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Several links for new blog readers

Hey, thanks for swinging by the blog!  If you're new here, I thought I'd post a few links to get you oriented.

First, if you're coming over from Glimmer Train Magazine, you might be interested in a story of mine that was first published by them back, I think, in 1997, called "After Kimberly."  It's available as a download on Amazon for $.99.  (Though if you're really interested and broke, just drop me a note and I'll send it to you for free.  Hey, I've been there.)

Second, I've edited the Blue Penny Quarterly, a free online literary magazine for many years:  our latest issue (optimized for iPad, but readable on most devices that read PDF files, which is most devices) is available here.  Some great stories from some awesome writers that I recommend you check out.  (Did I mention it was free?)  And, hey, we're open now for submissions.

Third, I wrote a fantasy novel I'd been dying to write for many years, and have published it through Amazon's Kindle Publishing program.  I know, some of you are thinking "how good can a self-published book be," but I'd suggest getting past that.  As much as I love real books and real bookstores (here's proof), Amazon is offering a lot of opportunities for writers these days, and if you're a writer yourself you might want to investigate the possibilities here further.  (See this post for some of my own thinking on this.)

Lastly, you can still get copies of my first short story collection, "A Patrimony of Fishes," only in print, either from or directly from Red Hen Press (who is great to work with, by the way, and really worth your support too).

And, of course, there are a lot of pictures here too.  I'm a dad and hold down a full time job in Silicon Valley that has a lot of travel to it, so often an iPhone picture on the blog is all I have time for.  But I do live up in the mountains where "The Mushroom Hunter" is set, so if you want to get a sense of things before that story comes out, feel free to just click around.

Thanks for visiting--I'm easy to get in touch with via the email address on this blog if you want to discuss anything here.


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Thank you, Glimmer Train!

Many thanks to Glimmer Train Stories, for picking my story, The Mushroom Hunter, as the winner of their 2012 Fiction Open Competition!

If you're new to my blog, welcome!  Here's a post to get you started.

And here's what the story looks like in GT.

Story: The Night Witches

Months before the fire—the big one that cuts up through the homes in our hills like a plane through a flock of doves—I see Rochelle in the street. It’s a Sunday. She has her hand in some guy’s pocket. Her hair is paler than I remember it, and it hangs down around her face like she still cuts it herself. She is tanned, broken-in, like she’s been living outdoors all these years.
“Is that Rochi?” I ask Hope, forgetting that Hope never knew Rochelle.
Hope is pointing out the pneumatic metal ostrich to Noah as it hisses and clanks past us. He studies it from up on Hope’s shoulders with a look like he’s swallowed a spider. It’s a moment of summer in Santa Cruz as drawn by Miyazaki: creatures of many colors leap and strut and caper in the street. Pyrotechnic children and dogs with wings grin from alleyways. Cosplay cyborgs loom in doorways. Shops are filled with clockwork angels and satyrs on stilts. Demons with mechanical jaws and painted breasts laugh and hoist lattes. A Victorian house roll…