"You know what? The bastard blows me out of the water. This guy writes Maine like Ardai writes New York. If you're not reading him, you don't know what you're missing." --Chris F. Holm, author of The Big Reap, The Wrong Goodbye and Dead Harvest.

"Bagley's got the poet's eye, but that doesn't mean everything is prettier in his work. It means the ugly stuff is more vivid. More intense. Like a sudden switch from analog to HD. And that's a trait to very much admire in his work." --Anthony Neil Smith, author of Hogdoggin', Yellow Medicine, The Drummer and Psychosomatic.




Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A Quick Update

February was a hectic month, and March is shaping up to top it. I'm trying to finish Bitter Water Blues, as well as a short story for an anthology, by mid-month. This, along with part-time teaching while trying to find more work, family stuff and the day-to-day drudgery that comes with winter in Maine, makes it seem like spring is a hell of a long way off.

I've been reading less than usual, but have found time for The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, the latest issue of Asimov's Science Fiction and a re-read of Victor Gischler's Suicide Squeeze. Sometime next week, I should be able tear through Ken Bruen's Cross (thanks to my friend Ellen) and the new Crimespree.

Forthcoming work:
My poem "Daddy Fat" will be in the Winter/Spring issue of Off the Coast.

My short story "Bank Job" will appear in the Spring issue of Spinetingler Magazine. It's a revised version of a flash fiction piece that first appeared in Flashing in the Gutters a couple of years ago.

The debut issue of The Lineup: Poems on Crime will feature my poem "110 M.P.H. in a Stolen Pickup," along with fine work by writers like Daniel Hatadi, Sandra Seamans, Richie Narvaez and Ken Bruen. You can get more details on The Lineup blog.

3 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

That's funny, Patrick. My story in Spring Spinetingler is actually a very much shortened piece. Guess we can move in both directions.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

I probably shouldn't have referred to it as a short story, Patti. It's still flash fiction, though about 60 or 70 words longer than the original. I do think it satisfies the rules of the short story, though...probably my only flash piece that ever has.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Looking forward to seeing it.