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I have been a country grocery store clerk, oil field roustabout, infantry soldier, paper pusher, out-of-work, and a newspaper columnist. I am now trying to add published novelist to my resume. My short fiction has appeared in: WORKERS WRITE: Tales From the Clinic (SS anthology), NIBBLER, ABSOLUTE WRITE (newletter article) ROSE & THORN, DEADMULE, USADS, NEW WORKS REVIEW, CHICK FLICKS, MUSCADINE LINES, and LONG STORY SHORT. LSS also ran an excerpt of my second novel, WE DANCED TO RAY CHARLES, a coming-of-age love story that was named a Faulkner competition semi-finalist and a finalist by the Santa Fe Writer's Project contest.

edited to add: Since joining SS, 've lost all sight in my one remaining eye due to a detached retina. Could be worse. At least I no longer have to look at myself in the mirror each morning. Interests

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Topic: Five New Lit Journals
Posted: 20 Nov 2017 16:36

These five literary journals are all new which might make them especially willing to consider submissions from previously unpublished writers. For more information, check out their web sites.


Counterclock
This online literary and art publication founded in summer 2017 is dedicated to showcasing high-quality poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and cross-genre work. They publish writing on a quarterly basis and have just published their first issue.

Speculative City
This literary journal publishes speculative and provocative works that are centered within a cityscape. They want to encourage writers and characters often underrepresented in speculative fiction, such as people of color, queer people, working-class people, and people with disabilities. They are a paying market. They close to submissions December 15th. They have yet to publish their first issue.

GUESTHOUSE
Founded by two women writers about to complete the University of Iowa’s Masters of Fine Arts program, GUESTHOUSE has a well crafted website and a dual focus on fiction and poetry. They are accepting submissions for their second issue.

Riggwelter
Riggwelter publishes poetry, fiction, visual art, and experimental media. They are looking for work that makes them fall in love, work with that ineffable something that makes them stop, and then start again in an entirely new direction. Their first issue is available online, and the foreword provides some thoughts by the editor about the process of selecting work for Riggwelter.

Ariel Chart
Ariel Chart is seeking brief writing. Based in Australia, they publish short works of poetry and microfiction. Like most small things, tiny pieces of writing are often ignored in the publishing world. Ariel Chart hopes to help. They aim to champion meaningful literary works, no matter how small. You can read the work published on their website to get a sense of what they like.

* excerpted from the free newsletter of, Authors Publish *

Topic: BIG Trouble
Posted: 19 Nov 2017 19:51


At dawn the telephone rings,

"Hello, Senor Bob? This is Ernesto, the caretaker at your country house."

"Ah yes, Ernesto. What can I do for you? Is there a problem?"

"Um, I am just calling to advise you, Senor Bob, that your parrot, he is dead".

"My parrot? Dead? The one that won the International competition?"

"Si, Senor, that's the one."

"Damn! That's a pity! I spent a small fortune on that bird. What did he die from?"

"From eating the rotten meat, Senor Bob."

"Rotten meat? Who the hell fed him rotten meat?"

"Nobody, Senor. He ate the meat of the dead horse."

"Dead horse? What dead horse?"

"The thoroughbred, Senor Bob .."

"My prize thoroughbred is dead?"

"Yes, Senor Bob, he died from all that work pulling the water cart."

"Are you insane? What water cart?"

"The one we used to put out the fire, Senor."

"Good Lord! What fire are you talking about, man?"

"The one at your house, Senor! A candle fell and the curtains caught on fire."

"What the hell? Are you saying that my mansion is destroyed because of a candle?!"

"Yes, Senor Bob."

"But there's electricity at the house! What was the candle for?"

"For the funeral, Senor Bob .."

"WHAT BLOODY FUNERAL??!!"

"Your wife's, Senor Bob. She showed up very late one night and I thought she was a thief, so I hit her with your new Ping G15 204g titanium head golf club with the TFC 149D graphite shaft."

SILENCE...........

LONG SILENCE.........

VERY LONG SILENCE............

"Ernesto, if you broke that driver, you're in deep shit."

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Topic: New Story category ideas?
Posted: 19 Nov 2017 19:28

Just my FWIW thoughts and suggestions for new categories.

note: all these are fiction

animals/wildlife/nature/environmental
Family
Gothic
Historical
Religious
Chick-Lit

IMO, while new stories might generate more traffic (readers and writers), unless story votes and comments pick up along with more forum participation, Nicola will have little incentive to invest much, if any, additional time and money on, Story Space...unfortunately.

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Topic: Favorite Lines in a book
Posted: 19 Nov 2017 18:31

Raymond Chandler:

Then her hands dropped and jerked at something and the robe she was wearing came open and underneath it she was as naked as September Morn but a darn sight less coy."--The Long Good-bye (Chapter 29)

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Topic: Favorite Lines in a book
Posted: 16 Nov 2017 16:10

This thread is too much fun to let it wither away.

The following one-sentence opening to, " The Violent Bear It Away", by, Flannery O’Connor, has always left me in writerly awe.

"FRANCIS MARION TARWATER'S uncle had been dead for only half-a-day when the boy got too drunk to finish digging his grave and a Negro named Buford Munson, who had come to get a jug filled, had to finish it and drag the body from the breakfast table where it was still sitting and bury it in a decent and Christian way, with the sign of its Saviour at the head of the grave and enough dirt on top to keep the dogs from digging it up."

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Topic: Dancing To Ray Charles - a series - needs readers
Posted: 10 Nov 2017 19:54

Larry, so far all the chapters have had over a hundred views. The last chapter, Love on the Levee, is up to eighty views but only two votes. Just more proof that life can be cruel to the hard working and brilliant writer...and a total bitch to the rest of us. ;)

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Topic: Open discussion:Writing serials or continuing stories
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 23:12

Reg, the 'Dancing To Ray Charles' I've been posting is an abridged version. The full-blown novel is about 50% bigger. In that one, there are just under 100 characters who appear on or off screen. Less than a third have 'speaking' parts.

My goal in creating an 'image' of those with speaking parts was to keep them consistent. No writer wants a character's blonde bimbo girlfriend in chapter one to re-emerge as a classy brunette near the end of the story.

While an extensive background probably isn't needed for most short stories, I'd think it could be of some help with continuing characters in a linked series.

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Topic: Open discussion:Writing serials or continuing stories
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 23:07

Reg, the 'Dancing To Ray Charles' I've been posting is an abridged version. The full-blown novel is about 50% bigger. In that one, there are just under 100 characters who appear on or off screen. Less than a third have 'speaking' parts.

My goal in creating an 'image' of those with speaking parts was to keep them consistent. No writer wants a character's blonde bimbo girlfriend in chapter one to re-emerge as a classy burnette near the end of the story.

While an extensive background probably isn't needed for most short sotries, I'd think it could be of some help with continuing characters in a linked series.

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Topic: Open discussion:Writing serials or continuing stories
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 09:55

Good thread, Reg. Here's my FWIW replies.

1.) When writing something like this, do you outline / block out the story arc for the whole thing first? Do you write a draft of the whole story, break it into chapters and then complete / submit chapter one?

RdW: I've never done anything similar to your project. However, I've always done a rough outline for long-form fiction, including my two finished novels. For short stories, I've never used outlines. It would be interesting to get Verbals's take on this subject since his 'Shard' series of flash fiction involves the relationship, both sexual and emotional, between the same man and woman.


2.) Do you plot out the biographical details character eleements before starting? Keep notes on the character?

RdW: For my novels, yep. This was especially true for my second one which, unlike my first one, contained no auto-bio elements.

3.) Did you start with the complexity of characters, plot elements, etc (love triangle, KKK, off to college, preachers’ kids, etc.)... determined to mix them in, or did they evolve during the writing?

RdW: For the primary characters, I did a fairly extensive 'rap sheet' of their looks, quirks, personality traits, history, habits etc.. None of that was chiseled in stone. Elements were added as the story developed others were never used.

For secondary characters, I tried to come up with a distinctive feature to set each one apart from all the others.

4.) Do yo incorporate details that are personal and based upon your experiences? Are they always in your protagonist?

RdW: Yes, but that's not a goal, it just happens.

5.) Did you intend to break it into chapters? Would you make it a novella if you didn’t have to break it up?

RdW: Can't help you with this one since I've never set out to write something in this form. That said, I tend to be an almost instinctive user of chapters.

6.) How far ahead of the latest published chapter is your writing?

RdW: I've only intentionally written one set of stories that were posted as a 'series'. It's over on Lush. I wrote it on-the-fly, one chapter at a time and don't plan on ever doing that again. If I ever do tackle another series, I'll write the entire thing first, them submit it one chapter at a time, making any needed edits along the way.

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Topic: Favorite Lines in a book
Posted: 15 Oct 2017 19:11

Reg, imo, one cannot go wrong quoting lines by John Steinbeck or Raymond Chandler. ;)

After reading this opening sentence there can be no doubt a good time awaits the reader.

‘On this particular Thursday, something was moving quietly through the ionosphere many miles above the surface of the planet; several somethings in fact, several dozen huge yellow chunky slablike somethings, huge as office blocks, silent as birds.’

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams)

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Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch. 12, Love on The Levee

   The official plan, as carefully explained to all parental units, had called for Amy and Libby to share a motel room. The guys would stay with Mark’s roommate who was supposed to be in summer school. In reality, Mark’s roommate had just flunked out. And no one questioned that Bob and Libby would have the motel room to themselves. Once they were dropped off, Mark and Amy headed for...

Added 01 Nov 2017 | Category General | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 114 | 2 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 11, Journey South

  Alexandria, a small, nondescript city on the Red River in central Louisiana, is the symbolic checkpoint separating the state’s French, Catholic south from its Scots-Irish, Protestant north. In the pre-interstate days, a two-lane highway weaved its way south from town toward Baton Rouge. A picturesque, tree-lined bayou flanked one side of the road. On the other side were pastures and a...

Added 18 Oct 2017 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 153 | 4 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 10, Moonlight and Revelations

 The phone wouldn't stop ringing. Amy, sitting at the table on the other side of the kitchen, eating a bologna-on-white-with-mayonnaise sandwich and heading into what she sensed would be one of the   steamier parts of,"The Carpetbaggers," tried to ignore the noise, though she couldn’t help wondering what had happened to her sister who always tried to beat everyone else to the phone. Jan...

Added 09 Oct 2017 | Category General | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 168 | 4 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 09, Darrell's Disaster

Delmar Bullock wasn’t impressed, not one little bit. The three young farts standing just inside the door to his storage shed didn’t seem good for much, most of all a Klan job. At first, they tried to act cocky like this was no big deal. But none of  ‘em said a word after seeing the cross he put together that afternoon. He wondered why Jack Boudreaux, who always worried about security...

Added 25 Sep 2017 | Category General | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 158 | 4 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 08, Boudreaux Family Values

  “Hey, good lookin’, what ya got cookin’ tonight?” At the sound of Darrell Ray’s cocky, teasing voice, Bebe gave him an unhurried glance. Then she took her time putting away an unread folder, turning off the fluorescent desk light and covering the typewriter. When everything was in order, she leaned back and met his gaze. It was way past the lumberyard’s two o’clock Saturday closing time....

Added 18 Sep 2017 | Category Drama | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 153 | 5 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 07, Summer Inactivities

  Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 07, S8ummer Inactivities   “I guess it’s about time we had that little talk.” Jake Cahill stood in the doorway to the crowded laundry room, watching his son pull clothes from the dryer. “Oh, I already know all about that stuff,” said Mark. “The stork brings the babies and leaves them under a cabbage leaf.” “So that’s how it’s done. And all this time I...

Added 07 Sep 2017 | Category General | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 140 | 2 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 06 Cards and Cuddles, pt 3 of 3

    All the ‘grown-ups’ were gone, but no one was interested in re-starting the card game. At Amy’s suggestion, the guys fixed something to drink while she grabbed some snacks. Provisions in hand, they went out into the warm night air on the screened-in back porch. To keep from attracting bugs, they left the lights off. Except for the glow from inside the house, it was dark. To no...

Added 30 Aug 2017 | Category General | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 132 | 4 Comments

Dancing To Ray Charles: Ch 06, Cards and Cuddles, pt 2 of 3

  The arrival of Amy’s mother, complete with an old photo album halted both their card game and the Interrogation of Willie. The invitation they had expected and feared, to join her on the couch, soon followed. When the migration ended, Willie and Amy were sitting on either side of her mother while Mark and Bob knelt and peered over them from behind the couch. The first picture Mrs....

Added 29 Aug 2017 | Category General | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 115 | 5 Comments

Dancing To Ray Charles: Ch. 06, Cards and Cuddles pt 1 of 3

      Hearts, as played by Amy, Mark, Willie, and Bob was as much a contact sport as a card game. They’d all been varsity athletes in high school, were still competitive, and hated to lose at anything, including cards. The current debate didn’t center on the game, however, but which album to play during the next hand.   “Okay, y’all,” said Amy, addressing Mark and Bob while collecting...

Added 28 Aug 2017 | Category General | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 145 | 5 Comments

Forever

  The drunken, rejected Romeo suddenly sitting alone at the karaoke bar croons to his departing, forever, girlfriend. “Well, I gave you everything I had But you left me sitting on my own Did you have to treat me oh so bad? All I do is hang my head and moan. Tell me why…" The 'just finally had enough’ Juliet pauses on her way out of the bar and his life to give him a last, wistful...

Added 14 Aug 2017 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 139 | 6 Comments

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