I hope you and your families are all doing well. Whether you’re locked in your apartment or taking care of patients or helping keep grocery stores open, thank you, and I hope this little handful of a story brings you some joy.
Body Bound is featured today on fresh.ink (which will email you a short story every day if you sign up). It’s an oldie of mine, and super short.
I hope you like it, and stay safe!
p.s. Shout-out to the amazing woman at PetSmart who brought a new collar to the car when Murphy’s broke yesterday!
Happy leap-year weekend, everyone! I hope the end of February is good wherever you are.
In Atlanta, we’ve got America’s best marathon runners racing tomorrow in the Olympic marathon trials, and I’m psyched to go cheer on some of my favorite athletes. I’ve also been watching Netflix’s “Love is Blind,” which is eye-bleedingly trashy and delightful, and ordering face masks on Amazon so I can ward off COVID-19.
In even more exciting news, the underwear story is out at Maudlin House! It’s wacky, weird, and fun, if I do say so myself. I hope you enjoy it!
It’s February, which can be a kind of cold, dreary time, but so far we’ve had lots of Valentine’s Day candy, snow in Atlanta, and I’ve got two stories coming out! I hope your February is at least as good.
“Counting to Sixty” came out today in the Eckleburg Review. Issue 21 (filled with stories that are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud while you also feel a little nostalgic/heartsick/bruised) is available for $5 with the coupon code “ContributorXO!” (If you’re looking for a hard copy because you’re old school like that, they’ll be available on March 1.)
Expect another email from me in a week or two. Maudlin House is publishing a crazy little story featuring an underwear thief. I honestly don’t know what to say about it, except that you’ll be able to read it yourself.
I hope you’re finishing the last of your Valentine’s Day chocolate, because the Easter Bunny is coming with more!
Happy summer, happy July, and happy upcoming day of fireworks!
Quick two things I’d like to share with you:
TIMBER, a great literary journal from CU Boulder, just came out with their summer issue, including my short essay “Guess Why the Dog is Crazy.” It’s about my struggle to understand why people have kids, and I feel a bit peculiar that this story was published a month from when I’m supposed to become an aunt to two more little rascals. PROTIP: The format of their website on my computer is a little weird, so I had to fullscreen my window. Thank you, Roz, for your help on this one. 🙂
Down East, a magazine in Maine, recently published Kathryn Miles’s “Homeward Bound” about how dogs are rescued from overpopulated kill shelters in southern states like Georgia and transported to northern states where adoptable dogs are much harder to find. The photos accompanying the article are stunning—Cait Bourgault took the photo below, not me.