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"The Cloud Factory" gets nominated for a Spinetingler Award

I didn’t even know I was in the running, but “The Cloud Factory,” has been nominated for a Spinetingler Award for Best Story on the Web. To say I’m bowled over by this would maybe start to begin to describe the feeling.

“The Cloud Factory” first appeared in PANK in September 2011 – you can read it here.

The award is decided democratically. So, here are the stories to read. Then go cast your vote for the best one. If that happens to be “The Cloud Factory,” I wouldn’t be displeased.

These guys know who you should vote for.

So does she.

Don't make Sparkle Girl angry. Do like she says. (Click for sparkles.)

I’m honored to be mentioned among the likes of the incomparable Stephen Graham Jones, Hilary Davidson, Matthew C. Funk, Peter Farris, Nigel Bird, William Dylan Powell, David James Keaton (hey buddy!), Atul Sabharwal, and William Dylan Powell.

Vote here. Thank you much.

“The Cloud Factory” gets nominated for a Spinetingler Award

I didn’t even know I was in the running, but “The Cloud Factory,” has been nominated for a Spinetingler Award for Best Story on the Web. To say I’m bowled over by this would maybe start to begin to describe the feeling.

“The Cloud Factory” first appeared in PANK in September 2011 – you can read it here.

The award is decided democratically. So, here are the stories to read. Then go cast your vote for the best one. If that happens to be “The Cloud Factory,” I wouldn’t be displeased.

These guys know who you should vote for.

So does she.

Don't make Sparkle Girl angry. Do like she says. (Click for sparkles.)

I’m honored to be mentioned among the likes of the incomparable Stephen Graham Jones, Hilary Davidson, Matthew C. Funk, Peter Farris, Nigel Bird, William Dylan Powell, David James Keaton (hey buddy!), Atul Sabharwal, and William Dylan Powell.

Vote here. Thank you much.

I assault PANK with crank-fueled crime

Finally, finally, finally my story in PANK has gone live.  You’ll recall that PANK rejected six other stories before taking The Cloud Factory.  I am grateful to Roxane Gay and Brad Green for agreeing that this story was up to snuff.

This story is important to me in another way, too – with this story I really, really began telling stories again.  Which is to say, putting story before pretty sentences.  Judge for yourself if you think it works out.  You can’t comment over at PANK so please feel free to comment here, if you’d like.

A preview:

Jimmy brought nothing but a duffel bag.  He strapped the bag in the bed of my decrepit Chevy.

“My last ride,” he said climbing in the cab.  “You’re riding home alone, Gary.”

“You serious?” I said.

“As a house fire.  Take me to the bus depot.”

I pulled away from the dirt alley onto the street.

An acceptance! – PANK

After a rewrite, PANK is going to take my story “The Cloud Factory.” for the September issue.  As noted on the Failure page, PANK has previously rejected 6 stories of mine.  So I’m pretty damn happy to finally have scaled that citadel. 

 “The Cloud Factory” was rejected 11 times before finding a home.