Since the jaw-dropping US presidential election on 8 November 2016, swarms of jellyfish thicken in troubled waters, with few sundogs in sight as President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team appoint ever more controversial people as candidates for key government posts. Already, in the opening week of 2017, the new Congress has distinguished itself by its attempts to dissemble the bipartisan ethics committee and to discredit the work of President Obama, as well as introducing legislation that would make it difficult for we, the people, to question and oppose Congressional actions. Not to mention that Trump refuses to deal with intel reports of Russia meddling in the US election process or his business conflicts of interest, all while continuing to embarrass himself on Twitter. Apparently Trump is so obtuse that he doesn’t seem to realize that he’s embarrassing himself, which is as entertaining as it is terrifying.
But I digress - Trump is definitely not who I signed in to post about!
The GOOD news is, author Joe DiBuduo and I are releasing a connected collection of collaborative short stories (Tootie-Do Press, 2017, a project in the works since 2011).
T h e C o n t e s t
Inspired by the works of international artists, this Young Adult / New Adult collection contains dark fantasy, slipstream, magical realism, and fabulist tales, connected by a novella.
Peter John Rizzo, an emerging creative writer and 1960 graduate of Yale University’s journalism program, inherits Classic Art Exposé, an established but floundering art journal, from his uncle, John Rizzo.
Pete’s father, Peter Rizzo, is a banker who hates his late brother, jealous of his sibling’s influential relationship with his wife and Pete, and scornful of his work in the Arts and Humanities.
Pete and Jason, Uncle John’s devoted but unorthodox editorial assistant, and two local English student interns, sisters Shirley and Evie, start a monthly short story contest with artwork prompts, hoping to increase Classic Art Exposé’s readership and settle its debt.
As the short stories are vetted and published over the following eighteen months, Pete discovers a sordid family secret as he battles his father’s nefarious attempts to jeopardize his business and ruin his reputation.
“Cheater” first appeared in Western Weird, Volume 4, Manifest West Series, (Western Press Books - Western State Colorado University, 2015).
“Night Café” won the quarterly New Short Fiction Award (Jerry Jazz Musician, 2012).
“Lost Memories” first appeared in The Memory Eaters anthology (CP Anthologies, 2012).
“A Twisted Garden” first appeared as “The Yellow House” in Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy (May December Publications, 2011).
“The Snow Globe” first appeared in Best Served Cold: An Eye for an Eye (Runewright LLC, 2011).
Stay tuned for a fundraiser promo for this fun and educational literary endeavor.
We wish all beings a happy, creative, and prosperous new solar cycle!
|The Contest ~::~ Joe DiBuduo and Kate Robinson|