June 2016

2 July 2016

June was my last month in Greenville, SC. It was a busy time–defined by finishing up work for this assignment, a brief visit to Grand Rapids, MI, some more publishing with Ugly Sapling, and getting up close and personal with a 17-year cicada.

 

It was my first time in Grand Rapids this year, for the occasion of my sister’s graduation. Since two of our cousins shared a party with her, it was a good opportunity for me to see friends and family in a single gathering. I also played 9 holes of golf with another cousin and scored high enough for an 18-hole game. (I later redeemed myself in spades with mini-golf.)

 

Ugly Sapling published two more works–our first unsolicited novel and a lit journal. Both are good reads and feature work not created by me. This realization is significant for a few secret reasons.

 

I also had the pleasure of finding a 17-year cicada by the pool. It was much larger than I would’ve thought–its body was about the size of my thumb; length, girth, and probably weight. I hope to see it again in 17 years.

 

Six months flew by, as usual.