Boys will be Boys


Challenging the oft-(mis)used adage.

My flash fiction, “Boys will be Boys,” is in Map Literary’s launch issue. Read it here.

(Oh, and guess what? I am featured alongside Diane Glancy. I read her novel, Pushing the Bear (1996), for one of my third year English undergraduate classes. Stunned into silence is what I am.)

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9 responses to “Boys will be Boys

  1. Nice (eh-what-do-I-call-it) piece. Tough I am very annoyed by why all of it is in lower case!?

    This is officially the first “flash fiction” that I have read. Good work :-)

    • That was a conscious decision. If you read all of my published flash fiction pieces, you will notice that they are written in lower case. I write using transgressive characters who cannot be bound within the confines of society, just like they cannot be bound within “propah” use of upper and lower case in English.

      And, thanks!

      • Disclaimer: I do not mean to enter into an online argument or the like. And I totally do not mean to be rude. How could I? I am perpetually in awe of all creative people :-)

        Now, you should really consider keeping the characters (as in people) in your writing transgressive, if that is what you intend do. Big plus one for that. But extending that same principle to characters (as in alphabet) in your writing is downright stupid!! I mean, I do not know English or Grammar or “propah” usage for nuts (hell I even had to look that up – http://www.wordnik.com/words/propah), but I guess using the proper case when writing makes the text readable. And not doing so makes reading a strain. Really a strain. And your mind is half working to figure out where the sentences end and start, rather than being transported to the world the author is depicting/created/describing. What transgressive stuff would you like to do next!? Stop separating words. Remove all divides between them.

        Try reading your comment above, and then the text below –
        >>>
        thatwasaconsciousdecision.ifyoureadallofmypublishedflashfictionpieces,youwillnoticethattheyarewritteninlowercase.iwriteusingtransgressivecharacterswhocannotbeboundwithintheconfinesofsociety,justliketheycannotbeboundwithin“propah”useofupperandlowercaseinenglish.

        and,thanks!
        <<<

        Guess you get my point. Please consider making reading effortless for your readers. And not a strain.

        #GenuinelySharingMyExperienceOfReadingYourPiece

    • That’s ok. I didn’t really expect you to understand.

      As you have confessed, this is “officially the first” flash fiction that you have read. So, I assume you don’t read what’s out there (I mean, in literary mags). My use of lower case is not a new technique. In my case, I am choosing to make a statement with it. Of course, I can’t please everyone. If I tried, I would have to give up writing.

      P.S. I guess it was stupid enough to be published alongside Diane Glancy’s work, eh?

      • Like I had promised. I will not get into a debate on this.

        Yes, making a statement here is more a part of what you are writing than readability would be. See. You could expect me to understand that :-)

        I would anyway write up a regular expression that will fix the case in your posts before I read them ;-)

    • Err, I believe you need to look up some modernist writers. I wonder what you would have to say about the “readability” of their material.

      And hah. Go ahead and destroy my work. :P

      • I do not read much. Not even the tiny amount that I would like to. But I am very selective about whatever little I do. Feel free to share links to works of modernist writers that you think I would find worthwhile.

        Your blog? I guess I had stumbled upon on twitter > liked the post > and subscribed.

        Nah. No plans to destroy your. I would just consume it after passing it through a text filter. I wouldn’t need no statement making right? I already know about that. So I guess there is no losing the message for me either. Or I could just lie that I read the text is the original all lower case format. :-)

        Unrelated PS: The comment timestamps are screwed up :-/

    • Selective about what you read, and yet you put yourself through the strain of reading my story? Flattery will get you everywhere.

      I would say Gertrude Stein, except she can be tough to stomach. She was for me, and I read A LOT. Then there’s Faulkner and Hemingway, but they are classics. Oh, and don’t even attempt T.S. Eliot’s Wasteland. The first time I read it, it came across as gibberish. There are a few others I like, but I forget their names..

      As for the time stamps, they are set on Toronto time. Nothing is screwed up; your vantage point, on the other hand, is a little skewed.

      • Thanks for your recommendations. I have duly added them to my TODOs and shall get to them in a couple of decades I am sure.

        Selective is what I am about the books that I buy/borrow/read. It mostly happens naturally, with me picking up something only after very strong recommendations from friends who never fail to delight me with things they have to share. But subscribing to good work on the internet is something that happens more frequently.

        And I never flatter. I just dont hold my praises back. Like that hair of yours is awesome. And those loops in your ears – Ahh. And the color scheme of your blog and the icon set – oh they just make me speechless.

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