I’m very pleased that one of my stories, “Here for You,” was accepted for publication by Fiction Weekly and has just been posted as this week’s showcased story on that site (along with the cool cat photo reproduced here). Fiction Weekly — based at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA — was first recommended to me by Laura Ellen Scott (with whom I chatted about 0nline short fiction not long ago, in a post that quickly became one of the most popular on my site), and I received great encouragement from Fiction Weekly editor Jason Reynolds on my first two submissions before finally earning some real attention for my third. His suggestions for revising my manuscript — restructuring it, really — were both thoughtful and detailed, and I was grateful for all the consideration he showed my work. (A note to short story writers: We should all be lucky enough to have an editor so attuned to questions of craft.) For information on Reynolds and his work, check out both the site, which speaks for itself, and this October 2008 profile of his work, at LakeCharles.com.
In Other News
Michael Sims, interviewed here a couple of weeks back, is the guest blogger this week at Penguin.com in conjunction with his new book, The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime. Additionally, check out a nice radio interview with Sims for the program Viewpoints.
And two good friends, Nancy Pearson and Sheri Sorvillo, are among the featured readers this month for the Cheryl’s Gone reading series. They’ll be part of “an evening of poetry and burlesque” on Thursday, April 16, at Big Bear Cafe in D.C.