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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
It's Almost Spring Prompt
See if you can wind around a difficult situation w/ your main character using these words to escape some emotional danger. Whatever that means to you. Write fast - 10 minutes - time yourself.


Include a list in the piece - like a short shopping list if possible. -Meg Pokrass


linoleum
ass
elementary
brush
hold
sister
salt
"hey"
"nice"
tip
beard
wags
yoga
garbage disposal
Wal-Mart
plug
driving
towel
smooth
dim
posted by Meg Pokrass at 11:35 PM  0 comments

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Smoking With...Jürgen Fauth
Editor Meg Pokrass and Editor-in-Chief Dave Clapper interview Jürgen Fauth, writer & film critic & editor & co-founder of the literary community Fictionaut. Read it here.
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Monday, February 16, 2009
SLQ Contributor News - Barry Graham's The National Virginity Pledge
Now available: The National Virginity Pledge—Short Stories and Other Lies by Barry Graham

http://www.anothersky.org/in-print/the-national-virginity-pledge-barry-graham/

Praise for The National Virginity Pledge!

"Barry Graham's heroes want to love, yet bigger than their love for people and things is their capacity to destroy the objects of their affection. He doesn't scorn them, though; he treats them with care and a loving tenderness. He turns grief, betrayal, and violence into something close to poetry, and finds beauty in places we should never wish to visit." Stefan Kiesbye, Next Door Lived a Girl (Low Fidelity Press)

"...with its clipped, achingly real dialogue, and its effortless and vivid description, it achieves a relentless undercurrent of: 'Look closer: there is more.'" Mary Lynn Reed, 5 Star Literary Stories

"Barry Graham's stories are little cries for help from way in the corners and deep in the cracks of contemporary fiction." Jeff Parker, Ovenman (Tin House)

"Barry Graham's writing hits hard because it is raw and honest. He will suck you in with equal parts everydayness and voyeurism." Aaron Burch, Hobart: Another Literary Journal

"...it remains a funny, reckless, fast paced, and edgy voice from beginning to end." Dan Wickett, Emerging Writers Network

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Friday, February 06, 2009
Mid-winter blues prompt w/ jagged rhythm.
Here are some prompt words. Try this. Use as many of them as possible. Vary line lengths regularly. Create a rhythm, a heartbeat. Write the piece about something that involves breath: fear, smoking, blowing a kid's balloon, swimming...

Enjoy! -Meg Pokrass

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above
avoid
branches
push
roosting
climb
miles
skirt
stood
crow
friend
bite
washing machine
clammy
coffee
message
tuna
raw
teeth
radio
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Top Ten Page Views for January 2009
Another month of big activity from StumbleUpon. The pieces by Pendarvis, Kinsella, Maltezos, Hunt, Leary, Chopan, Bundy, and Cooper all had higher referral rates from there than from any other site. Huai's hits came from her inteview, which in turn got its traffic from China Adopt Talk. AichenbaUm, Chopan, Bundy, and Cooper got most of their hits from the front page of SmokeLong (which makes me wonder if it's unfair to some authors to list the contents on the front page alphabetically... hmmm). Leary's hits are largely from people googling for very short stories.

1. (2) Taco Foot by Jack Pendarvis (12/15/07)
2. (NR) Phoenix by W.P. Kinsella (12/15/08)
3. (3) Beautiful by Antonios Maltezos (10/2/08)
4. (NR) Thirteen by Tai Dong Huai (12/15/08)
5. (5) Ants by David Aichenbaum (12/15/08)
6. (1) How 9) Strange by Laird Hunt (12/15/07)
7. (NR) Ten Very Short Stories by John Leary (3/15/07)
8. (NR) The World Before This One by Jon Chopan (12/15/08)
9. (10) Earthrise by Christopher Bundy (12/15/08)
10. (NR) Ghost Bike by Thomas Cooper (12/15/08)

In total, it was another good month, with 107,988 page views.

Edit: By the way, our total page views for last year (I just checked) was 1,108,463. How cool is that?!

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