+ My story A LOT OF BRIGHT is up @ Monkeybicycle! Thank you to Steven and Jesse for including me!
+ My story ALL THAT SMOKE HOWLING BLUE will be up @ Robert James Russell’s new lit mag joint called CHEAP POP in early January. Will holler back abt it. And submit some micro-fiction to CHEAP POP if’n you’re of the writing kind!
+ Here is a mood board for my book EVERY KISS A WAR.
+ My guest-edited issue of Storychord is live & quiet & pretty!
+ Also, I love Nelson Mandela & Paul Walker.
+ Also, Chris Messina dancing to Aaliyah, Robert Sheehan’s gentle Irish accent and Antonia Thomas’ beautifulness on Misfits, the Haim album, this Christy Nockel’s album, and snow days.
My gorgeous girlfriend Mickie Winters took my author photos and these are two of them. More laterrrr.
And I’ve gotten the sweetest blurbs re: my collection Every Kiss a War. No srsly I’m so excited abt these things sometimes I can’t sleep and I have to drink tea to calm myself down. Blessings, many. Been a busy little bee working w/Michael Dwayne Smith on final edits.
Also I have a story called “Nate” and a story called “Un Jour Comme Un Autre (A Day Like Any Other)” and they’re both gonna be in some things soonish! I’ll talk back abt those soon too! There’s also a guest-editing gig and I’ve been asked to write a blog post for another lit mag. Stoked abt all of these things!
ALSO STOKED ABT ARROW b/c it’s all I wanna watch lately b/c I love it I love it. Listening to Oliver/Felicity fanmixes on 8tracks. All of that fangirl stuff I love so much. (I also wrote abt Sons of Anarchy here.)
And just today re: WhiskeyPaper I said: If I could bottle what I look for in a story it would taste like firecrackers & honey & Neil Young would start playing when the cap came off. This is My Truth.
+ EXCITING, EXCITING! My debut short story collection has found a publisher! MOJAVE RIVER PRESS. Michael Dwayne Smith is the man behind it all and I feel like the luckiest girl to be able to work w/him. Not only is he a super-talented writer, but he’s a sincere and kind man. A joy to work with. And I can’t thank him enough. My collection is now called EVERY KISS A WAR and will be released in early 2014. I will write more abt the stories and all kinds of good stuff soon.
+ (photos by Gabe Bullard & Erin Keane)
And also I took part in Radio Unbound: Remix this weekend (I read “Whiskey & Ribbons”) along with writer Michael Wayne Hampton. Erin Keane did an awesome job putting it together and DJ Matt Anthony made the phone ring when it happened in my story and he played Otis Redding and Billy Joel when my characters listen to the same music in story. It was just the coolest thing. I met a lot of great people and after, Loran and I got delicious tacos and beers @ Taco Punk. It was such a sweet and special day.
+ & speaking of “Whiskey & Ribbons” thank you soso much to Rebecca McKanna who had such nice things to say abt it over @ Carve Magazine. Jennifer Harvey had such sweet things to say abt it too in the latest issue of the Premium Carve Print edition and I’m overwhelmed w/this sweetness. Thank you so much, ladies. !!
+ I have a Facebook now and will have an author page soon. WILL REPORT BACK!
“They went nightfishing. Swam like little lake creatures baptized in wet, North Carolina moonlight. Came back to the cabin and grilled the fish in foil over an open fire in the sticky-thick night air. Ate it with lemon wedges and crispy garlic potatoes, swallowed it down with sweating brown bottles of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Charlotte’s favorite beer. They spent one entire day in the cabin naked just to see what it felt like. Charlotte thought that it would feel like being Adam and Eve and it did. There was a fenced-in fecund garden filled with vespertine flowers, but no snakes.”_My story MAKING COWBOYS is up @ Little Fiction. Thank you to Troy Palmer for having me. I love working with Troy and I love Little Fiction. “Making Cowboys” is about a cowboy hat and second marriages and families and starting over and lovelove. (Also I think the cover is so pretty and I love her.)
Also, Loran and I wrote a little something for the Games Issue of Sundog Lit and Brian and Justin were sweet enough to include us. Thank you boys! We wrote about Uncharted b/c we’re obsessed w/it and it’s The Best.
&& there are other super-exciting things I will talk abt soon soon soon. !!! <3 <3
ALSO I will be reading “Whiskey & Ribbons” as part of the Writer’s Block Literary Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Unbound Dance Remix Readings over @ Swanson Contemporary Gallery. ! Excited, excited. Things, things. (& even when I’m slow abt posting here, I am always posting things I love over @ brightlywound!)
Will talk soon.
“The overgrown garden of what we don’t say, fecund in our hothouse mouths. Every kiss is a war.”
My story SOMETIMES WE BOTH FIGHT IN WARS is up @ SmokeLong. Many many thanks to Ashley Inguanta for choosing my story and for being so awesome to work with. And also, thank you thank you to everyone who has shared the link on Twitter/Tumblr and written me about it. Such kindness. And I feel so blessed to be part of such a lovely writing community. Overwhelmed w/blessings & sweetness. I LOVE Y’ALL.
Elisabeth Cox is the crazy-talented artist who painted the hand + earrings for me. She’s also one of my dearest friends and has been for about ten years. I love her like she’s my family and I love working with her. I also love staying up all night to watch X-Files w/her and watching Gilmore Girls with her while we fly across the country together and camping w/her and making dinner w/her. She’s My Girl. Thank you, Ebeth. (And check out her prettypretty geography art over @ her Etsy, POPPY AND PINECONE.)
I also wrote about how Peyton Manning is my football Mister Darcy for American Short Fiction. So much footballishness/bookishness over there so check it out and thankyoumuch to Jess Stoner for including me!
MOVIES I’VE WATCHED RECENTLY & LOVED: Nicholas Nickleby & A Teacher. Charlie Hunnam plays Nicholas Nickleby and I mean you know I love the Hunnams. (And period pieces) And A Teacher is just so well-made/well-written. I loved it.
FAVORITE SONG OF THE MO: “Royals” by Lorde. Shoutout to my gf, mims, for introducing me to this perfectness.
ALSO: I will be a participating writer in Louisville Literary’s Writers Block Festival coming up in October. STOKED! Will report back with deets. And thankyousomuch to Erin Keane for asking me to be a part of it!
Have been thinking a lot about Mercies New. How the Lord blesses us each and every morning and doesn’t hold our sins against us. I never wanna stop being amazed @ this. Nichole Nordeman is one of my favorite Christian artists and she has a song called Mercies New that goes:
So I would understand if You were out of patience
And I would understand if I was out of chances
Your mercies are new every morning
So let me wake with the dawn
When the music is through or so it seems to be
Let me sing a new song, old things gone
Every day it’s true, You make all Your mercies new
And my prayer is that I’m allthetime aware of this. My Maker and King’s unfailing love. It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness._Lamentations 3:22-23.