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taste test – NOUNS you can nibble on for free

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

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.

SNEAK OF WEASEL

Image sourced from teannagrace

CRUSH OF THE MONTH – HOUSEFIRE – or the one where I post a lot of links

March 1, 2011 1 comment

Housefire are a literary journal that make my eyes hurt with pleasure. I was introduced to them through the gorgeous writer Shannon Peil (also the editor of the lit journal amphibi.us) who asked if I wanted in on this prompt/chain title thingy this journal was orchestrating. I’d never heard of them before but trust Shannon’s judgement enough just to say yes because he asked.

Next thing I knew they’d published my piece ‘Making Connections‘, the title I chose from the three that Shannon sent me and I started reading through their archives. He then wrote an AMAZING piece from one of my title suggestions ‘Perfect Skin‘.

The work on there is some of the best around that I read on the web. No fooling. They are fresh.

They are related to the wonderful journal ‘Metazen‘ another one of my faves. How, I don’t know. I’m too scared to ask.

The completely adorable and off-kilter editor, Riley Michael Parker, then sent me a prompt in the form of a video and asked me to write a piece of flash fiction immediately after.

This is what he sent me –

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This is what I wrote – ‘The Elvis I Prefer To Masturbate To‘.

Also to be sure to check out Riley’s ‘bios’ of the writers underneath each piece. Works of goddamn art.

Housefire’s home is here – Housefire

And you can follow them on Facebook here – Housefire

I highly recommend doing both.

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