What happened in May 2013?
The theme for May was technology. CS DeWildt was the Featured Author.
Every Job Requires the Right Tool, believed CS DeWildt;
h. l. nelson obsessed over Produce while Jonathan Slusher was an Angry Dad;
CS DeWildt trialled The Rolls-Royce of Prosthetics;
Cezarija Abartis made a Phone Call, while Fabio Sassi whirred about Still Life with Batteries;
CS DeWildt earned his Recovery Period;
Wise and With It declared Abha Iyengar, while Tom Fegan celebrated with Bells and Whistles;
Fire yelled CS DeWildt;
and Samuel Cole made a House Call, while Gloria Garfunkel counted her Magic Numbers.
What happened in April 2013?
The fiction theme was ego!! There was no theme for non-fiction. Shayla Hawkins was the Featured Author.
Shayla Hawkins treated us to Six Wives;
Derek Osborne showed us what it's like to be Fat Tony, Julia Watson got Chicken, while Wayne Scheer declared Let There Be Comedy Tonight;
Abha Iyengar played Discordant Notes, Tom Fegan zeroed in on a Killer, and Mike Epifani discussed a lost cause in American Writer;
Anne Scott contemplated Leaves (n/f);
Shayla Hawkins was the cat who stole the Cream;
Which Face Today? asked Samuel Cole, Paul Beckman looked at A Working Man and Denny P. Yanker ducked for cover in Oh Shit Flirty Asian Chick;
h.l. nelson considered a Meditation on MS, while Martin Heavisides sold us Bargain Rate: Special Gifts;
Shayla Hawkins spread The Christmas Table;
Mark Kingston thumped his chest over A Million Batmans, and Gloria Garfunkel celebrated Tales of Resistance;
it's only Decoration said Paul Combs, Mark Fowler looked at the Man in the Mirror, and Rex is Dead sniffed Brooke Guffey;
and Shayla Hawkins finished the month off by insisting I Am King.
What happened in March 2013?
The fiction theme for March was fashion. There was no theme for non-fiction. Andrew Stancek was the Featured Author.
Andrew Stancek wished us Sweet Dreams;
Jo Gatford told us how Sally Wore Two Petticoats while Gloria Garfunkel pondered Life's Meaning;
Andrew Stancek cried Salty Tears;
h. l. nelson offered Caged Relief, Joanne Jagoda gave Fashion Lessons, and Colin W. Campbell attended a Reunion;
Andrew Stancek waxed lyrical over Sauerkraut;
Kyle Hemmings proudly stated he has No Sense of Fashion, Beate Sigriddaughter was cut up about Dress Size, and Stephen V. Ramey launched into Spring Fashion;
and it was all about the Reds for Kyle Hemmings, while Tom Fegan found life On the Street and Stacey Spencer explored Pop Scene.
What happened in February 2013?
The fiction theme for the month was the office. There was no theme for non-fiction. Matt Potter was the Featured Author.
Matt Potter started the month off with the first instalment of his backwards story, The Never Far From Home Café, Friday, 1.57pm;
James Claffey found his father mumbling in his sleep (n/f);
Cezarija Abartis indulged in an Office Romance, while Wayne Scheer slaved through an Office Routine, and Stephen V. Ramey established a twisted Office Rapport;
Matt Potter delved into what happened Earlier at the Never Far From Home Café;
Jonathan Slusher wondered about People You Might Know (n/f);
Gloria Garfunkel spent time at the Orwellian Industries Annual Retreat, while Len Kuntz waited for the world to go Boom;
Matt Potter pressed backward in Earlier Again;
Claudia Bierschenk learned about the future in Correction (n/f);
Beate Sigriddaughter presented a fable with Beauty and the Beast: At the Law Firm, while Colin W. Campbell involved himself in The Interview Outerview;
Matt Potter delved back even further in time with Even Earlier Still;
while Carol Deminski discarded the Recyclables, Susan Tepper sectioned things up in Cubie, Tom Fegan mulled over The Last Day at the Office, and h. l. nelson suffered the indignities of Death by Call Center.
What happened in January 2013?
The fiction theme for the month was copycat. Guilie Castillo-Oriard was the Featured Author, while no non-fiction was published.
Carolyn Cordon held forth on the Unspeakable, while Stephen V. Ramey visited the Red Windmill;
The Sincerest Form of Flattery really got Guilie Castillo-Oriard;
Cezarija Abartis waxed her Apples, while Sarah Collie spent time Surfing the Storm;
Years of Study will get you far believed Guilie Castillo-Oriard;
Kyle Hemmings gave us glimpses into the lives of others in both Like Father, Like Son and Fatty;
Guilie Castillo-Oriard found it was The First in Anyone's Memory;
Susan Tepper visited Venezuela, while Fabio Sassi journeyed to The Dawn of Falling Banks;
Guilie Castillo-Oriard gave us The Bogie Comeback;
while Len Kuntz talked about the events of Last Night, and Penn Stewart mulled over Lawn Care.
What happened in December 2012?
The fiction theme for December was adverti$ing. There was no theme for non-fiction. Diana J. Wynne was the Featured Author, while John Wentworth Chapin and Michelle Elvy featured in counterpoint.
6 December was also Pure Slush's second birthday. Many writers submitted stories and poems on the theme celebrate
Truth in Advertising 1: Read Between the Lines (n/f) Diana J. Wynne advised;
The Future is Marriage Counseling said William Cullen, Jr while Stephen V. Ramey gave you Steps to Building a Bigger Butt;
Truth in Advertising 2: Your Mind, Our Matter (n/f) explained Diana J. Wynne;
Kyle Hemmings delved into the pros and cons of Ugly Boys, while Matt McGee told us How to Put the Mad in Men;
Diana J. Wynne tasted Truth in Advertising 3: Tahitian Vanilla (n/f);
Oh, that Julia Roberts enthused Susan Tepper, while Fabio Sassi showed us his Kaleidobrandscope;
John Wentworth Chapin experienced Aftershock, while Michelle Elvy talked about The Thing about George, for counterpoint;
Truth in Advertising 4: I'm Dreaming of a Black Friday: Ode to Skymall (n/f) expounded Diana J. Wynne, to finish the year on a humorous note!
What happened in November 2012?
The fiction theme for November was fame. There was no theme for non-fiction, though some did follow the theme fame. Maude Larke was the Featured Author, while Linda Simoni-Wastila and Cheri Ause featured in counterpoint.
Fabio Sassi started off the month with his artwork Quasi Warhol Marilyn;
Dusty-Anne Rhodes watched others indulge in Power Games (n/f);
Maude Larke found things Not So Hard;
The Sound of the Wind When It is Rushing and You Have Nowhere to Go was experienced by Jon Morgan Davies, while Len Kuntz experienced Fame Like a Drug;
Fabio Sassi met the Fab 2 + 2;
Sally Reno attended the Tennessee Waltz at the Rose Tattoo (n/f);
Maude Larke gave Mania the once-over;
Altamira and Elena gave the bright lights a crack, care of Cezarija Abartis and Prospero E. Pulma, Jr;
Fabio Sassi floated by Outerspace Elvis;
Matt Potter waxed unlyrical about Nostalgia (n/f);
Maude Larke introduced Lionel in Bell Curve II;
Kyle Hemmings performed with his Burlesque Cat, and Susan Tepper suffered the Blitz;
Lionel got another go in Bell Curve III, by Maude Larke;
Mira Desai announced an Arrival, while D.M. Simone dreamed about Rock, Kate and Lilli;
and Linda Simoni-Wastila experienced The Comfort of Friends, while Cheri Ause counterpointed with Relics.
What happened in September / October 2012?
D.M. Simone and Dusty-Anne Rhodes relaunched Pure Slush online in late September, while the theme for October was Virtualism. The artwork of Fabio Sassi also graced our pages for the first time.
D.M. Simone in Heritage and Dusty-Anne Rhodes in Legacy explored two sides of the sisterly coin for counterpoint;
Fabio Sassi's Click It put the world back on top;
Abha Iyengar pondered A Virtual Deal, while Mira Desai revelled in Payback;
Be French (n/f) Imelda Wilde suggested;
Fabio Sassi's Like was likeable;
Kyle Hemmings communicated with Aliens, while Stephen V. Ramey spoke Chinese in You Say Tu Dou, I Say Ma Ling Shu;
Dusty-Anne Rhodes was happy Triggering the Imagination (n/f);
Fabio Sassi's Explorer was exploratory;
Berit Ellingsen explained How These Games Work, while Wayne Scheer got up close and personal in Intimacy;
Anne Scott looked at the wider meanings of virtualism in Designer Thinking (n/f);
Len Kuntz experienced One Great Love while Erin Cole reported on Kindle vs. Paperback;
William Cullen, Jr. told us The Secret of My Success (n/f);
and Susan Tepper went for the trifecta in un deux trois.
What happened in May 2012?
May was a bumper month on Pure Slush!, with twice as much non-fiction as usual. The theme for both fiction and non-fiction was cities. The Featured Author was Corey Mesler, while Stephen V. Ramey and Susan Tepper counterpointed.
Corey Mesler started the month by Getting to G--;
Samuel Cole got in on Sister Act 3;
Shayla Hawkins visited The Bloodstream City;
Anne Scott had One Night in Paris;
Phillis Ideal met David and Big Bird;
while Vanessa Mather experienced The First Tour (n/f);
Kerry Lown Whalen dealt with The Surprise;
Corey Mesler found himself in Bluff City;
Cezarija Abartis dreamed of travelling to Cities;
Neila Mezynski was Roamin' in Cleveland;
while Ankit Govil experienced Sleepy Bombay;
Joanne Jagoda reminisced about growing up a San Francisco Girl (n/f);
Ron Campbell insisted it was Miami. Just the Facts (n/f);
City girls never need car keys claimed Martha Rand;
Corey Mesler found himself in City of Poets;
and Penn Stewart found himself at the New York City Writers' Convention;
Abha Iyengar tossed around a few Strobe Lights and a Few Coins;
Len Kuntz cooed over Greyhounds;
Brigita Orel found Splendour in the Shade (n/f);
while Ron Campbell stepped up to the plate in Calgary (n/f);
Richard Bon travelled from NOLA to Philly;
Corey Mesler waxed over The Travels of Cocoa Poem Lorry;
Arunima Mazumdar looked forward to Three Months to Summer;
Michael Dickes visited Bedford-Stuyvesant;
Stephen V. Ramey searcheed for Pathways, and Susan Tepper gave her own counterpoint with Magnificence;
Mindy Shelton was the Mean Mom (n/f);
and Ron Campbell finished the month in Portland (n/f).
What happened in April 2012?
The theme for fiction and non-fiction was India. The Featured Author was Abha Iyengar.
Abha Iyengar got India month Swinging;
Tanvi Srivastava took A Fall while Uma Gowrishankar looked at Holi Hai;
Bill Yarrow travelled Agra Road / Bare Ruined Palace (n/f);
Abha Iyengar was Chilled;
relationships and rituals featured in Gigolo Maami by Sharanya Manivannan and The Wedding Saga by Ankit Govil;
Abha Iyengar chanted The Mantra;
Mira Desai considered The day of silent prayers, while Uma Gowrishankar visited Kumbakonam and Sathyanarain Muralidharan pondered the true meaning of Sacred Ash;
Abha Iyengar looked forward to a Weekend Getaway;
Asad Ali Junaid found a milestone turning Twenty Eight, while Rajni Gupta found an experience in The Ride Home, and Valerie Kravette admonished about the Starving in India;
and Abha Iyengar got a Reality Check, to finish India month.
What happened in March 2012?
The theme for fiction was food and drink. (There was no theme for non-fiction.) The Featured Author was Jason S. Andrews.
Joanne Jagoda went on a bender in Tap Dancing Redux (n/f);
Jason S. Andrews chronicled a relationship in The Tea Room (Part 1);
Kate Alexander-Kirk had Tea with Aunty, Len Kuntz mused about life On the Half Shell, while Maude Larke counted The Blessings of Saint Vincent;
Jennifer Donnell served her Chili with Extra Spice, (n/f);
Jason S. Andrews was back again with The Tea Room (Part 2);
Cezarija Abartis celebrated her Lucky Nickel, Mira Desai waxed gastronomic in Eggplant Rhapsody, while Shayla Hawkins discovered what fruit can do in Miss Margaret's Apples;
Jonathan Slusher tackled self-image in Not as Much Fun as Mr Blake (n/f);
Jason S. Andrews again found himself in the The Tea Room (Part 3);
Stephen V. Ramey met his match in Meringue, Michael Webb splashed about in River, and Peggy Landsman looked back When I Weighed Two-and-Twenty;
Maureen Deaver Purcell asked readers to Abide with Me (n/f);
it was last drinks with Jason S. Andrews in The Tea Room (Part 4);
Joanne Jagoda charted the workday dreams of Samantha at the Diner, Bobbi Lurie frothed over Kappuccino Extra, while Howie Good found time to do the Dance of the Three-Legged Stool;
and Imelda Wilde finished the month off with The messy love affair (n/f).
What happened in February 2012?
The theme for fiction was seasons. (There was no theme for non-fiction.) The Featured Author was Luisa Brenta, while Cheryl Anne Gardner and Joe Kapitan featured in counterpoint.
Martha Rand looked at Changes, while Susan Tepper got in some Dusting;
Gill Hoffs delved into the short history of Great Great Uncle Charlie (n/f);
Luisa Brenta felt the heat in Simmer;
Michael Webb took on workplace relations in Orangina and Yogurt, while Howie Good reflected on The Four Seasons;
Sharon Louise Stephenson came in from the cold in From Russia with Gloves (n/f);
Luisa Brenta was Incommunicado;
Nathaniel Tower had A Stomach for All Seasons, while Diane D. Gillette indulged in Warm Weather Games;
Jonathan Slusher dealt with life at ten paces in Showdown at l'aire de jeux (n/f);
Luisa Brenta moved beyond Borders;
Len Kuntz examined What the Seasons Mean to Me, while Taylor Duke Vonville kept it All in the Family;
Cheryl Anne Gardner found a twisted respite in Winter in Acapulco, while Joe Kapitan rediscovered his Priority One;
Karyn Eisler was accosted on the street, in Impromptu (n/f);
Luisa Brenta revealed a lot in Coverup;
and Kerry Lown Whalen finished the month with some of life's more memorable Questions, while Stephen V. Ramey celebrated Christmas in Nicaragua.
What happened in January 2012?
Kathy Conde was the Featured Author, while Berit Ellingsen and Jules Archer were featured in counterpoint.
Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow said Len Kuntz, while Maude Larke pondered the egos of music-making in Discontinuo;
Joanne Jagoda spent Thursday Afternoon in Jerusalem (n/f);
Kathy Conde's Rita found herself spinning around in Choreography;
John Kujawski searched out the future in Guitars for the Devil, while Joyce Lautens O'Brien delved into a Grimm Business and Howie Good found the spirit in Vivace;
Keep Smiling (n/f) D.M. Simone said;
Rita searched for the alternative in The Art of Escape by Kathy Conde;
Wayne Scheer looked for inspiration in A Jazz Tune-Up, while Nicola Belte believed Entertainers and Dreamers Grow Bitter Eventually, and Gill Hoffs did her duty in Working Dinner;
Next Time You'll Pay Me (n/f), said Lazlo Fitch;
Rita found a connection in Kathy Conde's Skin;
Samuel Cole toasted the future At the Reception, Guilie Castillo-Oriard waxed musical over Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 545, and Cezarija Abartis pondered the Heart and Mind dichotomy;
Berit Ellingsen wondered about what's right in The Punishment, and Jules Archer looked at what went wrong with The Plan, for counterpoint;
JP Reese wrote A Letter From Your Editor (n/f);
and Rita - finally - found some form of Grace, by Kathy Conde.
What happened in December 2011?
Pure Slush turned one year old in December, Susan Gibb helped celebrate the milestone, and the theme for fiction was age. (There was no theme for non-fiction.) Claudia Bierschenk was the Featured Author, while Joyce Juzwik and Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw were featured in counterpoint.
Claudia Bierschenk launched the month with Thin Red Lines;
Phillis Ideal found herself in The Recovery Room (n/f);
Pure Slush turned one year old on 6 December, and to celebrate Susan Gibb wrote The Anniversary Dinner. (Susan's story Black Bears and Green Broccoli Trees launched Pure Slush);
Abha Iyengar got her honorifics mixed in The Squash Generation, Howie Good confronted a new generation in To a Student on Facebook during Class, while Corey Mesler discussed the future of sex in Jump Start and Diana J. Wynne confronted international diplomacy in Ariel Sharon's Brain;
Claudia Bierschenk looked at changes in Caps;
Chris Galvin wanted some respite from Days Like This (n/f);
Wayne Scheer was grateful for good things in Early Morning Reverie, while Cheryl Anne Gardner waxed neurotic in Warts, and Samuel Cole looked at a death in the family in Much Less Me;
Claudia Bierschenk got crafty in Clay;
Gill Hoffs savoured Protein (n/f);
I was the only one who asked Alun Williams admitted, while Bobbi Lurie pondered Residual Idealism, and Gay Degani dug into history to find The Last Real Human Being in Hollywood;
Ends were contemplated by Claudia Bierschenk;
Phillis Ideal took us back to a summer past in The Glass Bowl (n/f);
Linda Simoni-Wastila was back @ Pure Slush with Loose Screw, while Susan Tepper responded to a watery story of love and lust in Ash and Nathaniel Tower looked at powerful rites of passage in First Bike Ride;
Claudia Bierschenk discussed the merits of a Single Room;
Joyce Juzwik looked at possible future outcomes in No, while Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw counterpointed with Thread of Time;
and Maude Larke ended the month (and the year) by stampeding through A Cast of Thousands (of Hooves) (n/f).
What happened in November 2011?
The theme for fiction was religion. (There was no theme for non-fiction.) Kim Hutchinson was the Featured Author, while Joanna Delooze and Ron Campbell featured in counterpoint.
Kim Hutchinson kept herself busy Seeing the Light;
Vanessa Weibler Paris considered what's Under the Big Black Box;
Carolyn Cordon pondered the not so small moments in Blink and He's Gone;
William Henderson delved into alternate language in Fluency (n/f);
Kim Hutchinson looked at life in its various fictions in Creatures;
in Born Again, Thomas Sullivan took on confession;
Howie Good looked at the best and the worst in Worst Case Scenario and Little Bitty Prayer;
Chad Haskins wandered in Certain Circles;
Stephen V. Ramey made a stab at conquering all with love in Commitment;
Berit Ellingsen kept turning the same corner in Cursed;
Kim Hutchinson crossed the religious divide in Us and Them;
in Jesus Fritos Nathaniel Tower dealt with hunger of Biblical proportions;
Maree Kimberley polished up Wednesdays;
Gill Hoffs worked on the cultural divide in Yellow;
Barry Basden looked more at ecstacy (or more ecstacy) in Saved, Nevertheless;
Murray Dunlap dealt with old demons in Temporary Anger (n/f);
in Solid, Kim Hutchinson dealt with the blackness and whiteness of life;
Susan Tepper pondered love in the wrong places in Nearing the Solstice;
LaVa Payne discussed neighbourliness in Goblin Thanks;
Maude Larke dug into concepts of belonging in A Born Joiner;
Joanna Delooze marvelled at fate in Before Swine;
Ron Campbell answered her in After Swine;
Meg Tuite suffered another rite of passage in Catholic Boot Camp (n/f);
and Kim Hutchinson offered her Reflections to round off the month.
What happened in October 2011?
The theme for both fiction and non-fiction was writing. The Featured Author for October was Marcus Speh - a story from Marcus was published every Monday - while counterpoint featured the work of Andrew Stancek and Len Kuntz. But there was a whole litany of other gorgeous treasures - a story or poem almost every day - and all are listed below.
Con Chapman kicked off the month with his non-fiction A Fictional Interview with a Writer of a Lot of Fiction;
Marcus Speh dug into the well of inspiration in The Serious Writer And His Mother;
Mary McCluskey pondered the art versus life dilemma in Maelstrom;
Michael Webb mused over writing difficulties in Right;
Jennifer Donnell looked at the prison of relationships in Protagonist;
Timmy Reed wondered about nature and love in Birds;
Gary Percesepe got to the point in Writers in Love (n/f);
Marcus Speh considered the need for down time in The Social Life Of The Serious Writer;
Howie Good gave us a poem a day - The World is Running Down, Poem, Period, The Gloom of Sometimes, and After Rejection - in Working Week;
Chris Dean wondered about editors in The Story;
Marcus Speh looked at the deeper side of love in The Serious Writer And His Hamster;
Sally Reno questioned the nature of public display in The Spindle of Necessity;
Dennis Mahagin sweated it out over illness and character development in Chiowaga On The Path;
Nathaniel Tower pondered the nature of publishing in I Wrote a Book;
Marda Miller discussed the nature of service in Killing the Neighbors;
Jack Swenson showed the way in Dear Diary (n/f);
So This Is What You Do On Your Day Off? was posed by Meg Tuite;
in The Serious Writer Buys An iPad, Marcus Speh examined the place for new technology;
Joanna Delooze questioned writerly obsession in Cuttings;
in Duty Free, Gill Hoffs looked at official documentation;
Charley Daveler looked at the unmentionable in Constructive Criticism;
Pure Slush's monthly counterpoint featured Andrew Stancek's Belly Laugh - how can love be so right? - and a reply from Len Kuntz - Black Heart;
Thomas Sullivan indulged in some navel-gazing in A Writer's Little Pity Party (n/f);
and Marcus Speh finished the month on a warm note with The Serious Writer Cuddles Up.
What happened in September 2011?
Travel month held over into September ... with one story published every day, fiction or non-fiction, until the middle of the month.
Edison Blake hit the road in The Big Time;
Shelagh Power-Chopra reminisced about a lost summer in Summer Lawn;
Anne Smith started a new life in the U.K. in Arc;
Abha Iyengar pondered the merits of changing earthly plans for higher things in When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go (n/f);
Gill Hoffs experienced the castaway life in The Starveling;
in Girl with Crescent Smile, Danny Goodman wondered about weather and travel plans;
in Everything the Same, Joyce Lautens O'Brien remembered childhood;
Susan Tepper probed the insider world of Monte Carlo in Hotel;
in Excuse Me. Have You Seen My Shirt?, Sabrina Ogden returned home in an unexpected way;
Jesse Cheng discussed the Myths About Flying (n/f);
Chanel Dubofsky looked at rubber ducks and camping trips in Fidelity;
Diana J. Wynne wondered about the need to fit in, in Passing (n/f);
Gary Percesepe was In Venice;
Shelagh Power-Chopra lurked in the marshes in dock;
Matt DeVirgiliis pondered the things you leave behind in Lost in Amsterdam;
and in Ich bin heute nach der Türkei gefahren (n/f), Matt Potter looked at shopping and international incidents.
And then counterpoint (fiction only) began, with two writers expressing a viewpoint each within a relationship.
Christopher Allen created serial mayhem in A Garden of Knives and Sugar, while Katrina Gray opted for Bantu;
Thomas Sullivan pointed the finger at a high school hero in Taking on Mr Mancini (n/f);
while Susan Gibb mulled over relationship changes in Me, My Mother and I, as did Gill Hoffs in Miss.
What happened in August 2011?
The theme for the month was travel, and one story was published every day, fiction or non-fiction.
Matt Potter launched travel month with the non-fiction Biker Moll at the Gay Lake (n/f), a day in and around Köln in Germany, in desperate need of sunglasses;
Luisa Brenta's The Common Tourist looked at ego and bravado while touring Italy;
Choosing Mangoes (n/f) saw Karen Eileen Sikola soaking up the atmosphere, and shopping, in Mexico;
Lois Patton sampled a sauna's Watery Delights (n/f) while in Turkey;
M.S. Simone suffered Stage Fright - and a director's ego - while on a Stateside study trip;
Gill Hoffs caught a winter chill in Snow go, somewhere in the wilds of Scotland;
Michael Webb's character Keith made his first appearance while on a business trip in Philadelphia, in Same Same;
Susan Tepper relived foreign social mores in That Summer in Greece (n/f);
Jules Archer's The Stuff Big Gulps Are Made Of looked at road trips and their consequences;
in How Slavery Ruined My Vacation, Thomas Pluck gave a unique twist to survivor guilt;
Judith Mesch in A Simple Dream gave marriage and new identities a once-over;
Angelle Scott delved into family values, life post-Katrina and road trip bugs in Excavation and Exploration (both n/f);
Michael Webb's Keith reminisced about past discoveries at 4:26AM;
Cheryl Anne Gardner took the purge in In flight Entertainment;
Hazel Foster was A Vegetarian in Texas (n/f);
Meg Tuite wrote fake postcards home, in Wien;
Maude Larke traversed half of Europe on a mission, in Cherished IOPI0001;
in Travelers (n/f), Phillis Ideal avoided mindless plane chatter;
James Lloyd Davis smelled Heady Perfume interstate;
There was no theme for July, but instead we had ...
Meg Week - Meg Tuite took on her childhood demons in Skin of Memory (n/f) and in Buried, dealt with the past, while Meg Sefton wrestled with her writer demons in The State of the State of My Party (n/f) and looked at moving on, in infinitesimal;
Matthew Week - in Don't Call Me Samson (n/f), Matt DeVirgiliis dealt with the terrors of bad hair, and in Monkey Business gave a dunking to the lighter side of warfare, while in The Disintegration of the Human Soul, Matthew Dexter delved into the terrors of hospitals and mindfucks (n/f), and gave survival of the fittest the once over in Family Album;
Susan Week - Susan Gibb got down to brass panties in Coming Down to the Basics (n/f) and looked at life patterns in history in Tree of Life Patterns, while in Luxury, Susan Tepper fended off big city wolves (n/f) and in Peach, looked at relationship sacrifices;
Michael Week - in Scrawny Kid with the Jewfro (n/f), Michael J. Solender reminisced about culture and hair, and took on popular culture in Jerry Garcia Speaks from The Beyond, while in $534.67, Michael Webb delved into the mysteries of real patient care (n/f) and in Nugget, took on gestation and chance.
What happened in June 2011?
The fiction theme was night.
Stephen V. Ramey looked at the spin on misfortune in Assuaging the Clown, while Cheryl Anne Gardner delved into the nightmosphere in Spanish Limes;
I Want to Tell You About My Beard - we didn't need to say more - by Jason Lee Norman;
Joyce Juzwik graced Pure Slush's pages again with a twisted look at love, in Cupid's Challenge;
Micaela Gardner looked at personal growth and ambition in An Open Letter to My English Professor;
Engulfing by Maude Larke looked at the nature of homage and artistic collaboration, and Kathy Conde's Don't Ask Me No Questions and I Won't Tell You No Lies cruised down memory lane Trans Am-style;
Ramon Collins suffered no fools gladly in Casablanca Revisited
Michael Webb's Campfire Story looked at love, loss and stories, and Kathy Conde cruised down memory lane again ... perhaps with regret ... with Zeke;
Jen Knox ... ummm ... err ... oh ... ahhh ... hmmm ... oh no! ... looked at mental health in Anxiety is;
while Dalliance by Mark Rosenblum looked at human need and Trim Spa by Cheryl Anne Gardner looked at obsessions and public transport.
What happened in May 2011?
The fiction theme was queer, so the month kicked off with Maude Larke's requeering of musical theatre in Act 1 Scene 1, while S.H. Gall returned to the pages of Pure Slush with a dramatic look at family legacies in Blackballed; and Rebecca Chekouras debuted plucky, multi-talented Luke in Luke makes a martini;
Jen Knox questioned e-friendships in On 'Friend'ship;
Susan Tepper rolled out the irony (and the fun) in Rolex Club, while Edison Blake tried not to chew the fat In the Off-Season; and Luke took baby-steps in Luke learns mixology;
Matthew Dexter contemplated childhood memories in Cleanup Position;
Christopher Allen looked at the nature of escape in The Number 4, while Nicolette Wong dealt with the nature of friendship in The Right Time, and Luke found about the meaning of incarceration in Luke in the hole;
Peter Mitchell took on small minds in Tyranny, and Luke found out about motherly love in Luke's summer adventure;
M-S Schlender treated us to a sumptuous banquet in Her, and Robert Vaughan served us summer in New York in Simo Freeshow;
and Michael Webb wrote about the legacy people leave in Just Ahead.
What happened in April 2011?
The fiction theme was laughter. There was no theme for non-fiction.
Joyce Juzwik celebrated her literate influences and desires in Keep Your Sugar Plum Fairies. Jack the Ripper's the Star of my Dreams;
Shelagh Power-Chopra looked at the ridiculous side of fashion in Clownface, Susan Tepper looked at the ridiculous side of sexual politics in Fun, while Judith Mesch looked at food and illness in 3 Poems;
Matt Potter took a sideways glance at public dining in Bring a Book;
Len Kuntz took on the sunnyside twins in Identical Opposite while Robert Vaughan looked at the improbabilities of script and story development in Moving to Los Angeles;
Maude Larke reviewed those moments when suddenly, things become so much clearer, in Light Bulbs;
Jason S. Andrews delved into plagiarism and honesty in The Funniest Thing, while Sean Pravica pondered love and strange greenery in Heels Overhead;
Erin Zulkoski fought the headier side-effects of addiction in Bright Shiny Boxes;
Thomas Sullivan took on the art of selling-out in Commercial Artistry, and Andrew Stancek took on the art of bowing out (or diving in) in Where Were You?;
Estelle Bruno dipped into her past wants and desires in her memoir collection Slices of Life;
and Meg Tuite delved into neighbourly relations in The Last Laugh, ending a month of laughter on Pure Slush.
What happened in March 2011?
March was International Women's Month, and Pure Slush celebrated by publishing the work of women writers.
Meg Sefton delved into the role nature and mothers played in our lives, in Ladybug;
Susan Gibb explored personal history and past decisions in Survival;
Erin Zulkoski took on the nuances of sexual politics in Eyes Shut;
Maude Larke delved into the finer points of mature musicianship in Trialogue;
Linda Simoni-Wastila took on a different voice and the maxim charity begins at home in Soup Bean Annie;
Claudia Bierschenk looked at international travel and fanaticism in Jerusalem Syndrome;
Kim Hutchinson discussed work and a special clientele in her memoiresque Thursday Girls;
M-S Schlender looked out from her West Berlin childhood in Berlin with a W;
What happened in February 2011?
The fiction theme was shoes. There was no theme for non-fiction.
John Wentworth Chapin looked at footwear as a breaker of social barriers in Unfinished Business, while Phoebe Wilcox asked questions of her literary future in Confessions.
Luisa Brenta pondered the question, How do you know when it's time to go and how do you plan it? in her amusing Taking Leave.
Passion - as exemplified by the Brits - made more than its presence felt in Red by Denrele Ogunwa and Just had a tango lesson I can't afford by Jason S. Andrews. How far would you go to get what you want?
Matthew Dexter wondered about the value of good neighbours in his illuminated Hurricane Season.
Obsessions - especially those of others - can be difficult. But both the heavy and fun sides of these were featured in Shells by Michelle Reale, and 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 1962 by David O'Neal.
Karen Eileen Sikola discussed chance encounters and their true meaning and is public transport really the right venue for this?, in It Came to Pass After This.
Life is what you make of it - or what others make of it for you - in Lauri Martin's Solemate and Todd McKie's Straight and True.
Randy Lowens surveyed his neighbourhood streetscape in A Walk through Midtown, and Sivakami Velliangiri looked at the quirkier side of generosity in The Gift;
and Grey Johnson asked of herself, how much can anyone endure before succumbing?, in her exquisite The Bridge of Stolen Shoes.
What happened in January 2011?
The fiction theme was Heat! There was no theme for non-fiction.
A Free Rinse by Matt Potter addressed the question, 'Is neighbourliness next to godliness?
Sheldon Lee Compton - whose story was inspired by a Facebook update of his - gave us He Finds Her There, and Matthew Dexter gave us the (pseudo-)sexy Sadistic Aroma of Rubber. Both are about shared lives and longing.
Claudia Bierschenk looked at a different social side of a divided Germany in The First American.
Danny Goodman's minimalist (and amusing) It's Warm and Sometimes Not on the N Train and Grey Johnson's duskily romantic Embers, made distinctive bookends ... or a pigeon pair?
Len Kuntz sliced through an unorthodox part of his childhood in Cherry Picking.
Jason Lee Norman's quietly absurd House on Fire made a marked contrast to Meg Tuite's intense Combustion.
Joyce Juzwik combed through the rigours of home schooling in The Kids are Home Schooled? What's Wrong with Them?.
Kim Hutchinson's Light Years and S.H. Gall's Lawn looked at comfort and discomfort in distinctively different social settings,
and Thomas Sullivan enjoyed the perils of a driving instructor's life in Good Times in the Scare Seat.
What happened in December 2010?
The fiction theme was beginnings.
Susan Gibb, recent winner of the 8th Glass Woman Prize for her story Wanderer, debuted Pure Slush with a dreamy bang with her story Black Bears and Green Broccoli Trees.
Marcus Speh - whose name and generous talents are seemingly everywhere at the moment - flaunted his recent Pushcart Prize nomination with his story First Love.
Susan Tepper, still celebrating her sixth Pushcart Prize nomination, joined us in an autumnal mood with Orbit;
and Robert Vaughan - not scared away by an over-zealous editor with a wacko vision - saw the year out with his story Last Exit from Liberty.
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