The Shorter They Come

FixMe-Final-Cover-250I am thrilled to announce that my new short story, FIX ME, is up today at Criminal Element. This is one that I am particularly proud of because it took me outside of my comfort zone in terms of the character and perspective. But it also allowed me to write about the Los Angeles I love. The filthy, congested one.

This also marks the first time that somebody else has designed original artwork for a story I wrote. I think it looks pretty awesome, particularly the colors the designer chose to bring this murderous tale to life.

The publication of this short story comes on the heels of getting two other short stories accepted recently—RANGE LIFE will be published over at Shotgun Honey sometime in May, and SCALES will be published by Spelk Fiction toward the end of June.

It is incredibly exciting and a little shocking to have a run of good luck like this. I know it won’t last, but I’m stoked it’s happening right at this moment. So far I’ve gotten one short story accepted for about every five or six I submit.

If you’re a new writer like me, go check out some short story publishers like  CrimespreeFlash Fiction OffensiveShotgun HoneyThuglitSpinetinglerCriminal ElementDark Corners and All Due Respect, to name a few. I strongly encourage you to submit.

It’s a great way to build some chops, get your head around what “short and sharp” means, develop an intimate relationship with rejection, and hopefully see your work published along the way.

“Dead Beats” Short Fiction Audio

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A few weeks ago, The Flash Fiction Offensive/Out of the Gutter published my short story “Dead Beats”. It’s a dark tale about a murderous rock and roll band on the road. You can read it HERE.

The flash fiction piece includes a very special reading of it by my good friend and rock & roll lifer, Marko DeSantis. I am also posting the audio right here:

Not only was Marko the guitarist for Sugarcult, touring the world with the likes of Green Day and Blink-182, but he’s played with Bad Astronaut, Nerf Herder and The Swingin’ Utters—to name a few. On top of all that, he’s also a great writer, storyteller and incredible rock DJ. Check out his show “Endless Party Radio” on the Independent FM Thursday nights. It’s killer.

The “Dead Beats” audio also features some of the song “Punctual Alcoholic” by the rock group Tsar.

Hope you enjoy it. You can find more of my flash fiction HERE and HERE.

More to come very soon.