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Best. Rejection. Ever.

From The Santa Fe Writers’ Project regarding the creative nonfiction, “Are You There, Avatar? It’s Me, the 70s.”

Overall, the editorial board was really interested in this essay, but we felt like there were too many topics brought up without grounding them for the reader. We’d like to see a revision of this.”

It’s the last sentence that thrilled me so.

I’ve already made the video – I (perhaps too) boldly stated that this piece will publish this summer with SFWP. Putting out the good feng shui and all. Don’t mention it to them.

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A seasoned piece in a seasoned journal

The Jewish Literary Journal has been publishing since 2013, “here to help foster and publicize the unique(ly) Jewish voice espoused through creative writing (they don’t call us people of the book for nothing!), including those that may be difficult to relate with if one is unfamiliar with the religion or culture.”

In their November issue, The Jewish Literary Journal will reprint one of my favorite pieces, Girl Feelings, originally published in Literary Mama in 2008. Trigger warnings all over this one, you guys: sexual abuse, a parent’s mental illness. Tread carefully.

How could I mother a girl? I’d been abused as a girl.
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Alle wins semi-finalist!

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You guys! I just learned the Boulevard Magazine named my essay “Goddess of Mercy” a semi-finalist in the nonfiction category.

Boulevard [is one of the eight magazines] young writers and poets pay attention to…since that’s where they hope to publish their work.” —Charles Simic, The New York Review of Books.

kuan-yin“Goddess of Mercy” remains unpublished. Perhaps the loving kindness shown it here will change its feng shui.

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Acceptance!

I received an additional two rejections, but also the acceptance. The flash essay “Hong Kong, My Twenties” will run in the next issue of Under the Gum Tree.

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ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest 2019

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Proud to announce that for the second year running, a short piece has made it to the quarter-finals of the ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest. The piece I submitted this year, The Brass Ring, is in fact an essay; but I asked prior to submitting.

No news as to when the semi-finalists will be announced. Last year, my short story, I Wanted Ten, made the semi-finals. Hope to do better this year.

Still in Asia, by the way. Thailand. Studying Chi Gong at the Nam Yang Kung Fu School in Northern Thailand, out side the little bitty, hippie town of Pai.

My body is sore and my heart misses my family so much. Other than that, things are going very well. We’ll chat soon.