On Writing, Life and Links To Online Literary Journals

Had a chance to catch up with Bob and Merle for a chat and a beer yesterday after work (we all share the same agent, and have been trustees for the New Hampshire Writers Project). Speaking of which, am going to be back on the board now we’re back in the state, and got a call from the executive director yesterday. That — combined with the fact that the new novel is coming along really well (or as well as a book can come along in those murky predawn windows before the kids rise and those even murkier nighttime hours when everyone is asleep) — got me thinking about placing a few short stories which have finally been through enough drafts and then sat around long enough in their digital drawers so that I’m sure that even if they are not good yet, they aren’t going to get any better.

To that end I was perusing the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Web site; here’s the online list of members. A solid set of leads, I think, for short fiction writers (or writers of short fiction, doesn’t really matter how tall you are).

An interesting link from this wandering: The Cafe Irreal. It describes itself as "a quarterly webzine that presents a kind of fantastic fiction infrequently published in English. This fiction, which we would describe as irreal, resembles the work of writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe, Luisa Valenzuela and Jorge Luis Borges." I like this type of material quite a bit, and I read a few of the stories and am intrigued enough to want to flag the page for further reading.

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