Book Review: The Heaven of Animals

In Spring 2013, I attended a Short Story Writing Workshop through the Urban Rethink Foundation in Orlando. The teacher, Jamie Poissant, was great: attentive, patient, and passionate for his craft. In less than four hours, I took a nine page story (that felt like it needed to be a novel) and trimmed it down to…

The Last Birthday

Photo: My father, circa 2003. Taken on a visit home during my first year in college. I wrote the following short story (non-fiction) for my Ethnography class. It’s too personal and emotional for me to really edit, alter, or attempt to submit for publication, so I’ve opted to share it here. ____________ September 20th, 2006:…

First Publication of 2014: Postcard Shorts!

Chirp, chirp! That was the first sound I heard this morning. Despite what you’re thinking, it was not an overeager bird outside my window nor my alarm clock. (In case you’re wondering, my friends, my alarm clock is actually the melodic lullabies of the talented Bruno Mars. Because, really, is there any better way to…

Writing Prompt Exercise

I stumbled across an old photo one of my former teachers used as a writing prompt in his class. While I couldn’t find the original story I had written for it (I’m sure it was awful – I was a brand new writing student and my zeal often sabotaged my storytelling abilities), I did decide…

Publication 25: Linguistic Erosion

In all of the rush and bustle of these last few weeks of school, I had absolutely forgotten that my flash fiction, “The Blue Schwinn,” was due for its second publication today in Linguistic Erosion! Well, that’s a pleasant surprise to wake up to! Thank goodness I had set a reminder in my calendar –…

Publications 23 & 24!

I’m very excited to announce that the 10th volume of The Aviator, Full Sail’s literary magazine, has come out! You can download a copy here! (Please note: it’s an application, so you will need to disable your pop-up blocker) I’m very fortunate to have both a short story (The Blue Schwinn, pg 28) and an…

Publications 20, 21, and sort of 22?

Yesterday afternoon my school, Full Sail University, announced the release of it’s ninth volume of The Aviator, a literary e-journal comprised of student work. I had mentioned a few weeks back that The Aviator had accepted a few of my pieces, so I wanted to pass along the information for downloading the newest edition of…