Imagine my surprise, when I found out today that a story I’d written last fall, around Halloween in fact, was published today at Danse Macabre, selected for their story du jour! Then, after I alerted my friends that it was published, I logged onto yahoo to see this vacant mansion in this accompanying photograph. So, when you read this story, imagine these two boys and this house…Danse Macabre du Jour. Thanks to editor James Kindley!

There have been more than just a couple writing collaborations that I have been working on. Two of them are in the finishing stages. First, my great pal, Meg Tuite runs a column called Exquisite Quartet at Used Furniture Review. Here is last month’s story: Exquisite Quartet « Used Furniture Review. David Cotrone is the editor at UFR and he does an excellent job with content there. He accepted one of my short stories, “In it to Win It” which is forthcoming.

For the Quartet, Meg asks three writers to contribute to an ongoing story that she starts. I was originally asked to be the last one, 4th, and my heart sank. Endings are not my forte, at least not in my mind. Meg assured me, like a good captain; still, when it worked out that I was to be third, I was psyched. Our story is tentatively called “The One-Step Program” and will publish at UFR on Saturday. This was so much fun, and thanks for asking me, Meg.

Then, I had a micro-flash, “Recollection” published at New Wave Vomit, thanks editor Ana Carrete. 229 Her site is super-cool, fly, fast and furious! When I re-posted the story to my Facebook page, Gay Degani who is another supportive writer and friend, commented: ‘that’s no micro! There’s so much more to this.’ She asked me if I would be interested to write about how I came up with this piece for a collaborative site called Flash Fiction Chronicles. Flash Fiction Chronicles

Of course, I was nervous. I am a fiction writer, after all. I don’t write essays or memoir, let alone try to write about my own creative process. But here is my new mantra: anything that increases my heart rate thinking about it is probably something I want to write about. I did, and Gay was thrilled. She will publish it on May 9th at the website I listed above.

The other collaborations:

Nicole Monaghan (another writer friend) is creating a book that has to do with “authorial gender in flash fiction and all the implications of how a writer’s gender manifests itself, or doesn’t…” I was so jazzed when she asked me to submit because gender is one aspect of my writing which is fun to experiment with. I write equally from a male protagonist point-of-view as female. And so, I’ll see which pieces might be a good fit. Maybe some new material?

And, last but not least, there is a new project brewing called Eleven. My dear friend Helen Vitoria, a fabulous poet and writer, provided a link. I wrote to Holly Edwards, the originator of the project. Lots of talented writers have signed on: Jesse Bradley, Robert Kloss, Mel Bosworth and many more. I’ll let you know if I made the cut. Here is more information:

eleven: a free digital literary magazine by hollye — Kickstarter

And, there are more stories that I have had published since I last blogged:

“Loneliness” by Robert Vaughan → Fictionaut (originally at 52/250)

“Watching Them” by Robert Vaughan → Fictionaut (originally at 52/250)

Also, Thunderclap Press is hosting a poem a day for April being National Poetry month! So, here is my contribution, Dementia: Poem a Day/ April 9th, 2011 – Robert Vaughan « Thanks editor, Amanda Deo! Lots of other great poets have contributed also: Howie Good, Parker Tettleton, Eryk Wenziak and many more.

And, Wilderness House Literary Review has published their twenty first issue (Volume 6, no 1) and I have two flash fiction pieces in this magazine:

Betrayal and Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Thanks heartily, editor and good buddy, Susan Tepper!

Thunderclap Press also published our Spring 2011 issue which has amazing writers, great fiction and poetry abounds! Here is the link to purchase, or e-book, or PDF free download. Thunderclap! Magazine Issue Five by thunderclappress in Poetry

We’ll be taping our April Flash Fiction Friday segment for WUWM’s Lake Effect this week. Thanks for your submissions, and please, keep them coming. Here is the submission manager: WUWM: Flash Fiction Friday.

I am a voracious reader, as many of you already know. And it is rare for me to read a book, especially memoir, that just stopped my heart. Made me cry more than once or twice. Left me devastated in only the best ways. The writing is superb! I am talking about The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch. OMG, if you don’t run out and buy it immediately there is something wrong with you! How’s this for a hint: she’s in Chuck Palahniuk’s writing group. GO! The Chronology of Water: A Memoir (9780979018831): Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain: Books

Yesterday it was 80 degrees out. Unheard of for this time of year. Any complaints? Not this boy! Windows were wide open, the house jumped 15 degrees. Birds are chirping, the first flowers are poking through in their fierce determination.

What are you noticing around you? Any collaboration going on in your lives? How is it affecting you?

Thanks for reading and I’ll be actively writing and posting in the meantime.


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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18 Responses to Collaboration

  1. Andrea says:

    Wonderful! So proud of you and YES you are out of your mind if you don’t buy The Chronology of Water. Fantastically heart breaking and uplifting. Go Robert!

  2. Angela says:

    You have been one busy Mickey Fickey! Congrats on your journey, and thanks for taking us along! MUCH love! x@

  3. Shari says:

    You have so much going on, Robert! Congratulations! I am a fan, and I loved your story with the picture.

  4. Theo says:

    Bravo for your efforts and keep up the great work!

  5. Christopher says:

    You’re on fire, man.

  6. rontuaru says:

    Wow! Looks like you have a lot going on and glad to see you posting an update or two here! How exciting, Robert … and congrats!

  7. Meg Sefton says:

    Fun to read this, Robert, and nice of you to provide your site link on FB. I saw that picture on yahoo – about haunted houses – right after reading your DM story! How funny that you saw it too. I bookmarked it. I now feel haunted by your story and sensitive to all things haunted. Get on with your writer self and congratulations for so many projects conceived and published! Quite impressive.

  8. Darnell Ehresman says:

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I absolutely enjoying every miniature bit of it. I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. I no ifs ands or buts feel strongly about it and love finding out more on this topic. If feasible, as you write, would you drop your stories more frequently? It of course is extremely beneficial for me.

  9. Dex says:

    Robert, that story at DM was spooky! And this photo goes so well with it. Are you psychic or something? Hehehe. Congratulations on all of your success. I am not surprised that everyone wants to play with you, your writing, I mean. It makes complete sense.

  10. Yasmine says:

    You are spreading your wings, my friend. Soaring, and I knew you would. It’s only a matter of time and hard work, both of which you have. Oh, and enormous talent, too. Check!

  11. Arthur Bavio says:

    Thanks for this great writing – where do you find the time? Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing it.

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  13. Dez says:

    I enjoyed this latest blog, Robert. Collaboration is key to any enterprise and I would not be surprised at all if those writers who have asked your involvement in their projects will continue to do so. Having worked with you before, and published your work, you know how much value I think it has. Rock on, brother!

  14. Robert,

    You are a busy guy. From what I see here you aren’t wasting your time. Congrats and best wishes in all you do.

  15. megtuite says:

    You are such an inspiration!!! Congratulations on all you successes and upcoming publications! So proud that you included my story in Flash Fiction Friday and that you read my story!!! Very honored! You rock it!!! Hugs!

  16. megtuite says:

    Not to mention you were such an integral part of the collaborative story “One-Step Program.” Had so much fun working with you and hope we can do it again soon!!!!

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  18. Addy Montez says:

    Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.

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