Short Fiction

Week 229 – Madness, Letting Writers Write And A Horny Guy With Crumpled Clothes.

Another week has came and went and left us with Posting Number 229.

I have never thought of myself as being naive but there are some things that would make me reconsider.

I thought life would get easier as I got older.

I believed that I would, one day, do a job that I enjoyed and have no intervention from fuckidiot management.

I never saw TV become relentless and folks making it far too much a part of their lives.

I still believe that phones should be for emergencies and nothing social.

I thought that wanting to have kids would have died out.

I don’t understand why olives are minging but olive bread and oil is delicious.

To me, the fashion industry is an industry for an industry. (Walk down the street wearing a glitter infused potato sack, a snorkel and your genitals exposed and you WILL be laughed at.)

I don’t understand ‘Reality TV Celebrities’ and why we can’t kill them.

The point to all this is that we had a conversation with Sharon and Doug over the last week or so and she told me something that I didn’t know (Back to the naiveness).

There is some thinking for ‘In my own voice’. Which states that you only write as type. So there are some narrow-minded fuckwits out there who think it is insulting and wrong if you write about a different ethnicity, sexuality or religion.

What is this world coming to? Some of the best comments I have ever had is about a story that I have written with no first hand knowledge seeming real.

Between this way of thinking and publications insisting on ‘Blind Reads’ to make sure that they can’t be blamed for any form of discrimination is pathetic.

Myself, Nik and Diane, don’t give one second’s thought to who anyone is, what they are, what colour they are, what religion they follow or don’t follow. All we care about is whether or not the story is any good and if it will fit the site.

I never even knew that this idea existed and it really does ‘rip my knittin”. So where is this going to stop? Are we going to end up with a type of writer first and not really bother about the quality of the story? As long as it is written by the specific kind of person who the story is concerning, then it doesn’t matter if it is pish or not. Maybe it will get that you can only read books about your own social standing.

This is a worrying form of censorship and a freedom of speech / free thinking and freedom of expression issue and I just wonder who was the first narrow minded PC arsehole who thought this was a good idea. I hope their next acceptance is a story about a serial killer who kills PC pricks, written by a serial killer who kills PC pricks!

I just wanted to assure all of you who have sent anything to us, we judge the work not you!!

OK, onto this week’s stories.

We had three new writers and two old friends who have around 130 stories between them.

Our topics this week include; musings, an App, jazz lovers, a companion and a curse.

As always, our initial comments follow.

 

We had our first new writer published on Monday.

We welcome Chris Eirkson, he began the week with, ‘Goods From The Far East

‘I liked the thoughts on the silver being cursed by cruelty.’

‘This was spooky and a bit different.’

‘The mining scene was excellent.’

 

If any of you have not come across Mr Fred Foote, start working through his back catalogue! Choose any of his stories and you are in for a treat.

Evil Is Afoot‘ was next up on Tuesday.

‘This reads like a dark fable and makes you think on motive, loyalty, manipulation and opportunity.’

‘No matter how loyal, human curiosity will always overcome obedience.’

‘I loved the tone and style.’

 

And following Fred, we have another legend of the site.

Tom Sheehan continues to send us in beautifully crafted writing.

A Poet’s Conversation‘ broke the back of the week.

‘You lose yourself in the words and it is a surreal experience.’

‘The emotions behind this are really moving.’

‘You can find another gem everytime you read it.’

 

On Thursday we had our next new writer. We extend the same welcome to Sarah Bolmarcich.

Her first story for us was ‘Random Acts.’

‘Sinister and well paced.’

‘The ending is very well thought out.’

‘What a lovely nasty twist.’

 

We finished off with Spoonage and their first outing, ‘Hipster Apocalypse

We hope that all our new writers have a long association with us and we look forward to reading more from them all

‘Very well observed.’

‘I enjoyed the irony.’

‘All this nonsense about weird shirts, skinny jeans and strange drinks needs pointing out.’

 

That’s us for another week guys.

Just the usual reminders.

Please keep the comments coming. They keep the site fresh.

And seek out an older story that you have enjoyed. Introduce it in any way that you want and we will publish it on our Sunday Re-Run feature. Throw in a couple of questions for the author and we will see if we can coax an answer from them.

Last word on naivety. An old friend from many years ago once told me that he couldn’t wait to get married as he would have sex whenever he wanted and get his ironing done. He couldn’t understand why I laughed.

I think he is on his fourth wife.

Hugh

(Oh and ‘Naivety’ is in the wrong place in the 1974 version of ‘The Collins Dictionary.’

It is beside ‘Gullible.)

 

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8 thoughts on “Week 229 – Madness, Letting Writers Write And A Horny Guy With Crumpled Clothes.”

  1. Hit goddam like button by mistake. Even beat that chick with the hat in. Bowdlerization is evil. It assumes that the reader is too stupid to understand context. Some fool (here, instead of fool some cowards say “misguided person” when fool or shithead or asshole remain better choices) weeded all the “Nigger” thises and thats from Huck Finn and inserted slave. That misguided asshole assumed that everyone is too stupid to understand context. I believe it is possible that the misguided shithead was the only person too stupid to understand the story.
    Carlin’s list of the 7 words you cannot say on TV needs an update: Oh, I’ve got a good seven, but why list them risk a cyberstoning in the public square? That question, right there, is why most public speaking is as interesting as cleaning out a lint filter.
    Fuck it. Here’s the 7 you’d better have a goddam good reason to use: Niggardly; Fag (as is smoke); Elitist; Retarded; Him or his without her and ettouffe, which of course is what Ceasar said to Tina.
    LA

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    1. Hi Leila,
      I was in a meeting the other day and the lady who I was talking to stopped mid sentence and I began to smile as I could see that she was struggling for a word. We were talking about non-nationals (Her eventual words). There was no malice in any of our thoughts, content or phrasing. But isn’t it ironic that we are not meant to insult but surely having to think what to call certain groups can also be very insulting? (Hah! Groups is probably incorrect!)
      It is like when we ask someone where they are from. We aren’t asking for their blood line, we are only asking what town or fecking city they stay in. But you can still get the ‘What do you mean?’ question.
      The world is going mad and being pulled up for innocent phrase rather than malicious phrase or derogatory meaning is doing more harm than good.
      Thanks as always for your continual involvement. You make the world a more interesting place!
      Hugh

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      1. Some people, cowards, namely, try to get out what they really want to say by attributing it to “So and so.” It’s better to absorb earned stones than it is to use an imaginary friend shield. Thanks again. Your sharp posts are always interesting and entertaining. Pity so many of the ever swelling LS stable of writers (yes, I mean YOU who never come round the comment section) are so shy to speak unless they are the headliner. Oh well, guess a change there would give me one less thing to bitch about.
        Regards,
        The Ghost of Vera Lynn (unless she’s still alive. If so no offense)

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      2. Holy Jesus God! Just Googled Vera Lynn. Still alive at 102! Good news for my future. Is there anything on Earth harder to kill than an old lady? Me thinks not (or so I have been accused)
        LA

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  2. Ah, I may have figured out my issue with posting!
    In any event, I wanted to address this “In Own Words” movement. I believe it likely started out with the best of intentions. Surely those whose voices have been marginalized in the past deserve to be heard, and it’s wonderful if a platform is provided for them. But – when we write fiction – it is truly a magic carpet ride of the imagination. Writers write what is going on their heads. And most of us write in order to touch people with emotion and thought. As a white woman, I would say that 50% of my stories are first person with the main character being a male. I have also written about gay men, black slaves, women from other countries. And serial killers! But, of course, I can’t be all these people in my lifetime, and not particularly keen on becoming a serial killer! (However tempting that may be at times!)
    To be censored due to the fact that I am not “writing in my own words, or staying in my own lane” is disheartening. I hope that my work is accepted or rejected based on the quality of the piece, and not that I myself have had these experiences, or that I am a particular genre, religion, sexual identity. To do so takes the idea of giving EVERYBODY a voice and twists it into giving very FEW a voice. In my opinion, it was an idea that went sideways, and I hope the broad stroke of censorship that is popping up in the literary world calms down. In the meantime, I will continue to write from the heart. I will continue to be the scribe for the voices that enter my head and want to be heard. I will continue to write to touch others with my words. And continue to hope that my work is judged by the quality of my writing, and nothing else..

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    1. Hi Sharon,
      We are really glad that you flagged this up as it gave us reason to address this within our own selection process and to try and reassure anyone who visits the site or submits.
      All the very best.
      Hugh

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  3. Thank you, Hugh and LS for accepting stories strictly on quality of writing. It’s what makes Literally Stories a great site!

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