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Forum: Fiction 11-06-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 328
Posted By chippedmonk
Amir or the insectthatdidn'tgivewatertoitsmother, flash fiction

hi all, here's a flash fiction piece i'm thinking of submitting to a magazine so please critique.

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Ah, how lovely it will be if it rains today. The soil is parched, the trees are ravenous and...
Forum: The Intellectual Table 10-24-2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,148
Posted By chippedmonk
ah, picklebottom. i cannot agree more, our agency...

ah, picklebottom. i cannot agree more, our agency shouldn't be constrained by others.
although i sometimes think we're nothing more than leaves trapped in the current of history or some other...
Forum: The Intellectual Table 10-23-2017, 07:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,148
Posted By chippedmonk
hi picklebottom, you're right, i should've...

hi picklebottom,

you're right, i should've read more carefully. and no, my days haven't been too bizarre although i've had some strange dreams the past couple of nights. things are mostly normal,...
Forum: The Intellectual Table 10-22-2017, 11:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,148
Posted By chippedmonk
hi picklebottom. it IS interesting. i used...

hi picklebottom.

it IS interesting. i used to draw a distinction between determinism and fatalism. in the former, your actions have consequences, in the latter, regardless of your actions, you...
Forum: The Intellectual Table 10-21-2017, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,148
Posted By chippedmonk
hi picklebottom. i think prophecy and fatalism...

hi picklebottom. i think prophecy and fatalism are similar in that once the initial conditions have been set the rest unfolds according to what's been prophecised or decided. whatever you do, you end...
Forum: Fiction 10-19-2017, 08:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 446
Posted By chippedmonk
Daylight

Daylight. Birdcalls. Sunlight soaking the bed, near my arm where his body once lay, on this mauve sheet he picked up at a mall in KL. Thread-count: 1000. He was always sensitive, more so than I to...
Forum: Fiction 08-10-2017, 12:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 394
Posted By chippedmonk
Angst Eats the Soul (flash fiction)

In the white room thereís nothing on which to fix my gaze, just white, an absence of colour, the colour of absence, perhaps, like a scar on the iris, only there is no iris, there is no eye. This is a...
Forum: Fiction 11-06-2016, 08:03 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 563
Posted By chippedmonk
Hair, Today

I decided to get a haircut today. My friend asked me how I wanted my hair and I said Ďkind of messyí and googled messy haircuts for men. It offered a search result that I liked. I googled how to...
Forum: Fiction 09-02-2016, 02:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,115
Posted By chippedmonk
hilarious, picklebottom. it's a fucking good...

hilarious, picklebottom. it's a fucking good start, you've got my interest.
Forum: Fiction 08-24-2016, 02:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,105
Posted By chippedmonk
this is a truly commendable effort, ranks above...

this is a truly commendable effort, ranks above the best i've read here in recent times. apart from some typos i have noticed no other faults. i really enjoyed your dialogue and symbolism. engaging...
Forum: Fiction 08-02-2016, 06:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 830
Posted By chippedmonk
interesting, perhaps you can flesh out the reason...

interesting, perhaps you can flesh out the reason for the narrator's acute depersonalisation. many of the questions you raise about holden apply to the narrator of this piece. it'll be nice to see...
Forum: Fiction 08-02-2016, 06:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 704
Posted By chippedmonk
i think this has some potential as a comic-horror...

i think this has some potential as a comic-horror rap lyric.
Forum: Fiction 08-02-2016, 06:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 652
Posted By chippedmonk
thanks max. sorry to have mislead you. it's a...

thanks max. sorry to have mislead you. it's a rather uninspired title.
Forum: Fiction 07-31-2016, 04:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 652
Posted By chippedmonk
The Baby

It’s there, softly asleep in the crib we bought eight months ago, moonlight pooling gently on it. But it’s not him. I know it, I’ve known it for a while now. I don’t know how to tell you this yet,...
Forum: Poetry 07-13-2016, 06:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By chippedmonk
Self-Portrait

Who do you think you are?
A young Camus?
Sitting at your desk,
cigarette 'tween your lips,
writing your shit
for a bogus paper,
that doesn't even come out in print.
Forum: Fiction 07-12-2016, 12:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By chippedmonk
hey max, nick got it right. kids here mix hash...

hey max, nick got it right. kids here mix hash oil with tobacco, which is extracted from cigarettes. a common scene at a smoker's place would be a pile of tobacco, small cellophane packets and mauled...
Forum: Fiction 07-11-2016, 03:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By chippedmonk
Arab Spring's Over

Today’s the day that it happens, I thought, walking up the stairs that led to my friend Hamid’s apartment. It was on the fifth floor of a slender building that did not have a lift. He was engrossed...
Forum: Fiction 06-19-2016, 04:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 901
Posted By chippedmonk
This reminded me of Vonnegut, only battier. The...

This reminded me of Vonnegut, only battier. The barn-owl bit at the end cracked me up.
Forum: Fiction 06-13-2016, 10:05 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 364
Posted By chippedmonk
The Film Critic (flash)

Parker on the speakers. Wind stirs in room. Through the sinuous melody the face of that man emerges. Long nicotine teeth, laughing. Breaking boundaries, he said. Of a film I havenít seen. And...
Forum: Fiction 04-25-2016, 10:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 535
Posted By chippedmonk
The Visitor

I was home having a chat with my brother Hanif in our living room. It was around noon. As we talked I realised I was a bit thirsty; it was not particularly hot, but I was craving something cool and...
Forum: Fiction 04-19-2016, 05:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 757
Posted By chippedmonk
interesting, max. i liked the dialogue. seemed...

interesting, max. i liked the dialogue. seemed like a pretty believable scenario. are you going to extend this?
Forum: The Intellectual Table 04-19-2016, 05:14 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,964
Posted By chippedmonk
42! there you have it. :D yes it IS odd that it...

42! there you have it. :D yes it IS odd that it wasn't the first response.


i would say that some proponents of religion purport to explain the world whereas science offers testable theories to...
Forum: The Intellectual Table 04-19-2016, 02:42 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,964
Posted By chippedmonk
i don't know if they can because it seems to me...

i don't know if they can because it seems to me that they operate very differently. one involves faith in some kind of ultimate intelligent being (the abrahamic religions) and interpreting texts to...
Forum: The Intellectual Table 04-18-2016, 10:08 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,964
Posted By chippedmonk
what is the meaning of a grapefruit or a grain of...

what is the meaning of a grapefruit or a grain of sand? perhaps you should start with something small and work your way up.
Forum: Fiction 04-03-2016, 08:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 671
Posted By chippedmonk
Drugs, Bats and the Banyan Tree

I have to call my dealer. I donít want to but my girlfriendís going mental. The drugís got such a big hold on her. Itís meant to be harmless isnít it, marijuana? But looking at her, the anger on her...
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