I'm having surgery on my neck this Friday, so I won't be able to do the next review today like I had planned. I may not be able to blog here for several weeks, in fact, depending on how fast the recovery and what happens with the house, job, move, etc.
There is a silver lining in this cloud, though. For the first time in almost a year, I'm writing fiction again--and at a rate that is somewhat alarming. (I finished four short stories this last week.) I suspect this writing binge is spurred by the impending surgery and all the fears and worries that come along with it. I just hope it keeps up after it's all over.
Also, some very good news. I recently received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXIII, the Best of the Small Presses, 2009. The mention was for my short story titled, "The Priest of Exit 53," which appeared in Issue 1.2 of Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression. For those who have never read Relief, you should really check it out. And while you're at it, do a service for them and the literary community at large and buy a subscription. You'll thank me.
Please keep me and my family in your prayers this next month, especially my wife as she will, for a time, have to be the sole caretaker of not only four children, but also this very big baby.