microfiction
I’m excited and honored that Atlas and Alice nominated my piece “No Place Like Home” for Best Microfiction 2023!
“Colors in the Air” published at Visual Verse
I now spend the first of the month eagerly awaiting the image shared by Visual Verse. You have an hour to write a micro or flash ranging from 50 to 500 words, based on or inspired by the image. I’ve always felt like such a visual writer anyway, with a scene or person encouraging me to make up a story, and so far I’ve been so inspired by their images.
I’m honored that they’re sharing my piece, “Colors in the Air,” this month.
GIVEAWAY! One Month Celebration
CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who entered and shared the giveaway on Twitter and Instagram. Lauren Voeltz is the winner!
I can’t believe my book has been in the world for one month now! So many friends have posted pictures on social media and shared their favorite stories. Oh, and David Sedaris has a copy of it! I went to his reading last week and gave him a copy at the signing. He asked what it was about and said “I look forward to reading it.” !!!
To celebrate, I’m hosting a giveaway. You’ll get a signed copy of the book, a super-cool Venus tea trap, and two delicious teas from my favorite companies.
The Pomegranate Punch Decaf Black Tea from Plum Deluxe has a fresh citrus flavor mirroring the clementine from my story “Lost and Found.”
The Firebird chai from Wendigo Tea will make you feel “Electric Inside” like the first story in the book.
Comment below with your favorite hot beverage, and visit Twitter and Instagram to see how to earn extra entries!
Contest open until Saturday, October 29th, at midnight Central time. I’ll announce the winner on Sunday!