Hello friends & fellow Bloggers! I hope y’all’re doing well on this fine Friday. The weather here in middle Tennessee is damnear perfect today. It’s a mild, partly sunny 80 degrees with a sky full of wispy white and fluffy gray clouds being pushed along by a gentle, almost autumnal breeze here in my little corner of the world. I’m on cloud 9 myself right now.
Over the years, I’ve had a few poems published online and in a couple of college literary journals. Of course each published piece provides a measure of pride. I think I’m a better short story writer than poet, though, so the fact that I’ve never succeeded in getting any of my stories published has long been a sore spot for me. Guess what? That changes today. Independent publisher Z Publishing House has graciously included my story “Sick Day” in this year’s Tennessee’s Emerging Writers anthology, and I couldn’t be prouder. I know in the grand scheme of things it’s not that big a deal, but as a busy and humble husband, father, and probation officer who has very little time for writing, I think it’s pretty damned awesome!
I am not by nature a salesman or a self-promoter, but I am impelled by reflex to do exactly that today. I’ve read the other works in the anthology, and although there are a few I don’t much care for and one that I’m sure many will find downright offensive, most of the stories collected are really good. Tennessee’s Emerging Writers is currently available for pre-order. Both the e-book and paperback formats will be published on 9/20/18. If you’re interested in purchasing your own copy, please click this link:
May you all have as good a day as I’m having, and may your weekend be wonderful as well!
Via Fandango’s One-Word Challenge for 8/24/18, “reflex”
Via Ragtag Community’s RDP #85, “fluffy“