“A Hand for Scale” in Fiction Southeast

My latest flash piece has been published!

I’m noticing a recurring image with my writing: canoes. This is probably because I went on an annual canoe trip every year between ages 5-18. By the end of those years, I was pretty tired of canoes. Luckily I’ve since discovered kayaks, which are much easier to paddle because we don’t have to depend on others.

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As for the story, I’m excited about this one.

You can access it here.

New Story in REDIVIDER 14.2

This one, “Next to Godliness” is a flash story that came from a prompt from my Fall 2016 fiction workshop at Georgia State [Write a story that takes a saying literally and use it for the premise of a story].

I think I must have submitted at least 20 stories to this magazine before they finally took one. Writing ain’t nothing if it ain’t persistence.

More Good News

1. The Indiana Review notified me that they are going to be publishing my story, “Come Go With Me,” after it won runner-up in their 2014 fiction contest.  I’ve been following that journal and submitting to them for years, so there’s lots of celebration going on around here about that.

2. My flash story, “The Last Attempt,” appears here in the 30th anniversary issue of Oxford Magazine (Oxmag) with some terrific writers, like David Ebenbach, Bret Anthony Johnston, and Michael Czyzniejewski. Woot.  The story is based a little bit on my dog, Woody, so here’s one of my favorite pictures of him for you to enjoy:

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Story as Experience

Some people have the notion that you read the story and then climb out of it into the meaning, but for the fiction writer himself the whole story is the meaning, because it is an experience, not an abstraction.

Flannery O’Connor, “The Nature and Aim of Fiction