Posted in Writing

Hindsight

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I’m always excited when one of my weird little stories finds a home somewhere, so I was thrilled this Valentine’s Day, when my flash fiction piece “Hindsight” won 2nd Honorable Mention in The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition and was published at The Ghost Story website.

If you’d like to read my traumatic little tale, click here. Then visit the contest home page to read the other two winning stories. I found “The Coal Mape” by Kurt Newton to be especially chilling.

Happy February, y’all!

Posted in Poetry, Writing

My Words in the World

It’s always a thrill to find out something I wrote will be shared with the world. Nothing beats receiving an acceptance. Writing requires patience and thick skin and endurance, and it’s nice to be rewarded once in a while. I’m grateful to each editor, judge, and small press who has given my words a home.

Lately, I’ve had the good fortune of placing several of my pieces in anthologies. Here’s where you can read my words, if you choose.

Recent Publications:

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“Just as I rounded the corner, a ladybug from the garden flew across the grass, landed next to the teardrop-shaped mark on my left hand, and disappeared. All that was left was the shadow of her insect body on my skin, my freckles masquerading as her spots. I drew in my breath and blinked, but the image stayed.”

I’m so happy that my story “Teardrops and Watermelon Seeds” found a home in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume VII. This magical, coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old girl and a summer full of changes is a personal favorite of mine. I’m elated to finally be able to share it with readers.

My haiku “writing with a view” and my series of haiku titled “Get a Cat (or Don’t)” were published in the Poetry Society of Texas 2016 Book of the Year, and my poem “Underneath” appears in Encore: Prize Poems of the NFSPS 2015, which just came out.

“The Morning After” will be in the 2017 Texas Poetry Calendar, which is available for pre-order now at the Dos Gatos Press website. The poem takes a humorous look at holiday decorations after the holidays have ended.

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Coming Soon:

I’m grateful to the judges of the 2016 Austin Poetry Society Annual Awards and the 2016 NFSPS Annual Awards who chose a few more of my poems to receive prizes. “Rooster with a Guitar” and “I Hate Those Poems” will appear in Best Austin Poetry 2015-2016 coming out later this year, and “Cicada Emerging” and “The Footprints” will be published in Encore: Prize Poems of the NFSPS 2016 next summer.

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A big thanks to my friends and family who support my writing career, to my poetry critique group for all their wonderful advice and companionship, and to anyone who reads my work and smiles. 🙂 I appreciate you.

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To see a list of all of my published work, click here.

Have a question about my writing? Post it in the comments or use the “Ask the Author” feature on my Goodreads page.

Posted in Random, Writing

Guest Post, Horror, YA, & The Mysterious Disappearance of March

 

March is almost over, which is just weird. Where did it go? No, I mean, seriously, where did March go? I feel like I blinked and missed it. But then I look at my to-do lists and my all-done lists and I realize that a lot of it went where months always go—into books and poems and computer screens and dog walks and libraries and schools and, sometimes, into the very bottom of bags of Milano Double Chocolate cookies. And that’s okay.

I wanted to post here one more time before March waves its final goodbye, to catch you up on some things you might have missed and some things that are happening now and some things to look forward to in the future.

First and foremost… this is my new favorite t-shirt.

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Awesome, right? I think so too. Ok, moving on.

Guest Post News

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a guest post called “Tuning in to Good Writing” for the WOW! Women on Writing blog. If you missed it, you should check it out here. Feel free to leave a comment on their site about what kind of music you listen to when you write.

Horror News

My short story “The Other House” is out now in the latest issue of Under the Bed. You can download it here it for just $3.99. And if you buy it by Friday, April 1, 2016, you can enter the coupon code SPRINGSALE to get 50% off. $2.00 for five stories is a pretty good deal. My story was inspired by my friend’s three-year-old daughter and her vivid imagination. I hope you enjoy it!

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YA News

Lastly, I am SO excited to announce that my short story “Teardrops and Watermelon Seeds” has been accepted for publication in Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things and Spark: A Creative Anthology. Writers, like parents, probably aren’t supposed to have favorites among their literary children, but this coming of age YA story with magical realism holds a special place in my heart, and I’m thrilled that it’s found a home in these beautiful publications. I don’t yet know which issues will include my work, but I promise to keep you posted.

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Well, that’s it. Now March can blow on out of here and April can have its turn. Let’s all agree to slow down a bit and enjoy it, shall we?