Posts Tagged ‘love’

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…

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


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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.



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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.

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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

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The Last Two Minutes of the Game

“Do the last two minutes matter?” you ask, turn off the game. We all wrestle you for the remote. Later, in your rusted Bug, with red and yellow gumballs spilled and rolling around the floorboards, I stick my hand out the window into the rain to push your broken wipers







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~ Fall 2011 Issue of Grey Sparrow Literary Journal

In 2011, Grey Sparrow was named the Best New Literary Journal of the Year by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Also in the Fall Issue: poetry by Kay Ryan, 16th Poet Laureate of the United States and recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Out just in time for Halloween: a twisted little tale about a woman and her cat, a man with a fish, two dogs, and love within an unstable mind.

It Wasn’t For Myself

“I have done one noble thing in my life, but it wasn’t for myself–it was for the woman I love. And, what wouldn’t one do for love? I guess it was for her cat, too…”   <<read more>>

~ Featured Friday Fiction on October 21, 2011, Black Heart Magazine

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The Best Bite

At ten I imagined that love
was like the best bite of
my peanut butter and jelly… <<read more>>

~ Every Day Poets

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