FISH OBITUARIES:an anti-bloggers's blog

The Best Day of a Writer's Life (or why you should submit your work to small awesome presses)

March 16, 2017

The BOA folks asked me to write a blog post about what it has meant to me to have won the BOA Short Fiction Prize. I do whatever they ask of me over there, so here it is....

This is to encourage all other short fiction writers to submit to the 2017 prize, open submissions April 1 - to May 31. SO SUBMIT!

Thanks BOA, again and again.



CINCINNATI REVIEW -- BEST LIT MAG in AMERICA

December 27, 2016


Well, Happy Day.

My story "House Full of Feasting" appears in the latest issue of CINCINNATI REVIEW.

Order issue 13.2 on the website, or subscribe -- even better.

Thanks so much Nicola Mason, Michael Griffith and all the CR team. I love this journal and am thrilled this is my second story to be published there. It's so cool to appear with so many great writers and one of my heroes -- Steve Almond.

Happy New Year!



KENYON REVIEW: “Like A Planet Forming Its Own Orbit”: Reptile House

November 12, 2016

Thanks Nathan Goldman for the fantastic new REVIEW of Reptile House in KENYON REVIEW .

"...an approving comparison to Flannery O’Connor is warranted...Her prose is energetic and lyrical without excising ugliness... which it folds into its world with an elegance that astounds. This skill with language makes possible the stories’ portraits of human beings, so revealing in their unsentimental bleakness, and it is in this unique style that the worldhood of Reptile House emerges." -- READ ALL OF IT .



VERMONT / SMALL BUT GREAT / MUD SEASON

May 8, 2016

MUD SEASON REVIEW. VOL 2 is hot off the presses. Click for the online preview and BUY THE PRINT VERSION. Thanks for the hard work of the MSR STAFF (Rebecca, Natasha, Brett, Lee-Ann, Margaret, Rike (I am forgetting like 30 people) and the BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP for all they do to keep writing vibrant in Vermont.

Also THANK YOU for inviting me to the wonderful and jam packed reading May 7 at the HOTEL VERMONT with three amazing writers -- ALISON PRINE, SEAN PRENTISS , and RALPH CULVER.

My story "The True End to All Sad Times" appears in the print version here as well as a cool (my humble opinion) interview that editor and chief REBECCA STARKS whipped up. I'm honored. Thanks PETER BIELLO for being the originator and shepherd of so much of this.

ALTER EGO / WHO IS THAT FACELESS ONE?

May 8, 2016



Reading with COLUM MCCANN and the KAITLYN GREENRIDGEat the Muse and the Marketplace 2016 Bash -- Grub Gone Drag -- a sold out show in Boston on April 30.

The headliner: Martha Graham Cracker -- the Drag queen of Philly.

Alter Ego.

Fuzzy Blue Bolero.

Boots.

Bridge.

Listen to the story...HERE

THE DRUM / THE MUSE / THE CRIMINAL

May 8, 2016


Hey, thanks Henriette Lazaridis and The Drum, a Literary Magazine For Your Ears for selecting, recording my little flash fiction piece "Criminal Finally" for The Muse Alter Ego contest.

They have now prepared it for the ears of the world.

Listen to the story...HERE

Thanks Chris Castellani and all the stars in the Grub Street constellation.

I guess I write Flash now...

Happy Mother's Day, mom and all my sisters and friends who are mothers, male and female.

xo

LOOSE IN BOSTON

May 1, 2016

With Deborah and Dona (pedicart transit)

I hate driving in Boston -- have driven a million miles (this seems low) around the US, checked off all 50 states ages ago, and no trouble, but Boston gets me.

So the solution has been found.

Made it to Grub Gone Drag no problem.

Thanks Grubstreet and Muse and all my friends. Micheal Carolan, Peter Corbett and Dona Bolding especially.

Martha Graham Cracker is my new idol. I cannot walk in high heals like that, no way dance, no way climb on chairs, railings, etc. ( SEE PREVIOUS POST).

Just just just..........the sparkles in the eye shadow. The sequins.

No words.

GRUB GONE DRAG -- FLASH NOVICE -- COLUM McCann

April 22, 2016

Martha Graham Cracker at a show. (SURINDER K. AGGARWAL)

The theme was "Alter Egos" -- and I had this little story just waiting, called "Criminal Finally."

I love these contests. Sometimes they work.

I just found out that I won this contest put on by The Drum, a fantastic Listen-To-It lit mag out of Boston and Grubstreet, my How-to-Do-Everything-in-Writing Heroes for the Muse and the Marketplace conference next week.

My reward is that The Drum will record my story for all to hear and I will get to READ IT with COLUM MCCANN at the Muse and the Marketplace 2016 Bash -- Grub Gone Drag -- a sold out show in Boston on April 30.

The headliner is Martha Graham Cracker -- the Drag queen of Philly.

Might find wig? Put my NH duds away?

Submit, submit, submit...



REPTILE HOUSE IN PLYMOUTH

April 16, 2016

Hello Plymouth New Hampshire and the Newfound Lake area. I will be reading from Reptile House at the Pease Public Library in Plymouth on Wed April 20 from 4-6. Thanks Joan Bowers and Winnie Hohlt for setting this up. Thanks for the Pease Library for having me.

Drop by if you are around!

I LOVE BURLINGTON

April 15, 2016

THANKS to the Wednesday Night Writers at the Burlington Writers Workshop for welcoming me and sharing your wonderful stories and writing family. Thanks Peter Biello for setting it up and Rebecca Starks for your work with me in the Mud Season Review.

I LOVE BURLINGTON. See you on May 7th for the Mud Season Review Print Issue 2016 Launch Party.