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2006: A Year in Shorts

I have 65 short stories from 2006 left to read before I compile my own Years Best list. I wonder if I will get it done by the 31st. I still haven't tracked down all the stories, so possibly not. The 65 is sans Ben Peek's publications cause he keeps saying, "oh have you read this?" and it's never on my list. Bloody Ben Peek.

Anyway, surely by now you know it is too much for me to ask to have a little reading respite at lunch without a vomiting scene. I know it. You know it. Today it was "Obituary Boy" by John Dixon and Adam Browne. A story actually that I originally slushed back when I read for ASIM. Yesterday it was something in Shadowed Realms Issue 9. I am safe nowhere. throughsoftair reckons everyone is going through their bibliography looking for their vomit story. So, if you have one, why don't ya whack it down in the comments here (title and author) and we'll do a quick tally. It has to be gratuitous though - I didn't mind the bit in 26 Lies/1Truth. Yes, yes there is one in there too. In fact .... looking back at least over the last 3 weeks of reading, I'd say I have not escaped, even in my trash reading (but to be fair, that was set in Hollywood which is rife with bulimics so may not quite be gratuitous or lazy).

Here's to better descriptive and emotive writing in 2007!

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ashamel
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Since you ask...
With a file search, I've found a couple of my stories have vomit in them — but most of them are described after the fact, as a reaction to actual illness or genuine physical trauma.

I don't know if that helps or not.
There was more than vomiting though. It was like some bizarre alternating series, first the vomitus, then the piss, then those teeth, spat out at them, and then Jenn showed the others how to make him piss blood.
The Grail

The girl stood there by the fridge, looking ashen and miserable, vomit staining the over-sized league jumper she habitually wore to bed. Even beyond those symptoms, she looked bad. Jaundiced, was the word that immediately came to Jacqueline.
Prismatic

When Peta passed into and through that illumination she looked totally crazed, a harpy with a steak knife, a warrior painted with her own vomitus and the monochrome of the Western Suburbs Magpies made suddenly resplendent.
—Ditto

And so some thirty-five people died, most either charging the guns, or laughing through their own vomit as they tried to get rid of their last meal.
Playing God

If he felt it strange he was being questioned in such a way, he did not show it. She had done this before, and had found foolish words, the begging of mercy and the vomiting of rancid bile into her hand. But nothing like this.
—Novel excerpt
And to think I thought my work day would be uneventful...
girliejones
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: Since you ask...
Never!!

Okay. The Grail one never bothered me, its not gratuitous. Same for the first Prismatic.

All the rest you get to keep - gratuitous!!!!
benpeek
Dec. 28th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
there's vomit in 26lies??
girliejones
Dec. 28th, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
Yes and you know that, you wrote it
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girliejones
Dec. 28th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC)
your pregnant gf and the hello kitty bucket
how soon we forget our lies!!!
benpeek
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:01 am (UTC)
oh, yeah. but the vomit is really off camera. it's not real vomit unless you have a vomiting scene.
girliejones
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
and its not overly gratuitious .. it squeezes in
girliejones
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
of course i have a phobia leading to the ocd so any mention ruins my day
chaosmanor
Dec. 28th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
I've got a vomiting scene as an opening for an erotica story that's out trying to earn a living at the moment. What can I say? It's set in a hospital.

And if you're looking for a really full on puking scene, there's one (it actually lasts for an entire chapter) in Bringo Springs, which starts serialised publication next month.

Bad Case has a post-drink vomit in it too.

Had a look through my folders, and I think that's it, which is a relief.
girliejones
Dec. 28th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
relief? thats heaps!! its making me question whether i can read you at all! Except, that hospital drama I am looking forward to. (Had trouble paying for stuff cause its not paypal)
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