Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

So you know my story came out in Prairie Fire before I expected it to.

AND the Fall issue of Room, with my essay, has also hit the bookshelves at a fabulous independent bookstore near you. You might also find it at a chain -- if you don't see it, ask for it so they know people read it!

AND I just sent back proofs for the fall issue of South Dakota Review, which will print my story "Walking Out."

AND I got a review! Joan Baril, Thunder Bay writer and purveyor of Literary Thunder Bay, had some nice comments about "MacDonald Variety," the story in Prairie Fire.

It's been quite a fall. The best part, which I had absolutely nothing to do with, is that my brother continues to recover well.

Which reminds me, November is my birthday month, and the ability to celebrate my birthday with my brother (and his, a few weeks later) is one of the best gifts I've ever received.

With a quick swab of the inside of your cheek, you can join a registry that could allow you to give someone else an even better gift -- the gift of life. In the U.S., go to Be the Match. In Canada, check out OneMatch.