On balance, a solid literary year for me. I had five stories published, my best year by far in that regard. In print: “Call It Beautiful” (New Madrid) and “Fred” (River Oak Review). Online: “Secret World” (Sotto Voce), “Harold Digs His Way to China” (580 Split), and “Rocks Against My Window” (Metazen). Plus, I wrote three reviews of short story collections for The Short Review.
I got off to a solid start on the submissions front–hitting the 100 mark mid-way through the year–but then slacked off considerably, finishing at 110, down from 187 in 2008. And only two story acceptances: “Rocks…”, published right after it was accepted; and “Head in Bag,” due later this month in Confrontation. Also, a theatrical monologue, “Brick,” was performed as part of the Encinco Theatre’s Monologue Festival.
In study, for the fourth year in a row I attended the Tin House Summer Writer’s Conference, this year studying with the incomparable Dorothy Alison.
coming up next week: a previously promised post about upcoming Submission Opportunities; my Writing Resolutions for 2010; and Litmag News & Notes