September 7, 2010
Great news! My story "Hybrid Love" will be published in the next issue of Lies With Occasional Truth. This is an older story that I was thinking about retiring, but alas, was fond of so made some revisions last spring. I signed up for a writing class shortly after I had written this story, and immediately took a dislike to the teacher. He was a condescending braggart. He would give individual workshops instead of an open forum. Instead of withdrawing immediately, I decided to do a one-on-one with "Hybrid Love" the following week. Maybe my shit detector batteries were low. The next week I walked into the empty classroom and sat across from him. He said, 'After reading your story, I actually wondered if you were crazy.' He said this deadpan. I told him I wasn't. He then said readers would have no idea what I was talking about. I told him I gave my readers more credit. I dropped the class, and felt sorry for the kid who said he wrote sci-fi and was told 'you won't be writing any of that in here.' Thank god that guy wasn't my first writing teacher.