Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Still tinkering with fiction

Today it's our second collaboration attempt, Confessions of the Flying Baked Potato. I'm sort of just stuck with fiction-writing for now—happens around once every ten years so I try not to complain.

Here's a ticklish excerpt:
           On June 15, the lipstick smudges on the coffee cups changed. A man spoke through his beard. We heard him through the pipes. Everyone called him Milt behind his back because he was a regular: pea soup for breakfast, pea soup for lunch, chickpea soup for supper. In short, one of those fairy tale figures that keep princesses awake at night.
           For the first time in twenty years, Milt didn’t come alone. He suddenly asked the cook to bring on the MSG, a touch of wine, sweet meats. He wanted to impress his date by showing he can take the menu-of-the-day like a man. I realize I’m jumping to conclusions. But the fact remains that Milt was, and perhaps still is, a virgin. Everyone said you could see it by how he applied aftershave lotion on the old pick-up’s leather seats.

Recent acceptance:

Mannequin Envy accepted 4 poems:

Face out of the Blue
Dust Addressing Its Lover
The Butcher Unburdens His Heritage
The 19th Secret Love Poem

for their fall 2006 issue. Incidentally, Rachel and Michi have delish poems in the current issue. Check 'em out.

     Submission date: 13 May 2006
     Reply date: 26 June 2006

Today's child in the mist is Sarah's Miles:


I have feeling this where Michi will go: "My, my, my! What a hairy face you've got, Sarah."

8 comments:

michi said...

stop pretending you can read my mind, you! *L* what i was really going to say was - gee, sarah looks young in that pic, and a little boyish, but her son ...

nah. apologies to sarah and her family. i think miles is extra-cute. :)

congrats on the ME acceptance, arlene! it's a cool zine. look forward to seeing your work there.

keep writing, let k d inspire you ...

m

Sam of the ten thousand things said...

Good news about your poems in Mannequin Envy, Arlene. That's a great venue.

SarahJ said...

oh why that's the cutest boy I've ever seen!

congrats on the mannequin envy acceptance! hey your prose is smoking too.

hope you're almost ready for swelter

lorguru said...

Congrats on the acceptance, Arlene!

Carl Bryant said...

Congrats, congrats, congrats, congrats!

megalopoet said...

hey doll! glad you're the tinker, as i seem to be the tailor, the soldier, the spy in the house of...

i'm just *xgokl* about your next post, your next...

Arlene said...

thanks everyone!

mike! teehee. FYI, i don't read your mind -- you're *inside* my mind. you bayesian spam, you! did you get my defenestration note yesterday re: our —erm— problem with length?

sarah... swelter? yes. sweat? yes. a shower? of course not. i wouldn't even consider that.

nicole, hey! great to see you back in blogland ;)

a.

Liz said...

Arlene, coming late to this...brillaint news on another acceptance...I love the prose especially the after shave lotion deduction :0)
Another great pic as well...love the way both are staring right out at the camera, at us...

ciao,

Liz-Anne