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Apr.14.2014
No one likes a chain letter, but linked blog posts along a similar theme are actually sometimes treasures. I was lucky enough to be tagged by Jeffrey Ricker on a blog tour about writing process, and really enjoyed his entry. Having had the ability to read The Unwanted about a month earlier than...
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Apr.02.2014
So it's been a month, eh? Whoops. To say that time has been running away with me lately would be understating things. Part of that is actually due to this fellow right here: Yep. Those of you who read the acknowledgements in Light know that there was a promise there to my husband. The Cat-Dog...
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Mar.06.2014
This morning, on the bus ride into work, my phone buzzed. That's not unusual, as a lot of my friends are starting to get up and go at the same time that I'm commuting, but after the third or fourth buzz, I was a little concerned that something bad might have happened, so I paused my audiobook...
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Mar.05.2014
Every year when my birthday rolls around, I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by loving people who ask me the birthday question: "What would you like for your birthday?" And every year, I get scowls when I'd honestly say, "I don't really need anything." I had a really good ponder about it a...
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Feb.16.2014
Valentine's Day. As holidays go, it's a frustration all around. It seems invented to make everyone feel like they don't measure up. Nothing feels right. And if you're queer, add in to that the joy of wondering what you can do and if you can figure out something to do that doesn't leave you open...
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Feb.09.2014
It's been a great week off, but now I'm back to work. This week involves a full-store inventory (ugh) and that's always about as much fun as it sounds (and sometimes less fun than that). I'm behind in a lot of things right now - I should know better than to try to be my best in January-February...
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Feb.02.2014
I'm going to cheat today. I'm skipping ahead one story to "Tea," by Jeffrey Ricker, since I just finished his second novel. It's a YA book, and it's called The Unwanted, and I'm going to take a second here to tell you that you absolutely want this book. Like, now. So, y'know, you should probably go...
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Jan.26.2014
Copies of Foolish Hearts are starting to show up now, which is the part where I start to get all nervous and excited and - yes, I'll admit this - start to check the various online places for reviews in the morning before work. I stopped by After Stonewall today and had a lovely chat with M.J....
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Jan.19.2014
The next story up in Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction is "On these Sheets," by Steven Reigns. I met Steven at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival a few years ago, and this story is a brief scene between two men and a discussion about the sheets. Yep, the sheets. There's an amusing parallel to...
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Jan.16.2014
I've followed Chuck Wendig for a while now through Twitter, and have really enjoyed his stuff. When he posted a Flash Fiction challenge that involved rolling a twenty-sider twice, it seemed like kismet. I've been struggling with some stories lately - not to mention that novella that just refuses...
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Jan.12.2014
One of the best things about a new anthology arriving at my doorstep - whether or not I have a tale inside it - is the potential to discover new (or new-to-me) authors. In some ways, short fiction can be the gateway drug to increasing the slopes of Mount To-Be-Read, or at least that's what...
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Jan.05.2014
Okay, so there was no way I was going to walk away from short fiction so easily, was there? Truth be told, I'm kind of missing having a tale to talk about every day - but I am liking that days where my head is pounding or I'm running from start to finish have one less item on the to-do list....
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Jan.01.2014
So last year (how weird to say that, though I know I'll be writing "2013" and scratching it out for days to come) I managed to write about a different short story every day of the year. I had someone ask me if I collected all of those titles in one place, and the honest answer is that would...
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Dec.31.2013
Here I am, at the end of the year. Three hundred and sixty-five short stories. I'm not sure what I expected when I started this wee trip through short stories, beyond reminding myself to focus on the joy I get from short fiction. It definitely worked, and if I had any illusions about it...
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Dec.30.2013
It was still quite busy in the store today. It's lovely for making the day swell by, but with many of those interactions being returns, it's sometimes a bit disheartening. I don't mean the people who got duplicates and want to swap for something else, but rather the people who come in and dump...
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