Flash fiction featured in Lunch Ticket

I have a new piece of flash fiction up in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Lunch Ticket, the literary journal of the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles:

Perry and Vega

If you’ve read the piece and feel like engaging me with feedback, critique, or other such things, please do so in the comments section below, or by email. I look forward to reading the rest of the work in this issue, and send many thanks to the editors of Lunch Ticket.

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Short fiction published in pacificREVIEW

A short story of mine, “East to Asheville and the Hut on Chicken Legs,” was recently published in the 2014, print issue of pacificREVIEW. If you care to read it, click the link below and get yourself a copy.

Strangely Ever After

A special shout to Jacquelyn Phillips for working with me to bring the best out of this piece.

P.S. Stay tuned to some upcoming publications, including short fiction in Timber Journal and the June issue of Lunch Ticket.

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A Complaint For Delta, Or An Open Letter to the Airline Industry [UPDATED]

[Click here to read the response from Delta]

Below, you will find an unabridged copy of a complaint that I sent to Delta Airlines after a recent flight from Atlanta to San Diego (I’ve added some formatting for readability, formatting that was unavailable on the Delta complaint form). Consider this my open letter to the airline industry, in response to its practice of taking choice out of its customers hands.

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Ishmael the Tattooed

From “A Bower in the Arsacides,” a late chapter in Herman Mellville’s Moby Dick:

The skeleton dimensions I shall now proceed to set down are copied verbatim from my right arm, where I had them tattooed; as in my wild wanderings at that period, there was no other secure way of preserving such valuable statistics. But as I was crowded for space, and wished the other parts of my body to remain a blank page for a poem I was then composing–at least, what untattooed parts might remain–I did not trouble myself with the odd inches; nor, indeed, should inches at all enter into a congenial admeasurement of the whale.

Moby Dick by Herman Mellville

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Flash Fiction published in WhiskeyPaper

A short-short of mine, better termed flash fiction, was published today in WhiskeyPaper. If you care to read it, I’d love to hear what you think:

Up to St. Paul

I do hope you enjoy reading this piece. A special shout to Lessa Cross-Smith and Loran Smith for working with me to get this story out into the world.

P.S. Stay tuned to some upcoming publications, including my inclusion in the upcoming print issue of pacificREVIEW, and short fiction in Timber Journal and Lunch Ticket.

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Micro-Fiction published in Cheap Pop

I’m pleased to share my most recent publication, a peculiar piece of micro-fiction written quite a while ago. It is nice to see it find a home at Cheap Pop, a little micro-fiction rag that has generated quite the buzz in just a short time.

Two Thousand Miles Running

I do hope you enjoy reading this piece.

P.S. Stay tuned for some of my upcoming publications, including pacificREVIEW, WhiskeyPaperLunch Ticket and Timber Journal.

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Flash Fiction published in Mojave River Review

Today is the day that Mojave River Press released its first issue of Mojave River Review. In it, among other compelling and eclectic work, you will find a flash fiction story that I wrote.

Barracuda Lagoon

I do hope you enjoy reading this piece. I know I will enjoy reading the rest of this issue–if editor Michael Dwayne Smith’s foreword is any indication, Mojave River Review will be full of the good, weird, heartbreaking stuff that always makes me sing.

P.S. Stay tuned to some upcoming publications, including my inclusion in the upcoming print issue of pacificREVIEW.

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A couple of updates for the new year

I love you.

Some of my friends, family and fellow readers have been asking, so here goes. I have a few publications upcoming in early 2014, namely:

All flash fiction (approximately 500-1500 words) here. I dig flash, immensely. I also really, really dig what CHEAP POP and WhiskeyPaper are doing, including the continued innovation of their talented editors (Robert James Russell+Elizabeth Schmuhl and Leesa Cross-Smith+Loran Smith, respectively); and I certainly look forward to being part of what Mojave River Review has in store (for example, their press-end will release a fiction collection by Leesa Cross-Smith and a poetry collection by Daniel Romo later this year).

Good company!

Stay tuned for more detailed updates, including links, updates to the publications page, a complete overhaul later in the year, and hopefully the addition of more work to share.

Na zdravie.

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5 writers from Eastern Europe who might make you cry:

Anthony Martin:

My five things are up over at Treehouse Lit Mag.

Originally posted on Treehouse:

from Anthony Martin, author of There in the Countryside Many Miles Away:

  1. Danilo Kiš
    Recommended: The Attic
  2. Jaroslav Hašek 
    Recommended: The Good Soldier Švejk
  3. Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    Recommended: The Gulag Archipelago
  4. Boris Pasternak
    Recommended: Doctor Zhivago
  5. Milan Kundera
    Recommended: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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Flash Fiction Published in Treehouse

Hello everyone,

On we go. I am now a monkey in a treehouse. “There in the Countryside, Many Miles Away” was recently published in Treehouse, Issue 7, Fall 2013.

I am looking forward to reading the other work in this issue and sharing what I like. Maybe you will too.

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