Friday, September 11, 2015

Writers of the Future Radio Interview, Podcast Reading

Prepare your earholes! I am attacking you with audio on two fronts this week.

Last week, the Writers of the Future publicity machine began churning, giving me a taste of things to come. Articles about my win ran in some local newspapers, which made for some fun scrapbook fodder. My wife and I had an adventure tracking down a copy of The Lake Worth Herald on a rainy Sunday this past weekend, which led to us stumbling upon the paper's offices and meeting the friendly editor.

I also had my first ever radio interview, with Larry Whitler & Robin MacBlane on WOCA in Ocala, FL. I had some nerves going in, but they made it easy for me. Other than a slight over-enunciation of a word or two on my part, I think it went great. I hope I can come back and chat with them again after the gala.

In other news, my story Child Soldier was featured on Beam Me Up! this past week. Beam Me Up! is broadcast on WRFR in Rockland, ME, but also exists in podcast form, so you can listen online. Child Soldier is a short story about a war veteran's encounter with a young boy affected by the conflict. It was originally published in Daily Science Fiction in 2013.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Read "Möbius" in Blue Monday Review

Möbius, a flash piece about an obsessive time traveler that I wrote during my time at Odyssey Writing Workshop, is reprinted this month in Blue Monday Review.

I've written a lot of flash fiction over the past few years, but I think this one is my favorite, so I'm happy to see it find another home. It was originally published in Nature, back in November of last year. You can read the blog post I made back then if you'd like some insight into the frantic writing process that bore this story. You can also read the guest post I made on the Nature Futures blog about the story's inspiration.

Blue Monday Review is a quarterly literary magazine that publishes prose, poetry, and art that embodies the work of Kurt Vonnegut. You can pick up a copy in print or PDF format.


Friday, July 3, 2015

I Won 1st Place in Writers of the Future

Yesterday, the official 1st Quarter results for Writers of the Future were announced. If I'm in your twittersphere or book of faces, you may have heard the good news already: my name somehow crawled its way to the top of the list. I won 1st place!

In my last entry, I wrote about the mysterious call that bore the news of my finalist status, and how I almost didn't answer the phone. This time I was ready for it. When I saw "NO CALLER ID" on the display, I braced for impact--not for good news, but for bad. I prepared myself for disappointment. I haven't posted in the Insecure Writer's Support Group in a long time, but there's still an insecure devil on my shoulder. Whenever I'm expecting news on a submission, he jabs me in the cheek with his pitchfork. So as I answered the call, I thought: Well, here's the bad news. But hey, you still made finalist! When Joni said, "first place," I almost dropped the phone.

Next year, I'll be whisked away to L.A. for an intensive, five-day master-class workshop taught by some of the big pros of our field. Then I'll squeeze into a tux for the big awards gala, where I'll be up for the Golden Pen Award along with this year's other 1st place winners. Which means I have to stifle the insecure devil on my shoulder long enough to write two acceptance speeches, just in case. Yikes! 

This has all felt a little surreal so far. I've known about the win for almost a month now, and it still hasn't quite sunk in. I'm sure that will change as the year dwindles and we get closer to the big trip. In the meantime, I'd like to congratulate Rachael K. Jones and Sylvia Anna Hiven, who nabbed 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Congratulations also to the finalists and honorable mentions.

My winning story will be published in Volume 32 of the Writers of the Future anthology (which should come sometime next June) alongside the other winners. I wish I could talk more about the story itself, because it's one of my personal favorites, so I'm delighted to see it do so well. But the Golden Pen is blind judged, so story details must stay under wraps for now.

Now it's time to go crouch in a corner somewhere and rock slowly back and forth until next April. Thanks to everyone who wished me luck! Those crossed fingers paid off.