I know a lot of people thought 2016 was pretty tough, and there was certainly a good amount of harshness, but I have to admit that 2016 was a pretty good year for me. I had 20 stories accepted, a new record. One book came out (Not Quite so Stories which also got 2016 Best Book Awards Finalist Fiction: Short Story. ) and one book got accepted (Apocalypse All the Time). As much as I’d like to avoid the bad things from 2016, I’m not even expecting 2017 to be anywhere near as big a deal for me, writing-wise. I plan to be doing more of a retrenching year, there being a lot I need to concentrate on before getting this kind of submitting going again. 2016 was just a heck of a year, in a number of ways.
Anyway, here’s to all the successes of 2016, and here are the stories that got accepted last year:
– “Hernández de Biedma Owes Me a Weekend” published May 4, 2016 in the Spring Quarterly – (Spring 2016 / 16.4) of Blue Five Notebook.
– “Marc Summers Instigated the Bloods and Crips War so He Deserves Everything He Gets” published March 23, 2016 as part of the suit theme at Pure Slush.
– “Deliberately Missing Henry Kissinger” published May 15, 2016 in Issue V, Volume VII of Connotation Press.
– “Polident Commercials for Indentured Servitude” published May 15, 2016 in Issue V, Volume VII of Connotation Press.
– “Exxon Stole my Oatmeal” published May 15, 2016 in Issue V, Volume VII of Connotation Press.
– “No Way to Run a Railroad” published April 20, 2016 in issue 24 of Literary Orphans.
– “Jesse’s Damn Bacon” published March 24, 2016 at Cheeseburger Nebula.
– “Tony Robbins Told Fred to Follow Others’ Dreams Instead of His Own Because They Thought Bigger” published June 10, 2016 in tall…ish Pure Slush Vol. 11! Available at Lulu in print, as an epub, as an iBook, for Kindle, for Kobo, and for Nook.
– “An Endless Series of Meaningless Miracles” published June 22, 2016 as an excerpt from Not Quite so Stories in issue 12 (“In the Age of Miracles”) of Midnight Circus.
– “Lord Rutherford’s Gold Foil Disco Suits Were a Big Hit in Vegas But the Beryllium Earrings Were Simply Gaudy” published June 15, 2016 as part of the mirror theme at Pure Slush.
– “Night at the Bar- A Predestination Choose Your Own Adventure” published May 27, 2016 in Five 2 One Magazine‘s #thesideshow.
– “In the Beginning, Good Always Overpowered Taxidermied Chipmunks and Free Frosting Wednesdays at Applebee’s” published August 23, 2016 in Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12. Also available as an ePub, an iBook, Kobo, Nook, and on Kindle.
– “Just Another Day” published September 24, 2016 in the Fall Issue of Midnight Circus.
– “The Fox-Trot Is Not One of the Twelve Steps” published August 26, 2016 at 50-Word Stories.
– “Turns Out The Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program Was Not for Fleeing Tax Evasion Charges” published September 22, 2016 as part of the cake theme at Pure Slush.
– “Finnegan on the Case,” to be published in This Zine Will Change Your Life.
– “Continental Breakfasts Sound Fancy so You Don’t Realize It’s a God Damned Muffin and You Should Have Just Gone to Tim Hortons” published September 25, 2016 in the September/Motel issue of Flash Frontier.
– “Ten Gallon Hats Full of Cottage Cheese and the Grassroots Movement to Free K” published December 13, 2016 in Freak Pure Slush Vol. 13. Also available as an iBook, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and an ePub.
– “Desperately Seeking Sea Level” published in the November 2016 issue of The Airgonaut.
– “Michael Rennie was There the Day I Forgot my Bus Pass, But He Told Me Which Metro Line Went to the Ziegfeld Follies” published November 28, 2016 in issue #26 of The Harpoon Review.
– “Time is to Space as Frankfurters are to that Guy Who Hangs Out at Home Depot Asking If You Want to Borrow His Punky Brewster DVDs,” to be published in Blink Ink #26 Space.
– “Big Wheel Keeps on Turning, Little Wheel Abandoned Its Spouse and Children to Pursue Its Dreams of Becoming a Part-Time Mime in Spain,” to be published January 22, 2017 in Five 2 One Magazine‘s #thesideshow.
– “90% of All Sourdough Turtles Break Apart in the Water on Their Very First Trip to the Sea” to be published in true…more or less from Truth Serum Press.