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Nov 17 2011 Posted by in news, other voices, writing | Comments Off

My short story “Fry Girl” (my personal favorite of those I’ve written) appears in …In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1,000 Words, the first fiction collection from ThunderDome Press, now available in full-color paperback at (where you can find instructions for a discount code) as well as through Amazon. Be sure to add it on Goodreads as well.

Editor Michael Gonzalez challenged each of the 26 contributors to write a 1,000-word story (no more, no less) with a California theme, based on their selection of a photo from a gallery of Hipstamatic shots he took with his iPhone around the Los Angeles area. The result is quintessential L.A.: dreams, drugs, hallucinations, romance, life and death, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and redemption. This one below was mine, the billboard, which inspired a story about a middle-aged former child model reflecting on her rivalry with her best friend.

Full contributor list:

Ryan Wilson – “American Trash”
Stuart Gibbel – “Break on Through”
Craig Clevenger – “Obsolescence”
Nik Korpon – “South of Thirteen”
Dennis Cruz – “Smile Now, Cry Later”
Pela Via – “Bathhouse”
Stephen Conley – “Don’t Feed the Animals”
Grigori Black – “This Was Heaven”
Doc O’Donnell – “Your Personal Apocalypse”
Nikki Guerlain – “Sick Ticket”
Patrick Verhagen – “Swim”
Craig Wallwork – “El Bordello Alexandra”
Nicholas Merlin Karpuk – “Ahm’s Bay”
Nik Houser – “Subtitles for a Silent Film”
H.R. Tardiff – “Walls in the Sand”
Richard Thomas – “The Jenny Store”
Bob Pastorella – “Alexandra”
Simon West-Bulford – “Project Asmodeus”
Jay Slayton-Joslin – “The Fantasy of California vs. The Reality of London”
Amanda Gowin – “Gilded Bones”
Chris Deal – “Padre Nuestro”
Boden Steiner – “Here”
Gordon Highland – “Fry Girl”
edward j rathke – “All the Dreams You Dreamt Retold”
Michael Paul Gonzalez – “Tidal”
Victor Bengtsson – “Venice, Forever”