Love is all you need

Love is all you need, a short movie. This story is multi-dimensional; bullying is only one layer. As for the main theme, it could be read in two different ways: either as a metaphor for the oppression of the gay people,  or, to turn the movie on its head, perhaps, as a cautious tale about […]

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A novel-in-stories

Can each chapter in a novel-in-stories, like “My Life at First Try,” stand alone? Like an orchestra player, each individual chapter can play nicely by itself, but a group of them can still work in concert.

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Vice versa

Rejection: Thank you for allowing us to carefully consider “XYZ.” Unfortunately, we have to pass at this time. We wish you the best in placing this piece elsewhere. Reply: Thank you for your careful consideration of my story at 3:54 AM on Sunday morning, the time known for the pick of the human attention.

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The opening of my Lenin novel

The evening of January 21, 1924, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars, was busy dying. He kept sinking into the bog of unconsciousness, filling up his mouth and nose with corrosive muck the color of the Soviet flag. Eventually, he would resurface, but each time he remained under longer and longer, and each time […]

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Five Points Acceptance

My 250-word flash has been accepted for publication by Five Points magazine. The publication is highly rated according to the 2016 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Ranking for Fiction.

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