Hello friends,

What a spring 2010 it has been! My progress continues with my back pain and the journey with healing. I try to resist when the most frequent question is asked: How did this happen? I have no clue and probably never will. A lifetime of working out? A ski trip to Jackson Hole in March in which we acted like high schoolers? Taking on activities that a person my age simply ought not to be doing? I can only guess.

Instead I would rather just focus on being here as much as I fully can, in each moment. Painful sometimes, pain free others. I have really learned more about slowing down, and compromised movement. Lugging around less books in my backpack. Admitting how jealous I get when I see cyclists, or overhear yoga devotees talking about an inspiring class. Those kind of simple modifications. Some day, some way…

On the writing front, I have had lots of new experiences. I am now a fiction editor for online magazine, jmww. So, for any authors reading this blog, please submit. Thanks to Jen Michalski for the amazing opportunity. You can check it out here:


Also, I have been working in tandem with editor Amanda Deo at Thunderclap Press, on some creative chapbooks and also flash fiction submissions. I have had two pieces accepted thus far for the upcoming Numero Dos issue. More info. here:

Thunderclap Press

I am now a full-fledged member at Fictionaut, where you have to be invited to join (thanks Meg Pokrass!). I have posted two flash pieces there as well as one poem. You can read them all here:

Your Stories — Fictionaut

And here are the various other places where you can read my writing on the web:

Part of Life: Two Ways « Clutching at Straws

Tryst Issue XIX: Contents

Blink|Ink | ‘quick snips of mixed fiction’

The Camel Saloon

It has been a wonderful week indeed. I am so grateful to the following editors of the above mentioned literary magazines: Shawn Misener at Clutching at Straws, Mia at Tryst, Lynn Alexander at Blink/Ink, and Russell Streur at The Camel Saloon.

And to my fellow roundtable writers at Redbird-Redoak, I can’t thank you enough for your insights and suggestions. We had an amazing night on June 3, reading selections from our writing at Cafe Fixx in Milwaukee. There was a great turnout, and I was happy that Kim Suhr, our head honcho, placed me first in the line-up. I read three short pieces: “When the Time Comes” to be published at Negative Suck, “Furballs,” and “Liminal” which is forthcoming from The Lesser Flamingo.

And I reached another milestone. One of my writing goals was to attempt to hit 25 submission acceptances by the time my milestone birthday arrives in August. Well, it happened a little early: Today! I had my 25th acceptance, a new piece called “Sometimes He Feels Like It’s Numb” which will come out this summer at Salt River Review. Thanks editor, Lynda Schor.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention these two weeks of the French Open and the great efforts of Schiavone who beat Sam Stosur yesterday; and Rafa Nadal who won his 5th French Open title, defeating Robin Soderling fairly handedly. So inspirational to see Nadal avenge his loss last year to Soderling, and to be back on top of his game.

Some prompts for you writers/artists, from our latest sessions:

1) He felt Edmond tugging at his leg.

2) Civilization has been slow to give up on our myth of the Earth’s infinite generosity.

3) I believe she was a good woman, rather lonely, more sensitive than anyone understood.

Happy writing! Better yet, happy living!


About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Synergia Ranch, and EarthRise IONS. His poems and fiction are published in over 500 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at (b)OINK magazine and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is six times a Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His books are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms); RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press), and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press).
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9 Responses to Motivation

  1. David says:

    cheers thanks for the update

  2. JR Price says:

    Your career is taking flight. Look out, you will end up so high we won’t be able to spot you among the clouds. Congratulations, Robert.

  3. Wow, it’s so great to hear of all your publication successes. Yay, Robert!! I’m sorry I missed the Cafe Fixx reading. I had intended to go, but life interfered. 😦

    (There are activities people our age should not be doing???? No one told me…)

  4. Andrea says:

    Cheers thanks a lot!

  5. Shari says:

    Bravo, Robert. I enjoy all of your success. You have been kicking some serious butt in the publishing arena. I am so impressed. Keep up the great work. I am a big fan.

  6. rontuaru says:

    Congratulations on reaching your publishing goal! Keep raising the bar and anything will be possible! I try to remember that pain is just another one of God’s teaching tools … and clearly a tool that some of us need more than others. Frustration and suffering is often the impetus for great work. Use it!

  7. Don says:

    I am thrilled for you and hope you keep having the same success rate. It’s amazing what someone can accomplish when you set your mind to it. And, of course, you have this unique gift to back it up. But your diligence is inspiring.
    I really like some of the literary magazines you have been published in: Jmww is great, as well as Tryst. Nice job and lots of content on both sites.
    I never really knew what flash fiction was before I read your work, and now I enjoy it so much. Thanks for that and once again, congratulations.

  8. Mom says:

    what an amazing adventure you are on. I’m so proud of you, and your wonderful talent. Keep on keep’n on, you marvel, you.
    My gosh, as agile as you are it’s hard for me to picture you down this long. I’m so sorry you have to experience this and then there’s the other side, Spirit keeping us humble, and for you and me that’s a hard one. LOL
    Love you so,

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