as of today you can buy my book tangled together from a few different places! this is a collection of short stories and flash fiction i have been writing over the past thirty-ish years. the stories range from dark to quirky (sometimes both) and are a good reflection of just how my mind works as well as sometimes being more memoir than fiction being that i often use my writing to exorcise those pesky demons. also! pictures!! i did an inking per story.
if you want an autographed copy, message me (firstname.lastname@example.org)…otherwise! pick a vendor 🙂
so the story goes, in 1994 i was in virginia attending hollin’s university when one day i was on a walk and found a horse tangled up in barbed wire. the horse actually called me over to it & waited patiently as i untangled it. i knocked on the door of the house i assumed it belonged at, but there was no answer. i wanted to make sure someone knew this horse might need more attention, so i found the stable manager for hollin’s university and told her. her answer was, “you will get your reward in heaven.” over the years, i have never forgotten those words. as a pagan, i often turn them over in my mind…trying to understand what they mean. i have actually used them on my children at times as it sounds like some weird brush off for an over-eager attention seeker…& it makes me laugh to say it. lately i have started thinking about doing a story called riding horses in heaven loosely based on this. now i am thinking it will be a graphic novel. i have started doodling my heavenly horses….
he woke up suddenly. wondering. trying to remember the last time he had seen a honey bee. he can remember summers as a boy when it seemed every clover crawled with them & running barefoot would surely result in a stinger in the arch… between the toes. calling out in pain to bring mother running so she could soothe you with an ice cube and soft whispers of how you got hurt…but the bee died. he wanted to be a farmer all his life. he lived for tractor rides. hide & seek in the cornfields. the smell of fresh cut hay.
lately my stories begin with scribbled thoughts inked over with drawings. i am not sure ever if i will continue the story or if it will live out it’s life as a post on my blog…. maybe one day i will come back through my journals & collect them all.
in addition to having confusion perfume & other neurotic comics available through amazon (or contact me for an autographed copy) in its proofing stage, to be released soon this year, tangled together…a collection of flash fiction & short stories written by me over the last 30 years.
teeth & gums & nakedness nothing new a series of dreams that never come true but can i really say i never get what i want when wants change & needs are undecipherable? needs i would like to get what i need teeth & gums & nakedness men following men through my room moonlight sunlight lamplight condom wrappers & nothing fulfilled but i got what i wanted for 30 seconds teeth & gums & nakedness
yes. my name is “mary jo” & yes. i was a pretty promiscuous 24 year old once. this is my favorite poem that i have ever written. it was written after a busy summer in ’94 that began with my breaking up with the love of my life and ended with my reuniting with the love of my life after a bunch of indiscretions. then i went away (with him) to an all girl school in roanoke, va (hollins university) where i workshopped my poem as well as classics such as “bukowski’s undertow” & “tiny tortures in this hyperactive ghost town” which can be seen in comic form in my newly published book confusion perfume & other neurotic comics.
in other news–i made so many valentine’s this year, y’all! i like to reclaim valentine’s day as a day of love & not necessarily romance. and i am so full of love. ink covered love.
“writing is a nice hobby,” they told me. “but what are you really going to do with your life?”
sadly, both my parents are dead, and i am unable to rub it in their faces that i have finally started publishing books…. i’m a late bloomer. that or it took me 30 years to realize, “nope, this is what i am going to do. fuck real life.” so! confusion perfume & other neurotic comicshas been published by tara caribou’s raw earth ink publishing as of last year & is available through amazon…or contact me for an autographed copy. and now tara is tackling my collection of short stories, tangled together, that is flash fiction & short stories spanning the 30 years of my being a short story writer (before which i wrote novels)…. so exciting! i will totally keep y’all updated!
or trying to, at least i’m working on two different projects which has me working on stories everyday so, yay! but no worries i am still journaling but need to get to inking as well so i can post something however thoughts keep falling out of my head before i can commit them to paper you know how it goes you think there is no way you will forget something & then it is gone.
but! until i can get some journal pages done, i will just go ahead & remind y’all that i did write a book and i do have a box of them sitting in my office waiting to be autographed & mailed to you! you can paypal me…write me a check…mail me some cash…whatever gets this book in the mail to you. if you need it, my email is email@example.com