Author Archives: metonymicalpen

About metonymicalpen

I earned an M.F.A. from Goddard College in 2013. Since then, my work has received the 2013 Beacon Street Prize in Short Fiction and the 2014 John Steinbeck Short Fiction Award. My stories have appeared in REED, reDivider, The Concho River Review, Sou'wester, Moon City Review, and elsewhere. Currently, I live in the desert with my family , but I am trying to move us closer to water. We need an ocean to float all of our ideas.

Overdue Meto-news for May Day


Interview time (click here for the link). Thanks, as usual, to Mike Czyzniejewski, for the gig.  Smokelong Quarterly has turned out another smashing edition with ol’ 55 (here) and is still including an interview for every single piece, every single … Continue reading

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For Frida, Who Brought the Wag & the Love


Years ago I wrote a post, While I Write, My Dog Waits for Me, all about our faithful Frida Beano who came to us unexpectedly and changed our lives: “Funny thing, after being assured that we were unable to have children, … Continue reading

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Hanging On, Finishing & Fixing

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I see you, long ago Illustrator. Maybe things were pretty bleak then, too. Continue reading

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More Art


  As uncomfortable as it makes me, I have to admit that the election of our 45th president kicked my ass sideways. I’ve lost some time on the blog to swirling anxiety, anger, and exhaustion brought about by insomnia—a condition … Continue reading

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A New Adventure: Sparrow & Raven


It’s time to embark on a new adventure. Robyn Lynn, of RobynLynnwriter, and I have teamed up to offer writing help, instant inspiration, monthly jolts of creative juice, and/or, big fun on the road. Our new website is beautiful and … Continue reading

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A Good Talk


You said, “I have something I was thinking about telling you, but I wish I knew how you’ll take it.” Your truth wasn’t something I had to “take”. I love you, actual you, real you, all of you. Knowing more of … Continue reading

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Naming the Wingman


Hey y’all, I want to talk about Billy Bush, so I’m going to. Actually, let’s talk about the tape. I won’t embed it, but you can follow the link if you haven’t seen it in its ugly entirety. Please don’t … Continue reading

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