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Yup.  Still here.  

I've been plugging away at "Instant Gratification" in between my current temp job and spending time with friends I haven't regularly seen for months.  This is set to change--I'm gunning to finish this one before August hits, though given my current word-counts and the fatigue of my job, this is looking less likely with every train-ride home.  

Two of my stories are currently slated for posting on Story Shack Magazine's webpage--the first one, "Prerogatives", is already up.  Check it (and the fine work of illustrator Daniele Murtas) out here  A few other stories are simmering--some nicely, others not--on the back-burner at the moment.  Wanted to take a few thousand words to poke the ridiculousness of sound bites in general and Ontario televised election campaigns in specific--look for "Talking Points" to appear somewhere on here in the next few days.  Or weeks.  

Or whenever I finish this monolith of a section.  Novel chapters really drag when you let them, and this one is an almost-continuous series of journalistic FUBAR's on the part of the reporter and SNAFUS on the part of the setting in general.  Sounds interesting in a notebook, but 8,000 words plus is making an IED explosion and slow bleed-out of a character I've come to find compelling and empathetic a dull, slow affair.  You'll see what I mean when I finish this thing.  

Hope to fill up the green gallery to your left at a faster rate than present as the summer progresses.  In the works are the eventual editing and polishing of "Pit Stop", the planning of "Sirens", and, if time or inspiration permits, the outline for a graphic novel I'd be interested in working on with several other like-minded artists/writers.  More on that later.

Not writing for almost eight months is getting to me.  As the Lawrence Arms song goes, "The words don't come to me so easily/Don't believe what you hear/'Till you've heard it from me."  As of this evening, there will be radio silence.  Time to finish this chapter.  And the other shadows lurking under the bed.  
  • Listening to: "Black Paper Planes"--Long Distance Calling
  • Reading: "The Best of All Possible Worlds"--Karen Lord
  • Watching: Snatch
  • Drinking: Coffee


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Ben Dodge
Artist | Literature
While not otherwise occupied, I splurge prose onto a page and worry afterwards about things like coherence or meaning. In short, I'm a writer and journalist hoping to make it as a professional novelist, screenwriter, graphic novel writer, or investigative reporter. If that means starving, so be it.

I've been published four times at The Story Shack (online flash-fiction website).

THINGS I ATTEMPT: Writing, music, occasional filming, devil's advocacy

GENRES I ATTEMPT: Sci-fi (trans-humanism, cyberpunk, military), low fantasy, contemporary fiction (punk especially), historical fiction, or anything rattling around in my skull or in my notebook.

THINGS I IDENTIFY WITH: Humanism, anti-capitalism, direct democracy, socialism, human rights/social justice. Add a pinch of punk, freelove, and free-thought.

THINGS I'M NOT A FAN OF: Capitalism, fascism, human rights abuses, hypocrisy, extreme ideologies, polemics, mass media (especially tabloids), empiricism, low pay for the arts, Stephen Harper, American politics, nukes, Starbucks coffee.

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Tales-of-Tao Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Happy birthday!
DodgingTheBeat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   Writer
smurfboy21 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Thank you for the favourite! 
PursuingTheCerberus Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Writer
thank you SO MUCH for the watch!!
DodgingTheBeat Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014   Writer
No problem- I'm not a big poetry guy, but I'll read Bukowski.   And you did him justice.   Will definitely be checking out your gallery in the next few days
PursuingTheCerberus Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Writer
I appreciate that more than you can imagine, especially from a fellow fan of his. 

Bukowski is my biggest influence.  It wasn't until I found him that I knew poetry could be any other way than I remembered it from school. He loosened me up, taught me another way that poetry could be written that wasn't so heavy and constricted.  Since discovering him I've become a poet myself and put out two books.  I became friends his ex-girlfriend Pamela Wood (Cupcakes) infamously called 'Scarlet' in many poems of Love Is A Dog From Hell. She told me I should submit some poems to the Charles Bukowski Anthology and I did.  This poem along with two others got in.  It's very exciting for a fan like me to get recognized honoring him.   

To be 100% honest with you, my gallery on here doesn't represent my poetry in the greatest way.  My poetry books really do.  I hand select certain poems to put up here (almost like a band releasing three singles from an album) but I craft my books to be very cohesive and atmospheric throughout, with quite a lot of autobiographical stuff that people can relate to.  Perhaps I can send a few copies your way at some future point (?) I said all of this because I was not a poetry guy either, a mere eight years ago.  I hated it.  Because you like Bukowski, I think you will really enjoy my books. 

Thanks so much for the interest!
RavensScar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, thanks for the fave. :D
DodgingTheBeat Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Writer
No problem!  Great work!
Chipchinka Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   Writer
Thank you for adding "Burn" to your favorites.  It means a lot.  
glossolalias Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
thank you for the :+devwatch:! i appreciate your interest in my work!
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