First Flurries

Hello everyone!

I hope you are staying warm now that the temperature has finally plunged. We had the most lovely fall season until just this week, so many hardy Midwesterners are saying, “Bring it on!” And I have to admit, seeing even traces of snow in the air does bring about an excited anticipation that probably harkens way back to my youth, anticipating skiiing, sledding, skating among many other activities. Of the many things I have to be grateful for this season, I grew up in a family that knew how to appreciate every season, winter included.

It’s been another busy month! I reached my main writing goal yesterday: 100 writing acceptances in 2010! Quite a feat and I am very proud to achieve such an amazing occurrence. Who knew, when I started this adventure of prompt writing, blogging, flash fiction exploration and editorial responsibilities at jmww and Thunderclap magazines that it would lead to so many doors opening. Numerous new writing friends, and my collection of published work, among them:

20 poems

20 micro-flash fiction (50 words or less)

50 flash fiction (100-750 words)

8 pieces in books, print magazines, or journals

2 non-fiction essays

It’s been quite a year! And I want to thank each and every person who has contributed to these achievements. Here is where you can find my latest pieces:

“Rude” at Eunoia Review: Rude | Eunoia Review

“Quite a Life” at A Handful of Stones:a handful of stones: Quite a Life

“Cadaver Chris” at Girls with Insurance: Cadaver Chris | GwI

“Three Episodes” at BlazeVOX:

“Time for Desert” at Thunderclap’s LOVE issue:

(I also edited the remaining flash fiction for this issue!!!)

“Winter” at The Camel Saloon: The Camel Saloon: Winter

“Recruitment” at In Between Altered States:

Recruitment by Robert Vaughan « In Between Altered States

“”Moving Out” at InkPlots:

“Rocky Raccoon” at Indigo Rising: Indigo Rising Magazine

“Back Room Banter” at 52/250:

Back Room Banter by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash

“Three Questions for Any Doctor” at 52/250:

Three Questions for Any Doctor by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash

“The Visit” at 52/250:

The Visit by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash

Also, 52/250 accepted my postcard art collaboration (with my best pal Andrea Falkenstein) for their “Postcard theme” which is published this week. Here is the link to the Two/Tree art project:

Two/Tree by Andrea Falkenstein and Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash

Thanks to the following editors for making my dreams happen: Ian, Fiona, Dawn, Geoffrey, Amanda, Ana, Russell, Aleathia, Tannen and Michael, Candace, Michelle, John and Walter!!!

After a quick trip to Texas for the most immense wedding I will ever probably attend (in Corpus Christie) I returned to spend a day at The Calatrava Art Museum for the 2010 Young Authors Conference. I had eleven high schoolers in my group from various places around Milwaukee, and shared the responsibilities with Robin, a teacher with MPS. We discussed art, then wrote memoir style pieces and roundtabled them.

Last night, I participated in a reading hosted by Next Chapter bookstore in Mequon: Next Chapter Bookshop | “Celebrating one year as your local, independent bookseller!” We were there for Judy Bridges book launch, Shut Up & Write! Other writers who read included Sheila Hanrahan, Sara Rattan and Laurel Landis. We had a great audience and if you have not purchased your copy of Judy’s book yet, they make great stocking stuffers! Check it out here:

Judy Bridges | Shut Up & Write! | Redbird Studio | Writing Classes and Retreats | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Okay, time to get writing! How do you plan to spend your holidays?

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 600 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at Bending Genres and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is nine 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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18 Responses to First Flurries

  1. Diya says:

    Wow, 100 acceptances in a year — I’m terribly impressed. Congratulations!

  2. Andrea says:

    FANTASTIC YEAR! Congrats and Mazel Tov on a prolific and creative year. Glad I could be a small part of it too (Two/Tree)! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

  3. Betsy says:

    Congratulations, Robert! What an amazing year! I am very proud to be your friend and I love to read all of your work. Each piece moves me in a different way. You are a master at your craft; what will your beautiful mind can create in 2011?

  4. Theo says:

    100 acceptances is a HUGE accomplishment, Robert! Way to go! Your work just leaps off the page, and keeps getting better and better. I hope your holidays are filled with love and don’t stop writing while you have such momentum.

  5. Wallace says:

    Holy moly, Robert, you are on a roll! Gee whiz. I remember how much I loved reading your work when you lived in NYC and look at you now, kiddo! Keep up the great work, you are truly living your dream and it’s amazing to be a part of it.

  6. AMANDA says:

    Ahem – I noticed I’m not mentioned in your blog roll for my own website! :p

    Also, thank you for all your hard work with Thunderclap. You are a pleasure to work with and you deserve those 100 acceptances!

  7. Pam Parker says:

    Congrats on making your goal! I knew you would. Awesome!!!

  8. Frieda says:

    I love your writing, thanks so much for inspiring me to write also! Your postcard art is fantastic, thanks for sharing that also, and congrats on reaching your goal. What’s next in your arsenal?

  9. Dez says:

    Fucking awesome, excuse my French! Way to go, Mr. man of a thousand words! I am very proud of you…make your dreams happen!

  10. holy god man, you’re a writing machine!! that’s amazing!

  11. My word, Robert V-A-U-G-H-A-N, you are a wonder! Congratulations on achieving your goal. I predict 2011 will only get better. 🙂

  12. ganymeder says:

    Wow, that’s incredible. Sounds like you’ve had an awesome and productive year!

  13. LindaSW says:

    One Hundred. Nice mouth feel, that.

    A hearty congratulations on achieving your goal, and I am afraid to ask what you hope to achieve in 2011 at the risk of feeling inadequate!

    A pleasure to read your words around the web, and to work virtually alongside you at jmww. And now, back to the novel. Peace…

  14. Shari says:

    Merry Christmas Robert! I just read your story over at 52/250. I love that site! Congrats on reaching your writing goal. I’m not surprised at all. You rock! Keep up the great work. What are your plans in 2011?

  15. Hello, POST trust everyone, in case you found yourself in Romania there is a light beer coming from us: ) Many thanks!

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