Turning up the heat

Sometimes you’re hot. Sometimes you’re not.

Since signing my contract with Five Star Publishing for my novel Prodigies (see previous entry), the thermostat on my writing career has been turned up a notch.

On one day in February, two of my stories were accepted for publication in anthologies planned for this year. Pilgrim on a Freedom Machine, a memoir of a rambling, long-distance cycle trip through France and Spain, and the lessons I’ve drawn from it, will be published this spring or summer in Write to Move, an anthology of fiction, poetry and non-fiction dealing with movement, freedom, ability and disability and physical activity.

My story Frank 2.0, my take on an alternative-universes story, will be included in Alternate Plains: Stories of Prairie Speculative Fiction, which is planned for publication in the fall.

A few weeks later, I received word that Red Earth Review, the literary journal associated with the MFA program at Oklahoma City University, had accepted my short story Whattaya Gonna Do? Red Earth Review published my short story Testing two years ago. Now that I have evidence that Oklahomans get me, I’ll have to take a road trip straight south.

While buoyed by this positive news, I was working with my Five Star editor on revisions to Prodigies, which now is slated for publication in January 2021. No doubt, I’ll be updating the world on that in the months to come.