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Keep the Machines Flying

28 Aug

The Machines had been running low on fuel. They were hovering nevertheless, but hovering too low to the ground. Luckily, some petrol had been scrounged from deep underground and the Machines were refueled in the air, like they do with military jets but not quite as glamorous.

Some news then, now that the Machines are fully operational once again: my debut novel The Sun Eaters (Červená Barva Press) is slated to be released in October. My publisher is hard at work presently laying out the manuscript and creating a cover for the book. I’m very excited to bring out this little book to the world. I hope you love it as much as I do.

I have a short story called “Those Years in Montreal” coming out in November in the wonderful Guernica-A Magazine of Global Arts and Politics. I’m quite humbled to present this long short story (11K words), particularly in this highly respected magazine. It’s my second time around at Guernica (first story, Vanya, is here), and I couldn’t be more grateful to fiction editor Meakin Armstrong for publishing this story.

Because of that particular good news, then, we’ve decided to delay the second short story collection “The Imagination of the State” (Independent Talent Group, Inc.) until late spring of 2018. Guernica retains rights to its stories for 6 months after publishing them, and both ITG and I want to include “Those Years in Montreal” in the collection. Rights revert back to me in April, 2018. The collection should be out soon thereafter. I keep telling myself: “patience, Grasshopper…patience.”

I will be attending the AWP conference in Tampa in 2018, in support of my novel, The Sun Eaters. Come by the bookstore March 7-10 and find me working the Červená Barva Press table. Buy yourself a copy and I’ll sign it over to you and make some kind of relevant chit-chat. And check out the press’s other titles and talk to its other authors. We’ll all be there waiting for ya like famished, insane hyenas.

Finally there’s a little something that my partner in crime and I are going to have for you soon. It’s the Buck Fitty Ditty (BFD-no it’s not THAT acronym) and we think you’re going to really dig this concept. We’ll have more details here and on my social media platforms soon.

As always, thanks so much for your support, kind words, likes, thumbs-up, hearts, minds, hooves, tails, organs, and whatever else you usually offer up as gifts.

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Faerie Tales

1 Dec

Been a while, hasn’t it. Here is a little pseudo faerie tale that just got picked up in the December issue of The Airgonaut (many thanks to editor Sheldon Lee Compton!). It’s a nod to Hans Christian Andersen’s not-so-well-known faerie tale The Little Match Girl. I hope you dig it.

Gears Review

17 Oct

Many thanks to this wonderful person for probably the most insightful review of Gears that I’ve ever read. I don’t really know who this person is, just that she is a woman photographer from Raleigh, NC. She has followed me on Twitter for a while now and I have her on my Friends list there and very much enjoy her photographs, the few times she posts them.

Almost four years after it was published, I’m so happy this book connects with some people still. Reviews like this make me want to push forward, despite the usual disappointments of being a literary writer in today’s short-attention-span, no-curiosity times.

Many thanks to those few of you who are still sticking with me and reading my material. I am beyond grateful and obliged.

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