Modern literary magazine One Story has opened its annual reading period and is now accepting submissions of high-quality literary fiction from outside contributors.
Because the publication receives approx. 100 submissions weekly and the editors choose only one story per monthly issue, competition among writers is very high.
Ash and I will be on the Webcomic Beacon podcast with @FesWorks tomorrow at 10am EST!
Anonymous said: Ash, your writing is so beautiful it makes me cry. You're an absolutely wonderful person and I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your words online.
Thanks so much for sending me this message. I appreciate it more than I can say. It’s not been a very good day for my confidence regarding my words, but seeing this lifted my spirits a bit.
The Masters Review, a publisher of high-quality anthologies and short stories, welcomes new and emerging writers to submit stories for the popular New Voices section of its website.
Each month the website spotlights well-crafted fiction and creative non-fiction stories by talented, undiscovered writers who have yet to be commercially published.
Anonymous said: Hi Ash! I have a weird (and slightly awkward) question, because I don't have anyone else to turn to. In late, late June I started having a kind of redness on the right side of my chest (on the underside of my breast), and I went to the doctor, got tests done, and it eventually cleared up. But now, on the same side, I'm having some very faint discoloration. Do you think I should go see a doctor if I'm not... horribly worried or discomforted by it? ;m;
Definitely go to the doctor about it even if it doesn’t seem to be hurting or bugging you. When it comes to your breasts, you really can’t be too careful.
Anonymous said: All this talk of asl has got me curious and feel free not to answer this because I can see where someone could be offended. Do you usually communicate though sign or actual talking? Do you and Elena sign together and which do you prefer? Is there a reason you don't/do sign more? I am not HOH but I enjoy signing rather than talking because I feel like I'm having my own secret conversations since most can't sign where I am.
99% of the time I use verbal speech. =) Elena doesn’t know much ASL — she’s good at the alphabet, colors, and has a keen grasp of other key concepts, such as the sign for “boobies” — and therefore we don’t often sign to each other. When signing happens, it’s usually me signing at her. She’s better at recognizing signs than she is at doing them herself, and it’s great to see her pick stuff up. She’s quick to learn!
Signing with Elena is fun, but to be perfectly honest I don’t like signing all that much in public because it tends to draw attention I don’t want. I don’t have a good relationship with the local Deaf community. While I’m sure some members of it are sweet as apple pie, the ones I’ve encountered so far have been downright unpleasant. I’ve been told by some that I’m “not deaf enough” to use ASL. I don’t agree with that at all, of course, but I don’t like getting harassed, so I usually keep my talking hands still and silent unless it’s absolutely necessary to have them speak.
One of the Arabic professors just came into my office and sighed, “Ash, I am having a cold and farting fiercely.”
I stared at her in horror.
She blinked, frowned, and then said, “AH! Gargling! I am meaning GARGLING fiercely!”
- Elena: Zeke, I have a serious question for you. Do you prefer auto-analingus or auto-fellatio?
miminakamura said: Hello Ash! This question is a bit out of left field but I'm suddenly curious... do you have a "favorite" ASL sign? A few months ago I started learning Japanese Sign Language and some signs strike me as more memorable or enjoyable than others, either due to how they feel/look when I do them, or because their meaning is very interesting to me. I'd love to know if you have certain signs that are more special/fun to you.
Whoa, Japanese Sign Language! That’s awesome! Is it very difficult? Are you taking a class?
This is selfish to say, but my favorite ASL sign is my name sign. =) It’s match-pow, the signs for striking a match + explosion: the knuckle of the index finger drawn up the palm of the opposing hand (match), then both hands flared (pow!). Match + pow = me, the only and only ASH!
But no, hmm, some of my other favorites… okay, yeah, here we go. The signs for see and again. A long time ago when Elena and I were still just online friends, I was very, very sick and I was in the hospital a lot. Days and days. Nights. (Weeks.) My prognosis wasn’t very good and there wasn’t much to look forward to (I wasn’t sure there would be a forward at all) except the little green icon lighting up next to Elena’s name on Skype.
I can’t tell you how much that green icon meant to me, those days and nights and weeks, weeks, weeks: someone who would sing Poor Unfortunate Souls to me, someone who would share her desktop with me and let me watch her draw — someone who kept the connection on and the call going as I drifted to sleep or went through treatment or gnashed my teeth around a breathing tube. I looked for the green icon like a drowning person will look for a hand stretching out: I always wanted to see it again, see her again, and in my head the people I love are all associated with signs and those are hers, they were and always will be. See again. I always — always always always — want to see her again.