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52 stories in 52 weeks: a writer’s goal…

In writers & books, writing on May 22, 2012 at 11:30 am



For almost a year, I’ve had a goal of writing one piece of flash fiction a week for a year.  And for 41 weeks, I was on task.  But in the last month, with a baby and a short film being born, it’s been tough.  Boo hoo!  I know.  Whine, whine, whine.  But hey, I’m a guy, and sometimes we do that.  In fact, where would romantic comedies be if it weren’t for whining men?  Think about it.  It’s especially true of that new sub-genre of Rom-Com about couples having kids.  What to Expect When You’re Expecting or Friends With Kids (for a good review of that movie, see the good folks at Spotless Minds.)

I digress.

SO, now that I’m not whining anymore about my cool baby and a dance movie that I am working on that I think will be quite lovely, I will get to the point of this blog.  I’ve slightly adjusted my goal.  I’ve reassessed.  And this is my goal: I will have the 52 stories done in 52 weeks.  I have one month and 10 shorts to write.  I’m not promising greatness, but I am promising odd, quirky, and, if not that, words.

I’d love to know if any writers out there have similar goals.  If so, please share.  I’d love to hear what you are all up to.  If you want to follow me on my journey, then please come along.  You can see me struggle through the finish line at the end of June.  Here’s my fiction site:

Wish me luck!






update: a new site, a new published story, and other bits of news

In life, media, Uncategorized, writers & books on June 24, 2011 at 6:01 am

step right up...

This week, I’ve been struggling with the flu.  I’m slowly on the mend, and I’ve been wanting to share a few things.  Not to be all SF-Buddhist-lite, but it is easy to take your health for granted.  Being in bed when all I wanted to do was write is heartbreaking.  (How’s that for melodrama?)

In any case, a few things of note:

1.  I have a new site that I think is much more reader-friendly and which will allow me to make changes/updates/additions to new work.  So please check out the site and tell me what you think.  Here’s the link:

2.  I’ve just had a piece accepted by Quiet Lightning, a pretty groovy monthly reading series here in SF that also publishes an accompanying anthology called Sparkle & Blink.  I’m honored.  The events are great and well-attended.  That said, I am a little nervous because I am no performer.  Still, I’ll make do.  Gots to get the word out.

3.  If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, then you know that a few weeks back, I made this pact with myself that I would write a flash-fiction piece every week for a year as part of this group of writers on Tumblr called, appropriately enough, 52 Stories,   This past Monday, I posted again.  So that’s 3 down, 49 stories to go.  I don’t know why, but these past couple stories, I just seem to be using the space for fables of a sort.  I like fables, so I guess it makes sense, and the site only allows 1000 words–it’s the Tumblr crowd, after all.  But I didn’t see this fable/children’s tales thing coming.  That said, next week’s story, which I hope to have done on Sunday, is currently titled, “The Boy Whose Hair Wept”.  So that gives you an idea.

4.  Last thing: I may be up for a pretty great job teaching creative writing to young adults.  I can’t give details right now, but keep a good thought.

OK, that’s it for now.  Time for me to take another Benadryl and sleep.

50 to go…week 2–Story 2: a fable

In writing on June 12, 2011 at 10:42 am


It’s Sunday, which means 52 Stories, a really wonderful blog on Tumblr, is publishing my second of 52 short-short stories for the year.  Last week, I mentioned this, but as a dare to myself, I have joined this group of writers and artists on 52 Stories to see if I can come up with one flash-fiction piece every week.  The stories have to be short–under a thousand words–which is both easier and harder than what I normally do.  Knowing where my fiction is heading, the stories will probably be fables or magical in nature, unlike last week’s Donuts story, which is older, but which I hope you might check out as long as you’re at it.

OK, my peeps.  Happy Sunday and good reading!

an older story in a new home…Week 1, Story 1

In writing on June 5, 2011 at 9:03 am

I mentioned last week that I joined a group of writers who have committed themselves to writing one short-short every week.  The blog is called 52 Stories and it is on Tumblr.  There are other pubs with that title, so below I’ve included a link..

Though I love short stories as a form, the compression required by flash fiction is working me.  It’s just hard to write a story in less than 1000 words.  At least it is for me.  But that’s neither here nor there.  Here’s the link to the first story.  51 more to go!


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