Hump day happy, awesome friends edition

It’s that most wonderful time of the year, when you have to figure out what to buy people. I’m easy to shop for this year: I don’t need anything… except maybe for number eleven on this list.

Here’s something in no way related to writing, but is related to how many fantastically talented friends I have: Airlie Trescowthick named a Tomorrow Maker for her contributions to Australian agriculture, in particular her website The Farm Table. Good on ya, Airlie!

Other awesome things about my friends: Ngwatilo Mawiyoo nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

You know who else has been nominated for a Pushcart? My friend Ruth Daniell!

And you know who’s a finalist in the Saints & Sinners Short Fiction Contest? My friend ’Nathan Burgoine! (Also check out the interview with the dishy Jeff Mann in that same newsletter.)

My friend Steven Reigns is leading the Lambda Literary Book Club in Hollywood starting in January, and he’s kicking off his stint with We the Animals by Justin Torres, which is a fantastic book. If you’re in that area, check it out; even if you’re not, read the book.

Speaking of Lambda, my fellow Lambda Fellow Nicole Dennis-Benn (her debut novel is coming out next year!) has a wonderful coming-out essay at Electric Literature.

Also, my friend Nicole Boyce’s story “Veneers” was the most-read story on Joyland Vancouver this year.

And if that’s not enough reading for you, check out this essay about the false dichotomies between popular fiction vs. quality fiction and genre vs. literary fiction where Lincoln Michel attempts to bring some actual data into focus on the topic.