Culpepper Pipe

Culpepper Pipe: One Version of Many

<<<Hi all, apologies for not having visited of late, I have been travelling like mad.  Below is a new story with a couple points of view (one Kate, one Mark).  I originally wrote the Kate parts and handed them over to Shards (http://shardsofdubois.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/culpepper-pipe-a-strange-collaboration-of-sorts/; her version is posted under this link) and Mark (http://markpaxson.com/2014/06/01/the-thunder-had-gone/; his version…

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       “Excuse me, but have you got a spot to plug in my dog?”        “No.  Be on your way.”  The broom handle chatted with the metal spindles at its end.  The scraping of steel against stone followed Jak as he and his dog walked down the street.      …

The Babysitting Solution to Ennui

            “Mickey, eat something.  Play a video game.  Go on a date.  Play a video game on a date.  Doesn’t matter.  Just do something, okay hun?”  Elia hands Mickey the keys.  “We’ll be back around 3.  Food will be here around 5.  Okay hun?  Don’t get bored.  Take care of the kids.  Stay cool.”            …

Untouchable

       Daya rubs her feet.  With a steel sponge, she grinds off the grime.  The heat loosens the black stuff and brings up smells of diesel, refuse, burnt wood.  When she is done, she turns to her hands.        Her father Jawarlahal shifts in the bed and moans.  One of his…

Goodbyes

  “He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” Rest in peace Gabriel Garcia Marquez, another of those writers who floats…

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How to Lose Followers

You start blogging to have a voice, to be heard and to listen to others.  It’s an outlet that doesn’t involve you having to go through agents, publishers, or other constructs of the industry.  It’s easy.  You get a blog, you start writing, people listen.  You are not a number.  You are a voice.  You…