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I will write a story a week for the 6 week duration of the workshop.  Please visit my sponsorship page:

https://www.clarionwest.org/members/danielmarcus/.

Thanks!

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First track features me boy David on guitar

 

(from my son, David)

On April 8-9th, I will be participating in the UCLA Dance Marathon to raise funds for the Pediatric AIDS Coalition. I will dance for 26 hours to raise awareness and funds for education and treatment for children with AIDS around the world. Prior to the event, I am fundraising a minimum of 260 dollars towards the cause. UCLA’s PAC has teamed up with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) which for 25 years has worked to raise funds and awareness to help combat AIDS worldwide. EGPAF is the primary beneficiary of Dance Marathon (70%) followed by Project Kindle (19%), UCLA AIDS Institute (10%), and UCLA PAC (1%). 
Anything helps! Please help me in taking a stand against pediatric AIDS and donate on my behalf by following the link below! 

FOGcon 7 is here, at the fabulous Walnut Creek Mariott.  Honored guests are Delia Sherman and Ayize Jama-Everett.  Honored Ghost is Iain Banks.

Theme: Interstitial Spaces

“Interstitiality is a theme which is simultaneously genuinely interesting and potentially quite useful, and also a terrible cliché, so if you’re going to use it, it helps to be at least respectfully skeptical about the wilder claims of some of its theoretical partisans, I think. ”   –China Miéville, on The City & the City

I will be lurking about for much of the weekend.  Scheduled spots are:

 

Reading: Friday, 3 PM

Panel: Friday, 4:30 PM. Can Movies Based on Games Ever Be Watchable?

Panel: Saturday, 3 PM.  The Writer As Resistor

Workshop: Sunday, 3 PM.  Leading a Writers’ Workshop session.

Happy to report that my short story collection, Binding Energy, first published by the fabulous and lamented Elastic Press, is finally available on Kindle. Salon called it “a cross between Raymond Carver and William Gibson.” Dirt cheap at $2.99

I loved this book.  I’m a little older than the audience that would get a hard nostalgia hit from the smart, accurate invocation of being a geeky outsider teen in 1980s American suburbia, but not by much, and unlike other recent books that have riffed on the rich stew of pre-dawn-Internet pop culture  tropes (8-bit games, MacGyver, Vanna White, The Breakfast Club, Hall and Oates, to name a few), Fortress weaves them into a story about friendship, the anguish of adolescence, and the virtues of being a freak that should  accessible to anyone.  The story is told simply, conversationally, from a first-person narrator.  The language is plain but perfectly matched to the unfolding story.  The evocation of time and place is pitch perfect and, by the time we were done, I felt like I knew the characters.  This was a really satisfying read and I burned through it way too quickly.

Every now and then you read something that renews your gratitude that there are these things called books that other humans create and that, via the stories they tell, they can illuminate and transform your perception of your own arc and in so doing, affirm that loss and redemption both are threads within the fabric that binds us all together.

My Sunshine Away takes place in 1980’s Baton Rouge.  The pace and language invoke syrupy, languid summers and a sense of deep mysteries hidden just out of sight.  The story begins with a horrible crime and explores the enduring impact it has on the people involved, most notably the victim and the narrator, a teenage boy.

I don’t think it serves the book or its potential readership to further unpack the plot except to say that it’s a coming-of-age story that reaches for deep truth, sad and wise and hopeful, more meditation than mystery.  I can’t recommend this book highly enough.