The Lion and the Aardvark is here! This beautiful hard cover anthology of modern fables includes my story “The Rats and the Cockroaches” as well as stories from writer pals Richard Scarsbrook and Dan Perry.
I was contacted last February by Robin D. Laws, Creative Director at Stone Skin Press, who asked if I would like to participate in the project.
The anthology is available in bookshops across the UK and can be ordered through your local book store. Stone Skin Press will soon have their online shop up and running.
Read an excerpt from “The Wolf and Death” by Julia Bond Ellingboe from The Lion and the Aardvark.
Read my Fable Experience in an earlier post.
Echolocation Issue 12 Launch
Thursday, November 1, 2012
No One Writes to the Colonel
460 College St., Toronto, ON
Readings start at 8pm
My story “The Inkling” is featured in the new issue of Echolocation, the literary journal produced by the Graduate English students at the University of Toronto.
“The Inkling” is the tale of Jarls Jensen, a failed journalist, who seeks a fortune-telling fraud to influence his wife. This story was inpired by a dream, my cat Harold, Picton, my grandparent’s Airstream in Dwyer Hill, and my brother’s fondness for the name Jarls…Berg.
|Reading “Summer Sublet”
At the launch, I’ll be reading a different story from my almost finished collection, Men and the Drink
, alongside fellow contributors Ben Ladouceur
and Andrew Battershill
. Drop by for a copy of the new issue, a reading or three, drinks, dancing, and conversation.
|Super Fans R & D & G
“Rivals” is the story of hockey card collecting sisters who share more in common than sport. Read now at Joyland.
This story was primarly inspired by the 1998-99 NHL season. Other influences include Parkdale, the CNE, and the real life Wookie.
Fact checking was a priority. Up until publication, I was still finding things to correct. The Yzerman card mentioned is a one-in-two-hundred, not a one-in-one-hundred print run, and I had Jarome Iginla’s name and rookie year wrong!
I also had the pleasure of meeting and working with Joyland
Toronto editor Emily M. Keeler.
Other online fiction:
A good week is having one story accepted for publication, a great week is having two.
Joyland will publish “Rivals”, the story of hockey card collecting sisters who share more than sport. Joyland is a literary magazine created by Emily Schultz and Brian Joseph Davis. Editors across North America select short fiction by authors from specific locales.
Echolocation will feature “The Inkling”, the tale of failed journalist Jarls Jensen who seeks a fortune-telling fraud to influence his wife. Echolocation is the literary journal produced by the Graduate English students at the University of Toronto.
Stay tuned for release dates.
Dragnet Magazine, an online publicatation, will feature my short story “The Promise of Puppies” in its next issue. Fellow F&G writer, Nadia Ragbar will also have two fictions, “The Fair” and “Wolves Using the Patio Furniture” appear in the issue.
My short fiction “Girl in Dryer” appears in Broken Pencil 54. The story revolves around Alice, a twelve-year-old who lives with unrelieved suspense. She gains temporary relief when she befriends a man and his pig.
This story, inspired by a dream, has four firsts:
|Wilbur and Alice
First story to be accompanied by illustrations. Beautiful work by Lisa Vanin.
First story I workshopped with F&G Writers, my amazing writing group that will celebrate its two-year anniversary this May.
First time I was invited to participate in the editorial process, a back-and-forth dialogue with BP founder and fiction editor Hal Niedzviecki.
First time I have been paid for any piece of writing. Have to think of something special to do with it.
|Girl in Dryer
The Nashwaak Review (St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada) has published my short story “Permanent”. Also in this issue is “Aria di Gelato” by Dan Perry, a fellow creative writing student of Richard Scarsbrook.
Black Bile Press has published my story “Orchestrated Disaster” in its special edition Front & Centre #25 .
Editorial Feature: Two writers talking – Salvatore Difalco and Alexandra Leggat
Also fiction by:
Zsolt Alapi, David Burdett, Christine Catalano, David Rose, Daniel MacIsaac, Chelsea Novak, Jeremy Hanson-Finger, Stacey Madden and Zachery Alapi.
Reviews of books by:
Anne Perdue, Danila Botha, Chris Walter, Daniel Allen Cox, Mark Anthony Jarman, Dave Newman, Jerrod Edson and Salvatore Difalco.
Order a copy HERE.
On-line magazine Lies With Occasional Truth has published my short story “Hybrid Love”. I was about to retire this piece last year when I gave it a tweak and sent it out. Tada!
I was taking a creative writing class at the time I wrote this. When I met with the teacher to discuss my story he very seriously said to me, “After reading your story, I wondered if you might be crazy.” Thankfully, he wasn’t my first writing teacher and I had an ounce of confidence to tell him I wasn’t and that I gave my readers a little more credit than he was willing. I dropped the course as he was unprofessional with other students as well.
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.