October 11, 2015

"Disconnect" in Necessary Fiction

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 10, 2015

"Separated" in The Antigonish Review

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.

"Separated" Excerpt:

"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.