June Bug

I love the B-52s. Music that is irreverent, danceable, and simply unusual. I also like summer storms, and it’s a good thing since we have had plenty. I find the transitions from thunderstorms to shiny, happy skies refreshing. Weather has a profound, intense affect on me, on moods, and mental imagery. I often write about the world around me, the woods, the whistling trees, the budding peonies.

It is an honor to see that my writing is included among two “best of” lists, one that I mentioned at Gay Degani’s fantastic site called Flash Fiction Chronicles 100 Story Links in Honor of Short Story Month 2011 (4). Compiled by writers who suggested links to their favorite stories of 2010, my story, “10,000 Dollar Pyramid” , included at #66, was recommended by great friend and talented writer Meg Tuite. Thanks Meg, Gay and folks at FFC for compiling such a wondrous list.

Then I was shocked, and elated to see the same story appear at Sam Rasnake’s blog on his list 10,000′s favorite short fictions & verse: a would-be/should-be anthology « sam of the ten thousand things. Wowsah, thanks, Sam, and what a great list!

Meanwhile, we taped and aired our May Flash Fiction Friday program at WUWM: Lake Effect – Flash Fiction Friday: Writing & Reassurance. This month’s line-up was stellar with Wisconsin writers, bl pawelek and, Jack Douthitt and national writer Julie Innis. Thanks to all the talent, and co-host Stephanie Lecci!

Other writing published since I last blogged:

Blue Sky Ahead by Robert Vaughan « In Between Altered States (thanks Aleathia!)

Simo Freeshow – Pure Slush (theme was queer, thanks editor Matt Potter!)

“No Soul” by Robert Vaughan → Fictionaut

fwriction : review (this is a collaboration of work called “Fictionaut Six” by editor Danny Goodman, including, Ana Verse, Len Kuntz (People You Know By Heart), Meg Pokrass, Sam Rasnake (sam of the ten thousand things), Susan Tepper and me. What an honor to have my work included in the great issue and zine. Thanks, Danny!

My micro-fiction “Rejection,” is up at 50 to 1. Thanks editor Paul!

And this just in: a new home page at 52|250 A Year of Flash!!! The project is morphing into Baker’s Dozen, more forthcoming from editor Michelle Elvy (Glow Worm), who also selected my story “Breath” to be included in her “Language and Place at the Edge” for Edition #6 of Language and Place Blog Carnival. Thanks, Michelle!

I have work forthcoming at Metazen, Housefire, Yes, Poetry, Connotation Press, Midwestern Gothic, Eunoia Review, MiCrow, among others.

This morning I am listening to Nicki Minaj…thanks to Char for turning me on to Nicki last week. Her song “Moment 4 Life” is infectious!

What are you listening to? Any favorites? What are you reading? Standouts?


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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14 Responses to June Bug

  1. Beverly Coats says:

    Great news Robert! And I agree with Meg, Gay and Sam that your story 10,000 Dollar Pyramid is among my favorites also. Keep up the great work!

  2. Dez says:

    Way to go, and I am thrilled for you Robert. Your momentum amazes me and I love to read your stories.

  3. Wallace says:

    The B-52s ROCK! I love them too. Dance this mess around! And I got the “June Bug” reference right away. So happy to get your latest news. You are a star!

  4. Yasmine says:

    You belong on every best of list! Congrats! And I am also a B-52 fan! Love them in concert and to see what wigs Cindy and Kate will pull off!

  5. Neal H. says:

    You have great writing, just love your mind and how you create!

  6. Christopher says:

    I love the B52s too. Great stories all round, Robert. Hope you’re doing well and look forward to your story at Metazen.

  7. Theo says:

    Fantastic blog, and you have so much going on! Great to know, and I love reading your latest work at Fictionaut and elsewhere.

    Music? I’m listening to retro Pet Shop Boys!

    Reading? Ron Rash’s collection of short stories, “Burning Bright.”

  8. Debbie Doll says:

    Such a wonderful blog, so happy to have found you. Congrats, Robert!

  9. Cynthia says:

    You leave an insatiable longing for more with every word. That is not an easy task to accomplish. I am in awe of your stories that keep coming! Congratulations.

  10. Ginny Young says:

    I love the B-52s. Dance all day and night to them! Great writing again, Robert!

  11. This is a very interesting site you have here. You are all over the place. I especially enjoyed 1,000.000 Dollar Pyramid, and know for a fact where it will reside on June28th. Best of luck to you, Robert.

  12. Lynda Free says:

    Great informative blog, thanks for posting your link at LinkedIn. I subscribed and marked it, so I can read more of your writing.

  13. Thad Dexter says:

    So happy to read your work, to see how much progress you are making with your career.

  14. Antoine says:

    J’aime vraiment votre article. J’ai essaye de trouver de nombreux en ligne et trouver le v?tre pour être la meilleure de toutes.

    Mon francais n’est pas tres bon, je suis de l’Allemagne.

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