Macro Monday Is Made Of Birds

YAY THE EAGLES WON THE SUPERBOWL GO BIRDS GO IGGLES There, I have fulfilled my contractually-obligated Philadelphia-area enthusiasm.  Above is a picture of not just a bald eagle, but a motherfucking sea eagle — this one seen in Brisbane at the koala place. Whatever the koala place is called. There’s a place with koalas, and you go there on a boat, and then it’s not just koalas. No, I’m not going to Google it, we’ll just call it… mmm, Koalatown. Or Koalaopolis. *cue Kristen Bell saying, This is the Koala Place* Actually, since we’re... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: SubGenre Shake-And-Bake, Baby

And we return with an old favorite. We shall mash subgenres up and write the weird stories that result. I will give you 20 subgenres. You will pick two from the list either using a d20 or random number generator (or use monkey knuckles or coffee grounds or whatever), then you will write a short story that mashes up those two subgenres. Length: We’ll say 1500-2000 words. Due by: Next Friday (2/9), noon EST. Post at your online space. Drop a link to the story in the comments below. THE SUBGENRE LIST: Revenge Thriller BDSM Erotica Fairy Tale... Read The Rest →

Macro Monday Is Walking On Eggshells

No, really, look, eggshells! It’s that time of the year where I take a lot of my macro photography indoors rather than outdoors — which usually means seeking inspiration in strange places, like staring into the pantry for a half-hour. Which I’m sure doesn’t look at all weird to my family. When they ask what I’m doing, I just mumble, “Staring at a portal into forever,” and let them wonder. Anyway, I am freshly returned from the Elgin Literary Fest — ELF! — and thanks to the organizers for having... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Travel Woes

So, yesterday, I went to the airport to catch a flight. I was there appropriately early (I think at this point they ask you to be there 72 hours before your flight), and I waited around and fucked about on my phone. Then I went to the bathroom because boarding was going to begin soon. When I came out, the departure time increased by 20 minutes. No big deal. Tiny delay. Doable. Then the time changed in front of my eyes and it became two hours. The gate did not announce... Read The Rest →

Grant Faulkner: Fortify Your New Year’s Resolutions

  Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and he wanted to pop in to talk about those New Year’s Resolutions you might have — especially the ones that might be waning at this point in the new year. * * * One day a year or so ago, I was going through some old papers, and I discovered a notecard with my 2003 New Year’s resolutions on it. The depressing thing was that I hadn’t carried out any of the resolutions in the last... Read The Rest →

The Doormakers Will Make No Doors

I live in a building with hundreds of other families, maybe thousands. We live here, eat here, sleep here. Our kids learn here. The adults work here. And once, maybe a few times a week, people enter into our building and they take our people away from us. They rob them in the dark. They steal them from us forever. Many times they take our children, sometimes they take the adults. This building has no doors. We tell the keepers of this building, the Doormakers, “We have no doors. That’s why... Read The Rest →

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