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People Who Live in Invisible Houses in Jersey Devil Press

Jersey Devil Press published my short story “People Who Live in Invisible Houses” and I am grateful. This bleeds over the edge of technology and standard house paint into the fantastical. There aren’t a lot of homes for this sort of thing and Jersey Devil is one of the best. They are Heroes of Literature. 

This took a longish time (5+ years) to get right. So many drafts. Survivors of my writing group will be glad to see an end. An early version of this got me into the Tin House writing workshop, I still don’t know how. I didn’t workshop the story at Tin House, but did with Kelly Link when she taught a two day at Hugo House. She patiently explained the flaws, which were legion, so I re-framed the whole thing. It still took three more years of revisions. 

 

Bomb Shelter in Gulf Stream

Gulf Stream published my short story Bomb Shelter, with a great collage by Jeff Hersch. This is my first full length short story published in a while, but two more will follow soon. January is an embarrassment of riches and I am grateful.

This is a rare thing for me: a realistic story rooted in personal experience. Real stuff includes the Beanfields, the dirt fort, terror at impending nuclear war, a murderer and a gun. But none of these people are my family. Such is the nature of fiction.

13,000 yr old cave art

Hunter, Gatherer

Gingerbread House published my flash piece called Hunter, Gatherer. I wrote this after reading Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind which chronicles the history of Homo Sapiens from their spread out of Africa 1.9 million years ago, wiping out five other hominid species, taking a possibly wrong turn towards agrarianism and eventual dominance over the planet. A great book about our sad/funny history. Seemed ripe for comic flash retrospective.

The stunning graphic published at Gingerbread House is by Brooke Shaden, whose photographic magic I’ve appreciated for years and follow on Instagram. I’m not going to infringe on her rights by reproducing the art here, but encourage you to visit the story for a peek. You can see Brooke’s art on Instagram at @brookeshaden or on the web at http://www.brookeshaden.com/prints/