LitHop #2

Been slammed lately with BIG LIFE & ETC stuff, so I haven’t had much chance to do much reading or socializing, let alone writing. But I couldn’t pass up a chance to visit LitHop #2, this installment hosted on several different venues on Alberta Street. I got a chance to see three readers from Eraserhead Press: Kirsten Alene, with a tale involving intricately disturbing sushi; Vince Kramer, with an entertaining excerpt from “Death Machines of Death”, and Jeff Burk, with a tentacle rape porn short that takes some rather unexpected-and humanizing-turns.
Also, I have to put in a plug for Via Chicago, who along with Bunk Sandwiches, selflessly allowed these literary hoodlums to use their patio for such decadent Western transgressions. It is a pizza place that not only serves Truly Authentic Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, but also GLUTEN FREE SLICES! I was in pepperoni heaven tonight. For those of you who know me, you know how big of a deal this is. Rock on, Lit Hop… Maybe next time I will be able to check out, oh, the whole rest of the event. For now- deeply appreciating one part of it really hit the spot.

Gettin on with the Get On…

Edits have been underway as of this week for the short stories I completed as part of the Clarion West Write-A-Thon. I’m excited to be turning out my batch of awesome little story nuggets! Already considering where I would like to market them for potential publication. I am batting around the idea of continuing to write, as I have the time, an average of one flash/short story per week. When I can accomplish about 15-20 stories, I’ll have enough for a book publication. That would rule!

I was sad to miss the Portland Zine Symposium this year, but it just wasn’t practical for me. I am planning on attending this local author event happening Friday of this week. I hope you can join me, it’ll be a lot of quality folk…