Let’s Talk About Typos

Here's the thing about me and typos. I don't see typos, at least not in my own work. I know a good editor should, but I don't see them and I no longer care. At least not here on this blog. Do I care when I submit my stories to lit journals or my books to publishers? Sort of. Not really. It's complicated. We're talking fiction here. I redraft and rewrite my stories so much that any typos or grammar errors or spelling issues are just going to go through one eyeball and never come out the other. The chances…

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Thirteen Stories Into My First Fiction Collection

Last week dragged by, as evident by my complaints on Twitter about it. Ugh. This week has just dragged by for me. In my day job life, my writing life, and my editing life. — Eric Shay Howard (@ericshayhoward) December 16, 2017 It was a week of recovering from my Chicago trip, job hunting, and interviews. I know. I'm looking for a new job, again. My income levels have fluctuated so much this year. Maybe next year will be different. I just genuinely don't know what I want to do anymore. Well, I know I want to write, but I…

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Dialing For A Paycheck – Fiction

Detective Mark sat at his short metal desk across the row from Detectives Logsdon and Ballou. Mark read reports. He drank coffee while he held the phone against his ear with his shoulder and dialed and stared at a report. “I’m trying to reach a Mr. Geer. Yes, I’m Detective Andy Mark I was wondering when the last time you saw or spoke with a Elizabeth Singleton?” He said. A paper football landed on Mark’s desk. Ballou and Logsdon picked up the phones on their desks and started dialing. Mark hung up the phone and dialed a second number. “Hello.…

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I Skipped Monday Because I Went To Chicago And I Just Couldn’t, Like, Even

This weekend I went to Chicago. I tried to plan ahead and get some writing done for the blog so that I could continue to post things. It didn't work because I'm a complete and total lazy ass. I posted last Friday's short fiction story as-is anyway, just because. I thought for this coming Friday's fiction post, I'd just sort of completely fucking redo last Friday's story. I'll let you know how the rewrite goes. Well, you'll see how it goes, I guess. I was going to tell you all of this blog-housekeeping stuff on Monday's blog post, but I…

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The Greatest – Fiction

So I'm in Chicago and I wasn't able to post this Friday because free WiFi is hard. Also, I'm still not satisfied with this story but here it is anyway. I might rewrite it one day. I'm posting it as is because consistency is important, I guess. Update 4:15 PM 12/12/17: So I've had a few days to recover from my trip to Chicago. I got busy with planning my trip and didn't have the time to give this the story the attention it deserved. I kind of want to give this story a rewrite, so I'm gonna go do…

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