Monthly Archives: April 2014

“First Dive” in The Dalhousie Review

My short story “First Dive” is in the latest issue of The Dalhousie Review, published at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This is one of my earliest works and is included in my collection Men and the Drink. It is the first part of a trilogy that revolves around a young female narrator over a period of three years. The second story, “Permanent,” was published in The Nashwaak Review, and the third, “Black Satin Pants,” is still looking for a home. I was close to retiring “First Dive” as it had been rejected eleven times, and I wondered if it was strong enough to stand alone without the rest of the trilogy.

Much thanks to the fine folks at The Dalhousie Review for accepting my story.

April Writing Links

terrible minds. 25 Ways to Fight Your Story’s Mushy Middle

Flavorwire. Absurd Urban Dictionary Definitions of Famous Authors

Writer’s Relief. Rejections: A Badge of Honor

the guardian. Bad Grammar award reveals shortlist of English language offenders

Sundog Lit. How to Submit: Becky Tuch

Ploughshares. How to Charm the Pants Off an Editor with the Power of Your Words

The Wall Street Journal. In Search of the Next Gabriel García Márquez

Huffington Post. Are All Fiction Writers Tormented?

Echolocation. The Deepest Pleasure’s in the Making of a Story: Cynthia Flood on Short Fiction

The Secret Life of Writers. Six Tips for Writing Your Synopsis