March Madness

What a crazy year 2011 has been! The calendar says spring arrived, yet there’s snowing in the sun. Sounds poetic? But I’d enjoy a tad more warmth, spring breezes, even a gentle shower or two.

Lots has happened since I last blogged, nearly seven weeks ago. I’ve been writing like a mad person! This kind of binge feels great, it’s when I’m at the other end of the creative spectrum that I feel like I have no idea what I am doing as a writer. I’ve had some success with publishing, so here’s links where you can find some recent pieces of mine floating in cyberland:

Fictionaut (I love this community and the diversity, richness of work):

“Bed” by Robert Vaughan → Fictionaut

“Triptych: Glass, Miasma, Pernicious” by Robert Vaughan → Fictionaut

“My Father, Your Mother, Our Breakfast, The Ghost” at HOUSEFIRE:

HOUSEFIRE | NEW FICTION from Robert Vaughan

Housefire is a recent division of Metazen, and run by the zany editor Riley Michael Parker. Becoming involved with this writing collective prompted me to add yet another dimension to my ever-growing arsenal- TUMBLER: One Writer’s Life (I used the same name as my current writing blog) and the story up at my site is “The Passenger,” which was originally published at TrainWrite by Karen Eileen Sikola: TrainWrite

I am also now on Twitter…add me @rgvaughan. I have no idea what I’m doing there. (If you thought you were confused, imagine what it’s like trying to keep organized in my mind!) Ha…

I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of the 52/250: A Year of Flash community. The editors Michelle Elvy, Walter Bjorkman, and John Wentworth Chapin are fantastic. We have a weekly theme, and the pieces are all 250 words or less. Here are my latest:

Movie Night by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash

Password Profile Users: God, Love, Lust, Money and Private by Robert Vaughan 52|250 A Year of Flash (this piece will also be published by Fwriction, edited by Danny Goodman in June)

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

No More I Love You’s by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash

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

Moving to Los Angeles by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash (this will also be published in April at Pure Slush, edited by Matt Potter)

Dew Drop Inn by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash

New Pets by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash

At 52/250, we are currently at week 46, the theme is “Another World.” If you like the work, enjoy the new stories, posted every Friday. And it’s never too late to submit…I joined exactly halfway into this fantastic project. I will also have a piece, “Elements of K” in the upcoming 52/250 quarterly: Thirty Nine.

My poem, “Tami Miami” is up at The Camel Saloon. Thanks Russell! The Camel Saloon: Tami Miami

“Rude” is up at 50 to 1, thanks new editor Paul Mullin! 50 to 1: Rude by Robert Vaughan

“Anything But Red,” is up at Orion headless, thanks editor Sara Comito! Anything but Red | Orion headless

Also, I reviewed Howie Good’s poetry book, Heart with a Dirty Windshield and the recent issue of Prick of the Spindle published it here: Prick of the Spindle: Reviews: Vaughan: Heart with a Dirty Windshield by Howie Good. Thanks to Cynthia Reeser, editor. This was a fun stretch, and I hope to review some other 2011 collections for Thunderclap and JMWW, the magazines that I help edit (they both published this review previously).

I have work forth-coming (accepted) in Blink-Ink, Used Furniture Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Tryst, Negative Suck, The Other Room Journal and Rufous City Review.

I’ve been reading voraciously the past two months, and here are some note-worthy books:

xTx Normally Special- A fantastic collection of published work from Tiny Hardcore Press (Roxane Gay)! Just simply amazing work.

Alissa Nutting- Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls from Starcharone Books- wow! Get it immediately.

Timothy Gager- Treating a Sick Animal- as bizarre and kooky as it is wonderful.

Meg Pokrass- Damn Sure Right– no better flasher exists.

Mike Young- Look! Look! Feathers– exotic, wierd and right up my alley.

Judy Bridges- Shut Up & Write– the best book on writing bar none. Please join us this Sunday at Avol’s in Madison for the next installment of Judy and her traveling authors on the road! Judy Bridges | Shut Up & Write! | Redbird Studio | Writing Classes and Retreats | Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Be there or be square!

I recently watched the entire “Classics of American Literature,” a series produced by The Great Courses, taught by Arnold Weinstein, professor at Brown University. It was really incredible, brought back so many memories from high school and college, books that I relished (Red Badge of Courage), or had difficulty muddling through (As I Lay Dying). Classics of American Literature

Last, but most certainly not least, we are still producing the Flash Fiction Fridays on WUWM’s Lake Effect. Here are links to our January, February and March shows, a huge thanks to my co-host Stephanie Lecci:

WUWM: Lake Effect – Flash Fiction Friday Returns! (January, 2011)

WUWM: Lake Effect – Flash Fiction Friday: Families & Tension (February)

WUWM: Lake Effect – Flash Fiction Friday: Danger & Endings (March)

If you are writing stories of 500 words or less, please feel free to use our submission manager: WUWM: Flash Fiction Friday. All of the rules are listed there.

I’ve watched some episodes of the new NBC show, “Do You Know Who You Are?” It asks deep, probing questions as actors like Rosie O’Donnell or Steve Buscemi delve into their genetic ancestry. So…

Do you know who you are?

Do I?

A writing prompt perhaps! Enjoy.

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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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16 Responses to March Madness

  1. Theo says:

    You are one busy dude! Great links and insights into your life as a writer. I appreciate the link to the Teaching Company also. I’ve watched one or two of their series, years ago. This one looks really great! Keep up your marathon pace, my friend.

  2. Tom Dexter says:

    I’ve been keeping up with your stories at 52/250, but I had no idea you have so many other pubs. Great job! Also, the Flash Fiction Friday series sounds great. I will come back and listen to your links later. Thanks for posting them.

  3. Cynthia says:

    You are one busy guy! I think we are already connected on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Oh yes, Goodreads, too! Now, I will have to check out this Tumbler place. Amazing, isn’t it? What was life like before the internet? Hmm. Maybe I could start there for a “do I know who I am?” piece.

  4. susan says:

    My oh my, you’ve been a busy boy! Congratulations on your publications, Robert, it’s nice to see your stories out there.

  5. Wallace says:

    I can’t believe how your momentum is keeping up, how your words never stop to amaze me. You are grandmaster FLASH!

  6. Andrea says:

    Knowing me knowing you.

  7. Timothy Gager says:

    I envy your work ethic. You certainly kick ass!

  8. Yasmine says:

    You rock my friend. Everywhere your work appears is touched with dazzling magical wonder. They are lucky to have you! Keep that pace up, master flasher!

  9. Don says:

    I am jealous as hell, Robert. You are really taking the online lit world by storm. I am grateful that you took a piece of mine for the upcoming issue of Thunderclap. I look forward to reading more of your work. Keep on keepin on.

  10. Roxane says:

    Thanks for the kind mention of xTx’s book. I am a fan of Normally Special, too (not that I am biased or anything.)

    You’ve had a great year. I hope the next three quarters of 2011 are equally wonderful to you.

  11. Dez says:

    Your writing success is well-deserved. I loved reading your stories and as I have not heard of any of the authors you listed above, I have lots of googling to do. Looks like you are establishing quite a fan base, too. I am happy for your Robert. If you get back even half of what you give to everyone else, it will be an amazing amount.

  12. Shari says:

    You do the voodoo that you do so well.

  13. Ginny says:

    Loved your work and congratulations on all of your success.

  14. Wendy Burney says:

    Great blog! I truly love how it’s easy on my eyes and the details are well written. I am wondering how I could be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which ought to do the trick! Have a nice day!

  15. Frances Markley says:

    Great site with many wonderful links. I have marked it to return again and again. Thanks for your generosity!

  16. Robin says:

    Thank you so much for spending time in order to publish
    Window Blind “March Madness | Robert Vaughan”.

    Thanks a ton again -Paulina

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