Mutual Regret

Another piece of flash fiction from a Line A Day Journal prompt. This time I totally distorted the original seed: mutual respect sends his regrets. 

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Mirrored in him are the empty places in me. I have hollowed him out as he hollowed me out. I have taken as much as what was taken. A fuck you, as I remember how to take on air again. As he forgets. And I walk from the water’s edge in silence. The echoes of mutual regret swallowed this time. 

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Digging

Every now and again, in the Line A Day Journal I write with Em, there’s a flash fiction prompt. These are turning into unexpected writing boons. This from the prompt: you’re digging in your garden and find a nugget of gold.

No one could explain to her how the smelting process had been imperfect. How a small amount of her heart had been spilled. Or how the grotesque nugget came to be buried among her carnations and sweetpeas.  

Never give all of your heart away, she’d been warned when she was young. Always keep a piece for yourself. But they never spoke of a heart turning on itself.

Flowers lay uprooted and torn around her. Heavy-duty garden gloves torn and bloodied. Her breathe came in half-breathed sobs.

She would end what the malignant organ had started. No piece of it would remain.

And she dug. 

Into The Wild

Front CoverI’m so excited (and relieved!) to release The Heart is An Echo Chamber into the wild today. Proof that good things are worth the wait and amazing friends will always stand by you.

Many thanks to the authors — Adam, Tom, Kristin, Stacey, Ben, Lois, Helen and Rus — for their patience in letting me see this through in my own time, at my own pace. A double thank you to Stacey who debuts as a cover artist who also earns special stripes for being the ultimate motivator in getting-shit-done. Thanks to Rob for his proof reading prowess and Kim for being sanity at the end of a text message. Last, but not least, thank you to my Mr Ds who travelled the ever-so-bumpy road that ran parallel to the publication of the chapbook these last two years.

The collection is available as a limited edition, hand number chapbook ($12) or an ebook (pay what you want), each bundled with a digital copy of the companion collection No Need to Reply.

More information can be found here.

 

 

NEW PUBLICATION: “No Love Lost” anthology

Last year I got to celebrate my first poem in print with the publication of “Paper Mâché” in Slim Volume’s No Love Lost. The anthology collects together anti-romance poems and flash fiction.

Editor Kate Garrett has this to say in the preface:

When I put the call out for anti-romance poetry and flash fiction, I wasn’t looking for anti-love (though it’s fine that some writers interpreted it this way). What I wanted was varying and realisitc approaches to writing about love and lust rather than cliché and sentimentality. If we are honest with ourselves…we all know love in real life isn’t love as represented in the latest feel-good romcom.

Love, according to our first Slim Volume, includes disappointment and deceit, elation and lust. It spans lifetimes, ends unhappily, is shared between sailors and the open seas, is always two minutes late, sometimes politically advantaeous and not in the heart, but in the eyes….every single one speaks of love in a unique way , with nary a Manic Pixie Dream Girl or floppy-haired English gent in sight.

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PAPER MÂCHÉ

“Paper Mache” was the first poem I wrote ‘seriously’. I still have the very first ideas scribbled in my note book, put down just after I’d finished Nik’s Not so Perfect (and mid Facebook conversation with Adam) on the last Sunday in November 2013, as I sat in an indoor playground. It was also the first poem I performed–that was last year at Tom’s spoken word event, at The End, in West End. Before I’d taken the mic at SpeedPoets.

With a string of firsts already stitched between the words, it feels right for it to be the first to appear in a print book. And as a former angst-ridden teenage poet, who wrote of nothing but love, it also seems right, for the first print poem to be one that celebrates the imperfect and unpredictable nature of love. Especially when you are trying to create it from scratch!

A GIVE AWAY

I have a copy of No Love Lost to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, you will need to write your bio (and no, you do not have to be a writer to enter!) infused with the theme of ‘romance’ (either pro or con) as we had to do for the anthology. In fact, the anthology is worth the cover price just to read the bios.

To get those creative juices gurgling you will find me listed as:

JODI CLEGHORN suspects true love is much like the Snow Queen’s mirror: invisible shards waiting to pierce the hapless.

My favourite though is:

KATE WISE’s first dance at her wedding was to 10CC’s “I’m Not In Love”. Yes, really.

I look forward to reading your romantic, or not so romantic, takes on yourselves in the comments. Winner will be announced Saturday night and where applicable, winner contacted for a postal address.


No Love Lost is edited by Kate Garrett. Slim Volume is a Pankhearst title and published by Starshy. You can find the paperback here and the ebook here.

Release Day: No Need To Reply

It’s been a little over three years since I last embarked on a brand new publishing project (From Stage Door Shadows). It’s been 18 months since I last published a book through eMergent (The Machine Who Was Also A Boy). So today breaks quite a few droughts.

It’s somewhat fitting that my 13th publication is my first solo work.

Thank you to every who helped along the way–from those who got their hands dirty in the text or trained eagle eyes on the graphic design, to those who cheered from the sidelines. Even though this is a solo collection, it as always, feels like a team effort.

I hope you enjoy No Need to Reply.


“I used to think there was an unexpected freedom in unread letters. To know at the end of writing I’d be the only one intimate with the contents. Now I think it’s the worst kind of invisibility…that I’m disappearing slowly with each word.”

No Need To Reply new1Experimental in style, structure and form, the eight stories explore the pain and euphoria of finding your voice. From a man confronting the price of a lie and a woman wrestling with the legacy of her mortality, to a young girl lost in a war of misunderstandings, the collection delves into conversations that define the struggle to be heard.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

No Need To Reply
It Could Be
Squeezebox
Holding On
Olives
Shuffling
Wishing, Happily Ever After
Closure


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New Collection Announced: No Need To Reply

I’ve been hinting around the social media traps for a while that something was in the mill with a collection. Anyone who follows my author page would have noted a new cover banner yesterday preceding today’s announcement!

Next Thursday, the 16th October, NO NEED TO REPLY will make its way out into the wild. It will be available as a pay-what-you-want eBook and a limited edition, numbered and signed chapbook.

The release coincides with the publication of one of the stories, ‘Olives’, on Ink, Sweat and Tears. The collection is the first part of a rolling collaborative project.


“I used to think there was an unexpected freedom in unread letters. To know at the end of writing I’d be the only one intimate with the contents. Now I think it’s the worst kind of invisibility…that I’m disappearing slowly with each word.”

No Need To Reply new1Experimental in style, structure and form, the eight stories explore the pain and euphoria of finding your voice. From a man confronting the price of a lie and a woman wrestling with the legacy of her mortality, to a young girl lost in a war of misunderstandings, the collection delves into conversations that define the struggle to be heard.

ADD TO GOODREADS


“24” – The Complete Story List

in collaboration with Claire Jansen

5313696612_f064cd9bec_oThree days before Christmas Amber lands in Australia to celebrate the festive season with Ben. But he’s not expecting her or the news she brings. Her presence sends radial fractures into Ben’s life and those close to him, from his sister to his lover and beyond.

Told across a single day, through the eyes of five characters, ’24’, delves into the complexities of the relationships closest to our hearts.

“24” – 06:00

“24” – 08:00

“24” – 10:00

“24” – 12:00

“24” – 14:00

“24” – 16:00

“24” – 18:00

“24” – 20:00

“24” – 22:00

“24” – 00:00

“24” – 02:00

“24” – 04:00

Image: Walt Stoneburner Time – 12:35 via Flickr