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Forum: Fiction 11-04-2017, 05:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 862
Posted By IZA
Short Piece = thoughts?

"Everything's going to be fine."

Even though nothing is going to be OK.

She couldn't even squeeze his hand. The tubs were filled with fluids ranging from darkly-tanned-leather to...
Forum: Fiction 11-03-2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,045
Posted By IZA
The Accident

I just don't have it in me anymore.

Even this: its just painful monotony.

Key press, key press, key press. Thunk of the space bar.

Click, Click, press, ad nauseum. And for what? A get...
Forum: Fiction 09-11-2017, 06:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 815
Posted By IZA
Decline and Deceit

Growing up, my father had a ritual to getting dressed.

Not clothed, mind you. But dressed. There was something special about it, even on an ordinary rainy Monday in early April.

Forum: Fiction 09-11-2017, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 754
Posted By IZA
I am converting to First Person, but I honestly...

I am converting to First Person, but I honestly don't know how to stitch these little pieces together.

They all follow an arc, but its like the connecting pieces are buried in my head and I don't...
Forum: Fiction 09-09-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 724
Posted By IZA
That's what she said. This is all just bits...

That's what she said.

This is all just bits and pieces of a larger work I am trying to assemble. It's like a collection of all these flashes, but in order with a a larger arc. The kind of thing...
Forum: Fiction 09-09-2017, 04:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 754
Posted By IZA
Cab Ride (I keep playing with this story)

It was about 3 A.M. and here I was - hot-boxing a cab with a mildly obese driver sporting a number 13 New Jersey Devils jersey over what looks like three or four other t-shirts. J.C.'s greasy hair...
Forum: Fiction 09-07-2017, 08:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 724
Posted By IZA
Three People You Meet In Jail

This is Jail - not Prison.

Sometimes they call it "county."

It is run by the Sheriff, not a warden.

These are not Corrections Officers, armed with pepper spray and nightsticks. They are...
Forum: Fiction 09-02-2017, 02:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,027
Posted By IZA
It is connected. The "Main Character" piece...

It is connected.

The "Main Character" piece happens before this, chronologically.

But the whole collection of shit jumps around a bunch. I don't really know what I am doing with it.
Forum: Fiction 08-27-2017, 09:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 556
Posted By IZA
Main Character

I've been playing around with this character for a long time. He needed a backstory. There's an arc here - this is the same guy who did the cab ride and crashed the helicopter - but I think I need...
Forum: Fiction 08-23-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,027
Posted By IZA

The alarm goes off at 6:15 every morning. And every morning I hit snooze seven to nine times, eventually hauling myself to the kitchen by 7AM.

Then: wake and bake. Grapefruit juice. To-do list.
Forum: Poetry 12-06-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,017
Posted By IZA
Never zig, unless they zag.

"Two roads diverged"
the wisened old man once wrote
before trodding off
in search of adventure

There was a moral there
a cliche one, but
a moral none the less:

Only you can decide your...
Forum: Free Writing 08-05-2016, 10:31 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 406
Posted By IZA
Curating History

It's fascinating, this habit of ours. This incessant need to control the manner in which we think the world is perceiving us.

Want power? Wear a suit.

Want sex? Bikini.

Comfort and...
Forum: Free Writing 07-24-2016, 07:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 533
Posted By IZA
Reincarnated Cab Ride

You believe in reincarnation?

Thatís a loaded question, coming from a fat cab driver sporting a nose piercing and shorts. In New England.

In February.

"Let me tell you a story, man."
Forum: Non-Fiction 06-11-2016, 10:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,189
Posted By IZA
Rescue Missions and Numbers

Would you read more of this?


The Rescue Mission was one of substantial scale.

It would cover half the country, require nearly $400 of fuel and take four days....
Forum: Non-Fiction 05-29-2016, 09:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,773
Posted By IZA
Memorial Day

Standing in line at the register on Saturday morning.

Memorial Day Weekend's about to get into full swing, so everyone was stocking up on the essentials: water, hot dogs, chips, soda. Beer.
Forum: Fiction 04-24-2016, 09:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 583
Posted By IZA
Finding Out

Back when Ma Bell ruled the phone lines, a late night call could wake the neighbors. The Phone - a heavy, black, industrial device with actual mechanical bells - produced a ring that would tear...
Forum: Free Writing 02-28-2016, 12:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 776
Posted By IZA
Thanks, Candra. Inspired mostly by the (now...

Thanks, Candra.

Inspired mostly by the (now sadly deceased JustCallMeEd), I have started writing little one pagers like this - on thin, barely opaque paper and a type writer.

I'm sealing them...
Forum: Free Writing 02-26-2016, 06:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 776
Posted By IZA
Welcome to Earth

You made it.

There were moments, though... Clipped sentences delivered with hushed tones in a sterile, brutally fluorescent hallway that had everyone nervous.

But you made it home.

Forum: Fiction 02-05-2016, 06:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 625
Posted By IZA
Trying out second person again... Birthday Morning

The faucet can fill the sink faster than the drain can empty it.

And the way the water streams in and deflects off the curved front of the bowl creates a little whirlpool which forces the puffy...
Forum: Poetry 02-05-2016, 06:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 462
Posted By IZA
Edited. Thanks.


Forum: Poetry 02-05-2016, 05:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 462
Posted By IZA
On Women

they're always there

at the margins.

some try to get in
clawing in the darkness
for a hand
a sign
the slightest indication of love
Forum: Writers' Cafe 02-03-2016, 07:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,705
Posted By IZA
Hey, look! A post where I can brag a little... ...

Hey, look! A post where I can brag a little...

I disassemble banks. It's actually a lot harder than you would assume.

I made a small mint during the Great Recession and I have done a few deals...
Forum: Prompts & Challenges 01-24-2016, 04:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,906
Posted By IZA
That'd be a helluva epithet on the tombstone. ...

That'd be a helluva epithet on the tombstone.

"Well put together for a slap job."

I like it.
Forum: Writers' Cafe 01-24-2016, 07:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By IZA
I have, fortunately, reached the point in my life...

I have, fortunately, reached the point in my life where I can pick and choose who/what/where I work (for/on/from).

I explicitly picked this organization because I admired how straight shooting the...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 01-23-2016, 10:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By IZA
The Problem with Leading

Going through some tough stuff recently and I had an ex-boss muse to me:

The problem with being a leader is that you have no one to follow. If you luck out and find a smooth route, you share the...
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