Loved the CRAFT Salon last week, with Kathy Fish as our keynote reader, and three others, including Sudha Balagopal, whom I introduced. I love that we're doing these salons quarterly. This was our most well-attended yet.
Last night, Steve was one of the readers in an in-person reading for CATAMARAN LITERARY READER at the Mechanics' Institute in San Francisco. Beautiful place, great reading, and it was great to have Ben with us. He returned from his year in Aberdeen last Saturday and will be with us, on and off, for a few months before moving to Borneo. Weird that the picture of Ben has empty chairs, because the place was packed. It must have been before everyone was seated.
Can't seem to come up with a flash for FICTIVE DREAM's Flash February. I'd like to submit one in the next month if I can. Looking over abandoned, unfinished drafts in my files that I don't even remember starting.
SWEET just wrote today with a pub date for "Ode to My Cat, Ten Years Gone": April 30, 2024. I like having a date far off. Something to look forward to. Also, proofs today for the Halloween issue of BULB CULTURE COLLECTIVE (I should look up the name of the magazine; I have no idea what it means). They're reprinting my story "Raney's Imaginary Friend."
I keep wishing we had room for more publications at CRAFT. On the other hand it's a lot of work just the way it is. Interesting that SWEET is booking all way into next spring. I'm trying to hold back on acceptances so I don't do that. They have issues with plenty of room, though. We don't. We publish one longform and one flash a month, with about five months off for contests in CNF (June) and other genres. We have to reject so much good work! I have difficulty with that.