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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!


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.

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.

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...
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: Since you ask...

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

All the rest you get to keep - gratuitous!!!!

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