Omit needless words.

But feel free to keep reading if you’re bored. 1. The new novel slash dissertation. As before, I would like to be farther along, but The Job That Ate My Life has been in the way. Ditto the paper and presentation I mentioned. I’m in okay shape — it’s not completely stalled — so no worries: I’ll get it done. But this is definitely not going to be like An Ideal for Living, which I wrote in a white heat in the space of like nine months. 2. Without getting into specifics and thereby jinxing myself, there might be another short story in the near future. Watch this space. 3. The Job That Ate My Life is soon to be nothing but a bad memory. Next week, I’m done. I’ve accepted a position at Lingnan University and will be...

What’s new: academic stuff, short stories

Most of my writing news is actually of the academic variety: I’ll be presenting a paper at Aberystwyth University’s Postgraduate Conference in early May.  The title of the paper is “Fear Travels Well: The Foreign Setting in Contemporary Horror Fiction,” and the basic idea is that authors of horror stories set in foreign (to the characters and/or to the authors themselves) settings use those locales — consciously or not — to render their characters even more helpless than would be the case closer to home.  In the case of authors choosing foreign settings, this is usually done for a reason: because the location theoretically must serve the story in some manner, and in horror fiction the point would be to frighten the characters....

Short.

A new flash fiction, “The Best of All Possible Worlds,” will be read at Liars’ League HK at the end of this month. Other stories will be read as well, but this is, of course, the only one of them that I wrote.  The upcoming event is on Monday night, 3/31, 8pm at the Fringe Club.

I keep forgetting to update this.

Life has gotten insanely busy.  My teaching job is, to say the least, rather more time-consuming than previous ones have been, which is something I will write about another day.  My PhD is progressing, although I am not sure how to describe my progress.  There is progress, but is it fast, average, or slow?  I have no idea.  I’d like to have accomplished more (which is always the case).  At the same time, I’ve accomplished a lot more than nothing.  Anyway, enough maundering: 1. Bitter Orange has made another best-of-2013 list, this time over at Indie Reviews: http://theindiereviewer.com/2014/01/11/reading-round-up-the-best-in-lgbtq-fiction-for-2013/ Indie also gave the book a very positive review (as may be expected when one later puts a book on her...

Bitter Orange: Best of 2013

Out in Print has named Bitter Orange one of its best books of 2013! Link here: http://outinprintblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/out-in-prints-best-13-reads-of-2013/  

New blog (welcome back to the Republic of Marshall)

This is news, isn’t it?  After more than a decade (?) on Livejournal, I’ve pulled the plug and consolidated everything on WordPress.  So there’s that. In other news… well, is there news?  Bitter Orange has picked up a couple of reviews, one positively glowing and one rather less enthusiastic.  Here are links: Chicago Center for Literature and Photography: http://www.cclapcenter.com/2013/10/book_review_bitter_orange_by_m.html An excerpt: Bitter Orange has come out at the right time in light of society’s interest in the superhero genre. With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on television and caped crusaders from Marvel and DC filling up megaplex screens, we both cherish our heroes, but at the same time cringe at the excesses superheroes could...