Jeffrey Miller

A Writer's Life

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Damaged Goods now available through Smashwords

Damaged Goods, a collection of 28 flash fiction stories is now available through Smashwords.

This collection features flash fiction from 50 words to 1,000 words. The stories range from a soldier coming home from World War II and an Air Force pilot ejecting from his F-4C over Vietnam to the night John Lennon died and slam dancing at the Space Place in Chicago.

I wrote all of these stories while I was writing my first novel War Remains and in many ways, honed my writing skills with them. All but three were published in online literary magazines, and one of them, “Scent of a Woman,” was nominated for a Micro Fiction Award.

damaged goods — now available at Lulu

My latest literary styling, damaged goods, is a collection of flash fiction which were published in online literary magazines the past year.

The 28 stories in this collection, which range from 50 words to 1,500 words, are snippets of life which might be yours or someone else’s. Long after you’ve turned the page, these stories stay with you. From Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War to slam dancing at the Space Place in Chicago, the stories in this collection are an examination of life, which is often bittersweet and revealing.

But-room

On the road from Vientiane to Thakek.

Now, there are a couple things going on with this photo. First, “please” is misspelled; okay, that’s a little obvious. Now what got me chuckling is the next part, “butroom.” Yes, it should be “bathroom” but, (no pun intended) butroom makes sense. After all, it is a room for your butt.

Make no buts about it.

(Taken with Sony Bloggie)

Vientiane: The times are a changin’

Earlier this year I read on Samakomlao this informative Laos’ Website that The Pizza Company, this popular Thai pizza franchise was going to open their first store in Vientiane and become the first fast food restaurant in the capital city.

I mentioned this to one of my blog readers and said that this could be the beginning of more restaurants to open up in Vientiane.

Sure enough, not only did The Pizza Company open but also Swensen’s a very popular ice cream franchise in Thailand. And then, one afternoon while strolling down by the Mekong River, there it was–Vientiane’s first American fast food restaurant sans that jolly goateed man in white–KFC.

And wait, there’s more. Not long ago I blogged how there were no movie theaters in Vientiane. Not anymore. Next to Talat Sao–this popular market in Vientiane a new building is going up that will have a modern shopping mall and movie theater.

Is this good or bad? There’s a part of me that loves the quiet, quaint charm that Vientiane exudes–a sleepy capital of guesthouses, street vendors selling baguette sandwiches and charming coffeehouses–unlike the hustle and bustle of cities of other Southeast Asia capital cities like Bangkok. On the other hand, it is good for Vientiane in terms of tourism dollars and jobs–at least I hope this works out for Vientiane and Laos.

However, it comes with a price. Vientiane has already gotten noisy and crowded and it is already translating into some minor price gouging: tuk-tuk drivers are charging exorbitant rates for traveling around the city.

Picture of the Day: Buddha through the doorway — Siem Reap, Cambodia 2006

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Look closely–yep, that’s the Buddha through the doorway at Bayon in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Picture of the Day: Row of Buddhas at Haw Pha Kaew — Vientiane, Laos

A row of Buddha statues outside Haw Pha Kaew in Vientiane.

Interestingly, this temple is no longer a temple, but it is a museum of Buddhist artifacts. Of course, if you are up on your history of Laos and Vientiane then you know that this temple once housed the Emerald Buddha–yes, the Emerald Buddha now housed in Wat Phra Kaeo (notice the similarity in name) in Bangkok.

Online Asian Photo Exhibition at The Camel Saloon

The editor of The Camel Saloon, Russell Streur, after he had seen some photos I submitted along with some of my poetry, came up with this cool idea about having an online photo exhibition of some of the photos I have taken during my travels around Asia.

Called the Asian Caravan, it is a collection of 50 photos taken in Cambodia, Japan, Laos, South Korea, and Thailand.

And while you are there, please check out some of the literary stylings and support this literary e-zine that is helping some writers get their first publishing credit and established writers to share their stuff.

Picture of the Day: Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

Boats of all sizes plying the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok near Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).

Picture of the Day: Warning sign at Pre Rup — Siem Reap, Cambodia

You come across a lot of signs like the one above when exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia; especially those ruins that you climb up. This sign was posted at Pre Rup.

Where have I been hiding?

Not really hiding anywhere, but spending more time on my All Things Laotian blog as well as writing flash fiction, working on my novel and sending off poems and stories to various online magazines, as well as writing an article for the Joong Ang Daily.

The law of averages dictate that sooner or later one of my poems or stories is going to be published. And sure enough, I got an email from Stirfry Literary Magazine that one of my poems/stories is going to be published on July 4th.

You can follow my literary stylings at Jeffrey Miller Writes.

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