Sunday, December 22, 2013

'Tis More Blessed Giveaway Contenders & WINNERS

Here is a  list of those eligible for the 'Tis More Blessed Giveaway organized by Milo James Fowler.

Stephen Ramey
Linda Manning
Milo James Fowler
Cliff Garstang
Kristy Gillespie
Diane Aurit
Sean Bennick
Katherine Lopez
Glenn Landry
Mia Avramut
Gary Hardaway
T.L. Gray
George Wells

Since I had thirteen entries, I'm giving away two copies of Pomegranate Stories!!!

The winners are, selected from a hat, Linda Manning and T.L. Gray!!!

Please send me your address either by Facebook Message or via email:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

'Tis More Blessed Giveaway - Pomegranate Stories

Just a note that I'm participating in the " 'Tis More Blessed" giveaway sponsored by Milo James Fowler so if you enter you may in a copy of Pomegranate Stories.  I haven't actually figured out how this works!!!  I think it has to do with a helicopter but I don't know how to set it up this late in the game. Sooooooooooo.... If you enter and want my book and can't figure out how to do it through the helicopter thing, just put your name in the comments section and I will have a drawing on the 20th.

My brain is like the rotor of a helicopter at full speed right now and I've got people yakking at me as I type this so please please please put your name down below and I will send the winner a copy of Pomegranate and if over ten people  enter, I will select a second winner, and if over thirty people enter, I will select a third winner.  So enter enter enter.  And as I bonus I will choose one winner (a fourth winner) to receive my new suspense novel, What Came Before, in February.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Serendipitous Flash Fiction Day

I've been busy this morning trying to keep up with all that's out there in the Flash Fiction internet world.  Phew!  A lot is going on.

First up is the December Quarterly issue of Smokelong #42!  And it's just like opening a great big holiday present!  Authors and stories this time around include Caren Beilin'sPortrait of a Writer I Remember as a Young Masturbator, Craig Buchner's Masters of Matchsticks, Michael Chaney's As If a Bestiary Had Wings, Michael Czyzniejewski's The Meat Sweats, Matthew Dexter's Preemie, Kate Folk's Summer of Pinbugs, Rosie Forrest's Next Rest Stop, Twenty-Two Miles, Brendan Gauthier's Freckles, Megan Giddings's Twenty-Five Minute Wait, Jason Jackson's Queuing, Photographs, Morning Eyes, Alisha Karabinus's Everything in This House Is Crooked, Rebecca King's Lot's Wife, Adam Peterson's When You Look for Us, I'll Be Here, Heather Rounds's If You Find an Infant Squirrel, Peter Schumacher's Habits, Nicole Simonsen's How to Write a Hardship Letter, Ashley Strosnider's The Low Hum of Vegetation, Jacqueline Vogtman's Whose Voice We Wanted to Hear, and finally Allison Williams's Śūnyatā.  

My interview with Matthew Dexter is HERE.
My interview with Kate Folk is HERE.
My interview with Rose Forrest is HERE.
My interview with Alisha Karabinus is HERE.

Second up: "Why I Write Flash Fiction" essay up at FFC.  Lastly I have an article up at Flash Fiction Chronicles about why I write flash where I once again call up the reportage of Malcolm Gladwell.  Check it out, leave a comment, share with gazillions. Find the article HERE.

Third: Nonnie Augustine's book has been selected by Kirkus Reviews as a BEST BOOK OF 2013!!!!  Nonnie's book isn't flash, but she's a flasher nonetheless or should I say, Nonnietheless? Here's some LINKAGE and here's what Kirkus has to say:

"Like a well-wrought memoir, this medley of free- and fixed-verse poems combines vivid personal narrative with probing self-reflection...Poetry that often transcends its own bounds, spilling over into readers’ lives and forcing them to confront their own narratives."

Here's a sense of her language: “I almost saw Nessie,” “I almost won the jackpot,” and “I almost had a child. / She was there in my womb / until chromosomes killed her. / My God, that would have been something.” Among the losses, though, it “appears gone for good are dramas and bothers, / threats and therapists, drunk, needy lovers. / And…lovely, lovely, lovely is my cat’s furry belly.”

Monday, December 09, 2013

Folly Blaine reads "Beyond the Curve"

A few years ago, "Beyond the Curve" won a quarterly short story contest on-line.  Sponsored by Women on Writing (WOW!) every quarter, this competition offers a unique option to aspiring writers because submissions are limited to 300 and judged by literary agents, making it doubly cool.  The entire site is a great place to find articles on writing such as Brenda Hill's "Write What You Know: Sage Advice or Hogwash?" as well as links to other writers, classes, and contests.

Here's "Beyond the Curve," the story that gave me the confidence to keep writing when I was just starting to find my voice.  Voiced here by the wonderful Folly Blaine: