According to Johann von Goethe, "In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm; in the real world, all rests on perseverance."
Internet Writing Workshop members understand these concepts well. Whether polishing a piece for the Practice or Poetry list or sending final chapters to Novels-L, enthusiasm underscores the perseverance behind each and every publishing success across all our lists.
Congratulations to the latest group of members who followed the Write—Critique—Learn yellow brick road to the publication land of awes.
My flash fiction, "Sepia Tones," has appeared in the May issue of The Shine Journal.
My flash fiction, "Only a Girl," appeared in A Long Story Short.
My flash story, "Sound Bytes," has been selected for the annual print anthology of Temenos.
I would like to thank everyone on the Practice group who critiqued these pieces.
My short story, "Carter's Trip Home," was the winning submission for Demand Studios' "National Tell a Story Day" on their Facebook Fan Page. This story was critiqued in the Prose workshop some time ago.
My article "Offbeat Solutions for Sleep Disorders" is up at Health Central.
My article on tonsils and sleep is up at Health Central.
My new one-act play, "Cleaning The Corners," was accepted for the Spring Playwrights Festival in Provincetown. It will be performed in mid-June.
My play "The Pact" (an adaptation of the novel by Jodi Picoult) has been selected for publication by Playscripts. This means that I can do a little less (figurative!) sidewalk-pounding to get it produced.
My novel The Kingdom of Childhood has made it to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest's Semifinals.
Publisher's Weekly reviewed all quarterfinalists' full manuscripts, and I'm pleased to announce they had an entirely positive review.
In addition, to those on Novels-L who have followed my writing from its beginnings, I've just received the biggest news of my writing career thus far; I now have an agent, and a very good one at that.
The spring issue of 91st Meridian features my essay on translations, “Looking for a patli gali, an urban shortcut,” and "The Final Chapter," my translation of Pravinsinh Chavda’s Gujarati story “Antim Adhyay.”
91st Meridian is the journal of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
A huge heartfelt thanks to Alice Folkart for her help with the essay.
I'm also pleased to announce that I'm among the three winners of the Karadi Tales "Will you write with me?" contest.
This was fun, terribly competitive, and I'm thankful for everything that the Practice group drills in, week after week.
Poor Mojo's Almanac has reprinted a rant that first appeared at Six Sentences, which I edited a tiny bit. Chemical sensitivity is an aggravating condition, so it was very satisfying to vent on paper.
A new poem of mine called "Purple and Teal" is up at Ink, Sweat and Tears. Check it out if those colours appeal to you.
My article about award winning machine quilter Karen McTavish is published in the July issue of The Quilter Magazine. Karen called from California to say it is selling so fast the stores can't keep it stocked. That has more to do with her than me, but I like it. I like it!
My story, "Bahama Lime," was accepted to the print issue of Skyline Magazine.
An editor for a major publishing company has asked to see a nonfiction book I have written.
Thanks to those on Novels-L for all the help!
Dragon Haven: Volume Two of the Rain Wilds Chronicles by Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb's sequel to Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, traces the continuing journey to locate the fabled Elderling city of Kelsingra. Challenges to the dragons, their keepers, and the humans accompanying them, escalate and threaten the survival of all.
Much Fall of Blood by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, & Dave Freer
The action-filled Much Fall of Blood continues the series Heirs of Alexandria. In this alternative history/fantasy series, the Library of Alexandria survived and the Catholic Church uses magic albeit sparingly. Set in 16th century, the novel opens with the young Mongol prince Kildai knocked from his horse. Political machinations involve Europe, Byzantium, Hungary, Poland, and the Mongols.
At Gumshoe Review:
Death on the Aegean Queen by Maria Hudgins
Death on the Aegean Queen is the third of Maria Hudgin's Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries. This time Dotsy, accompanied by her friends Lottie and Ollie Osgood, takes an Aegean cruise. Murder and stolen ancient artifacts demand answers and Dotsy steps into to solve the crimes.
Gunshot Road: An Emily Tempest Investigation by Adrian Hyland
Adrian Hylan's debut novel Gunshot Road features a mixed heritage Aborigine woman, Emily Tempest. Set in the Outback of central Australia, the novel features crusty, eccentric miners, rugged loners, losers, and various Aborigine clans. The murder of an eccentric scientist/prospector demands solution.
Soap Bubbles by Denise Dietz
Mystery writer and romance novelist Denise Dietz's new novel Soap Bubbles will confuse some of her readers and fascinate others. Three ugly ducklings — Delly, Anissa, and Maryl — grow from childhood ducklings to adult swans. Sex and teen-age angst permeates most of their growing years. Ambition and murder clouds their adult years.
Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts
This debut novel by Deborah Coonts features Lucky O'Toole head of Customer Relations at the Babylon megacasino in Las Vegas. The novel begins with a young woman falling to her death from a helicopter into the middle of the Babylon's pirate show. Lucky knows the victim and suspects foul play. Murder, blackmail, and sex via a porn film convention provide plenty of excitement.
My translation of a Naja Marie Aidt short story, "A car trip," is up at Words without Borders. It comes from Baboon, her collection that won the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2008, Scandinavia's #1 literary prize. It's a great site for anyone interested in contemporary fiction from writers working in languages other than English.
I'm proud to say that my poem, "A Posy of Violets," has been included in In Focus, the May newsletter of the California Writers Club/West Valley, edited by our own Kathy Highcove.
I'm thrilled and delighted that Random Violence has received a glowing write-up in this week's New York Times Sunday Book Review. My heroine Jade de Jong is described as a "remarkable new sleuth, whose future exploits should be well worth watching." Let's hope they are!
My flash, "The Compliment" is up at Foliate Oak.
For those with short attention spans, my 140-character story, "An Agonizing Choice" is up at PicFic.
"Getting the lump out of my head," is up in my column with The Tampa Tribune.
I've also been hired to write a bi-weekly alt mom column for Creative Loafing, so you locals can check it out!
My flash, "An Epiphany," has been accepted at LitSnacks. I began this one on the Practice List.
Another flash, "A New Song," also written for Practice, is up at Eclectic Flash. Eclectic Flash is published both online and in print. To read my story online, please go to their website and scroll down to page 11.
The Shine Journal has accepted two stories of mine for their July issue -- "The Winter Coat" and "And the Band Played On."
Everyday Fiction has accepted, "Renewal," for a future date.
Cynic Magazine has accepted, "No Secrets," for their July 1 issue.
"Being Watched," my attempt at a comic crime flash, is up at Death Head Grin.
All of these stories were critiqued at either Practice or Fiction or both, so sincere thanks are in order.
And, finally, my story, "The American Dream," is up at Everyday Fiction. Thanks to all at Fiction who offered critiques that made this one better.
Pat St. Pierre
My children's article "Is the Great Blue Heron Really Blue" has been published by Irish Story Play House.
My first submission to the PicFic blog and Twitter feed has been accepted.
Joanna M. Weston
My poem, "The Canoe," is in the print and online version of the journal, Descant.
My poem, "Unfolded," is up at The Cynic Magazine.