My flash fiction "Pilgrimage" is up in the June issue of Ghost Parachute. It's been described to me as "heartbreaking" by multiple people. Read, enjoy, shed a tear if you're feeling all the feelings!
One of my shorter flash pieces "Desert Flower" is up at Reflex Fiction today! I'm honored that they chose one of my pieces to be long-listed out of more than a thousand submissions. Check it out here!
I am thrilled to have one of my short stories appear in Issue 11 of Typehouse Magazine. They were amazing to work with, and I'm so happy they decided to give "Independence Day" a home! Download the issue online for free here! If you fancy a print copy, they will be available for order soon!
Issue II of Cat on a Leash Review is finally here! We are so proud of this issue and hope you enjoy it! If you're a writer, please consider submitting something for our spring/summer issue.
I tend to be appreciative of most creative pursuits, not just writing, and over the past year, I've been experimenting with making my own journals. I try to primarily just use materials I find around my house or from thrift stores, so that these journals are not only useful, but are re-purposing materials that might otherwise end up in the dump. I try very hard to live my life with a minimal carbon footprint, so developing a hobby that is fun, creative, and eco-friendly has been fulfilling. While my earliest attempts were not so great, I decided they have been getting good enough to give as gifts this past holiday season. Below are some of my favorites I've made.
If you're interested in trying your own hand at making journals, the internet is, of course, full of amazing resources, but I got started with this one. Once I learned how to sew the pages together, I just started experimenting until I found some methods that work for me. The important thing is to have fun and let the creative juices flow!
I think we can all agree that 2016 took a lot of beloved people from our lives. As someone recently pointed out to me, David Bowie always was a trendsetter. And while I have viewed each passing with sorrow, it wasn't until I heard that Richard Adams has passed away on Christmas Even that the death hit me on more of a personal level. Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down, has been a favorite author of mine since I was eleven years old. I fell for those rabbits, and I fell hard. I will always be grateful to Richard Adams for not only writing one of my favorite stories of all time and giving me a wonderful memory of my grandmother, who first gave me the book, but also inspiring me as a writer. In 2011, I wrote a love letter to Watership Down, which I've been revisiting a lot the last few days. Thank you, Mr. Adams, for the impact you've had on my life. Rest in peace.
Earlier this year, I was ecstatic to have my short story A Half Dozen Reasons to Have the Dog Put Down accepted by The Maine Review. I anxiously waited throughout the fall for their next issue to go live. Then life got busy with teaching, COLR, and battling the cold bug that just won't go away. I'd almost forgotten that I had a story pending. But, in spectacular timing, on Christmas Eve, I received a letter and a check from The Maine Review. Merry Christmas to me! Issue 3.1 is now live and you can purchase it, or subscribe right on their website.
This particular story of mine is one I worked really hard on and one that pushed me out of my comfort zone as a writer when I first embarked on it. I really believed in it and so held out for a market that actually paid, which if you write, you know is getting harder and harder to find, and even harder to get accepted into if you haven't made a name for yourself yet. Please consider supporting The Maine Review because they pay their authors a decent rate for all the work we put into our stories. And, of course, consider submitting your own work to them. They have been lovely to work with and I can't wait for my print edition to arrive in the mail this week!
Today is a big day for Cat on a Leash Review, the little online lit mag that I co-founded with A.A. Malina. Today, our first issue was born. This beautiful collection of ten stories was carefully selected from the many submissions we received, and I simply couldn't be prouder of the end result. We picked stories that made us feel something as we read them, and I hope they do the same for you.
This summer has been a busy one! Lots of highlights as I searched for a job, tutored many amazing students, and got to go on my first real vacation in over four years. But one of the most exciting things that happened was partnering with a friend and fellow writer to start our own online literary magazine. We are just a wee little site right now, but I've been blown away by the truly well-crafted submissions we have received this summer. . . enough that we are ready to launch our first issue on September 17. Please check out Cat on a Leash Review to learn more about our magazine and to find out how you can submit for our second issue! And of course, don't forget to bookmark it to read our first issue!
A few years ago, Black Fox Literary Magazine was kind enough to publish one of my flash pieces. A few months ago, they reached out and asked me if I would be interested in writing a guest post for their blog. Of course I said yes! And since they gave me the freedom to write about anything I wanted. . . well, I decided to write about tiny houses and tiny writing. Check it out on their blog!
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