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Yet Another Blog Post Wherein I Nakedly Seek Validation Despite Knowing Full Well That My Efforts Are Mostly in Vain and There Will Be Disappointment in the End

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about me.

As some of you may recall, I mentioned last Fall that I was working on a short-story collection for publication. (Let’s be real, we’re talking about “self-publication”, that nasty phrase that instantly causes people you meet to change their tune from “You’ve been published!” to “Oh, I think there’s somebody more important over there. Nice talking to you!”)

Granted, I’d rather self-publish one of the several novels I’ve been working on since RuPaul was a child. But all of those efforts are in stasis, floundering about. (Those of you who also write books will recognize this predicament: The plot is fine so far, I have hundreds of semi-competent pages piled up, but that one final click you need to wrap it all up and give the madness some sanity is just not there yet.) So, I’m going with the short-story collection until one of the logjams breaks with the pre-natal books-in-progress.

And this is where you come in, Dear Reader.

What are your favorite stories that you’ve read here at Bonnywood? Which of the admittedly haphazard, random things I have unleashed in this tiny corner of the Blogtopia made you think “Huh, I might actually want to read this thing again someday, especially if there’s nothing new on NetFlix and/or you’ve got 30 minutes to kill until the dryer finishes tumbling the linens from the guest bedroom.”

Now, some of you are probably thinking “well, hell, I liked that one story about the Kumquat Insurrection but I don’t remember what it was called.” No worries. Titles are not important. Just throw a description in the comments and I should be able to figure out your reference. There’s a chance that I will woefully misinterpret your words, but that possibility is always there, based on the innumerable times I have completely missed the boat when it comes to comments. (I still feel flashbacks of shame from that one time I thought the comment was about an especially randy round of rural nookie when she really was talking about shucking corn.) Throw caution to the wind and let’s see where it lands.

I realize that some of you will simply give this post a courtesy “like” and then simply move on with your life, but the once-innocent Oklahoma boy in me hopes that an equal amount of you will help me out in this little adventure. I really would like to collect the Best of Bonnywood, from the readers’ perspective, not mine, and see if I can make my midnight scribblings into something more. As writers, we all have a yearning to capture those moments in time when we got things just a little bit right, even if some of us pretend that we don’t have that hope.

So, tell me what you want, what you really, really want. Zig-a-zig ah! (Did you really think I could make it through this post without a pop culture reference?)

Oh, and here’s a random sample of the stories that I’m considering as candidates for the collection, just to give you an idea. Don’t let this selection limit you, these are just contemplations:


The Attack of the Giant Mary


Peace in Our Time

Sushi in the Sky, With Rhinestones

Past Imperfect – #215

Dreaming in Reverse: Ten Books That Made an Impact in My Life – Part I

Dispatches from the Wasteland: The Day I Stopped Twirling and Things Got Real

Alone Again, Naturally – Part I

Sunday in the Park with Brian: Therapy Session #24 (The “Windchimes of My Mind” Version)

Idiot Fondue: Case Study #18


Again, don’t let this selection influence your choices and suggestions. I’d really like to hear what each of you considers some of the less-disastrous moments here at Bonnywood. Speak your mind and run with the wind.


Wide-Eyed Oklahoma Boy


Story behind the opening photo: Another snap from Hidden Valley Ranch in Pecos, New Mexico. I like how it’s not clear what you might be looking at, but there sure seems to be a lot of things that might prove interesting, if you just take the time to nurture and feed them…


19 replies »

  1. Not gonna do it, Brian. All have your quirky voice. But here. I like when you teach me something as well as entertain, whether it’s something about your life or the political climate…eeck. I loved learning what it was like to work a sketchy convenience store. Cheers!

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  2. Well, I think your entire Past Imperfect collection should be made into a book. (Or does that entail getting copyright warnings from all those hundred directors and actors??? I’m not really sure about the particulars). And another for all the short trips down the memory lane, perhaps arranged chronologically? I’d love to have a copy of both!


  3. One of my favs is “Sweet and Lowe’s”!! When you can get me to laugh out loud when no one is watching, that’s a barn-burner (and in this context, that’s a good sign)! Cher xo


  4. Gawd. That’s like asking a food-o-holic to choose just one type of chicken from the buffet at Chuck-O-Ramas. So “like” and I’m toddling off into the sunset, satisfied completely with YOUR selection. I do have a wee request though. If you get your collection published somewhere, I’d love to know the details of that if you want to share them. I realize that kind of info is precious and should be guarded well, because a decent publisher (or agent) these days is rare as the proverbial hen’s teeth.


  5. Wait a minute! You write stories? Bwahahahaha! I need to skim over them again. They do tend to make me laugh so hard sometimes that I’m afraid I’ll pee something.
    That’s what several people have told me I need to do…but I doubt I will. I did, however publish a book. It’s my own story but I haven’t posted anything about it.
    I say…go for it. The world needs to read your wonderful humor…none I have ever seen the likes of.
    And…self publishing? The cost is in the editing and the schematics of getting the damn thing to fit into the suggested parameters. If you’re computer smart…it will be a breeze. As for me…I just kept wanting to set something on fire.


  6. I kindof always just like the unassuming nature of your writing. So to point to one thing with flavour I enjoy might be wrong. I think you need to just let it be full of oxygen and real. Don’t overthink it. Don’t open the oven and lose the air. A soufflé will come out right if you let it be right. Bon chance


  7. I love Sunday in the Park with Brian: Therapy Session # 24, 10 Classic Movies Re-engineered for 2017 and the post with the photo of the 1920s woman in the (?) wheatfield (can’t remember the name). The selections you have here are sooo good though. I had a really relaxing lunch break reading a couple of them. Thanks for sharing your wit and charm with all of us. 🙂


  8. Mrs Kim inconvenience store chronicles I particularly enjoyed, but its all about the quirky way of extrapolating a picture or basic starting point and then following it wherever the hell it and you go. On another note… Publishing. The Holy Grail of writers. You’ve got a gift, a cock-eyed way of seeing things. However, every publisher wants a Stephen King cash-register-writer on board. Good luck!


  9. Well, your Past Imperfects are, as a rule, perfect, but if you want my honest opinion, you got a good thing going with Peace in Our Time.
    If you were to take all your growing-up stories, expanded them and maybe added a few.. It’s probably more complicated than what you have in mind, but my hunch is that once you got going, the words would pour out of you. Even if you don’t do it now, give it some thought okay? Pretty please?
    And before you say it, yes, I realize there have been loads of “gay-coming-of-age” stories, and maybe even “gay-coming-of-age-in-Oklahoma” stories. But there hasn’t been YOUR gay-coming-of-age-in-Oklahoma story!

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  10. Ok, I admit it, I have a crap memory, o to ask me what I liked the best out of all you have written – well ……..EVERYTHING (and yes, I did need to shout). I know you want folks to tell you what moves them (laxatives usually do if we really get down to it), but I personally find great enjoyment in reading what moves you, and the way that you tell me about that.
    Cop out – probably, but you could write a grocery list and I would read it.
    In fact, can you do that? I really want to see what you’d make of it – please, pretty please, with marshmallows on top.


  11. What I want to know is when is the cat going to get a short story collection together? I find him funnier than anything you ever write Brian and that’s saying something! Maybe you could collaborate with the cat? Or perhaps you could pinch a few of his stories? Anyways I can only remember the cat – I was laughing too hard to remember anything else because I was having to race for the loo because of the laughing and the peeing. Looking forward to whatever you and the cat throw together.


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