To celebrate the opening day of baseball season, Skyway Journal has published an issue of baseball poems, which includes five of my haiku. Edited by Fred Shrum, Skyway Journal publishes poetry that falls under such diverse categories as Americana, crime, horror, humor, love and noir.
In honor of Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, here’s my tiny tale, “Season Tickets,” originally published by Seven by Twenty on March 4, 2016.
Between innings they argued over the pitching change, the play at the plate, and how to divide the season tickets in the divorce settlement.
“Sighting,” my creative nonfiction (CNF) story about spotting a rock icon while on vacation, appears today in Five Minutes. The publication, edited by Susanna Baird, seeks stories of exactly 100 words (not including title) that depict brief real-life experiences.
The February issue of Dwelling Literary, out today, includes “Whole Latte Love,” my tiny tale about a coffeeshop crush. Edited by Elizabeth Bates, Dwelling Literary is an online publication that features a different theme each month. The current issue, “At the Love Shack,” is its third. Lindsey Ostrom is the journal’s art editor.
“Comebacker,” my short tale of a pitcher’s mishap on the mound, appears today in the first issue of Friday Fix Fiction. Edited by Justin Deming, Friday Fix Fiction publishes “thought-provoking, heartfelt, and honest” stories of exactly 50 words (not including title). The theme of this month’s issue is “revive.”
Published today in The Drabble is my humorous story “Out-of-This-World Conversation.” The Drabble, which features stories of exactly 100 words, also published my story “Yellow Highlighter” in August 2017.
I’m grateful to have had 12 stories published this year:
- “Hung Up,” 100 words, in Funny Pearls
- “First Date,” 50 words, in The Dribble Drabble Review
- “Stakeout,” 50 words, in Truffle Magazine
- “Nobody’s Girl,” 50 words, in MoonPark Review
- “A Game Plan,” 100 words, in The Daily Drunk
- “Band Aid,” 101 words, in 101 Words
- “Echoes of You,” 50 words, in Trouvaille Review
- “The Bus Boy,” 50 words, in Pine Hills Review
- “To the Saleswoman Who Snubbed Me,” 150 words, in Pine Hills Review
- “Open All Night,” 50 words, in Pine Hills Review
- “Kitchen,” 100 words, in Doghouse Press
- “Mementos,” 100 words, in Thimble Literary Magazine
I also had two exciting firsts this year: “Playing with Fire” (originally published in The Fiction Pool in August 2019) was featured on the English in Practice podcast, and my first poem (non-prose) was published in the Irish publication Crossways Magazine.
I’m thrilled to have my prose poem “Mementos” included in the Winter 2020 issue of Thimble Literary Magazine. The quarterly publication, based in Philadelphia, believes that poetry is a form of armor: “Like a thimble, it may seem thin and insignificant, but will protect us when we are most vulnerable.”
“Kitchen,” my 100-word snapshot of a couple married 50 years, is included in the third issue of Doghouse Press. Founded and edited by SJ Kennedy Scott, the quarterly publication focuses on “the tender”: pockets of love in places you don’t expect. “Kitchen” is the final piece in the issue (page 37).