Two quick items, hot off the press (not sure what the new expression is for internet news, since there is no printing press involved with this stuff, but I’ll leave that to someone smarter than me to figure out).
Item #1: Details for my hotly anticipated book release party are now revealed! Check out the Facebook event page here! We’ll be holding the party at Orange Studio in the Mills/50 neighborhood of downtown Orlando, on Saturday, November 9. Pre-order the book, and it will be available for pick-up. The party’s gonna be off the chain, ya’ll. (Or…as “off the chain” as a literary event can be. I’ll work on finding a more appropriate expression here, too.)
Item #2: The Orlando Weekly recently put together a list of “10 Orlando authors you should know,” and I was excited to find my name on the list! I’m pretty sure I’ve never been featured in a listicle before. This calls for a drink. (As of the writing of this post, it is 9:30 AM. So I will postpone the drink. But you can drink, if you’d like. no judgment.)
Hopefully I’ll have more news to share soon! Reviews. Online excerpts. Interviews. More listicles? Oh, what a time to be alive.
Once again, I’ve neglected my poor web space for far too long.
But there’s big news to report!
My new novel, Bright Lights Medium-Sized City, will be published this Fall by Burrow Press. The official release date is in December, and you are of course free to wait those many months…But it would be far cooler if you slithered over to the Burrow Press web site to pre-order the book. Link here! You’ll get the book early, and all of your friends will be jealous.
I’ll share the synopsis and some blurbs and press in the weeks ahead. Why waste it all in one blog post?
For today, I’d also like to announce that I’ll be part of PechaKucha, an Orlando institution, at the Dr. Phillips Center, on Friday, November 8. Tickets are available here. My book release party will actually be the next day, Saturday, November 9. It’s going to be a huge weekend for me, and for the book. Book your travel and hotel now!
Oh. hello there.
The week after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub was a difficult one for many of us in Orlando. I tried to organize my thoughts in comic form, posted the images on Facebook, and then was deeply honored to have Green Mountains Review publish the final comic on their site. I often use writing to make sense of things in my life, but this was probably the first time that I’d ever used the medium of the comic. For some reason, it just felt right.
You can see the final product here.
Coincidentally, I was also interviewed by the journal Prick of the Spindle about (among other things) how I write Florida fiction, and how I write the city of Orlando. That interview was written up last year sometime, and was slated to be published online on Father’s Day of this year. (A great deal of the interview focused upon my book The Things I Don’t See, which was really all about fatherhood.) Father’s Day, of course, came one week after the Pulse nightclub shootings.
It felt in poor taste to make too big a deal of this interview, since so much of it was about the city of Orlando as a setting for fiction, and yet the interview didn’t (obviously) acknowledge the shooting…I was really thankful to Prick of the Spindle for still running the interview, even though the tone of the piece (written before anyone could’ve predicted what would happen) is so at odds with what had just occurred. I haven’t reread the bits of the interview that discuss Orlando, but soon I will. It’s probably the closest I’ve come to writing a personal manifesto about “how I write about Florida” and “how I write about fraternity life,” so it’s definitely something that I feel strongly about, and–if you’ve read any of my work, and dig what you saw–it’s totally worth a read.
Thanks for reading and/or visiting this blog. Enjoy your summers: we’re just getting started, and already I feel like I want to go live in my freezer.