The Writer’s Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

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They’re more a cultural joke than anything else: New Year’s Resolutions, those lists of detailed self-improvements we assemble in good faith to help guide our actions in future. Continue reading


Publishing News: My Short Story Gets Flushed

One of my short fiction pieces, The Other Foot, which I just recently read along with a gathering of other authors at Warren County Community College, has been selected to appear in the latest anthology from Portable Press, Uncle John’s Flush Fiction. As they describe it on their Amazon page:

Prepare to be entertained by this unique collection of short-short stories–all fewer than 1,000 words–handpicked by the master story-teller himself, Uncle John. Whatever genre you’re into–humor, mystery, romance, horror, adventure, sci-fi, or slice-of-life–it’s in here. Continue reading

Author Appearance: S. Michael Wilson on Educationally Speaking with Joyce Estey

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This Wednesday, I was fortunate to be a guest on Joyce Estey‘s monthly radio program Educationally Speaking, accompanied by professor and poet BJ Ward, author Jessica Cooper, and poets Nick Heacock and Angela Chiu.

We were invited to appear on Joyce’s program on WRJN to discuss our involvement with the Warren County Community College ASA Creative Writing program, one of the few Creative Writing Associate Degree programs in the country, and the only one so far on the East Coast. Continue reading

Clogging the Airwaves with Father Scardo

Last week, I stopped by the HomegrownradioNJ studio to spend a Thursday afternoon hanging out and talking about Performed by Lugosi with one of my favorite radio personalities, Father Scardo of the Altered Hours program, which can be heard on Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm. You can hear highlights from my on-air conversations with Father Scardo on episode #30 of the Moviesucktastic podcast, but be forewarned: Father Scardo’s show is not for the squeamish or easily offended.


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Rejection Junction

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I received a rejection notice this morning for a short story I’ve been shopping around. It’s the sixth rejection for this piece, and I have been fortunate to receive personal feedback with all of them. Unfortunately, the feedback has not been unanimous.

Why do I say unfortunately? It all comes down to the problem of deciding which feedback to consider, and which feedback to ignore. This topic came up a couple of time in the creative nonfiction workshop I was involved with last fall, as many of the younger students were facing this dilemma for the first time. Primarily used to receiving critical analysis from one or two authority figures (teachers, professors) and general encouragement from less critical audiences (friends, family members), they now found themselves on the receiving end of often contradictory opinions and advice from a room full of people not only intimately familiar with the written word, but the creative process as well. It’s one thing to have your friends read your work and either “like” it or “not get” it, but something completely different to be receiving in-depth critiques from a dozen or so fellow writers. Continue reading

Monster Rally On Kindle

Like many authors these days, I’ve done my best to keep up with the latest trends and advances in Digital Text Platform publishing (otherwise known as DTP). As a milestone in my own ventures into this brave new world, I am glad to announce that Monster Rally is now available for purchase on Amazon’s Kindle reading device.

Actually, Monster Rally has been available on Kindle for about two weeks now, but I wanted to wait until the listing was fully integrated with the rest of Amazon. As of today, the Kindle version of Monster Rally is linked to the print copy, as well as my Amazon Author page, and has a free sample available for instant download. Continue reading

Feeding Myself to the Zombies

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Zombies have been taking over the culture (and pop-culture) over the past year or so, infiltrating every aspect of our lives from classic literature to car commercials. It has reached the point that zombies have managed to invade television, and audiences are now tuning in regularly to watch partially-decomposed reanimated corpses shamble around in search of human flesh, or at least some tasty brains.

It would be foolish of me as a writer not to attempt to capitalize on the recent craze sweeping the nation in some way. This is why I am glad to announce that I have been asked to make a guest appearance in the sixth episode of a popular and well-received late-night zombie show. Continue reading