Monster Storm

Sometimes the best of intentions are waylaid. I was really looking forward to the AWP Conference in Washington, D.C. this week. A seminar packed with great panel discussions, new indie book releases and signings, fantastic evening readings at quirky venues all over the city. I’d been amped up for this since last fall.

But Mother Nature had other plans. Milwaukee was deluged with one of its worst blizzards ever. Without getting into too many details, suffice to say, the conference is not in my future; at least this year. And I didn’t get stuck in Detroit, or Chicago.

I’ve been busy writing and had several publications, so I will offer those links below. First, let me explain a recent high. In 2010, I submitted over a dozen times to a top- tier online magazine, Elimae. Now understand, when I use the words “top tier” they are subjective. There is no standard operating procedure manual that lists the top 20 magazines to submit to. But I study these sites like a hawk. I watch what magazine is publishing whose work every month. And I have been patient, accepting each former rejection as impetus to find just that right piece that would be a good fit for Elimae.

Then, in December, I was notified of an acceptance! Elimae took my flash piece, 10,000 Dollar Pyramid for their February issue! Also, this serendipity adds that this issue happens to be their 15th Anniversary issue! (That’s a dinosaur in terms of longevity for an online magazine). I was (am) elated.

But my excitement doesn’t end there. I’m also a member of an invitation-only writer site called Fictionaut. I posted this same story here:

“10,000 Dollar Pyramid” by Robert Vaughan → Fictionaut

Within 24 hours, it had been read over 50 times, commented on more than any other piece I’ve ever posted there (I’ve posted ten prior) and shot up the list of Fictionaut’s “recommended” stories to #1! The top position of every story submitted. And a completely new experience for me. I am still reeling from the excitement.

Perhaps this is why I was meant to stay home from D.C.?

Thanks to everyone for the support, insightful comments, motivating feedback. I am forever grateful.

Here are the links to some pieces of mine published in December, 2010 and January 2011. Please feel free to comment here or at the sites if you so desire:

The Comet Train at Fix It Broken Robert Vaughan – Fix It Broken

Two- Wheelin at Magnolia’s Press                                                                                    “Two-Wheeling,” Robert Vaughan | Magnolia’s Press

Say Yes at IBAS-  Say Yes by Robert Vaughan « In Between Altered States

Beckoning- Short, Fast & Deadly  Beckoning – Short, Fast, and Deadly

Best of 2010 Anthology (print):  Short, Fast, and Deadly: Buy Print Editions

Proposal at Steel Toe Review “Proposal” by Robert Vaughan | Steel Toe Review

Bear Necessities at Indigo Rising Indigo Rising Magazine

Clueless at Amphibi.us 2010 December 11 | amphibi.us

Last Exit From Liberty at Pure Slush Last Exit from Liberty – Pure Slush

Blowing Bubbles at New Wave Vomit 162

One Night Out at Clutching at Straws One Night Out « Clutching at Straws

And several stories at 52/250 (and check out the others if you have a few hours!)

Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash

I would be remiss if I failed to mention the fantastic support and feedback I receive from the Tuesday roundtable group at Redbird- Redoak. An amazing gift for any writer, to participate in an insightful, committed group.

RedBird-RedOak Writing

Also, we finally launched Flash Fiction Fridays at WUWM! Here is the link to listen to the January show where local authors Kim Suhr and Guy Yasko read their work:

WUWM: Lake Effect – Flash Fiction Friday Returns!

If you are interested and want to submit a story for consideration, please use this form and thanks to Stephanie Lecci for her support of this adventure:

WUWM: Flash Fiction Friday

If you are able to join us, please come hear a reading at Cafe Fixx in St. Francis:

fixx-reading-poster.Feb_.11.jpg 1546×2000 pixels

I won’t be reading, but will attend to hear those who are!

Happy writing and reading! If you travel soon, be safe. Stay warm. Hugs all around.

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About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, writer, editor, and workshop leader, his poems and fiction are widely published in print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Connotation Press, Metazen, Thrice, Literary Orphans and Housefire. He is Senior Flash editor at JMWW and Lost in Thought magazines and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing. He is a six times 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 collections are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps): Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press).
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23 Responses to Monster Storm

  1. gaydegani says:

    Robert, you are really hot these days despite all that snow. What a fantastic list of publications. And I totally get the elimae excitement. I’ve subbed four or five times with negative results. One thing it’s taught me is that one has to really study a zine to get it right. I love your pyramid piece–thought about the structure a lot after I read it. Three parts-math-triangles-pyramids-fingers as digits–all of in pitch perfect.

  2. Theo says:

    Keeping up your great writing pace in 2011, Robert! Way to go. Sorry you missed your conference in D.C., but great news about that Elimae publication!
    And all of your others, you busy guy.
    I think your 10,000 Dollar Pyramid is a great work! Elimae is lucky to get it.

  3. Roderick says:

    My friend, Amber told me about your writing blog. Great site and nice work. Thanks for sharing the links here. Stay warm yourself.

  4. Beverly Coats says:

    So thrilled it makes me to read your work and hear about your success. I LOVED the 10,000 $$$ Pyramid piece. Brilliant! Lots of your writing is made for a collection. Any plans in store for that this year? I hope so. Also, loved the radio show link. Thanks for that too.

  5. Tom says:

    Great work, awesome website. Always loved to read your writing. Keep up the amazing job.

  6. Andrea says:

    the storm of the century indeed! so proud of my best friend. this past year has been an incredible one!!!
    10,000
    dollar
    pyramid
    indeed! xoxoxoxoxo

  7. Marguerite says:

    Such a great header photo, really depicts the eye of the storm. And what better way to settle in, than to read your fabulous work while I am sipping cocoa. Mmmm. Congratulations!

  8. Cynthia says:

    If you come to D.C. again, we have to hang out! This conference is a blast and I wish you were here. I read your piece at Elimae and it is fantastic! They were lucky you sent it.

  9. Wallace says:

    Great work, congrats on your hard work and persistence paying off. As I am not a writer, I have not heard of Elimae, but I can take your word since you have published so frequently, that it is as top-tier as you say among online literary sites.
    What’s your goals for 2011? Book? Collection? Go for it.

  10. Yasmine says:

    Way to go, keep flowing with your writing, Robert. I just read your piece, “Movie Night,” at 52/250. What a great collective. I wish I’d known about this before. Now I am off to Elimae and also to Fictionaut. Thanks for all of your links!

  11. Dez says:

    Thanks for the update, Robert. Did you watch the Packers game? I’m not sure if you are a football fan, but I thought of you in Wisconsin when they won. SO I checked your blog and here is all your latest work. Nice synchronicity about that. Congratulations on your accomplishments. You deserve it.

  12. Wallace says:

    Great job, Robert! Keep on keepin on…your writing just seems to be flying! What’s next for you? I smell a collection.

  13. Marcus Speh says:

    you’re definitely a blizzard of a kind, robert – congrats esp. on that elimae story. an excellent piece! someone up there “smelled a collection” – sounds about right. cheerio!

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  18. Flavia says:

    Great writing and thanks for sharing your work!

  19. Scott Diener says:

    Hi Robert, this is strange! This really is twice now i’ve landed on your own blog during the last two weeks trying to find totally unrelated things. Spooky or what? You must be everywhere on the net! Congrats!

  20. Paula says:

    I admire that you are publishing so frequently and believe you’ve made some excellent points. Also, I’m keen on the layout of one’s site. I’ve bookmarked your blog and will return often!

  21. Blake Parker says:

    You are working like a dog to get your writing out! Congrats man. Good to see that you are having so much fun.

  22. Francis Sully says:

    Your writing is infectious, gets under my skin in a great way. Thanks!

  23. Chip Pleater says:

    Thanks for your challenge not to mention work! Your blog is terrific. On top of that I just love your links to your stories. For me these are definitely significant things. Anyhow appreciate it.

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