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 a … More 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, Orchid … More 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 few … More 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 Books … More 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 May … More 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 relate … More Photo blog 95

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 is … More 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 for … More A Writer’s Notebook: Texas and a chapbook introduction