Flash Reading Series, May 23

The latest in a series of online flash readings will be held on May 23 at 3:00 PM for members of the Needham (MA) Senior Center.

Authors: Michael Keith (Pieces of Bones and Rags and Stories In the Key Of Me), Renuka Raghavan (Nothing Resplendent Lives Here and The Face | Desire), Robert Dinsmoor (Toxic Cookout and You’ll Never See It Coming), Phil Temples (A Home for Laikia and The Kanawha Anomaly), and host Zvi Sesling (Across Stones of Bad Dreams and King of the Jungle) will be reading from their short works.

Contact Zvi Sesling at zviasesling@comcast.net for Zoom conference details.

“Squeeze Play” Read and Critiqued During MWANE “Author Idol”

On May 16, a portion of my short story “Squeeze Play” was read and critiqued by members of the Mystery Writers of America New England Chapter at their annual  themed Author Idol meeting via Zoom. 

The format for Author Idol is: the first few pages of anonymous submissions are read by a professional voice. Three judges listen for style and plot; when they have heard enough, they signify by raising their hand or ringing a bell. Then they give their feedback.

My story reading followed by critique begins around 10:40 into the video, and ends at the 15:50 mark.


“Hold My Rum” and “Imaginary Companions” Accepted by Whisky Blot

The Whisky Blot coverThe online magazine Whisky Blot has accepted a visual art piece and a very short fictional story for publication.

“Hold My Rum” is an artsy fartsy photograph of a rum bottle; “Imaginary Companions” is a micro story in the horror genre. (Yes, I know that rum and whisky are different!)

Both photo and story are expected to be published at the end of May in their “Flashes of Darkness” themed issue.

“Strange Wars,” “Strange Religion” Launch Party!

Strange Wars Anthology coverAfter last week’s successful launch, the Strange Wars & Strange Religion anthologies authors and editors are holding a launch party online right now. It’s great to meet the folks behind the curtain–the editorial team, and the authors who wrote the stories. The moderator asked me to talk briefly about my story, “Star Dust,” in Strange Wars.

The editorial team lives almost exclusively in the Toronto area but the authors come from all over the world.