The Rejection Collection

My most recent short story rejection was a "personal" one. The one before that was a form rejection. As were the three before that. I am making progress on my rejection goal. 100 rejections for 2021. Why aim for so many rejections? Am I a masochist? Do I enjoy making myself feel bad? Do I... Continue Reading →

The Dancer and the Shattered Shell

It's like this when dark comes: you get inside. The rule is simple and absolute.Anna is running late after she finishes her audition. The auditorium doors close behind her and lock. The auditors will be there all night -- but dancers can't stay while they deliberate. It's 5:42pm on a late winter evening. She's never... Continue Reading →

Bromance

Here's a prompt for all of you who loved J.D. and Turk in Scrubs.  This week, I bring you a call for submissions from Prime Mincer.  They're currently seeking submissions for their Bromance anthology (click on the link and go to the bottom of the submission page).  The deadline for submission is June 1st and... Continue Reading →

Augh! Tuesday Again!: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

Grr. Tuesday snuck up on me this week. Time to be held accountable.1. I showed up to be critiqued at my writer's group on Sunday. Took lots of notes on a short story that I'm going to send to Hayden's Ferry Review for their "In the Dark" themed issue. (Ali posted it as a challenge... Continue Reading →

Last Minute Stories and Editing: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

It's Spring Break, so I almost forgot it was Tuesday. Time to be held accountable!Here is what I did last week:1. As Ali posted on Saturday, Hayden's Ferry Review has put out the call for their "In the Dark" issue. Oliver and I decided that would be a fun experiment for our writer's group and... Continue Reading →

Getting After It: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

Welcome to Tuesday, dear writers. That means it's time to tell tales about what we've accomplished this past week. As for me:1. Filled a notebook! Yahoo! You know the only thing better than filling a notebook? Starting a fresh one! Which I have also done this week. I've resigned myself to the fact that I... Continue Reading →

Filling Notebooks: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

Tuesday sneaks up on me sometimes. Time to be accountable! Here is what I have done this past week:1. Glorious news! I have almost filled a 120 page notebook with new novel words! The rough kind of words, but words nonetheless! Next week I should be able to say: filled a notebook. Such almost-satisfaction. I... Continue Reading →

Random Post of Awesome: Braggin’ on a Buddy!: Traci Cizek Sackett in High Contrast Review!

Awww. I held Traci's babies when they were teeny-tiny - now I (and you, dear blog readers!) get to read her story-babies too. And if you wanna know how much fun this gal is, just check out the title of her piece, just published in High Contrast Review:Maggot PieThere's such a terrific energy to this piece. The images... Continue Reading →

New Short Story from Our Mentor!

Hello Atwood fans. For those of you interested, The New Yorker has published a new short story by Margaret Atwood: "Stone Mattress." If you dig stories with dark women...this one's for you. Let us know what you think!

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