Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Thank you, today's inspiration & Monica!

Thank you all for the amazing support and response to The Writer's Middle Finger Part Seven. I am so grateful to have readers who take the time to thank me for posts like that, and to fellow writers who spread the word. I just got back from a school visit where a student asked me if this business is hard. My answer: Sometimes it's hard, but mostly, if you keep your eye on what you're really supposed to be doing, it's the most rewarding work in the world. Writing, reading and reviewing are all such important part of the world, but sometimes we forget that because it's just fiction. Students today reminded me that they often learn more from fiction than they do from textbooks. I figured I should pass that on for today's inspiration.

I have a lot of stuff to catch up on here.

  • A best of 2012 post...which, if I don't have it done before the end of January, will seem pointless.
  • A post answering some great questions I just got from a class at Conrad Weiser High School.
  • A poem for Hanna & Mareike, who wrote and kindly asked me for one. 
  • A post about what's to come in 2013: short answer...a lot.

But for now, because I have nearly two full days to disappear and work on MAX BLACK, I will leave you with this.

MONICA NEVER SHUTS UP, my short story collection for adults, is finally available in all formats. Kobo, iBooks, Nook and Kindle links are below. Stay tuned for a link to the paperback, which will be available soon in case you like paper books as much as I do.

Available now on an eReader near you. KoboKindle ~ Nook ~ iBooks

A dozen stories for adults featuring a mouthful of lottery tickets, a giant cow, two yachts, a six-pack of Fresca, and Monica, who never shuts up.

When Liz and Reg find their dream house, they don’t expect to find Lois and her magical Fresca. Same as Deirdre doesn’t expect to find what she finds in the trash bin. Debra can’t help but send pieces of herself to her ex-husband same as Jim can’t help thinking about the pieces of men that are taken without permission.

Award-winning author A.S. King shares her short fiction including the Best New American Voices-nominated title track, “Monica Never Shuts Up” and keeps us thinking, exploring, and laughing all at the same time.

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