9.12.14

Continuing with our spotlight on Six Minute Story, the wonderful li’l site for jumpstarting your creativity with a 6-minute flash fiction/nonfiction writing challenge. Featuring as many of the gems as we can throughout September. Want to join in the fun? Cruise to Six Minute Story, write something, and shoot me (Xe) the link via email at voxology(at)xesands(dot)com. Easy-peasy. If you want to record it, even better! Upload it to SoundCloud and shoot me the link, and I’ll include it in next week’s post!

This week, it’s Xe and Seymour holding down the recorded Six Minute Story front, with a few other nifty pieces in print only. Check those out here:

 

Faith Full, by Galen Sanford

The Border, by kayemnic

Finishing up with some word play from Diane Havens & Robert Jadah, and of course, Tom Jones to round us out.

 

 

Green Man, by Seymour Jacklin & Six Minute Story

Read by Xe Sands

So you’re a bit down on your luck? Feel like the world is against you these years? Well just so happens that Old Bree heard a tale that might help you. Buy her a pint and she just might tell you.

This little gem comes to us from Seymour Jacklin (aka Seeingmore), a marvelous storyteller, who wrote this in response to the Going Public Six Minute Story September challenge.

Original story can be found here:
sixminutestory.com/stories/green-man
Recorded with permission of the author.

 

 

Rebel, by Seymour Jacklin

Read by Seymour Jacklin

Short ones from writing prompts supplied by sixminutestory.com, where you have just 6 minutes to write something based on a random prompt.

 

 

 

Metamorphosis, by Seymour Jacklin

Read by Seymour Jacklin

Short ones from writing prompts supplied by sixminutestory.com, where you have just 6 minutes to write something based on a random prompt.

 

 

 

“i” Indeed, by Robert Jadah

Read by Diane Havens

And now for something completely different. A word game writer’s challenge: write for as long as you can using the letter “i” as the first letter of each word. Robert Jadah’s silly little tale of 51 words fits the bill. I, i, i! Impressive.

 

 

Tom Jones Book X Ch 3, by Henry Fielding

Mark writes…

Book 10 Chapter 3 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

This chapter details the arrival of a charming young woman at the inn, with the added comedy of the landlady shouting at her chambermaid.

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9.5.14

Back to school times for many of us. Back to…many things. Back to autumn, when it feels like spring has barely finished (where was summer?). Back to cooler weather. Back to various stresses and workloads.

But.

Here at Going Public, we’re not going back to anything. We’re going…sideways. We’re doing a whole month of recordings from Six Minute Story – a wonderful site that fosters creativity and getting out of your mental rut by creating 6-minute flash fiction challenges.

Well, some of us are doing this. And some are offering their usual awesomeness. But we do hope to increase the number of Six Minute Stories as September progresses.

In the meantime, to read some of the nifty pieces folks wrote in response to the GP challenge, check out (some of which might soon be in audio too!):

 

Short for Nothing, by kayemnic

The hat and the sea, by Galen

The ring, by M.v. Freeman

Tide, by Chris Barnes

 

Passing It Down, by Xe Sands & Six Minute Story

Read by Xe Sands

 

Xe writes…

So. Right. How this poem wrote itself.

…the other day, as I was moving between the garage and the house – just a mundane moment in my day, I was talking to myself as usual, and made a noise, some sort of exclamation. Just a sound really. And as I reached for the screen door handle, I realized… that was exactly you, that sound was you, one of your exclamations, just coming right out of my mouth. When you were alive, I think I knew that I did that all the time, but I also know now that it didn’t carry the ache with it that it does now. It didn’t feel like I was the only one…saying that. How ridiculous that must sound. But I had this sudden realization that I was the only one making that particular sound now, carrying on the tradition, so to speak. And how utterly lonely that felt for a moment.

And right then, as I was passing into the house, I knew I had to write this down. Told my husband to hold whatever thought he was about to share, cruised to Six Minute Story, chose a blank prompt…and wrote this.

So Dad, this is for you.

 

 

 

Endless Day, by Wayne Gatfield

Read by Wayne Gatfield

Three more of my poems with music

 

 

 

The Choice is Not Mine, by Tendai Mwanaka

Read by Tendai Mwanaka

a spiritual/science fiction/ fantasy poem…

 

 

Tom Jones Book X Ch 2, by Henry Fielding

Mark writes…

Book 10 Chapter 2 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

This chapter involves a midnight break-in at the inn! An irate Irishman arrives, seeking his runaway wife, and breaks down Mrs. Waters’ door, thinking she’s his wife. Unfortunately, Tom is also there, and a fight breaks out, but it’s quickly quelled by a friend of Tom’s attacker who happened to be at the inn, and who points out the mistaken identities.

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8.29.14

Last post for August…and last post before we start a month of postings of flash fiction/poetry from Six Minute Story :)

Got some amazing original response pieces, as well as new poetry from Michael Stephen Daigle and bit from Big Truths, with Tom Jones to round us out.

 

 

Emily Walker’s work always grabs hold and shakes me about like a chew toy. This piece, from Big Truths (Little Fiction’s nonfiction arm), this gorgeous and heartbreaking essay pulls no punches. It simply tells the tale as she lived it: dancing with suicide and depression, diagnosis of Biopolar II, and the parallel journey of her grandfather into the distorted and disconcerting landscape of dementia.

So this goes out to all those who have struggled with any/all of that, who’ve battled to just get out of bed, who’ve looked over at that bottle of Vicodin and thought, “Hey cutie…” and thought they were totally alone in it. It’s for all those who’ve been there for someone they love beyond loving…watching as they slowly deteriorate, and being there anyway.

Emily Walker was born in England, and lived on the island of Crete, Greece, before settling in Portland, Oregon. She spent almost eight years in Vancouver, BC pretending to be Canadian, before recently returning to Portland. Her fiction and nonfiction has been featured online on Gawker, The Tyee, Little Fiction, and The Vancouver Observer, and in print in The Los Angeles Review and This Magazine. In 2012 her nonfiction was shortlisted for the Event Magazine nonfiction contest.

 

For Boys who Kill my Brothers, by A is 4 Advocate

Read by A is 4 Advocate

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Re Entry, by Michael Stephen Daigle

Read by Diane Havens

Spare, beautiful, rhythmic poetry from Michael Daigle.

 

Racial Profiling, by Chuk Stubz

Read by Chuk Stubz

Chuk writes…

realness

 

Tom Jones Book X Ch 1, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

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Mark writes…

Book 10 Chapter 1 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

Since this is the start of another volume of Tom Jones, Fielding starts us out with another didactic chapter on writing, or in this case, on reading. First, he warns critics that they should not yet judge his work, as they haven’t read it as a coherent whole yet. Second, he tells the reader that the sign of a good writer (and of a good reader) is recognizing what makes seemingly similar characters different. For instance, he compares the two inkeepers from books 7 and 9. However, as the narrator of these two characters, I think I might have missed his lesson.

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8.22.14

Ha! Back in the saddle, people! Yeehaw! Still Friday AND fresh content. AND singing – singing! Well, humming really, but still…

 

 

Appellate Jurisdiction, by Marianne Moore

Back. But not with Lawrence. I am having a bit of a challenge with him at present. Perhaps I am just feeling a bit too old for his bull–, um, his melodramatic wailing. Give me a month or two…

 

In the meantime, a bit of an experimental piece. I’ll just let it stand on its own and you can get from it whatever you do.

 

 

 

How Mowgli Got His Name, by Ruyard Kipling

Read by GAllo

A hungry little man’s cub wanders into the wolf’s den and begins to suckle from Mother Wolf. Soon after, the great Tiger, Shere Kahn comes to the lair to claim the man’s cub as his quarry, but Mother Wolf isn’t about to give him up. She challenges the tiger and he eventually leaves. In this scene, Mother wolf gives the little cub his name.

From “All the Mowgli Stories” By Rudyard Kipling, Public Domain
Recording Copyright GAllo 2014

 

 

Tom Jones Book IX Ch 7, by Henry Fielding

Mark writes…

Book 9 Chapter 7 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

This week’s chapter ends off book IX, with a more thorough examination of the circumstances which led to Tom Jones finding Mrs. Waters. To put it shortly, she had been having an affair with Northerton, and Northerton believing he had murdered Jones and had nothing to lose, was attempting to escape to Wales, and attacked his traveling companion, Mrs. Waters, along the way.

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8.15.14 (ish)

Well. Erm *sheepish look* Heh. Yes, I am pretending it’s still Friday. In an alternate dimension, it IS still Friday…

 

 

The Poet, by Wayne Gatfield

Read by Wayne Gatfield

One of my poems with added music.

 

 

 

The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost

Read by GAllo

A simple recording of a simple but very profound poem by Robert Frost.

Poem in the Public domain
Recording Copyright by GAllo

 

 

Hollow Bones, by Kathleen Morrill (use headphones)

…cue chaotic, disconcerting musical nonsense…

We are experiencing a disruption in the time-space continuum. Please stand by.

Last week. What can I possibly say about it? Nothing – I’ll say nothing about it because that will just satisfy it’s nasty narcissistic naughtiness. So.

So. Here’s what we’re gonna do. An offering from the past because everything this week offered up was tripe. And I refuse to be responsible for more tripe making it into the world. So.

 

 

 

Tom Jones Book IX Ch 6, by Henry Fielding

Mark writes…

Book 9 Chapter 6 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

This chapter details the drunken conversation between Partridge, the sarjent, and the inkeepers. It ends with a fistfight between the young lady’s coachman and the sarjent over being called a non sequitur.

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