Tiny Donkey is an online magazine that posts “brief essays from fairyland.” The essays are short, odd, and personal. They deal with fairy tales and what they might be telling us.
The topics and tales are pretty far ranging. I recall being a preteen in the ’80s and a kid a couple years older with Oakley blades, a crispy frosted mullet, surf t-shirt and bad sunburns saying, “I’m stoked,” and wondering what the hell he meant. Did stoked mean high? Was someone stabbing him with an iron? Was he hot and heavy, just sitting there during lunch? No, he was happy! Which I am because my piece The Omen of Two-Heads is on Tiny Donkey.
Obviously, I like the kind of writing on Tiny Donkey and it’s good to be published there.
This Saturday 8 to 9 pm at the AU Lounge, I will be reading with my writing group at Beast Crawl at an event called Brown People Don’t Read? The title is in reference to what publishers often say to writers of color, that we don’t have an audience. Brown People Don’t Read? Intends to be a showcase of brown writers and to display, yes, we do.
We been reading under that title on our own and at Beast and Litcrawl (which is coming up in October) for years and it has always been a good show.
The Breakwater Review chose my story “How I Drove The New Mexican Death Cart” as a finalist. This story is from the collection I’m working on called Why Me? Myths About Myself. Read it online here:
Have a look at a bulto of Santa Sebastiana (who drives the death cart):
Obviously, the story has to do with anxiety and feeling crappy as a wee punk. Indulgent video to follow:
The clear-eyed and big brained folks at Somos en escrito put out my review of the first US Latino Speculative Fiction collection. Pertinent Morrissey lyrics:
Will it really come?
And if it does come
Will I still be human?
See for yourself at http://www.somosenescrito.com/
Here’s a link to an online store of Native and Spanish Folk Art, including some great pieces by my cousin Jody Armijo. There are also documentaries available there by Cindy Pickard. I have the one called On The Land about the three cultures of New Mexico (Indian, Hispano, Anglo) and ways of returning to the land for healing and traditional living. I really love it and the icing on the cake is some views of the area around Rancho Fernandez. (Family ranch on my grandfather’s side).
Cindy Pickard’s blog: https://poohandthebrownpiglet.com/
I’m interested in her upcoming film about the prison system.
The clear-eyed and well-heeled folks at Somos en escrito have put up a chapter called My Heart is Bathed in Chilis from The Ramona Diary of SRD. There are many good books to learn about there as well as some reviews. I’m interested in reading The Mexican Flyboy myself after I wade through some books.
I’m about to put up some stories and/or essays so there’ll be less announcements and the typical writerly self-promotional stuff, “Hey I saw thing random banal thing X that reminds me of my book Y, link to buy, link to review, link to social media.” Before that, take a look at my profile on the Litquake site:
I click it numerous times an hour to inflate the traffic. (Jokes).
Orale, etc, my story “How My Hide Got Color” won the Litquakes. Currently this news is being shouted Occupy style throughout the many worlds. Lisen close. Hmm. You can hear this story, as well as a short piece from my novel The Ramona Diary of SRD (I’m coming upon completing a new, new version that still needs, needs to be published) at Writers on the Verge: Litquake Writing Contest Winners at the Elbo Room (was the Make Out Room, don’t go there) on October 8th at 6pm.
The next week after that my writing group–Blanca Torres, Jenny Irizary, and Lisa Gray–is reading at Litcrawl under the title ‘Brown People Don’t Read?’. We’ve performed at Litcrawl and Beastcrawl for many years and it’s always a good show, proving brown writers do have an audience and it not just brown.