Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Metric

I recently had a piece published in The Metric. (Rest Assured: I Didn't Sleep With Your Mother)

The story can be found here:


A review of the story by the editors:

"A love-life life in finances.  An unusual premise leads to an extraordinary and heart-wrenching short story.  As readers, we are placed in the shoes of the narrator’s recently ex-partner and, in balancing the books on everything from electricity bills to drug habits, we are shown the wasteland of a life post disastrous relationship.  Faced with the final sum, a cordial request to pay up, and the narrator’s less-than-thoughtful plans, we can take some small comfort from the title, at least. Baltis’s work is so practical and tragic as to be comic in its narrator’s surprisingly relatable quest to set a price on love."

Monday, April 8, 2013

Waiting out the winter

Things are heating up on the steppe. By heating up, I mean it's gone from just below freezing to just above freezing with freezing winds. I'm finishing up my next novel, Endless Knots, and happened to stumble upon some old Mongolian short fiction books printed before the switch over to democracy.

Nice to read from a real book again. Most the reading I've done over the past two years has been on a Kindle and I forget what real paper feels like. I like the Kindle format, especially for note taking and looking up words, but real paper reminds me of why I started writing in the first place.

Summer is on the way, which means I need to figure out my residency status for next year. Mongolia one more year, then New York. After that I'm retiring. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2012 reading list

2012 came and went. We survived the Mayan apocalypse and somewhere in there, I was able to read a few books. In order starting in January of 2012:

We/ Yevgeny Zamyatin
Fahrenheit 451/ Ray Bradbury
Robopocalypse/ Daniel H. Wilson
Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga/ Hunter S. Thompson
Lolita/ Vladimir Nabokov
A Visit from the Goon Squad/ Jennifer Egan
A Broom of the System/ David Foster Wallace
Absurdistan/ Gary Sheytenygart
Intimate Glimpses of Mysterious Tibet/ G.E.O. Knight
The Sun Also Rises/ Hemingway
Fiction and the Figures of Life/ William H. Gass
The Art of the Novel/ Milan Kundera
Freedom/ Jonathan Franzen
Alice in Wonderland/ Lewis Carrol
Drown/ Junot Diaz
Rabbit Redux/ John Updike
Bird by Bird/ Anne Lamott
The Last Disco in Outer Mongolia/ Nick Middleton
Self-editing for Fiction writers/ Browne & King
Love in the Time of Cholera/Gabriel Garcia Marquez
How to write a sentence/ Stanley Fish
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break/  Steven Sherrill
Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead/ the Frank Meeink Story as told to Jody M. Roy
On Writing/ Stephen King
The Power of Habit/ Charles Duhigg
Rabbit is Rich/ John Updike
Biocentrism/ Robert Lanza with Bob Berman
Gone Girl/ Gillian Flynn
Lost at the Con/Bryan Young
Prince of Tides/ Pat Conroy