Wednesday, May 30, 2018


I completed and submitted my eleventh short story of the year this evening. This one's a 4,600-word noirish Christmas story I started on February 21.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Richard Krauss interviewed me for the June 2018 issue of The Digest Enthusiast. The wide-ranging interview fills 17 pages, reveals my pseudonyms, and touches on work written in a variety of genres. And, yes, that's me on the cover.

Published: "Too Close to School"

My romance "Too Close to School" is the lead story in A Wink and a Smile, now available from Smoking Pen Press.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


I completed and submitted my tenth short story of the year this afternoon. This one's a 2,100-word bit of crime fiction I began on January 23.

Though my acceptances are on track for the year, my production is not. I will need to kick my writing into high gear if I hope to complete 52 stories by year-end.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


I received my 23rd acceptance of the year this morning, this time for a PI story.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

19, 20, 21, 22

I woke this morning for find four acceptances awaiting me, my 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd acceptances of the year, all for erotic fiction.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


I received my 18th acceptance of the year this afternoon, this time for a bit of crime fiction.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

16, 17

I received my 16th and 17th acceptances of the year this afternoon, these for an erotic spy story and an erotic paranormal story.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Reviewed: "My Sister's Husband"

Michael R. Brown reviewed Pulp Adventures #27 at ThePulp.Net. Here's what he had to say about my story:
“My Sister’s Husband” by Michael Bracken is a strange little romance tale.
Read his review of the entire magazine here.


I woke this morning to find my 15th acceptance of the year waiting in my in-box. This is for yet another bit of crime fiction.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018


I received my 14th acceptance of the year this morning, this time for a bit of crime fiction.

Sunday, May 06, 2018


I received my 13th acceptance on Friday, but am only now recording it. It's a bit of crime fiction originally submitted to a magazine, but Friday the editor asked if he could instead use it in an anthology he's putting together. Of course, I said he could.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

10, 11, 12

I received my 10th, 11th, and 12th acceptances of the year this afternoon, all for short crime fiction.


Two days ago I received my first unacceptance of the year. An anthology editor who accepted one of my stories in 2016 announced that the project is dead. Because it was a themed anthology, that means several good stories with the same theme will likely be hitting the slush piles of publications in the appropriate genre.

I wonder, at times like this, if it is better to resubmit immediately to try to beat the rush or to wait several months until the rush has passed before submitting.