The agent busy getting American Monster out; Tin House conference in Two Weeks; I DIDN’T win THAT contest; ‘The Box’ is with readers; Prick of the Spindle has picked up ‘Fixed’. Such a fine magazine, so it’s an honor. I’m really proud of this story, not only because it’s part of American Monster, but because it’s part of me. I pulled my own eastern past into it, the smell of the woods and lake water on shaggy pelt, wheeling hawks and the first time coming back to Ca. I was born in Berkeley. But when I came back west for the first time, yeah, when I was twenty, oh the carved-up land. It’s still beautiful though, and I can’t wait to go back to the North west in a couple of weeks. My cousin and I are going to hit the woods and the coast, where my American Monster is from.
Got an acceptance from an anthology I’d forgotten I’d subbed to. Trunk Vol II: Blood. And the wonderful folks at Dog Horn are putting out another volume, Dreadful Daughters. So I’ll be in that. And just saw my name on Ellen Datlow’s honorable mention list for Fixed. Sweet!
Where: Petersham Bowling Club
When: August 5, 2011
What: Jammin, Jammin, hope you like Jammin too.
(I was too nervous and got too smashed to read, but folks got up on stage for me. Too bad the pictures didn’t come out, but picture this: my son, the genius artist, Jack Breukelaar, and the talented Wyatt Moss-Wellington of the Lunch Mothers, up on stage doing Betty Davis Eyes as a tribute to Union Falls. They’d kept it a secret, and it was. Very.
Oh, and Karen Hewitt, who edited came all the way up from Melbourne and also hit the stage (another stage, much later on) with some Union Falls Meatloaf. Yah!
Went by and checked out the venue with a friend, who gave it three thumbs up. Yay! Still haven’t heard back about the nibbles, oh well. We may just have to order pizza. I’m looking forward to chilling with nearest and dearest, and I can honestly say, maybe for the first time in a while, that everyone who will be there is someone I actually WANT to hug.
Of Drama Queens and Red balloons, or: When is Ripe Rotten?
My latest Nervous Breakdown here: http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/jbreukelaar/2011/07/of-drama-queens/
PLUS, a new Zombie piece, Z-Day, coming out at Opium.
Reading Seb Doubinsky’s poetry collection, The Little Things that Break, so watch this space for my Holy Shit! comments. Seb’s astonishing triptych, Babylon Trilogy, has just been picked up Black Coffee Press, those cute guys from Detroit.Which just goes to show that good things do happen to good people.
Union Falls is live, here, at Fantasy Magazine.
‘I finished the story and it was close, but not there. For some reason this disturbed me more than any other story that I’d written. It meant a great deal to me, and it was terribly important to get it right. But I knew it wasn’t. I showed it to two trusted readers, and they asked the right questions, and I started again, and that time it came out as it should, effortlessly, as if someone was telling me, rather than I was telling it. That’s when you know it’s true.’
You can read the rest of the interview here.
Along with my story Union Falls. It’s here.
My story, Lion Man, has been selected for an upcoming anthology from Dog Horn Press (UK), Women Writing the Weird. Honored to be featured with writers like Gina Ranalli and Aliette de Bodard, not sure who all else is in it. Pretty cool, seeing as Lion Man is a very early story of mine, first published by my friend Matt Revert at Legume Man Free Press. Not sure when it comes out, watch this space.