Amalfi Coast TunnelRemember that short story about voicelesssness? Well, I finished it, sent it to my Flash Force Four crit group, and sent it out into the world. It’s currently residing in a second-round review queue at a fantastically-challenging spec-fic market (which shall remain nameless for the moment). Also, Split Lip Magazine picked up a piece of creative non-fiction titled “Two Uncles: A Fairy Tale,” Solidago Literary Journal  published “All My Other Lindas,” and my slightly scary toothpaste monster story is in Danse Macabre . June is off to a good start!

Rusty Was a Good Dog


Update: 9 June 2017
Today is brought to you by the number 25, which is exactly how many pieces of short fiction I have out on submission. Oh, and then there’s that novel…

Publications (those in bold red available now!)

Click on the title of the piece to read it.

January 2018

“These Boots of Ours” Bath Flash Fiction Award (shortlisted, print)

“One Last Endless Summer” Succor (print)

“Little Girl Lost” Succor (print)

November 2017

“The Crying Room” Vine Leaves Literary Journal (print)

“Mezzanine” Vine Leaves Literary Journal (print)

“Absorption” Vine Leaves Literary Journal (print)

July 2017

“Two Uncles: A Fairy Tale” Split Lip Magazine

June 2017

“Lincoln, Kennedy, and Me” Non-Binary Review (ebook — $1.99)

“A Killer of a Smile” Danse Macabre

“All My Other Lindas” Solidago Literary Journal (print — $6 from

“Not a Teller of Lies” (b)oink! 

“Night / Sand / Castles” The Nottingham Review

“Neverland” Sick Lit Magazine

“The Way We Weren’t” Reflex Fiction (longlisted, further news pending)

May 2017

“There Are No More Swans at Table Rock Lake” Pidgeonholes

“Dust” Atomic Theory Micro Press

“Carrom” Atomic Theory Micro Press

“The Apostate’s Daughter” Five 2 One Magazine (print)

“Echo” Typehouse Literary Magazine (online and print)

April 2017

“The Memory of Elephants” The Molotov Cocktail (5th place in the Flash Rage Contest)

“Better This Way” The Molotov Cocktail (9th place in the Flash Rage Contest)

“Correspondence” Lost Balloon

“Smallness” The Airgonaut

“Seven Pieces Hang from a Hook on the Door” Tigershark (p. 33)

March 2017

“How to Bake a Heart” Star 82 Review

“Balancing Act” Syntax & Salt Magazine 2017 Staff Issue

“I Am Lazarus” Syntax & Salt Magazine 2017 Staff Issue

“Linguistics in Arrival” Dan (non-fiction/analysis)

February 2017

“Solomon Grundy Waits to Die” Five2One Magazine’s The Sideshow (Bonus: Audio included, read by the fabulously talented Duncan Stanbury!)

“The Substance of Us” Ink In Thirds

January 2017

“Pillow Talk at the Water Cooler: Wednesday Afternoon”
2nd place in Bartleby Snopes Dialogue-Only Contest

“Wernicke 27X” The Molotov Cocktail (4th place in the Flash Doom Contest)

“Earth Tones” Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry

December 2016

“The New Yorkers of Tidewater” New South Jounal

“Sewage” The Nottingham Review

“Rule of Three” 200CCs

“Separation” After the Pause

“Honeymoon at the Pont des Arts: Saturday” Firefly Magazine

November 2016

“A Helpful Phrasebook for Tourists Traveling to Cuba During the Nation’s Time of Mourning” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

“Not All Points of Sail are Equal” Ad Hoc Fiction

“Delicate Work” Ink in Thirds

“The Man Who Did Nothing” (short story) Front Porch Review

“The Definition of Us” Ad Hoc Fiction (Go to the “Winners” tab and scroll down to read this piece.)

“My Name Ends with Me” Microcosms

October 2016

“It’s My Party and I’ll Scry if I Want To” (hon. mention, 200 CCs Halloween contest)

“You Owe Me” The RPD Society (2nd place, Going Postal Epistolary Contest)

August 2016

“Go Badgers” Defenestration Magazine

“Cat Burglar” Five2One Magazine’s The Sideshow (Bonus: Audio included, read by the fabulously talented Duncan Stanbury!)

“Life in the No Flex Zone” Ad Hoc Fiction (Go to the “Winners” tab and scroll down to read this piece.)

June 2016

“I Am a Spectrogram” Pidgeonholes

May 2016

“Camp Tramp Stamp” 200CCs

“I Am Lazarus” Apocrypha & Abstractions

“Prick, Sting, Wait” Vine Leaves Journal

April 2016

“Diprosopus” Syntax & Salt

“Balancing Act” Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry

“Teratology 101: A Handbook for New Mothers in the Monster Age” Defenestration Magazine

March 2016
“Ways to Make Me Leave You” Pidgeonholes (Aught/Naught Issue)

January 2016
Porphyria’s Tricolor (Or, That Browning Poem in Blue, White, and Red) Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry

Circles Five2One Magazine’s The Sideshow

Alice’s Address Book Maudlin House

December 2015
Seven Periods and a Bell” Youth Imagination Magazine

Mrs. Armstrong Counts her Chickens Defenestration

Alice’s Armoire Maudlin House

1967 After the Pause

heat/wave/length After the Pause

November 2015
Out, spot Five2One Magazine’s The Sideshow

Six Sounds Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry

Alice’s Atlas Maudlin House

The Honey Clusters Bethlehem Writers Roundtable

Renaissance Town Duckbill Anthology

October 2015
The Gazing Glass The Fable Online

House for Sale Pidgeonholes

Me and Ol’ Blue Drunk Monkeys

September 2015
Debt” Saturday Night Reader (Sadly, SNR has shut down effective 19 October. Sorry, folks!)

August 2015
We Don’t Want Any Platform for Prose

April 2015
Days to Go before I Sleep” The Molotov Cocktail  Want the print version?
It’s now available on Amazon in the Prize Winners Anthology!

Contests and Other Nice Things


“These Boots of Ours”

Shortlisted, Bath Flash Award

“The Way We Weren’t”

Longlisted, Reflex Fiction’s Inaugural Flash Competition

“The Memory of Elephants”

5th Place, The Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Rage Contest

“Better This Way”

9th Place, The Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Rage Contest

“Wernicke 27X”

4th Place, The Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Doom Contest


“Pillow Talk at the Water Cooler: Wednesday Afternoon”

2nd place, Bartleby Snopes Dialogue-Only Contest


nomination for Best of the Net (via Syntax & Salt)

“Not All Points of Sail Are Equal”

nomination for Best Small Fictions (via Ad Hoc Fiction)

“My Name Ends with Me”

Winner, Microcosms 44. Prompts: “reporter,” “Martha’s Vineyard,” “Crime”

“The Definition of Us”

Winner, Ad Hoc Fiction. Prompt word: “cast”

“Life in the No Flex Zone”

Winner, Ad Hoc Fiction. Prompt word: “flex”

Various pieces

Close-but-no-cigar shoutouts from The Molotov Cocktail for their Flash Felon and Flash Icon pretty much every single one of their contests.


Editor’s Choice for the April 2016 issue of Syntax & Salt

“The Honey Clusters”
Honorable Mention (4th Place) Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2015 Short Story Award

“Days to Go before I Sleep”
Honorable Mention, Molotov Cocktail Flash Fool Contest

“In the Bleak Midwinter”
1st place, Scribophile Group-Sponsored contest

Stay tuned.  More coming soon.