17 Facts about Angels (published 2010 in Irreantum)
Although I just received an honorable mention in the contest it was entered in, more than one judge took the time to contact me and tell me the story made them cry. I'll take that. Though---I shall not lie---a couple hundred bucks would have been nice as well.
Afterlife (published 2006 in Quantum Muse)
My first fiction published for money!
The Avon Lady (published 2010 in Pandora's Nightmare)
Originally written without the frame (which was late inspired by a Neil Gaiman story), the frame came in handy when, one tweaked sentence later, this story fit in with an anthology of Pandora stories.
Hilaaariously, I sold this story in the midst of a yearlong complaint from my dear wife that the Pandora thing was so overplayed and can't people just go quarry from some other myth for a while?
Blood-Red Fruit (with Danny Nelson; published 2009 in The Fob Bible)
I had this great idea but couldn't get it to go anywhere. Danny and I had been wanting to collaborate for ages, so I sent him what I had and he made it magic. Really, at least 75% of this final project must be his. You better believe we're going to do this again some time.
"Blood-Red Fruit" might well be the most lauded entry in The Fob Bible. Which is really saying something.
Included on this page is the Gustave Doré illustration that inspired the story and accompanied it into print.
Chores (published 2007 in From the Asylum)
Changing the required first line into a bit of enjambment was terribly clever of me.
Davey Dow and Lala (published 2011 in Wilderness Interface Zone)
Discovering Chinese philosophers in college is something every young man and woman should do.
How Long Till Two Times (published 2009 in The Fob Bible)
Originally intended to be the first chapter in a novel (any patrons out there willing to put up the cash?), I'm still pleased with the story as a standalone. Ah the funny I get into, ho ho.
Living Literature (published 2007 in flashquake)
To get back at the first MFA to reject me, I published my application essay.
Maher-shalal-hash-baz (published 2009 in The Fob Bible)
Of the poems I've published, this is the one I'm most proud of. And . . . no one's ever said anything. Clearly, I'm even more terrible at poetry than I realize.
Morning Walk, Spring 2009 (published 2009 in Wilderness Interface Zone)
I don't look for the natural world in my environment often enough.
The Oracle (published 2008 in Nossa Morte)
Originally conceived well after dark on Highway 92 on my way to the inlaws, I imagined a Mormon guy desperately explaining to his bishop that he doesn't want to be in a cult---they just won't leave him alone! The Mormon element never actually showed up when it came time to write the story, but the two named characters are now names of Napoleon Dynamite characters, so maybe that counts for something?
Experimenting with form within the strictures of a pulpy story is something I ought to do, oh, yearly? Yearly.
Patient the Spacesnail (published 2010 on A Snail Named Patient)
A friend of mine's young niece fell from her apartment window and survived with miraculously few injuries and a prescription for bedrest. To help this active child survive her recuperation, my friend (a contributor to The Fob Bible) solicited stories about the girl's favorite character, Patient the Snail (derived from a misunderstood boardbook). I wrote my story with the idea that it could be broken into one part per week of convalescence. In fact, she gave it to her in two parts.
Of anything I've ever written, this has received perhaps the highest praise: the story inspired our young patron who "named one of her toys 'Stanley Beebee' and chases other toys around the room with it."
That's the best.
(Even better than having a character I performed in a high-school play inspire a KTPI dj's wife to name her new kitty Sprocket. Bet that cat's dead now . . . .)
The Widower (published 2007 on Dialogue Paperless and 2009 in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought)
My first decidedly Mormon publication and one of my more literary tales. You'll see what I mean.
But of everything I've published, this may be the most cited (in essays etc) and beloved (by readers). Which is nice.