Sometimes--often, in fact--I become so absorbed in writing that I neglect to promote what I'm publishing. So here are four things:
In December I published a piece in a new magazine called Bloom about how I kept my literary plans alive despite the large interruption of a career in the Foreign Service. Bloom is online, and its premise is that some writers bloom later in life than others. Agreed. Go visit it. The founder/editor is Sonya Chung, a novelist who teaches at Columbia and works with another magazine, The Common, where I recently published a story called "Doleo Ergo Sum" (I Suffer Therefore I Am). I don't know if that's my favorite title of all time, but I love how it sounds.
This month I've already published three stories:
"The Rubber Mask," a piece of suburban gothic has come out in an online/print magazine called From The Depths.
"The Woman in Yemen" came out today online in Atticus Review. It's about Thanksgiving dinner with people of mixed origins, likes, crises, and stories.
"Looking Back At What Lay Ahead" was published last week in Bewildering Tales. Here I have some fun taking a look at what may be the ten most significant events over the next twenty years. I write from the perspective of a retired intelligence analyst in the year 2033.
I also gave the editor of Ploughshares to a query about what her newsletter to focus on. Basically, I said I thought it would be useful to explore ways in which writers and readers could have more contact, or at least give writers a better sense of how their work is being received in a global literary world that seems to be exploding. I seem to have fairly devoted readers in Korea, Romania, England, Canada, Italy, and of course, the U.S., but it's a strange experience to sit here in my study in Arlington, Virginia, and realize my writing travels the world as it does so easily and yet with so little personal contact.
Tomorrow I'm going to write something about one of John Updike's last novels, Seek My Face, and I may also begin an account of my current experience as a juror. The charge is horrendous; I won't go into that right now. The trial has to come to a conclusion first. But when it does, I may publish something on this blog here in Redroom. (I'd also put it on my Wordpress blog: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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