Just so you know, I am, in fact, not dead.

So far 2011 gets mixed reviews from me. There has been a lot of turmoil in my personal life (thus my not so conspicuous absence from the blogosphere), but I’ve also had some pretty kickass literary experiences as well.

First, of course, was getting published in PANK Magazine (you can read/ listen to the story here: http://www.pankmagazine.com/contemptibly-a-hair/), and then getting interviewed for PANK (interview = here: http://www.pankmagazine.com/pankblog/interviews/ask-the-author-joseph-michael-owens/). But that was just the tip of the proverbial iceburg…

I also jumped on the opportunity to review films for InDigest Magazine which is really kickass and should not be slept on if you are the kind of person to sleep on totally awesome stuff if you haven’t heard of it before. My first review of an independent documentary called BLANK CITY is here: http://indigestmag.com/blog/?p=7722

And most recently, I found out that my short story “We Always Trust Each Other, Except For When We Don’t” is in the running for storySouth‘s Million Writers Award (link here: http://www.storysouth.com/millionwriters/millionwritersnotable_2010.html — Scroll down to the “Gs” for Grey Sparrow Press.) where a winner is chosen from the top 100 short stories published online during a given year (i.e. for me, 2010). This same story was also nominated for Dzanc Books2011 Best of the Web Anthology. All in all, not a bad year for that story!

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