My short, “The Loss of Innocence Store,” will be included in this upcoming DADT anthology from MLR Press. Laura Baumbach, owner/publisher of MLR Press (besides being a prolific, award-winning author) provides, via “Fiction With Friction,” an opportunity to donate to an NYU student who is undertaking a film project centered on DADT.
My short, “The Loss of Innocence Store,” predates DADT. It is important, however, to remember that the institutionalized ban on openly gays/lesbians serving in the American military, did not begin with DADT. In fact, while DADT acknowledges the reality that gays/lesbians do serve in the military, prior to DADT the exclusionary policy was absolute…no room for even the opportunity to not tell, or, from the other side, to not ask.
“The Loss of Innocence Store,” will take the reader to a Vietnam era environment, beginning in Fort Polk, Louisiana with boot camp, then on to Norfolk, Virginia where the protagonist develops a sense of himself amongst all the detritus of his past, with the ultimate conclusion that being a Soldier is a singular honor, regardless of his sexuality.
This little collection of three stories that center on northwestern Colorado rural and ranch life, is a slight diversion from my most recent publishing adventures. No erotica. No war. No romance. PG13, in fact. I love these little stories, especially The Cow.
This is the first time I’ve used the Amazon self-publishing functionality. But, just today (7/12/10) I’ve signed a contract with Untreed Reads to reissue this little collection under their moniker, so it will no long be available as self-published at Amazon or anywhere else. In a few days (weeks? Months??? Most likely in November) it will hopefully be reissued by Untreed Reads.
The cover art for my forthcoming novel, “Big Diehl – The Road Home,” has been completed. Yes, there’s a boy and his dog there. The plot encompasses a wee bit more than what the cover art suggests. Don’t know when MLR will publish this novel. Hopefully before the summer is out.