Surprise! “One Woman’s Junk” was selected for Newfound’s annual print issue.

Here are some details about No. 4 from Newfound’s website:

  • …featuring the best of vo. 8 + poetry by our 2017 Anzaldúa Poetry Prize finalists.
  • Full color, perfect-bound, 56 pages, 8.5″ x 11″ on acid-free and FSC-certified paper.
  • Purchase also allows three PDF downloads.

Many thanks to the hardworking editors at Newfound for allowing my flash fiction to be part of the print issue. It’s truly an honor to be side-by-side with so many talented creators.

I hope you all will check it out! Thanks so much for reading if you do.

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April Mini-Reviews

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.)


Palaces

Palaces by Simon Jacobs

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:

Book Review: Sister’s Red

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Scarlett and Rosie March hunt the creatures known as Fenris–werewolves with voracious appetites–since the death of their beloved grandmother. The same Fenris that devoured their grandmother also left Scarlett with ugly scars all over her body. Accompanied by Scarlett’s partner, Silas, the trio kill the dangerous, blood-thirsty creatures relentlessly. But a foreboding message about a new werewolf has the trio temporarily moving out of the small town of Ellison and into Atlanta. Surrounded by new dangers and mysteries, Silas and the March sisters must work together to prevent the deaths of more young women.

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The Genre Debate and Why it (Does)n’t Matter

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Copyright L. N. Holmes (LeeAnn Adams)

Many have heard of the genre versus literary fiction debate. It’s old news — not even news. So why should we still be interested in it?

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Happy Halloween: Goofy Stuff to Combat the Fear of Death

I know this is the time of year when most people actually enjoy being frightened. For me, however, there is never a time or a place or a reason or whatever as to when/where I enjoy terror. Horror movies — and even Lady in the Water and the 1946 version of Peter and the Wolf — scare me sleepless. I do not find this the least bit enjoyable, as I am an advocate for adequate sleep. Also, I am a wimp when it comes to pain and blood.

So if you’re like me and you don’t like being scared, here are some goofy things to combat the terror that is Halloween.

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What do Literary Characters Dress Up as for Halloween? You Decide!

There is a burning question in my mind — who would Sherlock Holmes dress up as for Halloween? And not only Sherlock Holmes! What about Katniss Everdeen, Inigo Montoya, Jay Gatsby, Count Dracula, Elphaba Thropp, Huckleberry Finn, and Harry Potter? I’ve decided I can’t decide. So I’m using my investigative skills and asking others.

Leave your answers (and jokes) in the comments below.

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Statue of Sherlock Holmes at Meiringen, Switzerland. Created by British sculptor John Doubleday. Unveiled September 10, 1988
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The news industry is a fear-making machine. True, it also publishes some wonderful unicorn-n-rainbow stories that make us feel like fluffy clouds in a blue sky — but their specialty is Freddy Kruger horror stories of the nonfiction kind. While the cynical deem this another part of daily life, it is definitely hard to ignore.

Electric Literature came up with a fantastic Halloween writing prompt based off of news headlines. You won’t believe some of these. Check out the details here.