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Weekly Flash Fiction |Welcome to a new friend: Jordan Brunelle

 

I’m Jordan Brunelle, a fiction writer from Nashville, TN. And this is my blog.

The goal of Fiction Flashes is to produce one short story every week. The focus is upon stories containing elements of fantasy, science fiction, dark fiction, or satire. 

The word count: 500-1,000 words.

A majority of these stories will be written by me — however, we’ll feature guest posts regularly. Stories written by friends and strangers and strangers who could someday become friends and even enemies (they write stories too!) So if you’re interested in submitting a story, whether you’re a friend or a stranger, please email me with the story attached: jrichardbrunelle@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by.

via About | Weekly Flash Fiction.

Memory Meat

Sweet & Sour Meatloaf By mhaithaca

Sweet & Sour Meatloaf
By mhaithaca

by Jordan Brunelle (989 words)

I yelled at them to stop, but they wouldn’t. They didn’t.

And Mom wonders why I won’t eat. She wonders why I sit at the kitchen table, next to my older brother, and I just stare at the meatloaf on the plate in front of me—that assortment of unrecognizable meats and meat-like things, topped with a red-black sauce, mixed together in a chaotic mess of edible mush. She asks why I won’t, just please, for her, eat it. It’s my favorite, she reminds me. Be a good son.

They’re so much stronger than I am, my brother Billy and his friends, and they had little trouble lifting me off the ground and carrying me over their shoulders like a potato sack. Billy’s in 8th grade, three grades ahead of me, and so are Johnny Frankfort and Allen Hicks, his best friends.

“Please, please, please,” I squealed, when I realized where they were taking me. “Please, just put me down.” I knew, when they started towards the woods to the left of the old farmhouse my family lives in, that my life would be changing soon. The patch of woods is thick with brush, difficult to pass through, and it only leads to one place. The Pond.

But that was last week. Now, we’re in the kitchen. My father is sitting in his place at the head of the table. He eats the meatloaf my mother made, in huge, heaping forkfuls, without looking up, and my brother does the same. He’s always taking after my father, his mannerisms, the way he mumbles his words and draws out his vowels and refuses to smile for pictures. I suppose it’s because they spend so much time together, getting up at 4 am every morning to milk the cows.

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Man’s Worst Friend

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by Jordan Brunelle (940 words)

I remember when Wuff first appeared in my living room. I’d just finished breaking up with my girlfriend of six years and was far from desiring any confrontation with a stranger. Especially a stranger like Wuff.

I walked in to find him sitting on my couch in the nude. It was dark, but by the glow of the television I could see that he had the remote tucked tightly between his thighs, one leg crossed over the other. The next thing I noticed was the incredibly unnatural (or completely natural, depending on how you look at things) amount of black, wiry hair that blanketed his entire body.

“Who are—”

“Wuff,” he said.

“What is your—”

“I said I’m Wuff.”

I walked closer, growing more agitated with my intruder, and said, “Okay, Wuff. What are you doing in my house? How’d you even get in here?”

Wuff rolled his eyes and shrugged sarcastically. “Oh, I don’t know, Jake. Maybe you invited me in.” He sighed heavily and pulled the remote out from his crotch before changing the channel.

“You’re getting hair on my couch,” I told him.

Wuff jumped to his feet.

“Don’t have me if you don’t like me for who I am, Jake. You’re the one who let me in, for God’s sake.”

And at that, I suddenly knew. I questioned how it had taken so long for me to realize who this black-haired, bearded, naked man was. He wasn’t a stranger at all. They warned me when I got him, that a mix of domestic dog and wolf can make for an unpredictable pet. A pet with sudden shifts in personality and character. A pet that lashes out at their owners sporadically and without warning. It’s like in the blink of an eye, they transform out of one thing and into something entirely different.

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Welcome to a new friend: Mary Wheeler | The Search for Clarity

The Search for Clarity

Transformations, Successes, Hopes, Dreams

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“What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Stronger”

I’m Mary Wheeler. I’m 19 years young and a junior at the University of Minnesota studying Family Social Science and Psychology. I am an aspiring writer and couple and family therapist. I am striving for happiness and a sense of control over my life. I’ve come very far from where I have been and what I have been through. I work hard to get where I want and to achieve my goals.

via About | The Search for Clarity.

If you’re new to my blog, here are some topics you can expect to see:

Writing, Short stories, Poetry, Honesty, Feelings, Occasional Rants, Flash Fiction, Relationship (sustaining, helping, rebuilding, nurturing) Related Posts, Family, School, Minnesota, Helping, Health, Workouts, Exercise, Food, Love, Quotes, Tattoos, Piercings, Advice, Helper Resources/Articles, Vignettes, Memories, Photography, and much more. 

Enjoy!

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A Reflection About Family

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Family is a complicated concept. It didn’t used to be, but with all the disowning, disapproval, judgement, and issues with religion, sexuality, identity, etc. the notion of family has become somewhat distorted.

The traditional definition of family is biological ties and a shared living space. It also includes two parents of opposite genders and children. Divorced parents, homosexual and cohabiting couples, and single parents are not included in this definition. Best friends, close colleagues, and anyone who is supportive aren’t included either.

The definition of family has changed dramatically as people go through difficult times within the family and without. Many people have to go outside those biologically related to them to find what they need in relationships. Family has turned into anyone who is unconditionally supportive and loving.

While I fully support seeking support, love, and care anywhere you can find it, I think it’s sad that we even have to go outside our blood relatives to do so. Our biological families should be there for us – no matter what. They should care about our well-being in an appropriate way. They should want us to be with someone we love and who loves us back. They should want us to be open with them. They should want us to come to them when we need help. Family shouldn’t judge or destroy us. I will never understand why some family dynamics are the way they are, nobody can understand it all, but it deeply saddens me that there are people who cannot turn to their family with everything and be welcomed with unconditional love.

All the shit that life throws at us is terrible and not having a family, or even a single member, to turn to makes it harder to handle. We cannot handle everything on our own. We need the love and support of others to make it through difficult times. And if we have to turn to our best friends, colleagues, teammates, and others over those who are our blood to help us, then so be it. All I know is I think it’s a tragedy. Not having your biological family step up and set their values, beliefs, and pride aside to be there for you and provide a safe place for you is a tragedy.

If you fit into this category… I apologize on behalf of your family. You are a beautiful person regardless of your struggles and imperfections. They have no right to desert you. Find others. You deserve better. You’re worthy. Carry on.

 

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Submission time is NOW | The Artificial Selection Project

The Artificial Selection Project

A journal. A podcast. A blog. A revolt.

The Artificial Selection Project is open to fiction, non-fiction and art by anyone with a grudge and a set of writing to back it up. The work must be previously unpublished and the sole property of the writer/artist submitting.We are looking for fearless engaging work and are open to a variety of formal and narrative modes. Challenge us, surprise us, confound us, terrify us, but whatever you do, bring us with you. Also when submitting, please include your name and complete contact information.SUBMIT ORIGINAL WORK TO:THEARTIFICIALSELECTION@GMAIL.COM- The Guidelines -Fiction: 7,500 words max. Preferably between 10-15 pps, as space is limited. And we are open to flash fiction as well.Art work: A jpeg of your original work of at least 300 DPIWork submitted simultaneously to other publications is not a problem. Just let us know if some other folks accept it. We also do not accept previously published work.Upon acceptance, The Artificial Selection Project reserves the right to edit your work as we see fit, though we will seek your approval beforehand.The deadline to submit is August 1, 2013!- – –

Our Past

The Artificial Selection Project is California’s breakout new literary publication featuring the work of authors and artists that the literary world has deemed unfit for publication. The Artificial Selection Project was born from a creative writing masters program in which students found themselves being berated for pushing envelopes and challenging literary traditions. This stifling of creativity in a program that was designed with creativity specifically in mind was a travesty, so the students decided to do something about it.

All too often, writers are told that their work is “too extreme” or “too experimental” and that they should tone down their writing. Perhaps focus on traditional frames of thought or some more well-defined story archetypes. The Artificial Selection Project has a better idea. We say write the madness in your head. Explore the darkest corners of humanity. Scream and cry dissent in ink on any surface you can get your hands on. And bring us along for the goddamn ride.

http://theartificialselectionproject.com/our-world/about/

via Submission time is NOW | The Artificial Selection Project.

A Comic Book Call to Arms?

I started writing fiction in my mid twenties. It happened by accident really. I broke my finger making it impossible to draw. Writing proved to be a good substitute. Before … Continue reading

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Submission time is NOW

– OUR CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS IS CURRENTLY OPEN – The Artificial Selection Project is open to fiction, non-fiction and art by anyone with a grudge and a set of writing to … Continue reading

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Interview Spotlight: Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross (Pt. I of III)

We here at The Artificial Selection Project recently caught up with Cory Doctorow and Charlie Stross to discuss, among various other things, their recent conglomeration, The Rapture of the Nerds, and the … Continue reading

List of Wonderful Calls for Submissions

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Three Odd Reasons to go to School for Writing (Opinion)

Academically, the only way to become a better creative writer is getting a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s from an MFA Program in fiction or poetry. Assuming that more … Continue reading

Well Written, Muckily Plotted – Karen Russell’s “Swamplandia!”

Karen Russell’s debut novel Swamplandia! does a few things  right and, unfortunately, many things wrong. Taking place in the lush swamps of Florida, Russell paints an incredibly tangible landscape, with … Continue reading

Welcome to a new friend: Frankie Leone: | borough of lost boys

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frankie leone, just a man – 27 (williamsburg, borough of lost boys)

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creative non-fiction…

poetry – hybrid forms – flash fictionshort stories

…pursuit of a truth

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written by (frankie leone, just a man)

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residing in williamsburg

brooklyn, new york 11211

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referred to as a “missed connections writer”

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27 (williamsburg, borough of lost boys)

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these words are for (and by)

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the lost

tough, thoughtful

egotistical, romantic, loyal, deviant

ugly, obsessed, accepting, adventuring, afraid

awe-struck, longing, kind, disillusioned, precocious

desperate, beautiful, selfish, creative, (self) worthless

narcissistic, scarred, soul-sick, real, wandering

plastic, judgmental, envious, fascinated

soulful, affectionate, hope(ful/less)

vulnerable, reckless

and human.

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on this block:

frankie.leone78@gmail.com

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frankie leone

(photo by Andres Bohorquez.)

via “what’s this?” | borough of lost boys.

“why?”

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i want it shattered

but can’t afford another seven years

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so i’ve lain down the hammer

to strike these keys

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and write into my funhouse mirror.

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(photo by chiara tiraboschi)

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“sometimes we have the absolute certainty there’s something inside us that’s so hideous and monstrous that if we ever search it out we won’t be able to stand looking at it. but it’s when we’re willing to come face to face with that demon that we face the angel.”

— hubert selby junior, last exit to brooklyn

http://boroughoflostboys.com/you-ask-why/

we opted against san loco (on 160 n 4th street) to get something more authentic at the taco truck on the side of n6th. – 28 (williamsburg, borough of lost boys)

Writer Unboxed » What Novelists Should Know About Short Fiction

The best short stories of Mark Twain

The best short stories of Mark Twain (Photo credit: Xesc)

When I first started writing seriously, all I wanted was to publish a novel.

I thought my intentions were honourable—that I wasn’t just another wannabe with dreams of making it big—but there was always that little part of me that still wasn’t ready to put in my dues.

I wanted it all, and I wanted it right away.

1. Reading short fiction can make you a more knowledgeable writer.

2. Writing short fiction can make you a more accomplished writer.

3. Publishing short fiction can make you a more marketable writer.

via Writer Unboxed » What Novelists Should Know About Short Fiction.

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