It’s been a while, a really long while, since I’ve updated my site, but as I’ve said every other time, I’m going to try to do that more often now. In case you were wondering what exactly I’ve been up to, check out this post on Dear English Major, where I explain the things that have been going on in the past year-plus: “Heart and Guts”
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been lucky to have been invited to be a guest on not one, but two different podcasts. It was a great experience and, now that all three episodes are lives, I wanted to share them with you.
First, I recorded two things for Citizen Lit. In the first episode (Episode 9), I talk book reviews, writing about alcohol, and a bunch of other literary things. Episode 9 also features a reading by my bad-ass friend Ben Tanzer! (Download Episode 9 here)
Next, check out Episode 9.5 where you can hear me reading a story from my forthcoming debut story collection, God in Neon. (Download Episode 9.5 here)
Finally, check out the SAFTAcast, where I sit down with Scott C for an hour of conversation that covers everything from the state of Montana to murder trials to fantasy and roleplaying (the Dungeons and Dragons kind). Oh, and we talk, you know, books and stuff. That, too. (Download Episode 45 here)
In one of the many little notebooks I have, I decided to try and track my book list for the entirety of my MFA career. At some point in the future, this may be useful. Who knows. I’m telling myself, at least, that it will be. Influences and whatnot, right? Anyway.
Here is my reading list from the week before school started through Jan 1. Christmas break isn’t over, but I got to the end of a page, so why not switch over to Spring 2016.
A note: Most of these are all British modernist works. I had a lit class, which then bit into the time I would’ve been reading other stuff.
- Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
- Fallen Land by Taylor Brown
- Slab by Selah Saterstrom
- The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
- Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
- Between The Acts by Virginia Woolf
- The Pub and The People (Mass Observation)
- Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley
- Tono Bungay by H.G. Wells
- Waterland by Graham Swift
- Monster Blood by R.L. Stine
- The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
- England, England by Julian Barnes
- Letters to a Young Chef by Daniel Boulud
- Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
- The Mulching of America by Harry Crews
- Many Small Fires by Charlotte Pence
With 2016 just a few hours away, I’ve been working on retooling my website a little. First and foremost, the look. Thanks to the wonderful work of Sean Taylor (who also designed the cover of God in Neon), my website better reflects my work as a spirits writer now.
Also, how cool is that new logo?
I’d like to make promises about posting more on here, but I’m not going to. I’ll try to post things, but if you see me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll see whatever would go here anyway.
Onto 2016. Onto bigger and better things.
I’ve been remiss in, well, everything. July was the busiest on record, but I am now settled in Columbia, SC, where I’m beginning work on my MFA at USC.
I’ve been more remiss, however, in not mentioning how thankful I am of Glenn B. at Herbal Tea Digital for designing my website and generally listening to all of my questions about it.
He’s amazing, and you should hire him for all your needs.
Check him out here.
Also, I need to thank Robert J. Carmody of Growler & Sons for taking my kick ass author photos. Not only are they the best I’ve ever looked (he swears he didn’t photoshop someone else’s face in), but we got to go to an abandoned citrus plant, which was quite a rush as well.
Support him, too, by buying his work.
P.S. I’ve now connected to my social media accounts, so hopefully that’ll do more work in keeping me honest about updating this blog. We shall see.
I’ll be guest editing the online journal Cahoodaloodaling’s next issue. The theme is “Grit Lit” and we’re still open for submission. In the meantime, check out this interview I did with Cahoodaloodaling.
It’s been a crazy 2015 so far. Yesterday I found out that my collection of short stories, God in Neon, will be published by Lucky Bastard Press at the end of 2015. I’m incredibly excited for this opportunity.
In other news, I will be reading at the Orlando Fringe Festival this Sunday as part of the There Will be Madness reading. Come out, it should be a good, maddening time.
Flash Fiction to the death, y’all. What’s better than that?
It’s been a busy April, as I first traveled to Minneapolis to attend my first AWP conference and, only a week later, made my way to Knoxville to partake in my first writer residency at the Sundress Academy for the Arts. Both experiences were intense and amazing and everything they needed to be.
I’ll be working to post something on this blog at least once a week now, so look forward to more content again soon.
My debut chapbook When You Cross That Line is now available for pre-order over at the There Will Be Words online store. It’s only 5 bucks and shipping is free. OR, if you’ve got 8 bucks, you can get my chapbook AND The Best of the Rest 2014, the chapbook of the runners-up. I say go big on this one.