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.
It’s been a while since I updated this, but I have had a couple of stories published in 2017. One is in a print journal, one is online.
The print story is, “As Though She Could Actually Do Something,” which appeared in the Potomac Review, just in time for AWP in Washington DC. For a nice surprise, my friend, Kilby Allen, also had a story in there called “Everything Neatly Put Away.”
“As Though She Could Actually Do Something” is based on an experience I had in Thailand when I accompanied some American friends when they took their sons to see a movie at a fancy mall in Bangkok. The majority of the story is fabricated (that’s why it’s billed as fiction), but the strange chaos of doing something that is mostly familiar in a place where everything appears in a new language stayed with me for a long time. It seemed story-worthy to me.
You can read other online, “New Translations,” which appeared in the latest issue of Quarterly West. I wrote that one after accidentally getting sucked into browsing my Twitter feed during writing time, and I stumbled across an article that explained how we might have been reading a Bible verse from Genesis wrong all these years. That concept catapulted into a flash piece. I hope you enjoy it!
Two of my friends who happen to be amazing poets, Caroline Crew and Anne Barngrover, have some killer poems in that killer issue.
My writer friends Rachel Levy and Evan Steuber have a good lookin’ online literary journal for innovative fiction called THE YOKE. It’s a quarterly that publishes two stories per issue. Each story comes with an interview with the author.
They would love to see more submissions, so if you’ve got these kind of chops, send your work to them.
Here’s the description from their “About” page:
Less is more.
We’re testing that hypothesis. It’s true, we want more. More money. More time. More turkey. But we wonder: might less be better? We’re tired of scanning and skipping. We don’t want to mine the tome. No more! We quit, cold turkey. (We love cold turkey.)
We want to showcase amazing writing in minimum. And so, we present to you The Yoke: a quarterly journal of literary prose. As our name indicates, we’re interested in coupling. We’re interested in yoking. We publish two (and only two) pieces of short prose per issue. We like conversation, and so each issue of The Yoke also includes an accompanying conversation with the featured authors.
Less and more. Succinct and satisfying.