Smoking With Steven Douglas Gullion
I think someone posed a challenge to write a story about a mime. Dogs almost always appear in my stories, so that explains the confluence of dog and mime. Some character must speak in a story, usually; since the mime couldn't or wouldn't speak, that left the dog. The story is in a college setting because having a mime for a college roommate is a universal experience. It's all so simple when you know the rules.
"That mime, he whack," the dog would say. I imagine many readers love or will come to love this saying of the dog. What do you love about this dog and his saying(s)?
I love this dog because he's smart enough to talk, but he's not really very smart. His grammar is abysmal, and he can't remember to be quiet while miming, which is one of the requirements. He's like many of my college roommates that way.
As I've said before, "No one writes a dog story like SDG." What is it about dogs and SDG that make for the perfect match?
I'm not sure why I gravitate to dogs as much as I do, but I always feel more comfortable with a story when the dog appears. When I was a child I was surrounded by dogs; my first short story about dogs ("Stray Dogs") was based on those early memories.
The "you know" and the "you get the picture" add something to this piece, yes? What would you say they add?
A little bit of tone, a little bit of characterization. In a first-person story, I want the reader to hear the narrator's voice, and I think writing in a style that is essentially dialogue (or monologue, to be accurate) makes that happen.
Begin this answer with the words, "I write." Complete the sentence. Then, write as many sentences as you'd like, each one beginning with that "I write...."
I write infrequently. I write to amuse myself. I write longhand sometimes and find it satisfying, like building a piece of furniture. I write about dogs way too often.
Read The Mime's Dog.
|Issue Twenty-Two (October 2, 2008):
Innocence, Briefly by Jenny Arnold «»
Tapioca O's by Natalie DeClerck «»
How Anything Got Done by Paul Elwork «»
Tenderoni by Kathy Fish «»
Breathing Oysters by Stefanie Freele «»
The Mime's Dog by Steven Douglas Gullion «»
Two Minute Silence by Sarah Hilary «»
Crazy Sun by Lauren Huckstadt «»
One Night Out by Ashley Kaufman «»
Asian Girl by W.P. Kinsella «»
Fatback by Jeff Landon «»
Bounty by Tricia Louvar «»
Beautiful by Antonios Maltezos «»
Constructing Birds by Jo Mortimer «»
Private Room by M.E. Parker «»
True Identity by Kevin Sampsell «»
Campfire by Donna D. Vitucci «»
Jenny Arnold «»
Paul Elwork «»
Kathy Fish «»
Stefanie Freele «»
Steven Douglas Gullion «»
Sarah Hilary «»
Ashley Kaufman «»
Jeff Landon «»
Tricia Louvar «»
Antonios Maltezos «»
Jo Mortimer «»
M.E. Parker «»
Kevin Sampsell «»
Donna D. Vitucci «»
Cover Art "November Leaves" by Marty D. Ison «»
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