New short fiction – Give and Take


Hey everybody! I’ve got a new story up on Kirsten Alene’s webzine Unicorn Knife Fight. Give it a look.


7 thoughts on “New short fiction – Give and Take

  1. Very good story but I do have one question. What was the intent of the “letter” being lodged between the television and wall? I’m just not picking up on that.

    1. Thank you very much, Tim. That’s very kind of you to say.

      When I was a kid, we basically used the television in our living room as a table. My parents would put their keys on top of it, that’s where the mail would go. Whenever my mom got fed up with the way the house looked and decided to rearrange furniture, there would be all kinds of things behind the TV- all the stuff that fell back there and was forgotten. In the story, where the characters’ emotions are manifested into physical objects, I had to find a way to show how people can be unintentionally cruel to one another emotionally. So when the envelope falls behind the television, it was intended to be symbolic of our tendency to not be as careful as we should with the things that matter. That envelope was like the checks I’ve lost or the letters I’ve forgotten. I equate it to one of those meaningful conversations we have, when we really connect with another human being and bare something really vulnerable, only to meet them the next day and have them act as though nothing important ever transpired. We can be really careless with the emotions of the ones we love.

      That’s what I was going for anyway. I hope that helps.

      1. Thank you for the reply and detailed answer. I understand where you were going now. I don’t think I quite “dug” far enough into the story. I understood that the letter being lost/discarded represented the mishandling of emotion(s) but since the couple was sharing with each other on such an intimate level I thought it was slightly off.

        Like I said I know now what you were going for and I get it. I was reading the story encapsulated unto itself whereas the overall message was a statement on a more global level. Did I explain this right and does this make sense?

        Anyway F it…Thanks for the reply and I hope to see more from you in the future.

  2. Sure. I get what you’re saying. I tend to interject personally relevant things that often get too nuanced for common understanding. It’s a flaw. I try to avoid doing it, but I get to close to the story to be able to look at it objectively and say, “Dude. That’s too obscure.”

    Of course, my interpretation is just mine. Every other one is valid. There is certainly a global message there, but I veered off a little in favor of the personal shit. Probably a mistake. I really appreciate your reading it and taking the time to comment. You’re awesome.

    If you want more, there’s always that silly book I wrote…

    1. I already beat you to that. I got your book for free (with a nice signature from you) and I also bought one. By the way thanks for signing the book!

  3. I sure did buy a copy and already donated it to a buddy of mine in NC. He said he enjoyed the book quite a bit.

    P.S. I think I have to many tattoos to be seriously considered a saint but I’ll take the nomination at least. Thanks!

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