I’m happy to say this strange fiction about life without reality television – Can you imagine?! – has been accepted for the Comedy Aug/Sept issue of Pilcrow and Dagger. Don’t you love them madly?!!
Harvey Levin Can’t Die – Aug/Sept Issue of Pilcrow and Dagger!
“Of Strays and Exes” is available as a podcast!
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The art and photography in Here In The Silence is just beautiful and we have SunBow Productions to thank for that. From the nontraditional cover to the interior choices, they are all quite interesting and lovely.
This picture leads the short story “The Spaces Between.” A story about a couple, who ends up in a terrible back street motel in a beautiful coastal city, their relationship barely hanging on.
“It was some time past midnight in the darkness of that backstreet motel that she felt an arm slip around her. Panic did not set in, although she thought maybe it should have being where she was…..”
I love the idea of putting photographs and art with stories and poetry. I love when I find this in books and blogs and I was happy to be able to find them and have them add images to every story in the book.
We had the most trouble with “The Spaces Between.” How do you give a visual to a deteriorating relationship? The title itself refers to the emptiness between the couple, the silences in their relationship, blankness. This image is a fantastic representation of the story – the idea of “vacancy”is brought out in this cut up, almost incomplete, colorless image. I think it might be my favorite image in the book!
Did you ever meet someone, someone it seemed you were destined to meet? You had a connection, you laughed together, cared about one another, but you also knew the whole time that it could never last; it just could never be more than what it was at that moment.
I didn’t used to believe in connections like that. And he, well, he totally misunderstood.
“Since I can’t love you, I love the world” was inspired by that. It’ll be in July’s Action/Adventure issue of Pilcrow and Dagger.
Pilcrow and Dagger’s Action/Adventure Issue Video Preview
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Pilcrow and Dagger will podcast “Of Strays and Exes” for their July release.
The story was published in their June issue; the podcast will be free and available to everyone in just a few weeks. I’ll post the link when it’s available.
Many thanks to Pilcrow and Dagger!
“Of Strays and Exes” is a snarky story about a woman who is given a found dog by her ex.
Another ten days to two weeks and – Here in the Silence – my book of short stories will be available.
AND – there will be a chance to win free copies!
Check back for details!
Maybe I was having a dream, maybe I heard a noise in the driveway, maybe I heard any of the assorted dogs in the neighborhood barking, whatever it was that woke me up at 3 a.m. on a weekday morning, that line was zinging in my head.
As I lay there, trying to get back to sleep, I wondered where else that line might go. So, I let it lead me, take me wherever it might go.
I thought maybe I’d make a mental note, write it the next day, maybe take physical notes on the notebook next to my bed and finish it after work.
Then, by 4 a.m., with the story unwinding itself to me, I got out of bed. I took my notebook into the dining room, turned on the light and wrote.
By 5:30, I’d finished the majority of the first draft and started to get ready for work.
“Of Strays and Exes” was a departure for me – it’s snarky, ironic, almost funny.
So, don’t judge me too harshly, ladies and gentlemen, apart from the first line, the story is actually about the connection and disconnection we do throughout our lives in relationships and with the people (and critters) around us.
The story is available in New Beginnings by Pilcrow and Dagger.