Rites of Spring

A list of things to do this spring. A fantastic foray into the next couple of months. This is not a continuous story but rather a sequence of flash fiction chapters. Created using a shorter, earlier version published in the online magazine "> kill author" and a recent springtime entry on my blog marcusspeh.com — I'm working on a German translation of the original "Rites of Spring" to be published here, too. This story will only be online for a while as a teaser for the publication of my collection of short stories by MadHat Press | http://bit.ly/Hs6npD

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16. Words

This spring I will, for the first time, write every sin­gle word as if it were the first word ever writ­ten. If a word feels used in any way, I will wag my fin­ger and force it back into my mal­leable mind like a spaghetti strand hang­ing out of the side of my half-open mouth.  Like a bro­ken string it must be removed from the instru­ment of my art, which is both airy and rocky, both watery and shiny as metal. It may be that, when spring is over and sum­mer beck­ons, I will be down to three usable words, or down to two, or even one, and I am look­ing for­ward to find­ing out what word that is.

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