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2014 Resolutions (in no particular order)

xmas books1.) Read more books: Yeah, I know, I know. Everyone’s saying this, but last year I only managed to knock out a couple books over the year because most of it was spent writing the 517-page monster that is GOOD SEX, GREAT PRAYERS. The time just simply wasn’t there, however, I’m currently in the middle of Dora: a Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch and Nefarious Twit by Tony McMillen and loving both of them. Santa was good to me in the book-giving department.

2.) Read less horseshit: Richie Incognito, Trayvon Martin, the lesbian tip scandal…I’m sorry to admit that these stories along with many others ate up a ton of my time. This isn’t to say that these aren’t important issues in their own respective ways. The problem is I fell for the fucking click-bait on the latest development of the Anthony Weiner scandal or whatever else was hot that week, and I was no better off for it. No one was. News, I’m finding out, is more about inspiring outrage than giving information…and there was a lot of outrage this year. Having said that, it’s okay to have an opinion, but I found it interesting how when George Zimmerman got the “not guilty” verdict, every motherfucker on Facebook suddenly had a law degree.

3.) Write less: I can’t do another year like last year. No way. Anyone who’s every written a 500+ page novel in under a year can attest to the degree of difficulty. 2014 is going to be about promotion–not just for GOOD SEX, GREAT PRAYERS–but for the Chuck Palahniuk anthology as well as a few other things I have in the pipe. Expect more readings, interviews, and book club stuff. I’m still going to be writing, but in a less demanding sense…mostly short stories and columns.

4.) Obtain better trolls: THIS isn’t going to cut it anymore, but I do appreciate the fact that at 5:37a.m. Christmas Eve I was the first thing on your mind.

5.) Keep widening my readership: I’m hesitant to use the term “fan base” as it seems a little presumptuous, but I do happen to be in the unique situation that from time to time a total stranger will contact me through Facebook or Twitter saying how much they liked something I wrote. I like that…never gets old, and I’m hoping with these next couple projects coming out in 2014 I can build upon what’s already there.

The Chuck Palahniuk anthology, Burnt Tongues, will be published August 2014 through Medallion Press

BT TOCWell, it’s finally happening. After many delays and roadblocks, the Chuck Palahniuk anthology has been sold to Medallion Press with the publication date set for August of 2014. Check out the full TOC on the left here. You may recognize some of the names.

This is a major breakthrough in a very long and arduous process. “How long?” you may ask. Well, my first story submission was all the way back in June of 2009. However, this idea was originally conceived years earlier by The Cult’s webmaster Dennis Widmyer, so a big thanks to him for not losing faith or his drive to see this thing become a reality. Another big shout-out goes out to Richard Thomas who sold this thing like a champ and got us this fantastic deal with Medallion.

As for the stories themselves, I’ve read most of them back when I was hitting the workshop hard. They’re good. They’re really fucking good. And they’ll be even better once Medallion’s editors have sharpened them up, so get excited. This is going to be a highlight reel of transgressive fiction from some of the best up-and-coming talent in the industry.