New Story – The Temple Maiden – Live on Gone Lawn!

My new flash story, The Temple Maiden, is now live on Gone Lawn, Issue 13.

Please read it by clicking here: http://journal.gonelawn.net/issue13/Deminski.php

Once again, many thanks to Yarrow Paisley for her editorial encouragement and acceptance of this piece.

Fyi – many of the details in this story are based on a trip I took to Oaxaca, Mexico in 2011. Photos of this trip are here: https://cdeminskiphotos.shutterfly.com/oaxaca

I saw, and photographed, many of the items mentioned: black pottery specialized to that region; the turquoise encrusted skull in the museum highlighting artifacts from Monte Alban. Also, I personally climbed the pyramid mentioned in the story and visited the church at the top.

A permanent link to this story is on the Published Stories page of this blog, so you can easily find it and read it again if you like!

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Two New Stories at PANK and The Molotov Cocktail

Having my first PANK story published feels fantastic. I’m thrilled to be able to share this story, even though it’s one of the most difficult stories I’ve ever tried to write. I had to dig deeper emotionally in this work, and I’ve got my own resistances to that.

Please note though, the events in the story did not happen to me – it’s not reflective of personal experiences…it’s important to me that people know that because what happens in the story is very difficult.

Roxane Gay, yes I have to say it again, is a phenomenal editor. She was supportive and instrumental in how this story was shaped. She told me she thinks this story has a lot of heart which means the world to me. With pride, here it is:

Click here for The Price of Luxury:

http://www.pankmagazine.com/the-price-of-luxury/

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I think I mentioned How We Found Each Other wasn’t getting much love from many other editors. Josh Goller was the right man at the right time, and for that I’m so pleased to have this quirky little story published in The Molotov Cocktail. Thanks to Josh for giving me the chance to show a darker side in my work:

Click here for How We Found Each Other:

http://themolotovcocktail.com/volume-2/vol-2-issue-23/foundeachother/

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The permanent links for these two stories are on the Published Stories page.

Two Stories Accepted for September 2011 publication!

I wanted to share that I have had two more stories accepted for publication!!

Halfway Down the Stairs has accepted a flash fiction story entitled Lancaster for publication in their September 2011 issue.

Bartleby Snopes (edited by Nathaniel Tower) has accepted another flash piece entitled The Return of the Lone Ranger for September 2011 publication on the website.

Very exciting news!  Of course I will send out links to the stories once they are published AND I will post permanent links on my “Published Stories” page.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading my stories and to the editors who said yes to my work!!