Friday, September 30, 2011

100 consecutive months

I normally only post this information when I reach an annual milestone, but with publication of two stories in the November issue of True Story ("Thanksgiving Bombshell" and "Learning From Past Mistakes"), I have now had one or more short stories published each month for 100 consecutive months.

Published 2x

My stories "Thanksgiving Bombshell" and "Learning From Past Mistakes" appear in the November True Story.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Reviewed

My story "Garden Variety" was reviewed by Tina as part of her review of the anthology All the Boys. I find the review particularly interesting because the reviewer gets two pieces of information wrong but still grasps the overall emotional impact of the story.

For example, she wrote, "Kyle is the grandson of a wealthy customer Doug gardens for." Actually, Kyle's the young lover of the wealthy customer.

And the reviewer is disappointed by the short length in part because the story isn't a romance: "instead of making it a romance to making it just a scene from a romance story." The story was never intended to be a romance.

Though all the characters in the story are gay, the story has a classic noir set-up: The protagonist falls for and has a relationship with the beautiful lover of a powerful rich man. If you read enough noir, you know the story won't end well.

The review does note that "'Garden Variety' is a very bittersweet story." And that's exactly the emotional impact I intended.

Just to be clear, I'm not complaining about, nor am I arguing with the reviewer's assessment of the story. It is what it is.

What interests me is that either I failed to make certain details clear or the reviewer didn't pay close enough attention, yet the emotional weight of the story is strong enough that the details don't matter.

Anyhow, read the entire review of All the Boys here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

56

I received my 56th acceptance of the year this morning, for a 2,900-word erotic story about a young man who, in the early 1970s, has a crush on the host of the local UHF station's Saturday-night monster movie triple feature. The editor in his acceptance email referred to it as "the most inventive tale" submitted.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

55

I received my 55th acceptance of the year in yesterday's mail, this time for a 3,300-word Christmas-themed confession.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Published

My erotic story "MILF and Cookies" appears in the just-published anthology MILF and Cookies (Xcite Books), edited by Elizabeth Coldwell.

Monday, September 12, 2011

54

I received my 54th acceptance of the year in today's mail, this time for a 2,700-word Thanksgiving-themed confession.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Published

"Anybody Seen My Shorts?" a revised and updated version of a previously published essay about writing short fiction, appears in the September issue of SPAWNews.