Glad to have “Fallen” up at Jellyfish Review. This piece of flash fiction takes place at Crater Lake National Park, a place of both beauty and danger.
Got back yesterday from the Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg, TX where one of my screenplays was a finalist. Very welcoming people there and compelling range of films: from shorts to feature length dramas, dromedies, and documentaries.
Today, quite gratified to have found a home for “The Fun that Clowns Can Be” at Body Parts Magazine.
I’ve worked with the fiction students who will be reading tomorrow night. Come check them out as well as the visiting writers!
Black Box Speaks: Readings from the Writers Residency, an evening of fiction and poetry on Saturday, March 4th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Texas A&M Memorial Student Center’s Stark Gallery. This event is brought to you by Texas A&M University Writing Center & Department of English.
More info: http://calendar.tamu.edu/writingcenter/#event_id/22142/view/event
I’ll be joining other writers tomorrow from the Texas Weather anthology for a reading at the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State in San Marcos, Tx.
Well, the world keeps turning, eh? Here are a few writing and teaching updates:
1. New microfiction, “Strange Music,” at Gris-Gris.
2. Interview up regarding “The Handle” at Psychopomp Magazine.
3. Besides the new semester of 2017, also now teaching for the Blackbox Writing Residency starting this weekend at A&M.
- Enjoying a productive semester at Texas A&M University teaching creative writing and world folklore/cultures/literature.
- Got promoted to Instructional Assistant Professor.
- Psychopomp Magazine included my story, “The Handle,” for their July 2016 issue, which can still be read here: https://www.joomag.com/magazine/psychopomp-magazine-summer-2016/0199704001466174689?short
- Busy at work revising novel after the helpful input from the Taos Writers’ Conference, which took place in Santa Fe this last July. John Dufresne taught the Master’s Class focusing on novel revision.
- Read with one of my students a couple days ago as part of the BIG LAAH Reading: we both shared excerpts from our novellas.
- That is a picture of a couple of my puppets who attended the reading.
- One of my colleagues at Texas A&M (and a Bowling Green State University MFA alumna!), Gabriel Scala will be reading her poetry in the next installment of the BIG LAAH series: catch her on Thursday, November 17th at 4:00 PM in the LAAH building, room 453. And check out her webpage here: https://jgabrielscala.com/
A busy and rewarding semester teaching at Texas A&M University. Some wonderful papers, stories, poems, scripts, theatrical and puppet performances emerged from students.
In addition, I was lucky enough to have some stories and articles see publication within the space of several months.
You’ll find “Shadows of the Past in the Sunshine State”–a folklore fieldwork study of ghost legends and ghost tourism in St. Augustine, FL in Western Folklore . Summer/Fall2015, Vol. 74 Issue 3/4, p309-342. 34p. Available here: http://www.westernfolklore.org/WFVol74No3&4.html
I’ve worked on “The Handle” the last couple of years, and it will be published later this summer and reached Runner Up status in Psychopomp Magazine‘s Short Fiction contest for 2016: https://psychopompmag.com/contests/2016-psychopomp-magazine-short-fiction-award/
Most recently the online open source journal Humanities published my article, “We All Live in Fabletown: Bill Willingham’s Fables—A Fairy-Tale Epic for the 21st Century” for the special issue Fairy Tale and its Uses in Contemporary New Media and Popular Culture–Academic Editor: Claudia Schwabe
Hope everyone’s 2016 is shaping up nicely. One item to wrap-up this previous year: had a short story submission (“Girl in the Trunk”) receive an Honorable Mention for the 40th New Millennium Award
Also had some good news that Western Folklore will be publishing an article I wrote and the Arroyo Literary Review will include one of my short stories in their next issue for 2016.
1. This interview relates partly to the publication a couple months ago, “What the Storm Brought.”
2. Another story that Midwestern Gothic published of mine, “Fridge Monitor” was recently a Finalist (top 15) for the Mark Twain Royal Nonesuch humor contest. Wish there were more such contests–that episode btw of HuckleBerry Finn with the Duke & the Dauphin was indeed quite a riot.