Friday, January 15, 2016

Short Story Published, and Other Things.

I've already been remiss in the new year about posting on my blog, and haven't even visited blogs as often as I used to. It's been hard to get untracked for a variety of reasons. However, a couple of good things have happened very recently. I thought they were worth sharing.

First, a story of mine called "Down Home" has just gone up online at Deep South Magazine. Check it out if you get the chance. It's free to read. This is more of a literary story than most tales that folks have seen from me, but I've always tried to write in all kinds of genres and don't want to be restricted to just one.

In other news, a student of mine, L. M. Labat, has just had a first novel published, called The Sanguinarian Id. I read this book in manuscript form and worked with L. M. on query letters and that sort of thing. There's a blurb from me on the back cover. I much enjoyed the book and I know the author has other works planned in what is likely to become a series. It's an enjoyable read so if you get a chance, check it out. L. M. is also an extremely talented artist and the book is liberally illustrated with wonderful sketches that give the piece a kind old timey feel. If you wanted to have a look at some of the illustrations, the author's website is here.


25 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Read the story. Good job!

Angie said...

Good story, shivery at the end, just a bit. It has a very even, almost monotonous tone, which provides a great contrast to what's actually happening. The events of the story kind of slip in the back door, which increases the impact and makes it feel more realistic. Good job.

Angie

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on both accounts! That must be really satisfying to know you helped your student become a published author.

Charles Gramlich said...

Bill, thanks. That means a lot coming from you.

Angie, thanks. I appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed.

Alex, it's pretty cool I must admit

Cloudia said...

Fun to see your protege publish. Congratulation of getting your literary story out there Charles

Charles Gramlich said...

Cloudia, thankee!

Riot Kitty said...

Congrats! I'll go check it out. Nothing like seeing your name in print, is there? It's the only thing I miss about being a reporter.

R.T. said...

Congratulations on the story. I'm off now to the site to read your latest offering. Best wishes from the Gulf coast and Beyond Eastrod.

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

Interesting story with many insights on violent choices and endings.

oscar case said...

Congratulations to you and Mister Labat, Charles. Well done.

Charles Gramlich said...

Riot Kitty, it is nice.

R.T., thanks, man.

Bernard, a tough situation for sure

Oscar, thanks!

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Charles, congratulations on the story. I liked it. I can see you have written in a different style and it works well.

eric1313 said...

Congratulations; to your student, and to you for helping him reach this height.

One day, poetry will come back in style, and that's when I'll catch the wave. Maybe I'll help start the wave. Who knows? I have to keep writing and scratching little notes to myself.

Charles Gramlich said...

Prashant, thanks, man. I was definitely striving for a different kind of feel.

eric1313, I'm hoping for poetry and Sword and planet fiction to have a renaissance.

SzélsőFa said...

Thank you for the read!
The story pulled me in. I like how the elements of the environment supported the ending.
Congratulations!

Charles Gramlich said...

Szelsofa, thanks. Glad you enjoyed.

Sarah Hina said...

Really enjoyed your story, Charles. Loved the voice and the tightness of the piece. Drew me in right away and sustained my interest until that whopping last line.

Congrats on getting published, and on your student's success, too. It's great to hear.

Chris said...

Great job, Charles.

RK Sterling said...

Woohoo! I'll go check it out.

Vesper said...

I saw this blog post on Goodreads and I went to read the story first. Really good story, sad and strong, and with your signature ending... Congratulations on the publication!
I also went to L.M. Labat's website. Very cool illustrations. And the book seems so interesting. I love novels which combine text and graphics... I'll put it on my list. :-)

sage said...

Off to read your "literary story" This year isn't starting off too good for me.

Erik Donald France said...

Cool beans ~ congrats and congrats ~ and good luck untracking (and avoiding Track Palin types, for that matter) . . .

Thank. God. It's. Friday ~!

jodi said...

Charles-you are amazing!

Charles Gramlich said...

Sarah, thankee. Much appreciated.

Chris, appreciate that, dude

RK, hope you enjoy.

Vesper, Labat's artwork is certainly outstanding.

Sage, hope you get back on track soon.

Erik, indeed!

Jodi, why thank you! :)

Snowbrush said...

Congrats on that new story!