Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Needles & Bones

New work is out, and more is in the pipeline.

First and foremost, Drollerie Press will be releasing their new anthology Needles & Bones tomorrow, which includes my novella "Swamp Angels" along with the work of numerous other writers. I have not yet read the whole thing, but from what I've seen so far I'm in good company. DP is a great press to work with - excellent editorial input, very author-friendly and professional.

My own contribution to this volume is a sort of comedic-erotic dark fable about the discomfort of adolescence taken to the Nth degree. My hope is that readers will find it both spiritual and blasphemous in equal measure.

If all goes well I'll also be participating in Drollerie's monthly "chat" on Thursday the 21st at 10pm Eastern.

It's been a long time since my last update (I am in law school, so that's a major time-eater), so, by way of catch-up, let me point to two recent flash fictions published over the past month: "Frozen Foods" in Word Riot and "The Entropy Room" in decomP.

A longer piece - a full-fledged short story this time - will be appearing in Menda City Review next month as a sort of final farewell to that publication, where I've been Associate Editor for the last two-and-a-half years. My primary responsibility during that time was the solicitation of non-fiction pieces for the "Commentary" section, but I did manage to direct a few fiction-writers to MCR as well. Time constraints and longer writing projects of my own have made it impossible for me to keep up with this, but it's been a terrific experience. Editor Terry Rogers is an adept, supportive, and appropriately merciless editorial critic. His publication is probably one of the most elegant, high-quality literary publications out there, online or otherwise, and it's been a real privilege to be a part of it. Going out with this story makes for a nice coda, I think (I'll still be "helping out" for the remainder of the year, here and there as I can, but my full-capacity involvement is at an end). So look for "Echolalia" in the June issue.

Other works in progress are nearing completion (finally!) including two more novellas and a re-draft of a novel, as well as a big handful of flashes which will go out into the twilight zone of submissions-land in the coming weeks. Time permitting, you may even see some new political commentaries from me in the next month or so - I had sworn off for a while due to election-year burnout, but some ongoing issues have my pagan heart fuming. I'll let you know if and when I find a venue for them.