Internet Writing Workshop members continue to find publishing success in all venues.
Congratulations to this week's crew!
The Camel Saloon has published my poem, "Names from Another War."
Thanks to those who helped with it.
The Northville Review's summer celebrity issue includes my story, "The Lonely Heart Hunts."
Thanks to all on the fiction list who critiqued it under a different title.
I published my short fantasy story, "As He Sat Brooding," at Smashwords. You may read it for free if you like.
I have three essays up on AOL.
- "Give Me Work -- The Terrible Price of Outsourcing"
- "Amateurs Run Amok" and
- "Opinion: New Jobs at $100,000 a Pop?"
To get an essay on AOL is a big deal. They donate $100 to a charity of my choice.
My novel, Standing Stones, has placed second in the historical fiction category for this year's Pacific Northwest Writers Association literary contest (announced July 24). I began revisions two years ago and found comments from critters on the NOVELS-L list beyond helpful.
No one can read the future given today's changing market, but this award is a genuine affirmation for me, and I'm deeply grateful especially to Carol Kean, Judith Quaempts, Carmel Fitzgerald, Amanda Borenstadt, and Rick Bylina, all critters incomparable. So thank YOU for reading, for critting, for encouraging, and for continuing to set high standards for your colleagues, and for each of you being committed to writing.
Thanks also go to the rest of the NOVELS-L crew who commented at one time or another -- Bob White, Pepper Norris, Ritz, Jim Fin, Les Denham, Edith Parzefall, John Raff, Heather Jane O'Connell, Doug Elerath, Silvia Villalobos, Deborah Lincoln, Charles Murphy, Karen Pasko, Francene Stanley, Tina Stamper, Karen Clinard, Elma, Rasana Atreya, Tom Mahony, Matthew Ross, Peter Bernhardt, Jonathan Peto, Catherine Robinson, Kate Reynolds, and Christina Huber.
I'm still just a little overwhelmed.
I have two articles up at Health Central: "Coping with Narcolepsy" and "Getting Kids Back on a School Sleep Schedule."
After airing the month-long series on Iowa Cold Cases, WHO-TV Channel 13's Aaron Brilbeck has asked me to partner up with him in an ongoing weekly series featuring Iowa's unsolved homicides and missing persons cases.
The stories will air each Thursday evening and then be made available on both the WHO-TV website and the Iowa Cold Cases Videos page.
My cat ghost story "Goodbye," is up at Hazard Cat.
My poem "Formalities," was the lead piece in this week's Here and Now and is up at 7 Beats.
I'm looking at expanding the poem into a tiny one-act play.
I have received an acceptance from the Kaleidoscope Literary Journal for a CNF piece, "The Other Side." The piece will be published in their January 2011, edition 62.
Kaleidoscope has been around since the late 70s and is sponsored by United Disabilities Services out of Akron, Ohio. It's a print, paying market. The journal is published biannually. Its writer's guidelines are available on the website.
My following book reviews have been posted at Gumshoereview.com and SFRevu.com.
How to Crash a Killer Bash: A Party-Planning Mystery by Penny Warner
In her second party planner mystery, Penny Warner uses the De Young Museum as a setting for a mystery party, but again murder disrupts the party. This new novel is not as good as her first, How to Host a Killer Party.
The Lucifer Code by Charles Brokaw
Conspiracies abound. At least three separate groups want Lourds' skill to locate and decipher a document created by John Patmos, author of the Book of Revelations. Either the document will end the world or save it depending on who has it.
The Quick and the Thread: An Embroidery Mystery by Amanda Lee
A romantic mystery, Amanda Lee's new series of embroidery mysteries, begins with The Quick and the Thread. After a failed romance, accountant Marcy Singer retreats to the Oregon coastal village of Tallulah Falls. Life there looks great until the former tenant of her new store turns up dead in the storeroom. Then someone murders her landlord. Marcy becomes a suspect.
And at SFRevu.com:
The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan
An Arabian Nights coming-of-age novel, Darren Shan's The Thin Executioner details the adventures of Jebel Rum on his journey to recover his honor and win the woman of his dream, Debbat, the high lord's daughter. Unfortunately, his quest requires the ritual murder of his slave.
Two of my poems, "Evening" and "Seaside," were published in The Island Breeze, a monthly Outer Banks, NC publication. These are the third and fourth I've had published in the Breeze over the past three years.
My short story, "Jesus or Juju," is up at Amarillo Bay. This was critiqued in Fiction a while ago. Thanks to all who commented.
My first ever poetry review, "Easy, by Marie Ponsot," is up at Internet Review of Books.
Ritualwell.org has published my essay "Mikveh" (first published in Tikkun in 1997) in two places on their site: "Healing from Illness" and "Healing and Hard Times." I'd sent it to them about two years ago and hadn't gotten a response, so this is especially good news.
My comic novel When Pigs Fly is available on Kindle, finally! It's been priced at six bucks.
It's also available on Barnes & Noble's Nook for $5.70 (anyone have a Nook?) and should be available soon for the iPad.
iUniverse had told me the price would be $9.99 and I had no choice in the matter, so the $6.00 comes as a pleasant surprise.
The Foundling Review just published my story, "Mama-San." Along with my wonderful story, noted writer Randall Brown did a little review. I already feel like a novelist!
Many thanks to my fellow workshoppers, especially those on the FICTION list.
Referential Magazine has put up my story, "The Love Song of Langley Moran."
Joyful! accepted my story, "Grandpa's Little Girl," for their September issue. Upbeat or inspiring stories are worth $10.
My story, "Teacher's Pet," is up at The Legendary. Thanks to Practice for inspiring this bit of strange humor.
My short story, "Demons," has been accepted by Shakespeare's Monkey Review, a print magazine. I subbed it over a year ago.
My flash, "A Good Woman," is up at Everyday Fiction. This one started in Practice.
My short story, "Stepping Out," critiqued in Fiction, is up at Sentinel Literary Quarterly.
Romance Flash just accepted "Past Lives," recently critiqued in Fiction as "Lest We Forget." One of the editors called my story "adorable," but I'm going to let them have the story anyway. It's scheduled for their October 15 issue.
Victoria Twead, author of Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools, has created a book trailer for my crime fiction book, Ferryman (published 2008), which is now posted on YouTube.
Mona Leeson Vanek
The Ultimate Internet Writers Resource Directory has published my alphabetical index.