It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say, but I’ve been busy!
First, there was the brief trip to Charlotte NC, where I gave a reading and sat on a publishing panel at the bi-annual Queens University MFA Program Alumni Weekend.
Then I flew to Indianapolis for the Indiana Authors Award, where I was thrilled to receive the Emerging Author award (and also meet some amazing writers).
I was back home for a couple of days and then drove to Richmond to catch a flight to Chicago for my Northwestern University Class Reunion. I’ve never been to a reunion before, but I was on the planning committee this year and felt obligated. Lots of fun!
Then it was back to Richmond for the annual Library of Virginia Awards. Again, it was great to get together with lots of other writers.
Then I had to get the new issue of Prime Number Magazine done and posted, and I also had lots of election related duties–I’m on my county’s Electoral Board and the election is coming up on November 3.
And in between all those things I was trying to finish a new story. (Which I did–comments from a beta reader expected soon.)
Plus, I’m teaching a 4-hour seminar today, and I needed to do some preparation for that. Oh, and someone asked me to do a guest blog post for a magazine and I’m nearly done with that.
Next up? I should be getting the new Pushcart Prize volume tomorrow, so it will be time to update my rankings of literary magazines. The election is the following week. And then I leave for a nice long stay at VCCA, hoping to work on a new novel.