Ya’ll, LOSING CLEMENTINE was short-listed for the Balcones Fiction Prize. I’m so pleased I could bust. Huge congratulations to the winner, Hanna Pylvainnen, for We Sinners. I’m going to celebrate my runner-up status with a tiara and a cookie. You know what? TWO cookies. This is special.
I’m in fantastic company, the whole short list was:
Relative Strangers by Margaret Hermes
Sighs Too Deep for Words by William Jack Sibley
Slant of Light by Steve Wiegenstein (Blank Slate Press)
The Galaxie and Other Rides by Josie Sigler (Livington Press)
The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets by Dianna Wagman (IG Publishing)
Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream (William Morrow)
Cookies and tiaras for everyone!
The most common axiom about writing is to “write what you know.”
Have you ever driven behind a school bus full of fifth grade boys? Have you ever seen them press their faces to the back window so their noses looks like snouts and their breath fogs up the glass and their tongue lolls out of their mouths? That’s how I feel about that axiom. Although I would add some rude sound effects just to really round things out. Read the rest of this entry »