There are a bunch of new stories going up at HOUSEFIRE at the moment to promote NOUNS OF ASSEMBLAGE and also just to have some damn good fun with words.
The whole process behind this and most of HOUSEFIRE’S projects are to challenge writers with prompts and see what the hell comes out of that dark mess of word and image association.
The title I was given for the book was A GANG OF ELK. I don’t want to give too much away – but I came up with something to do with migraines, sexual frustration, heartbreak and masturbation. Any of you reading this familiar with me aren’t surprised in the least, I know, but that’s the best thing about this party. You kind of get strapped down and ordered to write. The masochist in me likes that a lot. So does the control freak actually.
Anyway, some of the incredible writers featured in NOUNS OF ASSEMBLAGE were given the opportunity to take another collective noun – one that’s already been written and published in the book – and come up with a teaser of sorts for the website.
So far they’ve had gems from the likes of Riley Michael Parker, Tyler Gobble, David Tomaloff, Robert Duncan Gray, Len Kuntz, J. Bradley, Stephen Tully Dierks and Drew Swenhaugen.
Babes, the lot of them.
Oh and me. If you would like to jump right to my SNEAK OF WEASEL here you go – have a nibble, then a bite, and if you like the taste go and gorge yourself on the pretty shiny book, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Image sourced from teannagrace
New Wave Vomit is amazing. The words themselves that go up there are impressive enough but the art that helmswoman ana c. puts into each background is just the kind of thing I love. Strong, bold, distracting and too damn cool for school. She’s been kind enough to publish my short story ‘Shauna was a Punk‘ on her site today. And I feel pretty fucking chuffed to be the 57th.
Also check out 56th while you’re there. My writer/editor buddy Shannon Peil has his awesome words up there too.
You probably know how much I love the literary journal Bananafish and I’m tickled twice as pink to have my short story ‘The Last Bird’ published with them. This piece was previously published with the awesome Melbourne literary journal fourW and I feel pretty lucky to have the story in a book with a spine and online for your eyes. Also, how good is their awesome new logo designed by my buddy, Michael Alesich.
This is my third time the dirty birds at Sleep. Snort. Fuck. have published me and the pleasure is all mine. I told the editor as racey as the piece is, I think it’s the most honest thing I’ve ever written about love.
As you’ve probably realised by now, I do like writing very short stories.
‘Frostbite‘ is one that the Literary Journal amphibi.us posted on their site last week. Have a look around once you’re there, there’s some pretty amazing prose and poetry there.
When I found Sleep. Snort. Fuck. my eyes thanked me and my legs crossed and I punched the air for that little bit of extra filth in the world.
My piece ‘he’d be nine now‘ is up today and it makes me want to vomit a little with nerves because it’s a non-fiction. None of that usual hiding behind characters or plots.
I’m feeling the love from the US at the moment and I hope they’re feeling it back in big oozy waves. The Murky Fringe is one of those journals I immediately put on my menu bar when I found it. I didn’t want to have to waste time pressing more than one key to see them. They are completely strange and hilarious and they are featuring my piece ‘omnivore‘ on their site today. It will be on the home page for a week so make sure you go and say hello and have a look around.
If you visit today make sure you move your eyes to the right and check out the very funny piece ‘Submission Guidelines (Revised)’ by Daniel McDermott. If it’s not today then you’ll just have to look harder.