Do you ever experience those times when you feel like you’re split into halves? You’re dwelling on more levels than one? In more realms than just this, or simply here?
Welcome to my world.
Life is moving in all directions at a pace that seems faster than the Datona 500, and I am not even sure how fast that is as I am not into race cars.
I just know that sometimes it feels like I can’t keep up. I don’t know where the exit sign is, or if there is an exit, for that matter.
Since I last blogged lots has happened. First of all, many of you know I live surrounded by old growth woods. We have a rich diversity of winged animals, and recently one of our largest and most magnificent, a red-tailed female hawk, perished. How did I know…one might not notice? She was lying directly beside our driveway one day. I stopped, got out of my car, was horrified and curious- no blood, not lying directly under any tree. Did she simply die of old age? Regardless, it haunted me throughout that weekend. That day, when I’d returned home, I moved her position to an old oak tree stump, the very one from which I watched her devour many of her prey over the years.
Then, as life would have it, and later this cold and wet spring than ever before, the robins are building their nest in the lilac bush. And so, with a death comes creation, and soon, babies.
I had the good fortune of attending yet another kick-off of mentor and teacher Judy Bridges | Shut Up & Write!. She and her troup, Amy Lou Jenkins, Sara Rattan, and Maura Fitzgerald all read and entertained the troops at one of the finest gems of all bookstores in Milwaukee: Woodland Pattern Book Center. If you have never been to this sacred spot, what are you waiting for?
Then, last Saturday, I led the second “Flash in the Pan” workshop last for RedBird-RedOak Writing. We had 12 participants and the wrap-up from my exceptional boss, Kim Suhr is here: Flash a Blast! Thanks to everyone for their interest in this genre that continues to fascinate and intrigue me.
Here are the links to some new pieces:
Implications by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash for week #51: unintended consequences.
Buried by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash for week #52: threesome.
Also, thirtynine contains the third “quarter” collection from 52/250 and my piece, Elements of K, is included. This is an elegiac tribute to my mother, Kay.
This project, 52/250, was one of the most ambitious and gratifying projects that I was involved with for the 2010-2011 writing year. I am eternally grateful to Michelle Elvy, Walter Bjorkman and John Wentworth Chapin, friends and extra-ordinary writers indeed.
Two different writing experiences, both involve reflecting on my own writing. Gay Degani, Words in Place, asked me to ponder my flash piece in “On Writing “Recollection” and Flash Fiction. This was no easy task, to write more words about a micro-fiction than it contains itself! 229 Yet, I felt up for the challenge, and so, thanks to Gay at Flash Fiction Chronicles (and to Ana Carrete at New Wave Vomit for publishing “Recollection.”)
Speaking of Flash Fiction Chronicles, I was thrilled to see that they are amassing a list of 100 Story Links in Honor of Short Story Month 2011. Then, I was ecstatic to see my short piece, “10,000 Dollar Pyramid” added to the list (#66! Good omen!) Thanks to the editors and to dear pal, and writer fantastique, Meg Tuite. What would I do without you?
Party Like an Animal, is up at HOUSEFIRE! Thanks Riley Michael Parker, cowboy killer.
And just today, Susan Tepper engages me in her Monday Chat with Robert Vaughan – Fictionaut Blog. Such fun!
So, see what I mean? Life is busy, busy, busy. I have work forthcoming in Connotation Press, Other Room Journal, Pure Slush, Eunoia Review, among several other journals.
And finally the sun is out. Pouring into my office. Aaahhh.
That makes me very happy.