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Imitation Fruit publishes “Pressure”

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The online literary journal Imitation Fruit published my short story “Pressure” today.  They queried me in mid-August about using it; I had sent it to them in June in response to a classified ad in Poets & Writers that promoted their Chilled Fruit Contest.  The ad read, “Can you shock or surprise us? We are looking to be jolted in Issue 7, just in time for Halloween! Send us your original stories, poems, and art that twist and turn into shocking revelations. Throw us for a loop.”

“Pressure” was originaly published here in May; the original posting has been taken down so as to promote Imitation Fruit.  I talk about some of the writing process for the story last April in Itchin’ for some Fiction part 5;  I didn’t mention the story by name because I hadn’t thought of one yet.

I didn’t see this one coming.  I had fun writing “Pressure” and experimenting with flash fiction, but never thought the story would take off.  I commented to a friend recently that the writing process consisted of me screwing around with a funny little revenge story in my head, getting it out on paper, polishing it some, running it through my writers group, sending it off, and never thinking about it again.  There’s a lot to be said for working quickly, subconsciously, and not giving a damn about the results– I’d read about writer’s who approach their work with similar philosophies, but always thought Yeah, right… like they don’t sweat their butts off trying to perfect every little thing…  Now I know without a doubt–  turn off the inner critic, write fast, and have fun!

You can check out “Pressure” here:  Imitation Fruit Vol. 7, October 2010

And what are you worried about?  It’s 1200 words–  that’s less than four pages!


Written by seeker70

October 13, 2010 at 12:01 am

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  1. i loved your story. your descriptions made me hungry for pie and for some reason, a need to go to the bathroom. 🙂 am i completely out of line to make a suggestion for the last line uttered? dare i? i dare–
    …as he drove back to his parents’ house: “i can’t believe he peed all over the roses!” And with a smirk of pride and nostalgic regret, Will thought to himself, “Exactly.”


    October 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm

  2. Jeff, I also have the experience that much successful writing comes unplanned and unpracticed, especially in short pieces that will have elements of prose poetry. Spontaneity works here. Sometimes a mixed drink helps too – but probably only one, sadly.

    Many advise writing first thing in the morning before the day’s consciousness wipes the creativity of the night of dreaming away. But hard to do if you have a hangover. See above.

    I hope your muse is winking at you.

    Karen Zemanick

    October 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm

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