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Favorite Fiction Writers

Was just reading through an interview on Duotrope’s Digest with the poet J Bradley, and saw that I was mentioned under his list of favorite fiction authors. That’s the sort of thing that really brings a smile to your face…unexpected, and a cool compliment. Thanks, Mr. Bradley!

Fight For Your Long Day, a comic adaptation

I’ve been hard at work adapting Alex Kudera’s very funny/sad novel, Fight For Your Long Day, a satire of the employment structure for teachers in the university setting. It’s an important book, and one that just keeps building and building in support. My comic adaptations are generally short, just a chunk of a chapter at a time, and will appear monthly at Atticus Review. Check it out here!

The Gift, a comic adaptation

Check out my latest comic adaptation, over at LITnIMAGE. I worked with the mighty Ben Tanzer, a Chicago indie-lit god, on his short story “The Gift” (which was originally published at The2ndHand). Check it out at the link here, and let me know what you think. This is probably my favorite comic adaptation I’ve created so far, so hopefully you’ll dig it.

15 Views of Orlando – RELEASE PARTY!!!

The above subject heading uses three total exclamation points, which–in the words of my old mentor Jeanne Leiby–is the lifetime total allowed to a writer. And man, I used them all at once.

But the subject certainly calls for some exclamation points.

If you didn’t know (i.e. you don’t ever talk to me, or you don’t follow my facebook status updates, or you just randomly stumbled upon this blog), I’ve got a brand-new book coming out: it’s an anthology called 15 Views of Orlando, and it’s an attempt at finally offering an honest portrayal of the city of Orlando in literary fiction. I assembled 15 Orlando fiction writers to write one long loosely-linked story that wanders through our fair city, and the result is indeed impressive and surprising. (I love me some self-congratulation.) And because Orlando writers love our community, all proceeds from book sales will directly benefit Page 15, a literacy non-profit which conducts writing workshops for Orlando public school kids. If you don’t live in Orlando, buy a copy of the book and feel good about your purchase supporting a great cause. If you do live in Orlando, you need to get to our release party.

Details of the release party follow here, in a blog post from Burrow Press publisher Ryan Rivas:

Remember: we’ve got a huge book release happening in exactly one week.

That would be the 15 VIEWS OF ORLANDO book release:

Tuesday, JANUARY 31st
6pm to 9pm @ Urban ReThink
625 E. Central Blvd.
 
In addition to photography, booze, and music, there will be readings by: J. Bradley, Hunter Choate, Ashley Inguanta, John King, and J. Christopher Silvia, at 7:30pm.Folks who pre-order 15 Views for pick-up, or purchase 15 Viewsat the event, will be able to buy other BP books for $5.

15 Views editor Nathan Holic, and authors Hunter Choate and J. Christopher Silvia, were recently interviewed on WMFE’s Intersection. You can listen to that interview and excerpts from the book here. Pre-order the book while you’re at it. There’s no better way to support what we do; and, in this instance, the profits from the book are going to benefit Orlando kids.

 Whether you can make it to the party or not, please spread the word.

New Comic Adaptation

This past year, I’ve been privileged to work with a number of excellent small-press authors, crafting comic adaptations of their short stories (and excerpts of their novels). I’ve already posted links to my adaptation of a scene from Lavinia Ludlow’s Alt.Punk and Steve Himmer’s The Bee-Loud Glade.

So here is my adaptation of J. Bradley’s “Just Do It,” which translated very well to the comic format. The original story (which wasn’t so much a “story,” as it was a piece of “flash fiction,”  not really bound by traditional story concepts) was published in Bradley’s chapbook The Serial Rapist Standing Behind You is a Robot, which is also worth checking out (just visit his web site, and you can find copies).

This comic is available at Ham Literature online, as part of their debut issue.

The Jeanne Leiby Chapbook

In a few weeks, I’ll post a link to my own tribute/ memorial to my former mentor Jeanne Leiby (which will run on the Burrow Press blog), but in the meantime, I want to share some news about the award that has been established in her honor. Details follow below, and were lifted from the UCF College of Arts & Humanities web site. If you write fiction, you should strongly consider submitting.

 

Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award

The Florida Review is proud to announce the first annual Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award in Fiction or Graphic Narrative. For more information, write flreview@ucf.edu or call 407-823-5329.

  • Judge: David Huddle
  • Deadline: December 1, 2011

Prizes

  • First Place: $500 and chapbook publication (letter press and hand-bound by Hoopsnake Press)
  • Second Place: Tuition at Sanibel Island Writers Conference
  • Third Place: Registration for The Florida Writers Conference

Guidelines

  • Submit up to 35 pages (double spaced and in MS Word or pdf if prose fiction)
  • This is a blind-read contest. The manuscript should not have your name or other identifying information on any page
  • Submit a cover letter with your name and the title (or titles) of the submitted writing
  • Any combination of long or short stories or flash fiction will be considered
  • Graphic Narrative must be black and white and in jpeg format, up to 35 pages
  • Entry fee of $25 includes a subscription to The Florida Review
  • All submissions will be considered for publication in The Florida Review
  • Simultaneous submissions are OK as long as they are withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere
  • Submissions accepted until midnight on December 1, 2011
  • Notification of results will be posted on The Florida Review website by February 2012
  • In the unlikely event that no submitted manuscript is selected by the judge as fitting chapbook publication, only the second and third prizes will be awarded
  • Submit here to The Florida Review

Blonde Bombshells Beheaded

Greetings, world!

Quick update: I’ve got a new short story up at The Molotov Cocktail.

It’s called “The True Anxiety of a Blonde Not-Quite-Bombshell Who is Beheaded in a Throwaway Scene of Demonwarp.” And man, is it ever perfect to get you in the mood for Halloween season! (Sort of…maybe?)

It’s part of a series of stories I’ve been toying with, where I take disposable characters from bad horror movies and try to treat them with real empathy. In other words: it’s my attempt to bring honest characterization to dishonest stories. Hopefully, it’s funny, too. Let me know!

alt.punk

Today, I’m proud to share the short comic adaptation I created for Lavinia Ludlow’s claustrophobic, germophobic, punk rock wannabe-turned-insider odyssey alt.punk.

I haven’t written much about alt.punk here on this blog, not because I’ve got nothing to say about it, but because I was the book’s editor and didn’t really feel it was appropriate for me to chime in with a book review.

I respect the hell out of Ms. Ludlow, though, and I’m so happy that her inimitable voice has helped her to find a real audience (rumor has it that she’s got a second novel set for publication with Casperian Press). We worked so hard on that manuscript that it almost made her sick to ever look at it again…so, in order to make her look at it again, I drew up my version of one of the earliest chapters. (I also drew the cover, a style I hoped was super-scratchy and DIY, and I hope that translated to the comic, too)

You can check out the comic here at Smalldoggies, an online magazine where I’ll soon have a serialized graphic novel on display. (More on that later!)

I always dig the Ludlow shout-outs, too, and she’s spoken about the editorial process in quite a few of the internet interviews she’s given. If you’re interested, you can find the links on my “Links” page (that’s a good place for ’em, methinks).

The Bee-Loud Glade: comic adaptation

Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and I haven’t posted on my blog in awhile. To all of my hard-core fans (Mom, I’m speaking to you), I apologize. I know, I know. Everyone is waiting for a new Diet Coke Chronicles, and everyone is waiting for the next Epic Eminem Analysis, and everyone is waiting for another Writing Update. But…well…life is hectic, man, and I’ve got to spend the weekend painting my unborn baby boy’s nursery.

I promise that I’m working on all of the above, and that I will soon satisfy all the needs of my readership (and Mom, we talk on the phone anyway).

In the meantime, though, check out my comic adaptation of Steve Himmer’s awesome novel, The Bee-Loud Glade, over at Atticus Review. This was one of the best books I read this past summer, so it’s only fitting that my comic version of one early chapter comes out at the very end of the summer! Check it out, drop a comment to let me know how I did, and then check out Steve Himmer’s novel if you’ve got one last beach weekend in you.

Writing Updates

A couple quick updates on my writing life:

My novel, Status Updates From the Traveling Role Model, was long-listed at Black Lawrence Press for their annual Big Moose Prize. Doesn’t count as publication, obviously, but it’s great to see–upon my first real submission–that I’m not completely crazy for dedicating so much of my life to the book. I’m confident it will find a home, so long as I find the right publisher.

My short story “Mom Judy” is in the final round review at Limestone, out of the University of Kentucky. Fingers crossed there; they’re an attractive journal, and that’s one of my favorite stories I’ve written.

Some production delays with my piece at Cooweescowee, but still looking forward to seeing “The Pile-Up” in print sometime this summer.

Also looking forward to my piece in Venice Magazine this July: a road trip down the Gulf Coast to discover Florida’s best microbreweries!

And we’ve just about finished the schedule for “15 Views of Orlando” at Burrow Press. What is it, and why am I even mentioning it here? To build suspense, of course. Full details will be released shortly, but if you’ve ever longed for serious fiction set in the city of Orlando (and if you’ve read my blog, you know that I have!), then this will hopefully satisfy that craving.