A story of mine that was posted at Fictionaut for many years was published here: http://bluefifthreview.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/blue-five-notebook-august-2013-13-15/
It’s a small story with huge ambitions, a tale of love, madness, fame and loss.
In anticipation of soon joining the circus at Facebook, I’m doing a major renovation of this web site. Lots of new projects in the offing as well. In the meanwhile, bear with us please.
Okay, decided after much observation that Facebook may be harmful to the artistic health of writers like me, semi-reclusive and easily distracted by a clever turn of phrases. Since it will cut into my time and lead to the ruination of my novel-in-progress, I will not join the circus on Facebook and Twitter, but have instead retured to Fictionaut, which is almost exclusively a social and showcase website for writers. Here’s the link:
With a reasonable price of $10.05 and every cent of the profits going to the Japanese Red Cross to assist in continuing efforts at recovery following the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, you cannot go wrong in purchasing this brilliant anthology.
With the inclusion of many writers and artists, a total of 60 authors from around the world, New Sun Rising is a wonderful anthology and is a perfect example of literary activism at its best.
Here is the link:
My own short story, On The Train to Otsu Station is included in this anthology and I’m proud to be a part of it.
It’s finally posted, so I can talk about it. My short story, Knitting the Unraveled Sleeves has been selected for an Editor’s Choice Award in the Eric Hoffer Prose Award competition and will be included in the annual anthology of short prose, Best New Writing 2013. The book will be available in early October.
Here is the link to the announcement: http://www.hofferaward.com/HAprosewinners.html
And here is the link to order the book: http://www.hopepubs.com/pubbuy.html#BNW
I’m particularly proud of the story and very happy to see it found a proper home.
Fascinated by the decadence of pre-war Germany, a frantic epoch frought with passions of social, political and artistic focus, I wrote this poem after watching several old German films. The poem is posted at Tulpendiebe on tumblr, a site created by Jürgen Fauth, the co-founder of the writer’s site, Fictionaut. He has also written a novel, titled “Kino.” My poem, titled, “I see a sea of cinema faces, black and white, black and white, black and white” is my poor attempt to capture something of the decadence and the tone of the era. You can read it at:
The tumblr site also has a link to Fauth’s book and in Tulpindiebe, you will find an odd, curious, fascinating collection of works, prose, poems, art, photos that are marvelously tuned to the epoch and to the period in which Fauth’s novel is placed. It’s a fascinating period.
One of the most memorable film clips from any period is the beer garden scene from Cabaret. I could describe it, but here’s the link.
If you haven’t seen it, you must see it for the full impact. It condenses the chilling emotions of the time in a way that no words could describe.