Chapter V: In which a poem is sold and placed in a vending machine

So, it happened. I wrote and sold a poem.

My ten lines of free verse entitled ”A Windless Afternoon on Chain Lake” will be published by Short Edition.

I am particularity excited about this sale for several reasons:

1) I really like this poem.
2) Chain Lake is an actual place very dear to my heart.
3) Short Edition has one of the most interesting and innovative methods of publishing I have seen.
4) Did I mention that I really like this poem?

Short Edition is a French Publishing house. They distribute stories and poems through the public through ‘story dispensers‘. These vending machines are purchased by governments and businesses and placed in places such as bars, libraries, train stations and universities to entertain anyone who has a short wait. Best of all, the stories and poems are free to read for anyone who has a spare bit of time. If you‘re wondering what these look like, check out this short video featuring Francis Ford Coppola (it’s in French, but no worries: there are subtitles).

Image taken from Google Maps

2019 Award Eligibility

So far, 2019 was the best year for me as an author, with four original stories and two reprints published. Find all of my original stories that are eligible for award this year below!

Into the Paddock 
    • Vogelsang — an operator of a live animal printer at a farm themed theme park — struggles against the pressures of debt, weird chickens, foul-mouthed coworkers, and international copyright law all while caring for their mother whose health is rapidly failing.
    • Short Story – 4785 words
    • Published 28 Nov 2019 by Escape Pod 
Tōhoku
    • Struggling from the grief of losing her parents in the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Ayumi finds a way back into normal life. 
    • Flash Fiction – 500 words
    • Published 12 Nov 2019 by PodCastle
Things from Long Ago
    • Maud can remember forgotten things such as where you put your key, your piano teacher’s phone number and that her father has forgotten that he loves her mother.
    • Flash Fiction – 500 words
    • Published 28 Apr 2019 by Cast of Wonders
Recognition
  • Living in a world of automated facial recognition, David’s senses of observation and perception don’t seem to align anymore. Now he’s being stalked by a man in a strange mask
  • Short Story 2500 words
  • Published May 2019, Vol 3. Write Ahead/The Future Looms

Write Ahead/The Future Looms website

Into the Paddock

Into the Paddock is the story of Vogelsang — an operator of a live animal printer at a farm themed theme park — who struggles against the pressures of debt, weird chickens, foul-mouthed coworkers, and international copyright law all while caring for their sick mother.

Listen to it on the Escape Pod website, at Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts!

This story is beautifully narrated and wonderfully produced. Stick around at the end for the host’s astute analysis.

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