When I finally admitted that a paragraph did not belong in my novella, I cut it and sent it to the word cemetery for burial. Writers always kill their darlings though. We are accustomed to letting go and moving on, and our words learn to live with it.

The night of the cutting though, beneath moon-shimmer, my left-for-dead words arose, crept off together into the world and, in their innocence, stepped beyond the pale. But there, in that wilderness, the words gathered experience and cultivated their own ideas about what they should become. In time, they grew into a poem. At last they danced, but with a rhythm and an emotion true to their origin.

“Adventures of an Alaskan Barfly” would not be if I had left those words where they were, because nothing dances where it does not belong. So I continue, in what may be perceived as cruelty, to cut. So sorry, my darlings. You will thank me later.

(“WTF?!” artwork for the cover of Gargoyle #58 is by digital illustrator, Cintia Gonzalvez. If you are wondering, Papa, “WTF?!” means “Why the frown?!”)

Adventures of an Alaskan Barfly

Step out. Light up.

Beyond, the pale

January snow bank and moon-shimmer


this darkness…

<<read more>>

~ Gargoyle #58, Paycock Press – get it at Amazon.com

Catching Maggie
“a beautifully sensitive story”
“very strong finalist” for the 11th annual Glass Woman Prize
The Glass Woman Prize is awarded for short fiction or creative non-fiction written by a woman on a subject of significance to women.
I will post “Catching Maggie” as soon as the story has a publisher. 
Check out my story “Revisions,” which made the Glass Woman Prize shortlist in 2009.



To the Man Passing London Zoo’s Blackburn Pavilion Clock at 12:30 p.m.

Like a hummingbird

pinned to a fencepost, freed

of its Whirling Dervish world… <<read more>>

~ Every Day Poets

Note: London Zoo’s Blackburn Pavilion houses hundreds of bird species and includes the largest collection of hummingbirds in the U.K. The clock at its entrance springs into mechanical life, complete with chirping birds, every half hour.

London Zoo’s press team thought the poem was “fantastic” and tweeted about it on their Twitter page: https://twitter.com/#!/zsllondonzoo.

If you visit Every Day Poets, please vote – the star you click gives the poem a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-star rating.

Whether you want super-shorts or love, horror or personal stories, or a mix of them all, there’s something for you at the Natalie McNabb Amazon Author Page. Check it out, if ya wanna…

Gargoyle 58

Paycock Press

Paperback: $18.95

Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or FewerHint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer

W. W. Norton and Company

Paperback: $11.13

Kindle Edition: $8.99

Love Notes: A Collection of Romantic PoetryLove Notes: A Collection of Romantic Poetry

Vagabondage Press

Paperback: $14.95

Kindle Edition: $3.82

Frightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction HorrorFrightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction Horror

Dark Moon Books

Paperback: $14.95

Silent Embrace: Perspectives on Birth and AdoptionSilent Embrace: Perspectives on Birth and Adoption

Catalyst Book Press

Paperback: $12.48

Vagabondage Press

Kindle Edition: $2.99

Two new pieces, just in time for Valentine’s Day–

Finding Things in the Sheets


As I Am

–in Love Notes, A Collection of Romantic Poetry

“Love shared, love in secret, celebrated, exploded…Love Notes has it all…”   ~ Vagabondage Press

P.S. – As you inspire me in so many other things, you are the inspiration for these. I like you lots–not as in parking lots or casting lots, but as in lots and lots, as in bunches. Happy Valentine’s Day, luv. (Everyone else – As you probably guessed, P.S. does not stand for postscript here, and you can barf now.)   ~ N

Borrowed Gas Can, Hwy 99

out in Six Minute Magazine, Winter 2012 edition


This one was inspired by a guy and his dog near some Oregon dunes, as was “View from a ’77 Chevy Scottsdale” (in Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or FewerW. W. Norton and Company).

Six Minute Magazine is “a print and electronic magazine…[containing] quality fiction that can be read in under six minutes.”

 Say it will be so…

Despite slashes to arts funding and a rapidly changing publishing industry, an email this morning relit my hope for fiction writers. According to American Short Fiction:

Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 06:13:19 -0500
To: me
From: them
Subject: Writers are the next rock gods

…Maybe you’re OK with a world where there’s a widening disconnection from art and people feel powerless to stop that. We’re not. We don’t want to talk about whether fiction is dying, we want to show you how deeply it’s thriving…

The Editors

I believe! And, I want to shout it to the world, as you can see. I promise to work on the outfit before I hit a stage anywhere though. Until then, pay American Short Fiction a visit. They really are pretty awesome.

Three cheers for the future rock gods–writers!
~ N

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