While publishing success may feel elusive to many struggling writers, those in the Internet Writing Workshop witness every day ideas being molded, stories and articles transformed and dreams realized. It's all part of belonging to a community where every voice matters and every work in progress read, critiqued and polished until it can't help but shine in one of many venues.
Congratulations to this week's crew for some amazing accomplishments and hard won publication victories.
A second review of my first novel Circe is up on Suite101.
This newspaper article in the Mountain Echo is a David v. Goliath story about a small hamlet community taking on the county, and winning so far. The pay wasn't much, but helping out the community was more than worth it.
My piece in Creative Loafing is about efforts to ban Running with Scissors in Hillsborough County Schools here in Tampa. It will run in the print version next week. Thanks for all the support!
Editor Jason Warden posted my short fiction, "Insurrection," at ShadowPress on March 19.
I really liked the reader, Amy Tapia. I thought she did a great job.
A piece I've written more than once without getting it entirely right appears in Action Magazine. It's titled, "The Part That Kept Me from Screaming."
My short poem, "Facebook," is up at Camroc Press Review. Browse around the site. There is some truly wonderful writing there.
Thanks, Barry, for all you do.
I certainly never thought I would have the honor of being published at 23. Four of my poems (including "I am a complex city" (which I thank all who helped me edit it), are to be published in the forthcoming issue of Cyclamens and Swords.
My flash, "Handyman" is up at Bartleby Snopes.
My story, "The House on Halloween," has been accepted for publication in the Twisted Dreams Magazine print edition (I believe being released in June).
This is very exciting for me as it will be the first time I see my name in old fashioned print form.
I also found out this week that starting April 2, I will have a weekly spot on flashesinthedark.com. A new installment of my series, "Tales of the Reluctant Fangpire," will be posted every Friday. The first installment is already up on the site.
Here are my last book reviews for Feminist Review, from which I have resigned as a reviewer.
Creating a Life by Corbin Lewars
The Bride Of E by Mary Jo Bang
I will continue to review for the Internet Review of Books because the editors there are my all time favorites. I had to make some choices due to my book deal.
My wife Randi wrote Relationship Saboteurs, Overcoming the Ten Behaviors That Undermine Love, and I critiqued and proofed it. It is due for release June 3 from New Harbinger Publications.
Out site is now up at relationshipsaboteurs.com.
We're very proud.
I learned today that my Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed with Needles blog has been named one of 55 top read fabric art blogs according to Quilters Home Magazine.
A new poem of mine is featured at Blue Skies Poetry, called "Vancouver City Sirens."
I'm still in shock.... but I've made it to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest Quarterfinals with my book, The Kingdom of Childhood.
I've never entered a writing contest before -- ever -- and this was big, scary, high-stakes for me. I was thrilled just to make it to the second round and was trying not to think about how much I wanted this, so to get to the quarterfinals is.... whoooa.
This list has done amazing things for me as a writer, and the constructive criticism I have received here has made all the difference in the world. Thanks so much to all who have critiqued my work in the past and to the admins who keep it all organized, professional, and on an even keel.
With thanks and best wishes to all!
My article "Time for a Siesta?" is up at Health Central.
My story "Before the Storm" that was critiqued here was just accepted for publication by the Southeast Review, a magazine published by Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program.
Many thanks to Evi, Matt, Wayne, Judith, Mel, Sue and Ritz. I hope I didn't overlook anyone else.
My poem, "Moment," is in nice company in Issue #11 of Drown in My Own Fears, a quiet little paean to sorrow.