Tuesday, July 31, 2012


My erotic romance "Drought" is scheduled to appear in Cowboy Lust, an anthology being released in August. Here, the editor shares a preview of my story: http://www.cowboylust.net/2012/07/31/snapshot-3-michael-brackens-drought/.

Monday, July 30, 2012


I received my 32nd acceptance of the year, this time for a 4,300-word confession.

Published 2x

My stories "The Little Black Dress" and "Forced to Choose: Work or Love" appear in the September True Story.


My crime story about a kidnapping gone wrong, "Mac and Cheese Get Boxed," appears in Kept Against His Will II, edited by Christopher Pierce. The anthology was released in March but I just received my contributor copy.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I'm lean. Are you?

Is your writing flabby or fit? Don't know? Take The WritersDiet Test:


I tested several of my stories (representing different genres) and all but one was rated "lean" overall. The only story that wasn't rated "lean" was an unedited partial first-draft typed directly into the text window, and it was rated "fit & trim" overall.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Weird video

I don't know why, but someone made a 12-second video of the cover of Bad Girls, one of my short story collections:


Monday, July 16, 2012


I received my 31st acceptance of the year a few minutes ago, this time for a Halloween-themed confession.

28, 29, 30

I just discovered that I had three stories reprinted last month, so they count as my 28th, 29th, and 30th acceptances of the year.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Siri knows me

Siri corrected me today when I was using the dictate function of my iPhone to send a text. (I know. It seems so convoluted to dictate a text to be sent via a phone. Why didn't I just call?)

I was telling someone I was a "horror writer." Siri changed it to "whore writer."


Siri knows me.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012


I received my 27th acceptance of the year this morning, this time for an erotic story about a middle-aged widow.

Monday, July 02, 2012


My story "Chance Encounter" appears in the August issue of True Confessions, available on newsstands now.