January 31, 2016
Writers Write. 14 Points To Consider Before You Write The Ending
Book Riot. Some Like It Hot: The Literary Function of Sex Scenes in Romance
NPR. What Exactly Does An Editor Do? The Role Has Changed Over Time
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Los Angeles Times. My so-called life: Jim Ruland on writing memoirs for other people
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The Rumpus. Writing On Old Age
The New York Times. Words Unwired
The Guardian. Top 10 failed romances in fiction
December 31, 2015
Huff Post. 30 Ways Authors Can Prepare for the New Year
Open Book Toronto. Taking Your Medicine in the Editing Room
the guardian. The best book we've read all year: Guardian writers and readers look back
Ploughshares. Round-Down: Rounding Up the Submission Fee Debate
Mashable. An illustrated guide to bookstore reading etiquette, starring cartoon Jonathan Franzen
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November 30, 2015
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The Review Review. What Editors Want; A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines
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Electric Literature. 31 Fairly Obscure Literary Monsters
November 4, 2015
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The Bathroom Monologues. Carrie Bailey on Struggling with Disability in Life and Fiction
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October 11, 2015
My short story "Disconnect" is up at Necessary Fiction. After seventeen rejections, this story finally found a home at this webjournal published in Boston.
Inspirations include my time working as a nanny, struggles with insomnia, and Trinity-Bellwoods Park in Toronto. Here is the opening excerpt:
"Disconnect" was written many years ago and is included in my first short story collection, Men and the Drink, which is currently under consideration at a few publishers. Here's a cover I designed for fun...
Links to my online short stories
September 30, 2015
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grammarly blog. 10 Ways Keeping a Journal Will Genuinely Improve Your Life
the Town Crier. On Writing Vulnerability
the guardian. The pleasure of a Jackie Collins novel was always the dish
New Republic. Drunk Confessions: Women and the cliché of the literary drunkard
The River Trading Company. Why Used Books?
The Atlantic. How Literature Inspires Empathy
Clickhole. 8 Rejection Letters Publishers Sent To Famous Authors
September 10, 2015
My short story "Separated" is featured in the latest issue of The Antigonish Review, published at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
"Separated" is the third story in a trilogy that appears in my first collection, Men and the Drink. Part one, "20 Grit", was published in Front & Centre #22. "Crappy Little Job" is the second story.
"With no cuts or scrapes to solve the mystery of my injury, I surf the web for information.
Dislocations, rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, bursitis . . . I stop at separated shoulder - the junction of the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (arm bone) is disrupted. It is usually the result of a sudden traumatic event. Pain is severe at the time of injury. Alcohol’s oblivion spared me this. A small bump appears over the injury. I stand square in front of the mirror and see the protrusion. Separations are graded one through six, six being the worst.
Throbbing intensifies, and I wake nightly when inadvertently rolling onto my right side. By Sunday I concede the need for medical attention—a trek to the local emergency room in the morning.
No visible war wounds from the small mass gathered here today."
Note: this story had thirteen rejections from literary magazines and journals before finding a home on the east coast... a reminder of the importance of patience, perseverance, and the belief in one's own work.
The Antigonish Review can be found in the magazine section of Indigo and some independent bookstores.