It’s been a busy year so far and I have more wonderful news. Ghost City Press has accepted my fiction micro-chapbook, Space, Collisions, for the 2018 Summer Micro-Chapbook Series! I’m grateful to Kevin Bertolero and Jack Bachmann for choosing to include my collection. Many wonderful poets and writers will be part of the series. I hope, dear readers, that you’ll check out all of the wonderful collections when they release. If you do—as always—thanks for reading.
Hello cherished readers, beloved blog followers, and inquisitive newcomers. I’m excited to announce that Likely Red Press released the first installment in The Fancy Arm Hole Series today. You can find my story, “The Squatter’s Inn,” in anthology number one. I hope you’ll check out my work and the other lovely creations in this series. And if you do, as always, thanks for reading.
I’ve read 17 books so far this year. For the month of April, I focused primarily on reading library books. Bellevue Public Library started the 2018 Adult Library Program and I wanted to participate. It’s been fun trying out different books and authors.
The following reviews will cover what worked well in the books. If you wish to discuss what didn’t work in the books—or better yet, your own reading goals for the year—I’d encourage you to comment on this post.
Without further ado, here are the mini-reviews for this month. (Mild spoilers may follow.)
Before I began reading library books in earnest for the month of April, I decided it was time to read another Two Dollar Radio book. Palaces by Simon Jacobs caught my eye right away with that startling black, white, and red cover. After reading the synopsis, I decided to give the novel a try.
Synopsis from the Two Dollar Radio website:
Due to starting a new job, I wasn’t able to read as much as usual. I managed to get a few stories in despite being so busy. Here is the list of everything short I read this past month. Please remember: this list is not necessarily meant to act as a review, a show of favor, or a “best of” list. Feel free to share your own findings in the comments!
“Fathers” by Amanda DeNatale (Toasted Cheese)
[Note: Amanda is a good friend of mine. She also graduated from the Creighton MFA program.]
“Rainbow, Fungus, Rainbow” by Liam Johnson (The Molotov Cocktail)
“The Clearing” by Alexi Zentner (Orion Magazine)
“To Live and Die in E.V.” by Oscar Mancinas (Storm Cellar)
“No One Worships What They Find Under Their Fingernails” by Kathryn McMahon (Booth)
“Better than Healed” by Michael Harris Cohen (Apparition Literary Magazine)
I am elated to announce that my flash fiction story, “Phoenix Fire Fight,” was chosen as the winner of the Apparition Lit April Flash Fiction Contest. I hope you’ll check it out! Many thanks to Tacoma and the editors at Apparition Literary Magazine for selecting my work.
Eric Shay Howard and the crew at Likely Red have chosen to publish my flash fiction story, “The Squatter’s Inn!” It will be included in “The Fancy Arm Hole Series,” an upcoming series by the press. I’m grateful to this hardworking group of editors for choosing to publish my work.
Hi friends! My flash fiction story, “Abdication,” is now live on The Bookends Review website. Huge thanks to Jordan Blum and crew for choosing to publish my work. Check out the story if you have time! And, as always, thanks for reading.