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):
“My Father, Your Mother, Our Breakfast, The Ghost” at HOUSEFIRE:
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:
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)
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)
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)
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?
A writing prompt perhaps! Enjoy.