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5 questions about 5 stories

Hi all, I wanted to share this very short interview about my very short book. The part about my husband is not exaggerated. FIVE Qs 

I also wanted to remind folks in the San Antonio area that I'll be reading at the Library Performance Area at San Antonio College. I'll also have signed copies of my chapbook. More information can be found HERE.

I should be back to regular blogging about the oddities of life next week. Have a great weekend, ya'll, and I hope to meet up with some of you.

My Writing Process: Blog Tour

My Writing Process Blog Tour

I was tagged by Gay Degani to post briefly on my writing process. This is a sort of floating interview. 

Gay is the author of  What Came Before and Pomegranate Stories. Gay's award-winning writing has appeared in numerous online and print journals. Not only is Gay's writing amazing, but so is her contribution to the literary landscape; she is the founder of EDF's Flash Fiction Chronicles, and she works as an editor at Smokelong Quarterly. Thanks for the tag, Gay. Read her responses here

The Q&A

What am I working on? 

I'm polishing my first novel and beginning a new one that stars a recurring character in my short stories, Rattle. This work has been slow-going, but I'm very excited about it. I was writing very short stories for a long time (such as those that appear in Don't Tease the Elephants), but lately I've found myself writing longer stories. We'll see what happens there.

How does my work differ from other work of it…

Don't Tease the Elephants

New chapbook out today! 

*UPDATE* If you'd like to read it in e-form, it will be available exclusively this way on Amazon for a few months for only $2.99, click HERE.

If you want to read a sample, here's the link direct from the publisher: DON'T TEASE THE ELEPHANTS

If you'd like a signed copy, get in touch:
Spread the word! These are 5 of my favorite stories. I'm really proud of this one.  Happy weekend, folks!


I was asked (in the corporate sense of the word) to work 16 hours overtime this week and possibly next week (job #1). It's putting me in a really strange headspace given the amount of work I do as a teacher and writer. I honestly didn't think I could be stretched thinner than I was. I won't say more about that now, but it does mean this post will be short. :-)
Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.
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I returned to San Antonio from my trip to AWP on Saturday and got right back to work.

I miss Seattle. It has a certain vibrancy. I had amazing food. My husband and I ate at Etta's Seafood where I told the waitress I wanted to lick the plate, but there were too many people there. I was not lying. I almost licked it anyway, but I resisted. I am proud of this. I met up with my undergrad professor and friend, Shannon Lakanen, at the Whisky Bar and drank the best ginger cider (I can't handle whisky) of my life. We visited the original Starbucks, the Public Market, the Space Needle, and we walked the city until our feet felt as though they were about to fall off. I read as part of the Festival of Language at Rock Bottom and the Hot Pillow at the Roosevelt, which I partially hosted but all credit goes to Joani Reese. I ate conveyor belt sushi and gourmet cupcakes. I met up with brilliant writers, including Robert Vaughan, Len Kuntz, Mia Avramut, Meg Tuite, Aaron Dietz, Bud Smith, Sa…