Short Stories

A Collective Effort

 That's my name in an ebook! And Mira's hairy couch blanket.

That's my name in an ebook! And Mira's hairy couch blanket.

It's Day of the Dark launch day! It's been a special day in so many respects. This was my first fiction publication and the first time my name made it onto a book cover.

It was also made extra special because I got to hand deliver copies of the book to my mom and grandma, two of my biggest cheerleaders. For me, sharing it with my 87-year-old grandma was doubly so because when I asked her months and months ago if she would be comfortable with me using part of my grandpa's name as my pen name, she readily agreed and said she thought my grandpa would have liked that. We're hoping the Blaine storytelling continues on.

 My mom and grandma with their copies. Speedy recoveries for grandma who just had back surgery.

My mom and grandma with their copies. Speedy recoveries for grandma who just had back surgery.

 

We often think of "art" as a solitary thing. The artist goes off to create and produces something. The reality, though, is that art is always collective. Whatever art we produce is always influenced by our experiences, culture, and the people around us. Since there's no acknowledgement page for a short story, here's what it would be.

This story, The Devil's Standtable, owes much to so many of you. For the friends and family that have encouraged me, tweeted, re-tweeted, liked, commented, shared, and entered, THANK YOU!!! I so appreciate every little bit of it. For Kaye George, the wonderful editor of the anthology, and Wildside Press thank you for taking a chance on me and including me in the anthology. To my SinC-Guppy short story critique group, thank you for all of your suggestions on this and other work. You are unfailingly honest and wonderfully constructive will all of your comments. 

Now I'll stop being all mushy and head back to the launch party!

The Devil's Standtable

Photo by SeppFriedhuber/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by SeppFriedhuber/iStock / Getty Images

Pleased to share that my short story "The Devil's Standtable" will appear in Day of the Dark, edited by Kaye George, published by Wildside Press. All of the stories in the anthology have an eclipse connection.  Day of the Dark will be published on July 21, 2017, a month before the solar eclipse that will be seen across the United States.