Eric Shay Howard

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See Exclusive Drafts of Short Stories on my Patreon

Crushes by Eric Shay Howard - Short Stories

So, I don’t know why I haven’t done this yet, but I’ve finally got Patreon set up and ready. I’m going to post 1 exclusive short story draft every week. Oh, yeah. That’s because I’m writing more now that I’m finished with the MBA. They’re just drafts, so don’t expect Ernest Hemingway level stuff or anything, but I think this is good for me because it’ll keep me writing and focused on being creative. Plus, I’ll have more stories to post on my blog, too. Oh, and you’ll all get to read a new story from me every week. It’s like, you know, going to be fun.

I am actually working on my second fiction collection. I have been for a bit, I just haven’t had time to really focus on anything for too long of a time with grad school going on. Now that I’m finished, I don’t have much of an excuse to not be getting back to writing.

What My Patrons Get

So, I’m starting the first tier at $3 I guess. It’s actually kind of for a lot of stuff though. I mean, if you’re into my style of writing, anyway.

Every weekend I’m going to post a draft of a story I’m working on. It may be a completely new draft, or it may be a rewrite of an old draft, or even something experimental that combines a few things that I’ve been working on. That’s my writing process. I write and rewrite and write again until I’ve got something I really like.

Patrons will also get early access to some of the short stories that I write to post on my blog. This will also happen every week. These stories will be more polished than the drafts mentioned earlier. They’ll also be on the shorter side. (See my Free Stories page for an idea of what they’ll be like.) I’ll post them on my blog a week after I post them to my Patreon page.

Finally, patrons will also get some occasional exclusive stories from my second fiction collection. This will be less frequent, because I save my really really good stuff for my collections. I have a problem with not being able to share something that’s really really really good for that long, though. I don’t have a schedule for how often this will happen though, because I’m complicated.

It’s Supposed To Be Fun

I’m sure I’ll add new tiers on my Patreon page if this works out at all. I want it to be fun, about the process, open for feedback. Patrons can totally comment on the stories and say what they liked and what they didn’t. Or just post crying-laughing-face or toilet emojis. I come from a world of rigorous workshops in academic settings, so you won’t hurt my feelings, promise.

That goes without saying that you can also always comment on my blog and be as honest as you want here, too.

The trick is going to be to see if I can write enough to make sure I keep at least a few things to submit to journals and to have enough exclusive stories in my next book! I think I can.


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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.


I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright. It’s no In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway, or Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino or anything, though. But buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

crushes by eric shay howard fiction collection book cover

I’m an Amazon Affiliate and occasionally post affiliate links to products in my blog posts and throughout my website. I always disclose these links, just so there’s no confusion. There’s more information about this on my page about my privacy policies and disclosures.

If there’s ever any confusion about this feel free to drop me a comment below the post in question, or you can email me or reach out to me through my social media. Other contact methods are here.


Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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It
It
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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My Curriculum Vitae

You can view my full CV here, and bits and pieces of it are on my About page. A short summary of my educational and professional accomplishments are below.

Awards

Bluegrass Writers Studio Emerging Writer Award Finalist, 2022

Western Governors University Capstone Excellence Award, 2022

University of Louisville Creative Writing Scholarship Award, 2015

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Bluegrass Writers Studio, Eastern Kentucky University, 2024 (anticipated graduation date)

Master of Business Administration, Western Governors University, 2022

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Louisville, 2017

Certificates

Designated Project Manager (Project Management for the Non-Project Manager) Certificate, University of South Florida, 2023 (anticipated certificate program completion date)

Workplace and Personal Wellness Foundations Certificate, University of South Florida, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, University of South Florida, 2021

Credly Badges

Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.


Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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