Saturday, January 5, 2013

Welcome 2013! Plus an Award and New Fiction

Let me first say, Happy New Year’s to you all. I hope the holiday season was a wonderful time spent with family and friends. We here at the Zapata household had a lovely time together. The wife and I took almost three weeks off from the day jobs to share time with our children (and it’s killing us to head back in just two short days).

2012 was full of ups and downs, both as a writer and as a husband/father. I’m expecting great things for 2013. I can’t say I’ve made any writer resolutions, but I have made some in my personal life, and I intend to keep them.

Okay, let’s see about recent writer news. Bewildering Stories has seen fit to select my story, Carrion Folk, as the recipient of the 2012 Mariner Award for most outstanding flash fiction work of the year. This is thrilling. Although the story is a work of fiction, there’s much truth in its depiction of emotional and physical abuse and its lasting effects on family members, especially the children. There’s a lot of me in its words.

In Between Altered States has published episode 32 online and my story, The Stormfire Girl appears in its pages. They are currently open for theme-based submissions. Read their guidelines. Thanks to editor—and gifted poet—Aleathia Drehmer.

Take care,