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A recent short short of mine, “You Are Somewhere Else,” is forthcoming in Visitant and should be available online.  As usual, I will post the links when the story comes out. – M

Good times.  My story, “Ghetto Fabulous” is forthcoming in the Atticus Review.  I will post more information when I know the particular issue.  Whee!

Taking a short break this afternoon to post on my blog.  I know the scene I have to write today.  I know what has to happen in it.  I can even see it playing out in my mind.  So what’s the problem?  Maybe caffeine will help.  37°F and misty on the mountain today.  I won’t be up here for much longer.  Possibilities for the next move include England, Estonia, Indonesia.  In the States: Boston, NYC, D.C.  We’ll see what comes back over the water . . .

The novel is just about done. That means book manuscripts 2 and 3 will be going in the mail to small presses and contests sometime this year.  Then I ramp up work on the book dealing with gender performance and transhumanism.

Book 4, which will be my second novel, is already 80 pages into its first draft.  And so 2013 begins . . .

English: A view over Yosemite off California S...

Sitting in a big empty house in the foothills of Yosemite has certain advantages, not the least of which is the profoundly encompassing silence.  Here you can think of, speak, or listen to anything and it will fill up the room like a new reality.  Sure, during the day, I can sometimes hear a donkey braying in the distance.  But he shuts up at night.  Smart donkey.  The coyotes are always lurking.

After a writing gig in East Africa; wandering around the lake district of Brussels in a bacterial stupor; teaching English in a graduate school for interpreters; publishing two more stories; teaching multiple writing workshops online; acting in an Estonian commercial; finishing my second book; and spending a fascinating, intense week in England, I’m back in California to regroup.  I’m assessing the state of my union while getting the next set of trips, projects, and writings lined up.  In terms of fiction, I’m working almost exclusively on the novel.

Yes, that novel, the novel that’s too mean to die.  I’m determined to get this one finished and in the mail before this time next year.  And NanoWriMo has nothing to do with it.

Where will I go next?  There are a number of possibilities—back to Europe, out to Asia, even to various locations in the States.  Maybe all of the above.  The good news—at least for me (maybe for you, too?)—is that I will be getting back to regular blogging here.  I also hope to add video to these posts as soon as my Handycam replacement cables come in the mail.  So get ready.

In the near future, I will be writing about the horror that obtains at a regional writer’s conference and The Human Simulacra Project.  I’ll also be talking, at some point. about the 3-student intensive writing workshops I’ve been teaching for the past two years since I plan to start offering these through this blog.

More to come.

Michael

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