Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 Blog in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Poem and Short Story Publish

Bay Laurel, an online literary journal of previously rejected fiction and poetry, published the Winter 2012 issue. I have both a poem and a short story in this issue.

The poem, Stone Upon my Heart,  reflects upon relationship, family and loss. I wrote this poem over several months after my wife and I lost our second child in the 13th week of pregnancy in January 2011. This poem was the starting place of a collection I am currently working on that will delve into being the “other mommy” in a same gender family, the experience of being the non-biological parent and what is family today. 

The short story, Captain Harper Says Goodbye, was written several years before the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. This short, short story describes the experience of a military family who must say goodbye before an overseas combat deployment yet the family is hidden and can not be acknowledged. With the repeal of DADT last year, many GLBT families no longer experience what is reflected in the story. Many still do though, as for some, the action of coming out in their military unit remains an action that would invite hostility or negative career impact. The story thus reflects for some the reality that remains for LGBT military members and their families. 

Read Stone Upon my Heart here.

Read Captain Harper Says Goodbye here

Bay Laurel online journal here.

Thanks for reading. 

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Goodreads Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to five members who were selected to receive a copy of No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique. Your books will be in the mail today!

Thomas Buchmiller Chico CA
Jonathan Kavalos Tallahassee FL
Ken Justus San Antonio TX
Tyler Rudd Hall Edmonton Alberta
Steven Festa Yakima WA

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