<![CDATA[Today there is very generous and kind review of Microtones written by Michael Gillan Maxwell at his writer’s blog, Your Own Back Yard.
Michael (affectionally known as MGM) and I crossed paths in 2010 at one of the most magical writing experiences we’d both ever had, a weeklong retreat at Omega Institute. Three of the poems that are in the Microtones book were crafted, first drafts, that week in paradise: “My Bicycle,” “A Stone Wall,” and “Legacy.”
I am so grateful for our friendship, and constant workshop and feedback of each other’s works-in-progress. MGM is a gifted poet and writer, and I have come to rely on his generous spirit! Thanks a ton, MGM!
Book Review: Microtones by Robert Vaughan Červená Barva Press 2013 | Your Own Back Yard ~ Writing and Art ~ Michael Gillan Maxwell]]>
<![CDATA[Flash Mob Update!!!
When I was asked by Linda Simoni-Wastila to be the American judge, one of four international judges, for the upcoming Flash Mob's International Flash Fiction Day Competition, I said yes!!! Before I even had a chance to consider it: YES! Linda and I go a certain distance back...we have been loyal readers and have commented on each other's writing (hers is superb!) in more than one writing community (including 52/250, Fictionaut and others).
We also are editors for the same journal, JMWW, and were both asked to step into senior editorial positions last year, Linda is Senior Fiction Editor, and I am Senior Flash Fiction Editor. Then we both had the honor of placing in a recent competition together (yes, she kicked my butt! But no one better to do it!) in the Flash Fiction Chronicles String-of-10 5 contest this April:
Here's Linda's: String-of-10 Contest First Place Winner, Linda Wastila « Flash Fiction Chronicles
And here’s mine: String-of-10 Second Place Winner – Robert Vaughan « Flash Fiction Chronicles
So, when she most recently asked if I’d do a question and answer with her for this “Get to Know the Judges” at the Flash Mob site, I said OF COURSE! And now, here it is. Thanks a ton, Linda, for all you do, and what you mean to me:
FLASH MOB 2013 | The International Flash Fiction Day Competition
And what are you waiting for? ENTER THIS NOW! Get your short fiction into us a.s.a.p.!!!
For the third year, Flash Fiction Chronicles has asked writers/ readers to suggest their personal favorite short stories to honor May’s short story month. This year I am so honored that two of my stories made the list:
“Hexagon of Life” was recommended by Christopher Allen (thanks CA!), originally published at Metazen and nominated for the 2013 Best of the Net Award: Hexagon of Life by Robert Vaughan | Metazen
“A Gauze, A Medical Dressing, A Scrim” was recommended by Meg Tuite (thanks Meg!), originally published as the 2nd place winner in the FFC String-of-10 Five Contest: String-of-10 Second Place Winner – Robert Vaughan « Flash Fiction Chronicles
Here is the amazing list, all 161 stories, plenty of summer reading made available for you by the great people at FFC: thanks to Gay Degani, Jim Harrington and any others who compiled this list:
An FFC List in Honor of Short Story Month 2013 « Flash Fiction Chronicles
<![CDATA[Happy June! I have five new short fiction pieces in the Summer issue of Gone Lawn Journal, thanks to guest editor Yarrow Paisley. There are several other talented writers in this issue, including Berit Ellingsen, Stephen Ramey, Nicolette Wong, Neila Mezynski, and many more. Featured artist is Pd Lietz and painting is called Maelstrom:
The five pieces I’ve published are:
The Hazards of Moving in With a Couple, A Wonderful Life, Dirty Laundry, Mercy, and Nuts: Gone Lawn 11 : Robert Vaughan
These are pieces I am considering for my upcoming full length book, Addicts and Basements, from Civil Coping Mechanisms.
<![CDATA[A very kind gesture, a review of Microtones by Caroline Swanson has appeared at The Vestal Review, the longest running flash fiction magazine in the world:
I am very grateful to Mark Budman, editor-in-chief of Vestal Review, as well as Caroline for this honor!
<![CDATA[Last fall my friends, Darryl and Melissa Price published a poem of mine, "Leaving" in their first resurgence of Olentangy Review. You can read it here:
Robert Vaughan – Olentangy Review
Today I was happily informed they’ve added a Marketplace tab to their incredibly supportive literary website. My book, Microtones, is mentioned, along with other published writers and authors, Walter Bjorkman, Jane Flett, Bob Eckstein, Marcus Speh, and Bill Yarrow:
Marketplace – Olentangy Review
Thanks, Darryl and Melissa for your unwavering support!]]>
<![CDATA[This is a website for Robert Vaughan. I'm a poet and prose writer, living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My site is under construction, so stop back soon for more about my books, poetry, readings, and more!]]>