Fiction Southeastis a cool literary magazine. They publish people like Robert Olen Butler, Joyce Carol Oates, CL Bledsoe.
And now, me.
My story “Consuela Throws Her TV Away” is in the fall 2012 issue, folks!
Some of you might recognize the title: it originally appeared in the excellent Orchid: A Literary Review. But, sadly, Orchid is now defunct and the story was only ever in print, so a lot of you haven’t had a chance to read it. It’s one of my soft-spot favorites, and I’m thrilled that Fiction Southeast is giving it a new home so you can check it out.
Also, some of you might remember my story “It Was the Only Way,” which was in SOL: English Writing in Mexico, back in March 2012. If you do, you might recognize the name Consuela. Is this Consuela the same as the boarding-house matron in “It Was the Only Way”? Well, “Consuela” takes place in Laredo, TX, and “IWtOW” takes place in Piedras Negras, Mexico, just across the border from Eagle Pass. So, these two Consuelas are not in the same sister-cities. But that doesn’t mean they’re not the same woman. Read both, and you tell me. 😉
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Funny you should mention Consuela. Consuela is the name of the live-in maid at my tee-pee on the Sidlaw Hills. She features in several of my adventures (her bush skills and use of an Apache bullroarer helped me track down a stalker and wing him with my sniper rifle; her skill at tennis almost cost us our whole relationship; she is Jiminia Cricket to my Pinocchia) such as ‘Memoirs of a Chief Replicator Technician’ which can be downloaded free of charge here: http://www.pkaboo.net/freestuff.html along with other neat stuff. 🙂