[My Writing Life] I Have a Short Story in The Paperbook Collective’s October Issue

The newest issue ofThe Paperbook Collective came out yesterday. It is a wonderful on-line magazine/hard copy ‘zine out of Australia. My short story Beyond the Boneyard Gate is featured on pages forty-one and forty-two. I hope you can take a few minutes to check it, and the rest of the contents, out. It’s well worth your time, I promise!

FUN FACT: I was moved to write this story after seeing, and being thoroughly disturbed by, one of my blogging friend Jennifer’s photos. Her blog of fabulous photography is here.

18 thoughts on “[My Writing Life] I Have a Short Story in The Paperbook Collective’s October Issue

  1. A very haunting story, maedez. I liked how you put the poppies in the story – the flower of the dead from the World Wars and how they are claustrophobic in their abundance. The statue of the doughboy and the smoke bring all this to horrifying life. I hope the protagonist made it out of there alive.


    • Thank you so much, Judy! It was actually a lot of fun to write. I am glad that you picked up on the symbolism. I’m also glad that you enjoyed the piece. As for whether or not the protagonist makes it out of the backyard alive, well, readers can come to their own conclusions.


    • Thanks! I rarely write about the specifics of my writing life (since this isn’t really an author blog), but I love both this publication and my story. I had to share!


  2. hey, that was great. perfect for this time of year too. My favorite part was definitely the last few paragraphs. there seemed to be an immediacy in the final few images and the language was most stark.

    I was once commissioned fora story based on images. It was a great experience. My only time doing it. Do you have a direct link to the photo that inspired you?


  3. Congrats! This looks like a great publication and, for what it’s worth, I like that they use Issuu which is brilliant software.

    I like the twist on the use of poppies. We are so accustomed to poppies being noble and self-sacrificing, but here they’re almost actively engaged in war.


    • Thanks! It was fun to write, and I quite like this publication. I was largely unfamiliar with the software (and have never used it), but it looks good!

      Thanks for noticing the poppies angle/symbolism. I wanted to play up their malevolence in relation to war, and not their nobleness.


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    • Thank you for your extremely kind words. They put a huge smile on my face. For some reason, this story demanded to be told in the present tense. I’m not sure that I would try this tactic for a longer piece, but I am (mostly) satisfied with how it turned out here.


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