New short story “Future Bohemic Boyfriend’ published at The Bohemyth

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I have a new short story, Future Bohemic Boyfriend published at The Bohemyth,

an amazing Dublin-based Literary Journal that everyone should read and love.

Please take a moment and give it a read.

I promise, you won’t regret it!

The Bohemyth is a personal favorite of mine – I just love the

entire aesthetic of the literary journal from the photography they use

to the amazing stories they publish.

I’m proud that my Bohemic Boyfriend has joined their ranks.

This is a special story for me: one of those magic moments in writing when it just

pours out of you and feels right and whole.

In running, I call it the magic mile because nothing hurts and everything works

and it feels like you could go on forever.  

It only happens once out of every 100 times you make the attempt.

But, it only happens because you’ve struggled 99 times before it and you’ve paid your dues.

So, I hope you enjoy reading it as much I enjoyed writing it.

As a wild aside (at least on my end):

Why would Alice Walsh, the editor, choose such a perfect story (Joyce and Me by Anna Byrne)

to accompany my own in this issue?

How could she know that I’d had so many “Joyce and Me” moments in my life?

Because, Joyce Carol Oates was the first author I read and knew

that fiction was an important, world changing, art form.

And, that it was my art form.

Congratulations to Anna Byrne for writing something so lovely that I connected to so deeply.

Congratulations to Alice Walsh for an amazing job at The Bohemyth.

Best of luck to you, my friend!

Write like a bad ass!

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New Short Story Published at Crack The Spine Literary Magazine

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I have a new short story called Burn Baby, Burn published

at Crack The Spine Literary Magazine.

http://www.crackthespine.com/2013/07/issue-seventy-four.html

Please read it.  Please love it.

Our little Burn Baby needs your love.

Note: I mentioned this once before, but it really is worth repeating:  My story will be published in their online journal but it is now eligible for inclusion in one of their print publications. They take into account feedback left on their website and social media sites. So, if you like my story, please tell them. I would love the opportunity to reach a wider audience and for my story to be published in one of their esteemed anthologies.

Contest Winner and New Flash Fiction published at Bop Dead City!

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I have a new flash fiction piece being published next week at Bop Dead City!

In addition, my story has been selected as the

Fiction Winner

in their Summer Themed Contest !!

My story is called Her Feminine Circumstance.

Bop Dead City is an amazing independent quarterly literary journal

available in print (only) for $3.

Please support this awesome journal (and, um, me!!) by purchasing a copy here

just as soon as it is available!

Congratulations to the Poetry Winner: Sandy Hiortdahl

In the Hardship and the Hoping

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Several years ago, a college buddy, Tim Bugansky, invited me to submit some poetry for a contest he was running that featured North East Ohio writers. I laughed. A lot. (I am many things, a poet is not one of them. Although, every time I get drunk, I change my mind.) Then I submitted three poems and he said, “Sure! Why not?”  and included me in the book he put out. You can download the book for free – it is full of Ohio poets that are actually good. And, then there are three of my own silly-full-of-white-space poems that I wrote under the influence of too much wine and too much bravado.

If you’d like to read more, see http://goo.gl/W0zkk. Available for free in PDF.