This site is an archive. Content is no longer being updated.

Archive for 2010|Yearly archive page

Complete Write-Off

In Bloc business on August 3, 2010 at 11:50 pm

After eighteen months online and some seventy-four articles, stories, interviews, flash fictions, poems and miscellaneous other forms, I’ve decided to close Writers’ Bloc. I feel that it’s run its course and, to be brutally honest, I no longer possess the enthusiasm required to keep it running, reading submissions and putting up new material.

Read the rest of this entry »

True Art

In Fiction on August 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm

He told people to call him “The Moon.” For hours at a time he would sit at The Seven Winds café beneath the “C” rating posted in the window by DHEC. The Moon would linger in this corner for so long it would gradually take on his smell – a mixture of bee’s wax, patchouli, and body odor. Read the rest of this entry »

Arthur Nobody

In Fiction on July 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Arthur works the night shift at a generically scummy bar so he can sit all day in a coffee shop and write like the bohemian he can’t really afford to be. This will not be a major contextual issue.

Read the rest of this entry »

A Literary Party

In Fiction, Uncategorised on June 29, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I answered the door and Hitler strode into my living room with Eva Braun. Naturally, they were uninvited guests to my party and twenty minutes early. Hitler wore a Jay Cutler jersey and Eva an evening gown.

I looked into Hitler’s wild eyes and said, “I didn’t know you were a Bears fan.”

Read the rest of this entry »

"What if…"

In Fiction on June 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Ben had walked into the offices of Engelman, Volger & Watson that morning with―dare say―a pinch of optimism. Yes, he was two months behind on rent for his studio apartment. Yes, he had been on a strict diet of instant ramen noodles for the last week. And yes, luxury was not in his foreseeable future. But he had finished his screenplay, revising it until his fingers could type no more, and it was his best work yet. Read the rest of this entry »

Prescription for Poets

In Poetry on June 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Steal words from others, blame the royal tutor
if caught, miss the beginning of movies
on purpose but notice the first buds, Read the rest of this entry »

Wince

In Fiction on June 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Lately he wanted to write about love, its joys and desperation, emotions real enough to make readers wince. Read the rest of this entry »

Recording the Recorder

In Reasons on June 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm

[Author’s note: A couple of weeks ago, I had a conversation with a local writer at an abandoned food-stand during his lunch hour. Artist to artist. Figuring out for ourselves what this century’s-young process of putting a new face on The Muse means. What he didn’t know was that I had a tape recorder rolling during the entire conversation. Invasion of Privacy? Maybe. Laziness on my part? Perhaps. But when you have this unexplainable need … an inherent, undying want for something … you’ll get your hands on it no matter the way you get it. And I’d had no idea what would happen when I pressed ‘Record’ all those weeks ago.] Read the rest of this entry »

Fruit Smoothie

In Fiction on May 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Mary says, “You’re a bastard,” and looks at me like I stuck her cat, a bad luck Bombay named Batman, in a blender. And blended it.

“I’m sorry,” I say.

“You’re a real bastard.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Amended Price List

In Process on May 4, 2010 at 9:34 pm

29

Framed, personally autographed copy of any previously published poem by the poet on acid free paper. Size A4. Upgrade 39 B3. With photo. 49. Read the rest of this entry »