National (I don’t have time for) Novel Writing Month

I can’t believe I’m about to do this, but here it is: I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. My trepidation is not for lack of interest — I love NaNoWriMo. My first outing resulted in the first draft of my novel Hagridden, which in turn led to my Oregon Literary Fellowship and aContinue reading “National (I don’t have time for) Novel Writing Month”

New publication

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, OrchidContinue reading “New publication”

Photo blog 98

Still continuing my Texas stories series. This time I’m posting from a story that isn’t available online, so you’ll just have to track down a copy of Red Wheelbarrow from 2008 and look for “Bathe in the Doggone Sin.” (Or email me and beg me to send you the file.) It was just a fewContinue reading “Photo blog 98”

Photo blog 97

  I’m back from Texas now, but while I was there, I did indeed take more photos of locations related to my fiction. (And thanks to Jennifer and my family for putting up with me as I pulled over on the side of the road every few hundred yards!) Yesterday, I announced that Ampersand BooksContinue reading “Photo blog 97”

Photo blog 96

As I said last week, I’m in Texas. I’m still running around taking photos, but I’m also on vacation so I haven’t bothering uploading and culling them yet. But I do still have some photos from my last trip, which is what these are. They’re related to a scene in my story “A Few MayContinue reading “Photo blog 96”

Photo blog 95

I’m in Texas the next two weeks, and while I’m here, I thought I’d drive around some of my old haunts and photograph places that turn up in my Texas fiction. I did a little of that when I was last in Texas, back in April 2012. That’s when I took these photos. They relateContinue reading “Photo blog 95”

Best Texas Music (literary edition)

  Today, the Dallas Observer is running a piece on “The Best Texas Songs of All Time,” counting down from 100. I found out about this from Denton band Slobberbone’s Facebook page, where they celebrated hitting #63 on the list with their track “Barrel Chested.” “The huge riff is lifted straight off an AC/DC albumContinue reading “Best Texas Music (literary edition)”

New publication

This is technically a day early — the issue officially goes live tomorrow — but according to my Google alerts emails, the page is active and already getting traffic, so screw it: I have a new story online! I’m really excited about it. So sue me. As I mentioned a few days ago, this isContinue reading “New publication”

A Writer’s Notebook: Texas and a chapbook introduction

I just spent all morning working on a chapbook I can’t submit because I misread the guidelines — the press was asking for more than half the stories be unpublished. My chapbook contains mostly published stories. I’m a victim of my own success, I guess? Anyway, I was just beginning to revise the introduction forContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: Texas and a chapbook introduction”