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

BSF Cover_print

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.

Andtheheatgoesonday’s Childe

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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Thesummerdwindlesday’s Childe

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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Rollinghillsofgreenburialmoundsday’s Childe

Miles flown this month: 5100+

Pints of Guinness drunk: 9

Pints of Murphy’s drunk: 1

Days without rain: 1

Pages written: 19

Rejections whilst away: 2

Books read: 4

Mentions in Irish Times: 1

Cows seen: 1191

Sheep seen: 4574

Shite Indian meals: 1

Shite fish chowders: 1

Burial mounds visited: 1


Makelikevladimirsday’s Childe

Miles run: 2.5

Birthday parties attended: 1

Loads of washing done: 3

Crates of laundry folded: 2

Phone calls to Ireland: 2

Pages written: 0

Rejections: 2

Acceptances: 1

Reading given: 1

Cuisinart blades ordered: 1

Dirty hats on desk: 1

Eyeglasses on desk: 1

Severed leprechaun heads on desk: 1