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Q & A or B (& Q & A)

7 Jul

I was pleasantly surprised this week to…recall that I have this blog? Well yeah, that, too. No, I received my contributor’s copies of the long-awaited Coal City Review #30, which is chock-full of goodness and looks great to boot, especially now that the temperature has dropped 35+ degrees and it no longer hurts to look at the cool (actually quite hot, but you know what I mean) wildfire on the cover. Anyway, my flash “Q & A or B” takes up exactly one page of this issue, but it happens to be the first page of the issue. Yes, alphabetical order strikes again.

(Unfortunately, hasn’t been updated for quite a while, so I really don’t know what to tell people who are interested in acquiring a copy of this issue. Actually, I do have one copy to spare for someone who expresses an interest, either in real life or otherwise.)

On the subject of Q & A, I should probably have mentioned before that Prime Number Magazine is awesome enough to include one with every story they publish, so there’s a Q & A accompanying my “License to Rock” from Issue 13. I like the fact that the same questions are asked of each contributor to a PNM issue, so you can see the different ways people responded to the same questions.


Rock On (or, License to Blog)

19 Oct

My story “License to Rock” appears in the new Issue 13 of Prime Number Magazine, and I couldn’t be happier about that. OK, that’s a lie. I’d be happier if it was Issue 11, because in that case I could’ve titled this post: “My story goes up to 11.” Huh. That seemed so much better when it was still in my head. So I guess I lied about lying. Apparently I really can’t be happier.

Gotta go…

20 Jul

“The Substance in My System” is part of the LIT in the summer issue of LITnIMAGE. I guess I’d have to describe this particular piece of fiction as stream of consciousness…


1 Jun

I’m feeling creative and optimistic, writing-wise. And I’m not sure why that is, since I’m also feeling really antsy about writing. I’ve been jumping between stories, and I feel like I should come up with some kind of  fun! summer! project to…well, you name it. More than anything, though, I’d like to take my work in progress and actually make progress (without seeming to put undue emphasis on the work). Because, you know, writing is just such a  fun! thing to do in the summer!

Of course it’s not summer! for a few weeks, so it’s okay that I haven’t come up with a project.

And of course another project is the last thing I need. I already have lots of projects. I just need to keep working on them. I just need to finish one of them. And that’s the time to ask myself: Am I having  fun! yet?

Write. Yes! Repeat.

Day 65 of 365+

6 Mar

Hmm, maybe I should’ve also resolved to update my blog in 2011. My plan to work on my novel-in-progress every single day in 2011 has been a success… though at my current slow and steady “successful” rate it’s going to take more than the 300 days that remain of 2011 to finish the thing.

You say you want a resolution

2 Jan

No, really, I mean it this time. In 2011 I’m putting the progress in the novel-in-progress. My resolution is twofold but very simple:

  1. I will work on the novel every day (until the novel stops needing work).
  2. I can work on any part of the novel in any way on any day, but (until I have a complete manuscript draft) I must (also) continue from the point I left off the day before.

You wouldn’t know it by my intermittent updates, but this is actually a very enjoyable project. The thing is, it’s much easier to remember that if it stays fresh in my mind. Today makes day two: so far so fun.


21 Dec

I feel like I’ve been writing up a storm for a while now. No, wait, those were actual storms. Good thing I have a lot of fondness for a lot of snow. And, lately, for a lot of writing. See me blog.

Without officially or exactly participating in NaNoWriMo last month, I did dedicate the month of November to producing a craptacular mass of novel manuscript. With anything longer than flash fiction, I make handwritten revisions on printed (and literally cut and pasted and post-it-ed) drafts, repeating as necessary. (I do try to be ecofriendly about it and print these drafts on the back of previously used paper.) So now I’ve got a binder full of crappy pre-novel to lug around with me, and for now at least that makes me very happy. For one thing, I’ve worked on the first several pages enough to feel that they at least are no longer crap.

And for another thing, writing, like life itself, is the journey, and it is a good feeling to have this binder full of paper to haul around. The extra weight really adds to my sense of accomplishment (as well as the degree of difficulty) every time I walk a mile in deep snow.