And, ladies and gentlemen, the first draft of the memoir is done.

I just finished the first draft of the book I’ve been wanting to write for… oh, probably 30 years now. This would be the memoir of my life up through graduation from university. The title is I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing (yes, like the Pet Shop Boys song). The last few chapters are a bit rough, and there are things I need to go back and do to it (people who deserve more time on the page, names I need to change now that the thing is written, etc.). But it’s done.

American expatriation project: call for submissions

I am in the process of compiling an anthology of writing from expatriate Americans. There has already been some interest from a university press, and a number of contributors are already attached to the project. Depending on the type and number of submissions I receive, I may do this as two books: one volume as academic research and the other as creative nonfiction/ memoir. Here’s a bit of background on the book: There has been very little scholarly work into contemporary American expatriate writing — not because it isn’t there, but because for cultural and political reasons, Americans are not supposed to want to leave the US. If the desire to leave is to make that departure permanent, there are denunciations of these overseas Americans’ patriotism....

Inhospitable: reviews, interviews, etc.

The first few reviews, interviews, and other items of publicity are out: This wonderful review from Out in Print was published first: https://outinprintblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/inhospitable-marshall-moore-camphor-press/ Next up was this one in Dark Scribe Magazine: http://www.darkscribemagazine.com/reviews/inhospitable-marshall-moore.html Obviously, any author would be very pleased with a pair of reviews like these! More recently, two more came to my attention. There’s this brief but positive one at the Critical Mass blog (scroll down a bit): http://www.dondammassa.com/R3A2018.htm And then there’s this bundle of joy (ahem) at Horror Talk: https://www.horrortalk.com/books/inhospitable-book-review.html Now, I know writers aren’t supposed to...

Big updates: Inhospitable, book launch, stories, etc.

There’s lots to announce! First of all, Inhospitable is out. Finally! At last! Here’s a link to the Camphor Press page for the book. There, you can either order it directly from them, or you can follow the links to Amazon and the other e-retail suspects: https://camphorpress.com/books/inhospitable/ And there’s a book launch this weekend (Sunday, 5/20/2018, at 4pm) here in Hong Kong! Here’s a link to the Facebook page. It’s actually a joint launch with Xu Xi’s Insignificance, which Signal 8 Press is publishing in June. If you’re in Hong Kong, you’re welcome to join. In addition to doing our own readings, some of the actors from Liars’ League HK will be doing them too. It promises to be a very fun...

Publisher interview, pub date, next book. (!)

One of the cool things about having a book coming out is being interviewed. I enjoy the process so much more now that it takes place mostly online. Back in 2003, when The Concrete Sky was about to be published, a friend who wrote for one of the gay magazines interviewed me. Earlier that same day, my then partner and I had just moved chaotically from Portland to Seattle. We were a half step away from being homeless: the owners of the company I had worked for in Portland were in dire shape financially and were paying only a half or a third of what I was told I was supposed to be earning. Once it became clear that I had burned through my savings and maxed out my cards, our bills were going to become impossible. We put our shit in a storage unit, moved into my...

Feb. 2018 update: short stories, conferences, papers.

There are a few new developments where my writing (creative as well as academic) is concerned, and I’ll be presenting at a couple of conferences this summer. I’ve finished a new short story, “The Man Who Loved Airline Food.” The idea for this one came to me at the very end of 2017 on a flight back to Hong Kong from Brisbane. The actual writing was more of a slog than my short stories tend to be, meaning it’ll require edits of great brutality, finesse, and precision, but the story itself is quite okay if I do say so myself. I’ve got another one in the works, as well, but I set it aside to focus on this one. My new (at this point, I should qualify that with an “-ish”) story “Everybody’s Cleopatra”...