The Moon...It is said the moon’s spell can move us and nobody understands her pull like Johnny Gomez.Johnny, a devil-may-care and fatalistic salesman, remains tethered to his privileged life by a love for his children, his career and the moon—and not necessarily in that order. In fact, it’s Johnny’s lifelong passion for the moon, through both obsessive, independent study and a communal involvement in an astronomy society, that serves as the only outward distraction as a life of standard struggles waxes into a burgeoning crisis.Until one night Johnny finds that the moon—his preferred method of self-medication-- no longer exists...but for him only and not anyone else.Or so it seems, leaving Johnny’s continued marriage with reality to hinge on his rediscovery of the moon!If you like allegories and/or philosophical apologies for acute insanity, grab “In Defense of the Moth or A Meaningless Dance in the Blinding Heat and Light” and join the eclipse.
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As most of you are already aware, I have a short story forthcoming in Limestone, the graduate journal of the University of Kentucky's English and MFA program (http://limestone.as.uky.edu/) this Winter. So look for La Tortuga, a Cheever-esque story about a father who yearns to bond with his children so he buys them a pet turtle, for a generation whose only exposure to Cheever is that one Seinfeld episode. So, share the journal!
Next, I want to make you aware of a second short story for which I have just received an offer of publication, I Blame Lolita (for this) which portrays what happens when an ego is improperly broken down and packed away, even in the most natural situations. This story, along with La Tortuga, is going to be a feature in a short story collection I am currently working on. Please find it in the Winter issue of The Moth magazine (http://www.themothmagazine.com) and purchase it and support the magazines contributing to the arts and letters community!
One of my more interesting short stories has been selected for inclusion in a really cool anthology from The Speculative Bookshop, out of Glasgow. Check them out! http://www.thespeculativebookshop.co/
"He, Who Controls the Spices", one of the more short and snapshot stories, which is of an aloof man with an honest and appealing philosophy despite (or maybe because of) his huge blind spots is forthcoming in Euphemism (Southern Illinois University graduate journal).
As some may know, my debut novel In Defense of the Moth or A Meaningless Dance in Blinding Heat and Light, which I like to call a Platonic apology for alcoholism and acute insanity, has found a home with a charming indie publisher out of Ontario, Canada and is forthcoming sometime in 2016. When I have more information, it will follow!
**UPDATE** Publication date is tentatively scheduled for January 26th, 2016. Email me mothankles at gmail if you have any questions!
Lastly, thank you all so much for you patronage (and patience) and support and help for everything you do.
More than anything (and especially more than this exercise in anxiety and insecurity and probably bloviation), I am excited to hear about YOUR current projects that may or may not be in need of my support, as I love to give away what was freely given.
writing as Johnny Newport,
formerly known as #MothAnkles
MothAnkles at Gmail.com
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