Queen’s Ferry Press Reading at Book Soup, Los Angeles

I’m reading at Book Soup tomorrow evening for Queen’s Ferry Press’ Best Small Fictions of 2015 Anthology. On the roster are fellow West Coast writers, Lauren Becker, Yennie Cheung, and Chris Terry. Hope to see some familiar faces in the audience…

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Manifesto 2016

  • Walk the avocado trees in search of owl feathers.
  • Write into the dark corners of the heart where the truth hides.
  • Turn your characters lives upside down and scour the debris for plot.
  • Place the owl’s feather on your desk before each writing session.
  • Look for inspiration in the unpublished manuscripts collecting dust in the garage.
  • Carry the 1952 Irish penny in your pocket as a talisman.
  • Invoke the spirits of the ancestors before any readings you give.
  • Only submit when a piece has been read, edited, re-edited and read aloud.
  • Construct small altars of fallen avocados for the dead to discover.
  • Review only those books that matter to you.
  • Write one creative affirmation for your wife every day.
  • Seek counsel from the seal in the wintry waves.
  • Find joy in the ordinary moments.
  • Read War and Peace aloud each day.
  • Listen to music you’ve never heard before.
  • Channel the rejections into incendiary writing.
  • Honor the words and wisdom of others.




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Books read this week: 1

Papers graded this week: 17

Outside temperature at 5:45am: 42

Receipts on desk: 5

Pages written this week: 4

Rejections this week: 2

Cash in pocket: $0

Dogs barking outside: 2

Times awakened during night: 4

Books to review: 2

Readings scheduled for 2016: 2

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Launch Day!

Today is the official launch day for the Queen’s Ferry Press’s anthology, Best Small Fictions 2015. I’m so excited to be included in the fifty-five stories, chosen by editor, Robert Olen Butler. The story I wrote, “The Third Time My Father Tried to Kill Me,” was published originally by Mojave River Review. The anthology is stuffed to the gills with work from sensational fiction writers such as Stuart Dybek, Ron Carlson,and Bobbie Ann Mason, to name but a few. Two of my favorite stories are Naomi Telushkin’s “Object,” and Jeff Streeby’s “El Paso: July.” All of the writers would be grateful if you’d consider buying a copy on launch day to help propel the anthology to the higher reaches of the Amazon and Barnes & Noble rankings. You can purchase a copy a the following places:


Barnes & Noble

Queen’s Ferry Press

Powell’s Books

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I am so grateful to the editing team of Tara Masih, Kathy Fish, Robert Shapard, Claudia Smith, Michelle Elvy, Claire MacQueen, and Guest Editor, Robert Olen Butler, and if you buy a copy and bump into me I’ll happily sign it for you.

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Indirect/Direct object lessons on desk: 2

Books on desk: 12

Skipping ropes on desk: 1

Pages written today: 3

Metal chickens on desk: 1

Cash in pocket: $0

Days left in year: 100

Stories in-progress at Submittable: 3

Dead lizards in garden: 1

Large avocados found on dog walk: 2

Owls in the night: 1

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Unsent postcards on desk: 1

Pieces published today: 1

Stories in Submittable queue: 12

Rejections this week: 1

Days left in summer vacation: 13

Piles of papers from Ireland on desk: 2

REI Dividend to use: $18.25

Manuscripts to send out: 1

Hats in room: 3

Plastic toys on desk: 1

Miles run today: 2

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