18 May 2013

Nyx, A Noctournal

My new short story, 'K Draws A Plum', is in the latest issue of Nyx, A Noctournal. I'm really excited about this publication and encourage you all to pick up a copy. At the moment though the colour version is only available on pdf but will be available in print soon. If you want it in print I'd really recommend you wait for the colour version as the art work in it necessitates being seen in full colour glory. This issue also features work by Tom Moore whose work you should absolutely check out here.

An extract from my story:

The small purple-red plum degrading before her, transitioning and subtly shifting, demands her attention. Not only because it holds her interest and allows her to locate herself in the world, but because it tells her that change is commonplace, ordinary, necessary and constant. To know that though it is dying (encroaching mould threatening the purple) it is also still alive, edible even. Its juice would still bead down her forearm and drip off her elbow if she bit into it. Its small spherical form sits perfectly in her palm, fitting without complaint, its weight is just enough, its texture pleasantly abject. So she draws it.

There is no future plan for this or any of her other drawings. They feel no need to live long and prosper or become prosperous for themselves or anyone. They have no value and yearn for less. They do not need or want to be seen.

To draw a line. To draw a line from me to it, K thinks, from it to me, between us. Life line. Constant edges tremoring under passing lights and shadows. Head line. Pupils shrinking and expanding with each unknowable atmospheric change. Heart line. The bliss of all that. 

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