Joe Young breaks my heart
Go read What Happened Was.
Initially, I intended to use this space for NaNoWriMo ('04). I've since changed my mind. In general, this space will deal with the various things I'm doing as a writer and editor, but will occasionally delve into the personal as well. As if there are blogs that don't.
Another of the authors I love has agreed to send us something for our June issue. Wheeeeeeeeeeee!
One of my favorite authors just agreed to send us something for the June issue of SmokeLong. Won't say who just yet, but I am soooooooo excited. Y'know how there are certain authors who, when you go to a book store, you always check one section first to see if they have any new books out? Well, he's one of those for me. So I'm very, very excited. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
I'll come back and edit this later when I have more time to flesh out the details. Got tons of work to do right now, but I don't want to forget too much of it, so hopefully providing myself with a few of the key points will refresh my memory when I have time to get to it.
Two stories from SmokeLong were selected as notable stories of 2004 in StorySouth's Million Writers Awards. They are Instructions for a Son upon Finding Something of his Father's by Robert S. Jersak and Not the Real Jesus Christ by Bob Thurber. For the full list of honorees, please check out http://storysouth.com/millionwriters/2004notablestories.html.
I really haven't written nearly enough lately, which is largely why there have been so few updates here. One thing that I really must write soon is a baseball story. I love baseball. Pitchers and catchers have reported! It's Spring Training! And Hobart is accepting submissions for their annual baseball issue. I love writing about baseball, but I don't think I'm very good at it. Only rarely have I written a story about baseball that I liked at all. I was fortunate enough to have a piece published there last year, Joe Lee's Fastball. And Aaron Burch, the Editor, is a terrific guy. So I very much want to write something to submit to them this year. I have something I wrote several years ago about the 1975 Boston Red Sox that I could send along, but I need to get out of my rut and write something new.
I know it's a silly thing to be excited about, but I've been a member of Zoetrope since October of 2003. In that time, I've posted 24 flashes in the Flash Wing. I've always gotten good scores on my pieces, but I never cracked the top three in any given month. Until now. And the nifty thing about getting there with this particular story is that almost all of the people who critiqued it are people I don't know that well. So that's kinda cool. And it came at a pretty good time, too. I was feeling kinda frustrated by the publishing world: StoryHouse, which publishes flashes on the sides of coffee bags finally rejected a piece of mine that I submitted a little over a year ago (and they should have--in re-reading it, I'm seeing major changes I want to make), and Zygote was supposed to have a new issue with a piece of mine in it live on Monday. And it still ain't live. So I'm taking good news where I can find it, thanks very much.
Since I've been so damned busy with getting all of the pages of SmokeLong reformatted and haven't posted anything about writing here in a while, a little joke: