Story Up at Dogzplot!

Hi everyone, I have a new flash fiction piece, Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, up at Dogzplot thanks to guest editor Jesse Eagle. Thanks Jesse!

This new work pushes on some boundaries for me, and it was good to feel “out there” with a piece, which had something to say (although you, dear reader, will be the judge of that.)

All love traffic can go to the following link, please:

Please DO check out the rest of the issue too, because my friend Word Riot fiction editor, Kevin O’Cuinn has a story in it. This is a wonderful coincidence because last year Kev and I both had stories appear in the December 2011 issue. (I consider Kevin to be a personal good luck charm!)


New Story Accepted by Dogzplot!

April has been a fortuitous month for me, and I’m proud to announce a second piece of my work will appear in Dogzplot.

The flash piece, 200 words as per Dogzplot’s submission guidelines, is called Lemon Poppy Seed Cake. It’s different than other pieces I’ve written, a new direction in my work I’m enjoying.

As soon as the issue of Dogzplot is released I’ll publish the link.


I am not cool

I’m not cool. I’m not a hipster. I don’t live in Brooklyn. I’m not hipster enough for Brooklyn. I’m not a lesbian. Lesbians are cool and hipster. They get extra points if they have tattoos and multiple piercings. I don’t have any tattoos (or multiple piercings). I’m not sure what kind of tattoos I’d have if I got any, but I probably wouldn’t get cool ones if I did. I’d probably get a tattoo of a butterfly and then my hipster friends from Brooklyn (I don’t really have any) would tell me that’s SO 1980’s. Yeah, that’s probably what would happen.

An editor friend of mine, (in other words, an editor I befriended by sending them lots of emails and they graciously answer,) recommended I read The Chronology of Water. Another editor friend of mine said it’s a fantastic book and she wants to know what I think of it when I’m done reading it. (I just started reading it.)

After two pages of reading it I have an opinion about me, not the book or the author. I thought, yeah, I’ll never be able to write like this. I’m not just un-cool, I’m so far out of the loop on what is cool it’s a freaking miracle any of my writing has seen the light of day. She starts the book by describing how she delivers a stillborn baby. It’s a fucking memoir. Non-fiction. Yeah well, game over, check and check mate. Mad respect to the author, for sure, and I’ll continue on in my un-coolness.

And then, THEN, an author friend of mine sent me an email telling me about that whole Adrien Brody kerfuffle over at MuuMuu House. So I went and read that thing and I was completely horrified and disgusted by it. I guess now when a 21 year old girl (yes, GIRL) decides to be self-destructive and publish her self-destructive sex-capades for all to read like a car wreck happening in slow motion, we’re all supposed to read it and clap and say how cool it is? Well I’m not. It wasn’t cool and I’m not cool about it. And shame on the 40+ year old pervert asshole who took advantage of the situation. That girl needs adult guidance, role models and help, not publishing.

Maybe this blog post is really about how I can’t keep up anymore. I just started reading The Rumpus, and I’m getting hooked on HTML Giant and I regularly read PANK, Word Riot, Wigleaf, Dogzplot, and many other talented writers – and editor-writers too – and I’m running out of time and room in my brain for what’s cool. All these things I’m mentioning are cool, I know they’re cool and THEY know they’re cool.

How does a writer without an MFA and without connections to Brooklyn or Berkeley or any other cool place get known? (Am I worthy of being known…yet? I keep asking people to read my stories, so clearly I’d like to be known.)

And since we’re being honest, I don’t even really know who is cool. I know who I think is cool but even that is my own limited knowledge based on where I’ve been stumbling around on the internet to do my reading. I know what I LIKE and I know what I RESPECT – but is that good enough? I wish I knew the answer to that question, but as I’ve already said, I’m not cool. I don’t know the answer.

I want to hang out with the cool kids, and be in their company, but I think they might think I’m a poser. A wanna be.

I feel like a poser when I look at my stories and their stories. I don’t want to write what they write, I want to write what I write – just better.

I want to be good enough to write the stuff people say…wow, did you read that? That was cool.

New Flash Fiction piece at Dogzplot!

CLICK HERE to enjoy my Dogzplot piece Mice, which was just posted on the site today!

A permanent link to this story is also available on my Published Stories page.


New Story Accepted by Dozplot!

Hi everyone, good news! Barry Graham, the editor of Dogzplot, accepted my flash fiction piece Mice for the journal.

The piece should be up on the site by the end of this week. I’ll post later with a link, and then as usual a permanent link will go on the Published Stories page.

I’ve been sending Barry submissions for several months, so I’m happy I’ve reached the Dogzplot promised land.