Holidays can be fun! Which is why there was no blog post last week on HUMP DAY…I was enjoying family, and spending time outdoors and laughing a ton. Good times! But I’m back…and so here are ten (or more) literary things currently happening:
1) Necessary Fiction published my “Seven Shades of James” with guest editor Ben Tanzer at the helm for November. A million thanks to Ben for this opportunity:
2) IN THOSE DAYS WE- Released!!! Writers include Meg Tuite, Len Kuntz, David Tomaloff, Ryan Bradley, Molly Gaudry, Marcus Speh, Parker Tettleton, Chadwick Reddon, Jesse Bradley, J.A. Tyler, Ben tanzer, Kyle Hemmings, Robert Kloss, Norman Lock, Kathryn Rantala, Andrew Borgstrom, and me. I have two pieces in this anthology- “Buried,” and “California Tan.” Thanks editor, Jennifer Tomaloff!!!
3) My flash fiction “In it to Win It” is included in Fast Forward Press’s FLASH 101: Surviving the Fiction Apocalypse. Thanks to Stacy, Kona and editorial team:
4) Issue 9, The Collaborative Issue of Red Lightbulbs, is online: http://redlightbulbs.net/issue9/index.html
5) My badass boss at JMWW, Jen Michalski interviews Paula Bomer in “Bringing Up Babies,” at Nervous Breakdown: http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/jmichalski/2012/11/bringing-up-babies-an-interview-with-paula-bomer/
6) Extie Ex provokes like no other at Nothing to Say with “Hymen Big Trouble”: http://www.notimetosayit.com/2012/11/hymen-big-trouble.html
7) David Tomaloff has a strong and amazing piece at Necessary Fiction, thanks to that guy, Ben again: http://necessaryfiction.com/writerinres/Homage
8) This is one helluva poem by Jeanann Verlee, “Unsolicited Advice to Adolscent Girls with Crooked Teeth and Pink Hair.” Thanks Michael Gillian Maxwell for sending me the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYZkLy0GHZ0&feature=related
9) Lynn Neary’s article “Independent Bookstores Find Their Footing” is up at NPR:
10) Impossible Mike writes “The Obsolescence of Publish or Perish: How to Get (& Keep) Attention” at HTMLGiant: http://htmlgiant.com/
11) Josh Denslow is at The Lit Pub with his essay on The Pale King by David Foster Wallace. Well, some of it, anyhow: http://thelitpub.com/featured-books/the-pale-king/
12) ‘Tis the season, so they say, and here are the fortunate NEA Grants awarded to some great writing talents: http://www.arts.gov/grants/recent/13grants/litFellows.php
I love getting new books. I still experience that over-stimulated feeling, like when my mother would take my little sister and me to our local library and we were allowed to bring home no more than five books. Yesterday a book I’d long anticipated arrived “Fire In the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz.” To say DW is one of my mentors is a given. I am one of the fortunate folks to have known him in real life. Needless to say, I’m devouring this book like some exotic treat. What are you reading? Does it engage you? Enthrall you? Bore you?