Writing's a bitch, eh? You sweat your ass off producing what you think is quality material, then you get a bunch of rejections or some asshole who downloaded your book for free gives it one star.
But once in a while all that hard work pays off and that's what's happening for me right now. Here's what I've got in the pipeline:
-- "You're Welcome," a story about a guy who decides he's going to murder a stranger he sees in line at the grocery store, will appear in the next issue of Pulp Modern. This one was inspired by this bit by the brilliant comedian Louis C.K.
-- "Creator/Destroyer" will appear in a future issue of Needle: A Magazine of Noir. This one's huge for me--I've devoured every issue of Needle and it's taken me a while to come up with a piece that fits in with this magazine. "Creator/Destroyer" is about a boring, suburban dude who is jealous of the picture-perfect family across the street. Things go all haywire in this one early on.
-- "Lucky Convenience" was published at A Twist of Noir a while back. Now Editor Christopher Grant has submitted it to be considered for an anthology of online crime fiction edited by none other than Otto Penzler. Big thanks to Mr. Grant! Whether or not "Lucky" makes the cut, this is a huge honor.
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