Happy Friday, everyone! You know, even though I usually work on the weekends, there’s still something about Friday that’s thrilling and exciting and a relief. Oh, right. Payday. And the opportunity for people to share with me what they’ve accomplished recently, what they’ve been inspired by, what tools they’ve been utilizing, what books they’ve been loving, or anything at all, really. It’s the day for you to talk about yourself or your friends or anything at all, really.
Personally, I’m happy to announce that my short story “Flesh and Feathers” (which is also one of the tales in my anthology Bowlful of Bunnies) has been accepted for publication in the Winter Issue of the Maine Review. I entered it for a contest of theirs and, while it didn’t win, it had enough staying power to stick around. I’m stoked, because this is the first review I’ve published in since 2007, I think, and it helps take some of the sting off the constant flow of rejection letters that arrive in my inbox. The Review isn’t “officially” out until “late February,” but you can pre-order a copy and get a preview (my story isn’t in the preview, alas) here. I’ve already ordered my copy, which means I’m doing the wiggly dance of anticipation every time I check my stoop for a package when I get home. They’ll also be accepting work for their Summer issue in March, as well as holding another contest, so maybe keep them in mind if you’ve got some of your own work to send. They’ve been fantastic to work with so far.
Now it’s your turn! What’s going on in your life? Any new successes or publications or websites to check out? What do you want to promote today?