500 Words #3: Californian Dusk

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I’m limbering up for Camp NaNoWriMo, which takes place for all of April, by writing 500 words a day. I thought I’d share my 500 word stories and vignettes with you.

CALIFORNIAN DUSK

They passed the joint between them, the Californian dusk skittering with their intakes of breath. Sandy sighed, a drawn out thing, and closed her eyes. She wanted to emblazon this moment on her memory forever. She wanted to remember this night forever.

“I’m sorry you gotta go,” Kale said, finally broaching the subject, her eyes set on the distant horizon.

Sandy took a drag of the joint and didn’t answer. Her hands felt shaky but her mouth at least was still. The Abilify of last spring had left her with permanent tardive dyskinesia, an uncontrollable movement of muscles in her face.

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500 Words #2: The Bathtub

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I’m limbering up for Camp NaNoWriMo, which takes place for all of April, by writing 500 words a day. I thought I’d share my 500 word stories and vignettes with you.

THE BATHTUB

“I would pray for you that God give you love in the time that we have,” Nellie’s grandmother whispered, her voice spreading thin like paper in the humid afternoon air. They had bought an air conditioner, the kind that you prop your window up and put it in there, and it whirred between them, its round face serene and blank.

“Thank you,” said Nellie, her eyes still on her grandmother’s mouth. What she had meant to say was I hope so. It was easy to thank her grandmother. It is easy to thank somebody who is always giving. Nellie’s grandmother grasped her hand in her knuckled fist, fingers all misshapen from arthritis, feeling like the roots of a great tree in Nellie’s hand. They sat hunched together like that in front of the air conditioner, listening to the sounds of the afternoon floating through the window over the sound of the fan.Continue reading

Zines Zines Zines: my zinester interview

(please note, the featured image is from Nina’s Facebook page)

Nina, a friend of mine who one day I might meet in real life, is making a zine full of interviews with zinesters in Belgium!

I decided to participate: here’s my answers to her questions:

Interview

-What is your (zine/pen) name? (so I can refer to you with the name/pseudonym/collective you prefer)

My name is Jessica Maybury and my zines are Connection Edit and ESC zine.

 -How did you get into zines?

I wanted to leave little notes around Dublin to cheer people up in the recession and then the notes turned into booklets and violá.

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Limbering up for camp NaNoWriMo with 500 words a day

Hot on the heels of NaNoWriMo 2017 (not THAT hot; it was last November) comes Camp NaNoWriMo!

What’s Camp NaNoWriMo? It’s a month-long challenge where you set your own wordcount goal and write madly towards it. My goal this April is a nice and easy 30,000 words. 1,000 words a day. Can’t be that bad, right?

I’ll be lolling about in this idyllic getaway from the crazy maelstrom of my daily life, mooning about in little boats on lakes of words and sunning myself under powerful verbs.

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You get the picture.

In preparation for this, I’m limbering up by writing 500 words a day (Camp NaNoWriMo starts in 5 days so I really want to at least be able to write 500 words, right?). I thought I’d share my 500 word stories and vignettes with you, dear reader.Continue reading