12 Authors, 12 Stories, One Book


In September, 2014, Hypothetical Press, will release their first anthology, READING GLASSES – Stories Through an Unpredictable Lens.

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It is a new collection of speculative short fiction by Bruce CapoferriJohn Farquhar, Gregg Feistman, Christine L. Hardy, J. Keller FordK.A. MagrowskiRay RebmannRandy RibayJ.J. Steinfeld, Rich Voza, Jessica A. Walsh. and Neal Wooten.

Well-known author, blogger and member of the South Jersey Writer’s Group, Marie Gilbert, has already conducted some interviews with the authors that you can read here.

If you look really hard in that long list of authors, you’ll find moi.  Yep, my short story, THE PASSING OF MILLIE HUDSON, will appear in this anthology, and I couldn’t be happier. Aaaaannnd, since I’m jobless at the moment, and have nothing better to do with my time than write and do stuff related to writing, I made a simple freebie book trailer for Millie Hudson over at Animoto.  Here’s a looksie:

As soon as the anthology goes live on Goodreads, I’ll let you all know.  In the meantime, feel free to click around Hypothetical Press’ website, and connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.

The long road to publication


On August 23, 2013, I submitted a short story, The Passing of Millie Hudson, to a publisher suggested to me by a dear friend and author.

The story appeared once before in an anthology put out by a writers group I was in, but the antho didn’t do well.  In fact, I don’t even mention it in my publishing credits because it was one of those ‘vanity publishing’ things. Instead of me paying for inclusion, I was allowed to include it because I was the ‘editor’ of the anthology. (I use the term very loosely because I really wasn’t an editor; more like a gatherer of blurbs and excerpts of unfinished novels).  It was one of those morale booster things the writer’s group did so writers could see their name in print and hopefully give them incentive to keep writing.  I have positive and negative thoughts on the experience, but that’s neither here nor there.  The thing is, I always thought Millie Hudson needed a home.  A real home where she would fit in and her story could be told the way it should have been all along.

When I found out about this particular publishing arm of the South Jersey Writer’s Group, Hypothetical Press, I sent Millie Hudson in with a hope and a prayer.  Yes, it’s another Writer’s Group, but SJWG is well-known, has a huge following, and some authors you might recognize are members.  It has a great reputation, and its previous anthology did very well in sales.  Plus they are huge in getting the word out there about its authors.  All of these were great pluses for me: reputation, word-of-mouth, awesome exposure.  All things important to an author.

On December 16, 2013, four months after submission, I received my congratulations letter from Hypothetical Press.  They LOVED my story.  I cried.  My lovely Millie Hudson found a forever home.  I later found out there were close to 80 submissions for the anthology and only 13 were chosen.  1 in 7 odds.  I’m happy.

There will be more info about the authors included, the titles of their stories, blog tours, etc., but for now, after a year of waiting, I’m happy to reveal:

Coming August 19, 2014

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I can’t wait to share my story, The Passing of Millie Hudson with you.  I am thrilled beyond words to see this story in its final, wonderful resting spot.  Thank you Hypothetical Press (Amy and Jessica) for your passion and dedication to producing a fabulous anthology, and for your love and belief in my story.

More to come on this folks, so stay tuned!!

 

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Dog Park Revelation


I took my pups to the dog park today.  That’s my Aussie, Toby, in the foreground, Jahlee (the white dog) is right behind him, and Charlie is the fuzzy black dog in front of her.

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As I watched them play and run and romp and snark, I was reminded of a passage from a short story I wrote titled “The Passing of Millie Hudson”:

I jus’ stood there buried in my own thoughts, watchin’ them birds rustlin’ ’round the ole oak tree when I heard Millie shuffle up behind me.

“My, my,” she say. “Look at them. Just as happy as can be. Oh, what I would do to be one of them for a day – to not worry about anything, especially good for nothing relatives, to not even be privy to my own mortality but to live each second of every day as nature intended.”

How wonderful would that be, to wake each day with not a care in the world.  To just live.

I think it’s possible – if we can get past our own self-inflicted limitations.  Replace our own negative patterns.  Become one with God and the Universe.  To live like animals, careless and free.  Are you up for the challenge?

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