HUMP Blasts

BOO! Happy Halloween everyone!

And what a week…Hurricane Sandy was devastating to some, and not the threat she warranted to others. And yet, as a former dweller and with many loved ones on the East coast, I was really worried, and continue to be. In this week of political hype, Sandy really helps us to focus on what our priorities truly are.

Here are ten (or more) reads around the net:

My piece, “Hexagon of Life,” is up at Metazen, thanks editor Christopher Allen: And while there, check out “Saul Lies” by fellow Milwaukee writer, friend Tony Van Hart: Saul Lies by Tony Van Hart | Metazen

Strange Visions is Flash Fiction Friday’s October theme, full of interesting tidbits and great stories as my co-host Stephanie Lecci interviews local author Paul McComas, and he reads “Harry & Sally vs. New York.” Also I read James Claffey’s “Blood a Cold Blue” which first appeared at Word Riot:

Linda Simoni-Wastila has landed at Smokelong Quarterly (again, thanks to editor Christopher Allen!!!) with “The Abridged Biography of an American Sniper”:

Apocrypha & Abstraction has published its special Halloween issue, congrats Cheryl:

Michael Seidel is at Housefire with the strange and wonderful “I Am Not Literally A Person Under A Bridge”:

MaryAnne Kolton quizzes Charles Finch about his new book, “A Death in The Small Hours”:

Howie Good waxes about poetry in “Empire of Words” at Circleshow: Sevencirclespress: Vol. 8.pdf

Laura Bogart brings speculation of a wondrous writer’s sort, cracking codes at The Salon:

Mark Follman hits a bullseye with “More Guns, More Mass Shootings- Concidence?” at Mother Jones:

Bud Smith getting spooky at Drunk Monkeys with “The Portal to Hell”:

Dorothea Lasky has three new poems up at The Good Men Project:

Be safe out there, whether you trick, or treat! Or both.


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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6 Responses to HUMP Blasts

  1. Andrea says:

    We in NYC appreciate your kind and warm thoughts. YES, if you have lost focus on what is truly important, Sandy has definitely made us refocus on family and friends safety. Thanks for posting some wonderful sites to take my mind off what is going on around me. xoxo

  2. Shari says:

    Boo Boo! And not honey boo boo either! Thanks for the NYer love…you get it back tenfold. Love your story at Metazen. One of my favorites you have published my friend. Stellar writing.

  3. gregory costa says:


    Hi doll. I am busy, packing for my move to SC next week, filling out licensure applications and staffing applications. I will make time to call you before the weeks end.

    Would you please move my email address in your email address book to my other email, gcos201@yahoo

    thanks love this will allow me to read your email in a more timely mannor.



    • rgv7735 says:

      Hey Gregory,
      I sent the sign-up for your newer e-mail address to the new e-mail: You will have to “approve” it, and then have to cancel the other e-mail addy for this subscription. Happy moving and I look forward to chatting to you en route.
      Love, Robert

  4. Theo says:

    Won a huge one last night, RV. I am so grateful, and I know you are, too. Keep up your hard work, stay the course.

  5. Monte St. Clair says:

    Interesting site and great links! Really enjoyed this post!

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