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Description: Sneak peek of the July issue - Midsummer Dreams

A Midsummer s Dream Uncrumpled For Your Reading Pleasure July 2015 www.pilcrowdagger.com Pilcrow & Dagger July 2015 volume 1 No. 5 Editor LeeAnn Rhoden Subscription Services Subscriptions orders can be made at www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions or by mail Pilcrow & Dagger PO Box 2261 Evans GA 30809 Include your address with all inquiries allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. Editor A. Marie Silver Graphic Artists Sue Hymel Sarah Smith Advisory Board Christopher L. Silver Mack Rhoden Advertising Information Direct all advertising questions for Pilcrow & Dagger to info pilcrowdagger.com or download the Media Kit www.pilcrowdagger.com about advertising Featured Authors Gary Beck Laura Joy Chaplin J. P. DiBlasi Colin Dodds James Escher John Grey Megan Harper Dakota James Harold Legaspi Chris Negron Kathleen Schmitt Leonard Seet Lynn White Letters & Correspondence Please send all letters correspondence and feedback to info pilcrowdagger.com or Pilcrow & Dagger PO Box 2261 Evans GA 30809 Cover Art Writers Cramp ID 28072421 Gemenacom Dreamstime.com Photographs Fox Si-Long Chen Printed By Claffey Printing Augusta GA Editors Note Ever have that dream where you re falling Or the one where you are naked in public That can actually be a reality for us when we step out of the shower and trip over a small child. And that is also what being a writer is like - being naked in public and falling. This issue is dedicated to all of the writers who have sent us their dreams. We know how hard it is to bare your soul to the world and we also know how devastating rejection can be. Even if we didn t publish your work we want you to know how honored we were to be a part of your dream by reading your submissions. Hopefully your dream is realized and you become the next New York Times bestselling author. Hopefully that awful sound isn t the alarm clock. This issue is about dreams or nightmares. Some dreams are fulfilled (Coveting Thy Neighbor s House) and some nightmares are unavoidable (Phlebotomy) and others are still waiting for their time (Dogged Determination). We hope you enjoy this issue and that all you dreams come true. Well not all of them just the good ones. Pilcrow & Dagger proudly presents your dreams undiagnosed unanalyzed and uncrumpled for your reading pleasure. - A. Marie and LeeAnn Editors Subscribe to Pilcrow & Dagger Choose Print 65.00 Digital 20.00 (Add 3.00 for shipping inside the US and 10 for shipping outside US) Name _____________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________ City __________________________State _________Zip____________ Email _____________________________________________________ Mail to Pilcrow & Dagger PO Box 2261 Evans GA 30809 You can also go online to subscribe www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions Table of Contents Short Stories Fiction Dogged Determination By Gary Beck Page.............................................................. Phlebotomy By Chris Negron Page............................................................ Black-Naped Oriole in Hokkaido Snow By Leonard Seet Page............................................................ The Bridge of Contemplation By Harold Legaspi Page............................................................ L trange Nocturne By Dakota James Page............................................................ Flash Fiction A Dream of the Midsummer She Will Never See By Laura Joy Chaplin Page............................................................. Short Stories Non-Fiction Mr. Hanad By Kathleen Schmitt Page............................................................ Table of Contents Poetry Kiss and Tell By James Escher Page.............................................................. In My Dream By John Grey Page.............................................................. Am I Dreaming By Lynn White Page.............................................................. Mountains in the Sea By Colin Dodds Page............................................................. Where is the Real World By Lynn White Page............................................................. Perchance a Dream By Lynn White Page............................................................. Dream Glactica By J. P. DiBlasi Page............................................................. Essay Coveting Thy Neighbor s House By Megan Harper Page............................................................... Miscellany Miscellany (mis-uh-ley-nee) n. 1. a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items. 2. a miscellaneous collection of literary compositions or pieces by several authors dealing with various topics assembled in a volume or book. Miscellany is a new feature we ve added to our magazine. It offers a miscellany of tidbits and whatnot that you ll find interesting. Don t miss out Looking for Something to Do We ve gathered the most up-to-date information for upcoming Literary Festivals and Writers Conferences throughout the months of June and July in the U.S. Canada Australia New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Get yourself a single issue to check it out or better yet a subscription so you ll know what s happening for the rest of the year. Now go plan that working vacation Issue Release Dates January 15 2015 Premier Issue March 1 2015 April 15 2015 May 30 2015 July 14 2015 August 28 2015 October 12 2015 November 26 2015 Be sure to get every issue Subscribe today at www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions How Many Have You Missed Already Dogged Determination By Gary Beck Classes were starting next week at Gotham U. My drama department chairman who I had nicknamed Ernest the emoter for his florid lectures about my cynical attitude had recently become supportive enough so I was no longer referring to him as the emoter. Of course I never said it to his face. I was going to miss the amusing nickname but he was helping me so noblesse oblig . He gave me a wonderful teaching schedule including two courses that I salivated for ancient Greek drama and Restoration comedy. I knew my best students from last semester s Hamlet class that culminated in a student performance enthusiastically appreciated by an invited audience would take these courses. I thought of the skimpy clothing that would amply reveal the tantalizing flesh of some of the nymphs and rehearsed my mantra Don t look. Don t look. Gary Beck s story Dogged Determination is an hysterical narrative on the trials and tribulations of passion love and sex between a man his girlfriend and his dog. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Phlebotomy By Chris Negron It took three months for the huge RV with the bold red cross to roll into the parking lot of my condo complex. It pulled to a stop outside my building vampires in medical scrubs filing out setting up card tables with cartons of juice in front of stanchions connected by retractable belts. The results of my last blood test had been laid out on the table in my foyer for weeks. My condition wasn t on the exemptions list when I checked their app (yes the vampires had a free app for iPhone only they were still working on Android that listed their schedule and rules and terms and even provided a little mini-history) but lots of other diseases were excluded. AIDs of course. They wanted no part of it. Malaria. Ebola. A long list of others. Chris weaves a tale of a nightmarish post-apocalyptic world after an uncommon revolution and resolution. Dark and funny. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Mr. Hanad By Kathleen Schmitt About a week before I was scheduled to leave for California a roommate s father arrived from Afghanistan to stay with us during a business trip. His visit had something to do with his car parts business that supported himself and his three or four wives and a household of some fifty-two people. He was sitting so quietly in the living room when I arrived home from work that I didn t notice him until Country Boy trotted up and pointed him out to me as if presenting his long-expected friend. I crossed the room behind my Pawed Protector with my hand extended in welcome. Mr. Hanad uncrossed his legs and stood up...and up...and up. It would be more accurate to say he unfolded himself to rise from what looked like a kid s chair when he sat it in. Mr. Hanad is a chapter from Kathleen Schmitt s yet-to-bepublished memoir of her cross-country trip on horseback. Each episode is a gem To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Coveting Thy Neighbor s House By Megan Harper But it always remained nagging at me just a little especially in times when I was feeling down. Over the years I d conjured up many more dreams for myself that had never come to fruition to become an Olympic snowboarder to beat my sister s score on the SATs to start a world-famous rock band... I traced all these failures back to my first broken dream of owning a tent. I imagined it to be like a path of dominos you had to knock the first one down to get the others to fall as well. How could I ever expect any of my future aspirations to materialize if I couldn t even successfully make such a little thing like having a fifteen dollar bed tent come true I decided I had two options. I could buy the tent and most likely lose the respect of my friends. Or I could give up on my hopes and dreams. I chose the latter. When you re a teen fitting in with your peers is perhaps the most important goal to work towards. Megan s essay is a wonderful reminder of childhood dreams and how they can haunt us into adulthood. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Submissions We Accept Fiction Non-fiction Creative Non-fiction Mainstream Horror Humor Fantasy Science Fiction Young Adult Themes Pilcrow & Dagger is a thematic literary magazine. Be sure to check the theme before making a submission for publication. July Mid-summer Dreams August September 1st Experience Stories October Halloween and Horror Stories November December Holiday Stories www.pilcrowdagger.com themes We Don t Accept Stream-of-Consciousness Fan Fiction Erotica Children s Literature Anything overly religious or political www.pilcrowdagger.com submissions Be sure to check the guideline specifics for proper formatting and delivery. We accept submissions from around the globe. If your submission is selected for publication you will be notified 2-4 weeks prior to publication. We do not notify you if your piece was not selected. We accept simultaneous and multiple submissions and if published we hold nonexclusive rights to your work. Be sure to check out the upcoming issues for special author interviews Who will be next Hmmm... Don t miss out. Get your subscription today. Although we are thematic we are open to and accept ALL submissions. Black-Naped Oriole in Hokkaido Snow By Leonard Seet He tried to climb on top of a roof but a car smashed it into several pieces. When a rowboat passed by he reached for it. But just as he grabbed onto the stern a wave tossed him over the boat and he lost his grip on Shiori. The current swept her away. He called her name and tried to swim toward her but a section of a house blocked his path. Though he knew he couldn t reach Shiori he continued to swim in her direction until a door knocked him out. In each issue of Pilcrow & Dagger one story is chosen to be read as a podcast. In this issue we chose Black-Naped Oriole in Haikkado Snow by Leonard Seet. This story shows the struggle of survival against external forces and internal forces and just how great our will is. Be sure to take a few minutes to listen and enjoy. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. To listen go to www.pilcrowdagger.com podcasts. A Dream of the Midsummer She Will Never See By Laura Joy Chaplin She clenches the thin book in her shivering hands as the world begins to shift. Shakespeare. The others had laughed at her when she pulled it out to read. A Midsummer Night s Dream. Slowly the floor moves and the bangs that rattle up from deep below echo through her. Far from the sea deep in the woods. Her classmates hold their phones. A king intends to marry a great warrior queen. Some are calling parents others recording messages how she wishes her mother hadn t taken hers. The wedding is to be so great even the fairies will be watching. Laura s flash fiction piece is a tantalizing nightmare of tragedy juxtaposed against classic comedy. Absolutely haunting. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. L trange Nocturne By Dakota James Dolly bundled up in an apple-green sweater a canary-yellow scarf snow-white mittens milk-white earmuffs and butterfly-blue sweatpants. She didn t want to be conspicuous so she chose the snow-white mittens instead of the cherry-blossom-pink mittens. She could take the fire escape or the front door. The front door was creaky and clunky. Every tenant could hear it when anyone left their apartment and there were a lot of nosy tenants. The only way to get to the fire escape was through her parent s bedroom so she chose the front door. It creaked when she turned the knob and clunked against the floorboards. She lifted the door by the knob as much as she could so that it wouldn t clunk against the floorboards but it clunked nonetheless. Dakota s story is a fantastic tale of sisterly love danger and inner-city life. Truly a must read thoroughly enjoyable. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. The Bridge of Contemplation By Harold Legaspi Having lived in close confines of other pupils we got to know each other s antics well. Life as an artist living on the edge was revered which often meant associating with people of compromised values in the nocturnal world of pleasure-seekers and idlers. Our favourite haunt was the Ox s Tongue which served patrons till the sleepy hours of dawn. The teahouse smelled like a brewery and was split leveled the top reserved for those with esteem in the social hierarchy. Bamboo and rattan tables & chairs were squeezed in close proximity to each other allowing patrons to exchange in banter with ease. It housed ten Red Major s as they were referred to whom were silky-skinned winking-taillights red-lipsticked beauties of the orient. Guests were served beer and chrysanthemum tea in exchange for their patronage hard loot and some would say dignity. I always feel with nostalgia now the heights of decadence of my days at the Ox s Tongue and the academy. Late nights dancing on tables with the Red Major s have imprinted vivid images which constituted the backdrop of some of my earlier pieces. Classic portrayals of women on the verge of ecstasy portraits of dolled-up red ladies nestled among a sea of men and couples in lust disguised as love became iconoclastic paintings of my youth. Harold paints a wonderful portrait of an artist revisiting the place of his youth the place of his training where as a student his talent was molded and shaped and criticized. Charming nostalgic and the fulfillment of a life s dream. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. So Much More Don t miss out on the poetry A number of works guaranteed to entertain James Escher John Grey Lynn White Colin Dodds J. P. DiBlasi And in this issue - Featured Photographer Fox Si-Long Chen Blue Heron Shy Flower To see more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Author Information Gary Beck Website http www.garybeck.com Facebook www.facebook.com AuthorGaryBeck Colin Dodds Books on Amazon Another Broken Wizard WINDFALL The Last Bad Job Website http www.thecolindodds.com James Escher Website http poetjamesescher.com Twitter poetjamesescher Megan Harper Website http www.meganisawriter.com Harold Legaspi Twitter hakuchen Chris Negron Website http www.chrisnegron.com Twitter cnegronwrite Blog www.chrisnegron.com blog Leonard Seet Book on Amazon Meditation on Space-Time Goodreads Author Page Blog www.leonardseet.blogspot.com This information can also be found on http www.PilcrowDagger.com Listen to the Podcast www.pilcrowdagger.com podcasts Produced by Christopher L. Silver If you want to see more from this Sneak Peek Order a subscription Print or Digital http www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions You can also order single issues In Print or Digital http www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions