The following #Bite Twitter Tales prepared by category editors, Jeffrey F. Barken, and Patrick Milian, demonstrate the correct formatting for submitting responses to the weekly prompts. They are not meant to set the bar or establish evaluating criteria. You can write anything you like so long as it pertains to the given prompt and meets the formatting requirements.
#Bite @JeffreyFBarken Neither here nor there; Bland sizz-less flavor prone to spills. Tomato juice & herbs = another non-reactive morning.
#Bite @prmilian What a thump we had thunk, all for four on the floor, but now in a lump we dunk—hip in hand and pelvis out of place.
#Bite @JeffreyFBarken Tick-tock, scratch, thought, pick, prod, dial, busy, click, fidget, surf, Facebook, yawn, thought, tick-tock: crabby.
#Bite @prmilian Damp laundry again. You folded it, damned the mold, anyway. Is how we get it ever how we want it? Are we ever off the fritz?
#Bite @JeffreyFBarken Walking miles; brand new shoes… Say you’re sorry! Skin bubble, pop & ooze: endure the stinging price of calluses.
#Bite @prmilian Thrift store pants, origami pleated and unironically cuffed, swish from interview to interview. Position has been filled.
Jeffrey F. Barken, editor and founder of Monologging.org, is a novelist and a reporter. He is the author of “This Year in Jerusalem,” a collection of fiction stories loosely based on his experiences as a kibbutz volunteer in Israel, 2009-10. In 2013, Jeffrey traveled to Europe and Israel to conduct a promotional book tour for his self-designed and self-published book. He has recently returned to New York City where he is completing work on a new novel, entitled: “All the Lonely Boys in New York.”
Patrick Milian recently received his MFA from the University of Washington where he was a recipient of the Klepser Endowed Fund and the Joan Grayston Poetry Prize. His poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Meridian, Copper Nickel, The Baltimore Review, and several other journals. He currently lives and writes in Seattle.