Yesterday, I read Leyna Krow's story "Tiger, Tiger" in the gorgeous Fall 2011 issue of Sou'wester. You know that feeling when everything snaps in place? That's how I felt after reading "Tiger, Tiger," the story of a couple who suspect that their neighbor keeps a tiger inside a cage. Their attempts to find the tiger tell the reader so much about the couple; the thrill of actually finding the tiger, if the tiger really exists, only serves as a backdrop. And this is only one story in the 50 years that is Sou'wester! I received this issue for free because I had work included in the previous issue. One of the perks of the small presses, once in a while, something arrives in the mail (a book, a magazine, a postcard, etc.), and it makes me stop questioning why I'm doing what I'm doing. :D
My book, We Bury the Landscape, received a wonderful review from Michelle Bailat-Jones at Necessary Fiction. I was also invited to participate in Research Notes by the kind Steve Himmer, author of the novel The Bee-Loud Glade (I plan to review it on Goodreads and Amazon soon).
So many kind book bloggers also posted reviews of my book on Goodreads and on their blogs.
I have projects underway, too. What a good year this 2012 is turning out to be...
Another must-read! On my bedside table is Theodore Carter's The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob. I took a peek at the first story. It looks like it's about a kid who can walk on water, and his magical walk on water is probably due to parenting neglect! I'm so going to love this!
I had the pleasure of reading the early version of Tears for Rahul Dutta, a short collection of interrelated stories by my writer-friend, Gaurav Monga. I'm so glad to see it being published by Philistine Press.
Glassworks Magazine of Rowan University re-released its first issue. It contained my prose poem "To the boy who died in the rollercoaster."
I have a poem in the forthcoming issue of inkscrawl, edited by the lovely Samantha Henderson. Plus more work forthcoming in Picayune Literary Magazine, Ping Pong, Ellipsis, and other publications.
Finally, let me show off this flowery badge. My blog post, "Bonsai-keeping and the rate of crystal growth" is a semifinalist in 3 Quarks Daily's Arts & Literature Prize.
Good night, everybody!
Meditations of a Beast
Age of Blight
A Roomful of Machines
We Bury the Landscape