The-Twisting-Path imageMy story “The Twisting Path” has been published in the October issue of the literary journal r.kv.r.y (read “recovery”). It’s a story that explores the emotional and physical stress of being swept up in the medical/industrial complex. I wrote in 2010, inspired by the experience of being diagnosed with prostate cancer (later cured through surgery). I’m thrilled that it has finally found a home.

The interesting image selected by the journal editor to accompany my story is by the Polish artist Dariusz Kimczak. This link will take you directly to my story, but I encourage you to take a look at some of the other work in this journal if you have the time. I think it’s one of the more carefully designed and edited online journals.

Link to The Twisting Path.

Illustration by Dariusz Klimczak

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my story “Little Red Bird”–which first appeared in the online journal Foliate Oak in December, 2011–was selected as one of the journal’s best stories of the year. I received the handsome soft-cover book in the mail today. [9/8/2013 update: a PDF of the 2012 print journal is no longer available online. Read my story here.]

In the news…

April 4, 2012

Alice and Jim at the book release party for "A Year In Ink 5"

My friend and writing circle colleague Alice Lowe writes a monthly column for the Presidio Sentinel, a newspaper serving the Mission Hills community in San Diego. In the April issue she reported on the April 19th book release party for the anthology A Year In Ink 5, which includes my story “Things Could be Worse,” and was kind enough to include some of my thoughts about the event in her report.

Read the Presidio Sentinel article here.

Read Alice Lowe’s blog here.

Monday 3/19 John and I attended my first book release party–for the anthology A Year In Ink 5 published by the group San Diego Writers, Ink. I was surprised and a little alarmed when the mistress of ceremonies announced that the authors were going to “read through the book,” including the introductions by prose editor T. Greenwood and poetry editor Brandon Cesmat. I knew that my story, “Things Could Be Worse,” started on page 117 and wondered how many hours of waiting I was in for.

I needn’t have worried. At the end of the three hours (with a fifteen minute intermission) I was hungry for more and reluctant to go home. The pieces read by my fellow authors were often beautiful, always interesting, and universally good. The intros by the editors were inspiring and masterful. I realized how honored I should feel to be included in the book–and I am. The entire evening (including pre-event Mexican dinner treat by my writing circle partner, Alice Lowe, and her husband Don Strandberg) was delightful, and, I believe, would have been so even without the Margaritas!

Just received word today that my story “Little Red Bird,” which was featured in the December, 2011 online issue of Foliate Oak,  has been selected by the journal’s editors for publication in their annual anthology of the best stories of the year.

I’m so happy that this story has found a second life in this anthology. I like the story a lot and think of it as a tribute to my spouse John’s three sisters–Cathy, Laura, and Connie–who have taken on the responsibility of daily visits to their parents in separate long-term care facilities.

The anthology will be available in May, but you can read the story here or by clicking on the “Non-Fiction/Essays” section of this blog.

Welcome!

March 12, 2012

Welcome to my new blog! I hope you’ll find stories here that intrigue, entertain, and provoke you.

I’m pleased to be able to announce that I’ll be reading an excerpt from my short story, “Things Could Be Worse,” as part of the book launch party for A Year in Ink 5 on Monday, March 19th at 7pm at the Cygnet Theatre in San Diego’s Old Town. Looking forward to seeing those of you who can make it!