A Winter Ascetic


My piece, “A Winter Ascetic,” is included in today’s update at Thieves Jargon. I’m in the company of Douglas I. Thompson, Thomas Boulan, Steve Finbow, Jacob McArthur Mooney, Andy Riverbed, Zachary C. Bush, Mark Baumer, Joel Van Noord, Lyn Lifshin, Nora C. Gruenberg, Rowan Carter, Timothy Gager, TygerLilly Ernst and Edward Cowan. Check it out.

Four Word Story

Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response, said to be his favorite work, was this:

“For sale: baby shoes. never worn.”

I’ll never stop being moved by that.

Most of my own efforts at writing something this brief and complete end up as mini-editorials about the greatness of Brian Wilson and the smaller comparative talent of John Lennon. Tonight, though, while I was thinking about Hemingway’s story and how thankful I am that my own infant son is happy and healthy, I came up with this:

“You can miss colic.”

I posted it on Scrine here as well.

Six Sentences

I came across Six Sentences via a link at One Sentence Stories a few days ago and have really been enjoying the site. Six Sentences publishes stories exactly six sentences in length and is a fantastic venue for flash fiction. I submitted an edited version of my short piece Rain Dance and I’m proud to say that editor Robert McEvily has accepted it for publication. My piece goes up on October 29; in the meantime, check out the other work at Six. What can you say in six sentences?