“One Day’s Worth” Avail. at Solstice

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“You can tell in this photo that neither man wants to be in that space any longer than they have to, not so much because of who they are in relation to each other, but more so in what has just happened. It certainly isn’t staged, and they certainly aren’t putting on airs with each other or with the camera.”

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Family and grace along the Outer Banks: my short story “One Day’s Worth” is now available at Solstice, Spring 2017.

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Solstice

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“Something in the Way” Available at Superstition Review

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“When I was twelve, Jeffrey Dahmer had been wandering around town. Not him physically but what was left of him, the marks made by him. His trial reopened all the things he had done, the lawyers and the specialists and the media holding up his acts like unrolling long-forgotten film in front of a bright light, taking us back to where it all started and ended, showing us over and over, article after article after news coverage after talk show after expert opinion, about the intersection of sex and violence. People wanted to see this animal pay.”

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My short story “Something in the Way” is now available at Superstition Review.

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Superstition Review

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“A Tree in the Woods” Avail. at The Hungry Chimera

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“Sucked in and suckered in—that’s what she realized, when she realized it had happened. A sucker, Marion called herself seconds later, correcting herself as the target and the trigger of emotional buckshot. All me, she thought, all me. PR trick, click-bait, curated image stuck on the end of hashtag carrot sticks. Down a rabbit hole. Into a black hole.”

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“A Tree in the Woods” is now available at The Hungry Chimera as part of the inaugural issue.

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The Hungry Chimera

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“Retire to the Netherlands” Now Available at Panoply

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“Further north, then, my Love, my Honeycomb Drip? Say, the Arctic—or close to its blue-green edge that science and movie stars claim is melting under the heat that makes travel to and photographs of such places possible these days. But we won’t be able to tell if anything is missing or slumping like drunken shoulders or a house built on a canal; we’ve never been there before. At least, you haven’t. I was there once, many years ago. Aurora Borealis dragged its watercolors across the black sky like fireworks in Hell. Actually, I was on my way to meet the Devil.”

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“Retire to the Netherlands” is now available at Panoply, and at less than 500 words, you’d be done reading it by now. Yes, really.

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Panoply

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“Brunch” Now Available in The East Bay Review

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“He looks at Ms. Parton again out of the corner of his eye, squints at her, can’t help but wonder if she is indeed a messenger, that maybe she’s bringing something just outside of food and drink to him, something just for him that won’t change much but will change a little over time, once he finds its purpose and gets it going, something that won’t make him happy but happier, that he’s this close to precision, a minimal requirement to begin, and it is everything.”

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What do you get when you cross a Sunday brunch in Washington D.C., Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and a protagonist looking for a purpose in life? Find out in “Brunch,” now available in The East Bay Review.

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The East Bay Review

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