So, it’s been a whirlwind month this March. I have had five different stories published in the last four weeks, and two more coming out very shortly. So I thought, just so nothing gets lost in all the posts titled “New publication,” that I would collect March’s stories here in one post.
“You Always.” Quickly
A tiny bit of flash fiction that borrows from Goldilocks and hippie chicks. My “surprise” story in that I found out it had been accepted on the same day it appeared online. What a great surprise!
“This Small, Other Life.” Deimos eZine
A bit of a fable, about a girl who can fly (sort of) but doesn’t really want to. It’s a metaphor. It’s also the first story I got paid cold, hard cash for! Much love to Deimos, one of my new favorite zines, for publishing it. They do cool things.
Hagridden (novel excerpt). SOL: English Writing in Mexico
This is a big deal. Not only is this in SOL, which I love, but it’s also in the same issue as Kirpal Gordon, whom I met when he visited a lit class I was taking way back in college — how cool to be in print alongside him now? — and it’s in the same issue as Natalie Goldberg. Natalie freaking Goldberg! And that’s not all: this excerpt is the first chapter of the novel that got me an Oregon Literary Fellowship, and by a very cool accident of the calendar, I’ve actually just used the fellowship funds, here at the end of March, to take a research trip down south to reinforce the details of that novel. (More on that in a future post, gang!) And, because March really is the coolest, this is also the month I signed with an agent to represent that novel. So, because Eva Hunter and the SOL gang have amazing taste, they have managed to fall right smack in the middle of a crossroads of awesomeness. Thanks, gang!
“All That Is Given Will Return.” Prick of the Spindle
A pothead giant tortoise more than 150 years old. A scavenger who lives in a mansion next door to the most beautiful girl in the world. Tequila that costs $100 a bottle. Fresh tomatos in the garden and kudzu climbing over the fence. It’s Southeast Texas, y’all, in all its glorious weirdness. And it’s Prick of the Spindle, a truly awesome lit magazine.
“In the Pulse There Lies Conviction: Potato” (novella excerpt). The Writing Disorder
The opening of my novella, with potato batteries and fistfights and dead deer heads on the trailer wall and the best uncle in the world. Maybe. The novella is the centerpiece — the refrain, actually — of my long story collection that’s still waiting to find someone cool enough to publish it, and I’m thrilled you all get to see this part of that book’s novella. And in The Writing Disorder, which is just chock full of cool things.
And coming soon….
A story about people eating people (it’s a foodie thing) and a story about a guy who falls in love with a kitchen knife. Seriously. You’re going to love this stuff! Stay tuned!