“Chasing tornadoes isn’t scary. That’s not bravado, saying that—tornado chasers, we were just the assholes who watched from a safe distance, and we drove fast and circled the danger and skirted anything real.”
— _NEW STORY POSTED: “For The Wheels To Nullify” by Brent Rydin. Whiskeypaper, August 2014.
6:06 pm • 31 August 2014 • 1 note
“Everyone is moving away and making it look so easy. They seem so happy, breaking down their lives and building them up somewhere else. I can’t imagine living anywhere but Heart’s Horn. I know which neighbors to steer clear of and which Taco Bell will screw up your order and which cops will look the other way if you’re speeding a bit on your way to work or enjoying a joint after. Now my last real friend, Tasha, is moving tomorrow. When she told me three weeks ago I felt like someone had propelled me into space, my ears abruptly plugged with silence and every bit of me boiling and freezing.”
— Heart’s Horn, my new story in WhiskeyPaper. (via nouvelliste)
11:46 pm • 29 August 2014 • 11 notes
I have a new story up over at WhiskeyPaper today alongside a piece by Aaron Burch. I think I originally wrote “Dearest Miljana” in response to Esquire’s call for Aspens—stories that were exactly 78 words long. I’m not sure the story is exactly 78 words anymore, but it’s close.
I also had in my head the voice of Charles Simic. Not his poetry voice but his actual voice: if you read the piece, maybe imagine an older man speaking in a Serbian accent.
P.S. Janey took the photograph of the owl, in one of her homemade light boxes.
1:26 pm • 25 August 2014 • 3 notes
Two Stories in WhiskeyPaper
Thanks, WhiskeyPaper! “Leather, Lead,” an excerpt from a novella-in-progress, gets some air & light, and “Six Bites” is a sensual excursion I hope you dig.
10:33 am • 25 August 2014 • 5 notes
“She makes us strong coffee, one cup at a time, because that’s how she is, even grinding the beans one cup at a time. I’ve written a poem about your spice cake, I say. I want to read it, she says, but there is no commitment in her words. And it’s about so much more than spice cake that she’ll never get it anyway.”
— NEW STORIES POSTED: “Leather, Lead” & “Six Bites” by Wendy C. Ortiz. WhiskeyPaper, August 2014. cc: wendycortiz
10:32 am • 25 August 2014 • 9 notes