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The Best of the First Ten Years 2003-2013 — SmokeLong Quarterly

It’s here! And I’m thrilled my story “When Chase Prays Chocolate” was chosen to be in SmokeLong Quarterly The Best of the First Ten Years 2003-2013. Much thanks to editors Nancy Stebbins and Tara Laskowski. Before I was published in slq, I was a loyal reader. It’s no surprise that the story by Michael Czyzyniejewski […]

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Press 53 Flash Fiction Contest — Deadline Approaching!

The deadline for the Press 53 Flash Fiction Contest is rapidly approaching. Writers of flash fiction should send us something under 750 words before February 20th. Three winners–announced at AWP in Seattle on February 27–will be published in SmokeLong Quarterly, Prime Number Magazine or Metazen. They’ll also receive signed books from the three judges–Bonnie ZoBell, […]

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Cruise Review — Costa Fortuna

First of all, I have to point out that we got a very good deal on this cruise. I also have to point out that this is the only reason we booked it. AIDA is sailing the exact same route but is stubbornly three times more expensive. The AIDA cabin would have been without a […]

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Abu Dhabi — Not Made for Wheelchairs

I’ve never seen so many kids staring at our wheelchair in my life. They are truly astounded, and there’s a good reason for it: I think ours is the first one they’ve ever seen. Making room for it on the trains in Abu Dhabi is just ridiculous. No one helps and no one gets up […]

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The Oman Fjords — A Geologist’s Playground

The first thing you notice when your cruise ship sidles up to the port in Khasab, Oman is that this place is–surprise, surprise–a big pile of rocks. There is no shortage of rockage here. “The Fjords of Arabia,” says Oxsnard the Buffalo Horn Collector. “The Fjords of Arabia,” I snort. I haven’t been to the […]

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Muscat — the Municipality in Oman, not the spice

Yeah, I thought there must be some connection too, but there’s not. Ah, wait. The spice nutmeg is only Muskat in German. And, as it turns out, the Muskatnuss (or nutmeg as we know it in English) comes from Indonesia. You’ll also be interested to know that the hazelnut has nothing to do with the […]

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Five Things to do in Dubai if You’re Cheap

Do you enjoy the sun? That enormous, wobbly hot thing in the sky? To be honest, I like it best when it’s setting or rising than when it’s just hanging there blazing like a bare light bulb in an interrogation room. I’ve just come back from six days at sea–it might have been seven–cruising from […]

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