Monday, June 25, 2012

Behind The Music, "This Tornado Loves You" in JMWW

Ryan Werner writes stuff.  He also is in charge of Our Band Could Be Your Lit, which I thought was pretty cool. On the site, there's a list of songs a writer can choose to write about. I picked the Neko Case song, "This Tornado Loves You".

 I played the video over and over, in the background, half listening to it, while I wrote the piece and submitted it to OBCBYL. The story ended up not being very much about the song. It was rejected.

So know, what was I to do with a themed piece? In reality, the flash fiction stood by itself and I thought it was good enough to find a home. JMWW was a great place to start. They had accepted, How To Give Dating Advice As a State Social Worker" over a year ago. I liked their slant and the writing there was always good. I am more than happy, "This Tornado Loves You", was accepted by Editor Meg Tuite and  Jen Michalski for their Summer 2012 issue. It has a home along with this list of fine folks. Happy reading!


Editor's Note


by David Atkinson
Couvade Syndrome
by Jamey Davidsmeyer
The Island
by Jacques Debrot
This Tornado Loves You
by Timothy Gager
In the China Closet
by Paul Jaskunas
The Indigents
by Paul Jaskunas
by W.F. Lantry
The First Hour, the Last Hour
by Katherine D. Stutzman
Diplomas and Certificates
by Brandi Wells


You Need to Have a Plan
by Rachel Barrett
by Liz Bowen
by Molly Brodak
Pink Trees
by Molly Brodak
You Have Died of Dysentery
by Daniel Heffner
Year of the Coyote
by Bill Neumire
by Karen Alayna Thimell


Getting Even
by Tyler Leeds

MFA My Way

Special Summer Book Review Section!

Rough Likeness by Lia Purpura
(Reviewed by Girija Sankar)
The Greatest Show by Michael Downs
(Reviewed by Barrett Warner)
Messages by Piotr Gwiazda
(Reviewed by Elizabeth DeFries)
Tongue of War by Tony Barnstone
(Reviewed by Barrett Warner)
Cul de Sac: Stories by Scott Wrobel
(Reviewed by Melanie Page)
Dominant Traits by Eric Freeze
(Reviewed by Bill Black)
Surrounded by Water by Stephanie Freele
(Reviewed by Melanie Page)
Deviant by Austin Wall
(Reviewed by Dave Kiefaber)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How do you get to Loveville?

 Where is Loveville? Can I get directions? It's in Maryland, but that's not what I'm talking about.

I've got new fiction up at Fried Chicken and Coffee, thanks to their boss,  Rusty Barnes.

Some people love Ville Valo. It's a non sequitur.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Boston Literary Death Match, June 7, Sean Sullivan, DJ Hazard, Jen Hill, Meredith Goldstein, Chip Cheek and Anne Sanow

Tomorrow night, I'll be reading at this wonderful, fun event.

What LDR says:
Go on Boston! After a “Best Storytelling” nomination from the Boston Phoenix, we're back for another night of literary and comedic engagement, join Literary Death Match as we take a Cambridge sidestep to the world-famous Comedy Studio with a lineup that will make your head pop by the time you finish with just the description!
This rollicking lineup will include an all-star trio of judges: the as-seen-on-Comedy-Central and one-act playwriting wizard Sean Sullivan, notorious illustrator and commentator of fancy Jen Hill (author of Percy & Tum-Tum), and Speakeasy Storytelling Festival performer/Ding Ho founding member/author DJ Hazard (author of The Grumpy But Lovable New Yorker Guide To Enjoying Life Even Though You are Broke... And Grumpy).
They'll witness four stellar scribes battling for literary immortality: Boston Globe “Love Letters’” columnist Meredith Goldstein, Grub Street instructor and short-story master Chip Cheek, PEN New England Award for Fiction winner Anne Sanow (author of Triple Time), and flash fiction/poetic mastermind Timothy Gager (author of Treating a Sick Animal)!
Hosted by LDM creator Todd Zuniga. Produced by Kirsten Sims.
Where: The Comedy Studio, 1238 Massachusetts Avenue (above the Hong Kong Restaurant), Cambridge (map)
When: Doors at 7:30, Show at 8:00 (sharp); afterdrinks after.
Cost: $12 preorder and at the door