ERIC BOYD

six worders & short stories.

Anonymous asked: 6 word poem on how the only way I can get over my ex is thinking about you?

The silliest things get us through.

nowhereknight asked: My aunt recently passed away from complications of myotonic dystrophy. It was frustrating taking care of her from time to time, but I still loved her. Now that she's gone, I miss taking care of her. Think you could come up with a six-worder for me?

These spastic heartaches. Those bittersweet memories.

No ghost stays dead for long.

—SIX WORDS (10/20/14)

Shut up, buckle down, press on.

—SIX WORDS (10/19/14)

Different cloth from the same peddler.

—SIX WORDS (10/18/14)

From the “Prison Noir” reading with Joyce Carol Oates and Mitchell S. Jackson; Tim Small and Johnny Temple are also in a few.

So I was checking my mail and saw that PEN American Center sent their usual “Weekend Reads” email—which I recommend because there’s always good work to be read—and on this one I saw one of my old stories was up!

"Examination" was a piece for which I won the PEN Prison Writing Award (second place, fiction), and it really set me off on a good journey which is far from being over. Without getting this story out there, I wouldn’t have gotten to do a reading at the Strand bookstore in New York, which led to being approached to attend school, which has led to meeting various writers and publishers, and so on and so forth and etc etc.

So seeing this now 2-years old story is pretty cool. Even if, technically, I’m not nuts about the piece. It meant a lot at a certain time and still holds resonance now.


http://www.pen.org/fiction-short-story/examination

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY: Break Expectations.

—SIX WORDS (10/17/14)

Polaroids from last night’s “Prison Noir" reading with Mitchell S. Jackson and Joyce Carol Oates.

(Source: ericboydblog)

mitchellsjackson:

Three the Hard Way for @akashicbooks Prison Noir Anthology series. #joycecaroloates #ericboyd (birthday boy) (at Le pouisson rouge/ The Village Gate)

Man I’m an asshole. I promise the polaroids will be more “professional”.

mitchellsjackson:

Three the Hard Way for @akashicbooks Prison Noir Anthology series. #joycecaroloates #ericboyd (birthday boy) (at Le pouisson rouge/ The Village Gate)

Man I’m an asshole. I promise the polaroids will be more “professional”.

Every day I’m born more, more.

—SIX WORDS (10/16/14)

Reading my story from “Prison Noir” at le Poisson Rouge in NYC.photo by Fraylie Nord

Reading my story from “Prison Noir” at le Poisson Rouge in NYC.
photo by Fraylie Nord

Tonight’s reading with Joyce Carol Oates and Mitchell Jackson went well. Mitch was a great, funny guy who I hope to hang with in the future; Joyce was incredibly warm and easy to talk to. She gushed about my story so much that, at one point, I began fanning myself with my hat—half-humored, sure, but with a full blush accompanying—which took some pressure off.

Overall a very good night. I signed many books and drank many free drinks. I will be posting polaroids ASAP, and I’m sure other people got some pictures too!

akashicbooks:

Tonight! Join us at the Gallery at lprnyc (158 Bleecker Street) for the Prison Noir launch event presented by Akashic Books and PEN American Center, featuring Prison Noir editor Joyce Carol Oates, contributor ericboydblog, Mitchell S. Jackon (author of The Residue Years), and more!
Doors at 5:30pm, event begins promptly at 6:30pm. Free! Join us!

NEW YORK: Who’s gonna be here tonight? It’s my birthday, so I think there are actual laws which say you MUST attend this event. Be there.

akashicbooks:

Tonight! Join us at the Gallery at lprnyc (158 Bleecker Street) for the Prison Noir launch event presented by Akashic Books and PEN American Center, featuring Prison Noir editor Joyce Carol Oates, contributor ericboydblog, Mitchell S. Jackon (author of The Residue Years), and more!

Doors at 5:30pm, event begins promptly at 6:30pm. Free! Join us!

NEW YORK: Who’s gonna be here tonight? It’s my birthday, so I think there are actual laws which say you MUST attend this event. Be there.

Thanks Francis Coppola! But wine can’t be shipped to Pennsylvania!

Thanks Francis Coppola! But wine can’t be shipped to Pennsylvania!