Teaching at Skillshare

I am excited to announce that my first creative writing class for Skillshare is now available! It is titled “Crafting Complex Characters (Quickly) for Short Fiction.”

From the class page:

Whether you’re writing a 400 or 4000-word short story, you need to know your protagonist’s tics, joys, and sorrows in order to create a believable connection with an audience. As such, the goal of this class is to provide writers of all skill levels with a quick and easy multi-part project designed to build a credible character in under an hour. By the end of this class, you will have not only a mini character bible, but will have also “spoken” with your character, which will assist you in choosing the right point-of-view for your story.

I’d love for you to take a look at the class, and Skillshare has provided me with a special link that will allow you to sign up for two FREE months of premium membership. This gives you free reign to take any class you want! Click here (or the picture above) for the link.

Book Review Essay Fiction Interview

Emerging from my cave

After a quiet first quarter, I emerge from my cave with a small flurry of publications. Here they are, in glorious bullet point:

Hopefully this is the beginning of a busy second half of 2019.


Best Microfiction 2019

Pleased to announce that my story, “Half Tank,” has been selected for the Best Microfiction 2019 anthology. Many thanks to the editors, as well as everyone at Atticus Review, where the story first appeared. Read more about the anthology here:

Book Review Essay Fiction Interview

2018, Condensed

The year is over (pretty much), so (bowing to peer pressure) here’s everything I put out in the world during 2018:

I published the following stories, most of which are quite small:

“The Wherewithal” at Monkeybicycle 

“Creatures of Love” at Last Exit

“Old Friends” at Last Exit

“Everyone Needs a Kind Stranger to Listen to His Secrets” at Last Exit

“Parental Concerns” at Bending Genres

“Half Tank” at Atticus Review (nominated for Best Microfictions 2018 and Best Small Fictions 2019)

“Living Our Best Lives” at jmww

Though I anonymously reviewed 20(ish) books for PW, I also wrote some longer takes for these fine outlets:

“Love Is a Powerful Drug: On Tomb Song by Julián Herbert” (Kenyon Review Online, Nov. 2018)

“Review of The Concrete by Daniel Abbott” (Rain Taxi Review of Books, Issue 91, Sept. 2018)

“Hollywood Babylon: A Review of Ross McMeekin’s The Hummingbirds (Vol. 1 Brooklyn, June 2018)

“I’m So Free: On A Working Woman by Elvira Navarro” (Kenyon Review Online, March 2018)

“On Tatiana Ryckman’s I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do) (Alternating Current’s The Coil, March 2018)

I got to interview my buddy Donald Quist about his new story collection:

“Living as Lion and Hunter: An Interview with Donald Quist” (Fiction Writers Review, Oct. 2018)

And lastly, three of my short essays appeared in the collection Miscellany, from Run Amok Books:

Read more about Miscellany

That’s 2018. Hope 2019 is pleasant and prosperous for everyone.