At times, in the early morning, you would call this a gentle country. The new light softens it, tones flow a little, away from the stark forms. It is at dawn that the sons of Tourmaline feel for their heritage. Grey of dead wood, grey-green of leaves, set off a soil bright and tender, the tint of blood in water. Those are the colours of Tourmaline. There is a fourth, to the far west, the deep blue of hills barely climbing the horizon. But that is the colour of distance, and no part of Tourmaline, belonging more to the sky.
It is not the same country at five in the afternoon. That is the hardest time, when all the heat of the day rises, and every pebble glares, wounding the eyes, shortening the breath; the time when the practice of living is hardest to defend, and nothing seems easier than to cease, to become a stone, hot and still. At five in the afternoon there is one colour only, and that is brick-red, burning. After sunset, the blue dusk, and later the stars. The sky is the garden of Tourmaline.
This piece is from Chapter Ten of my novel (novella?) manuscript, but I adapted in a way that I hope works well on its own. It seemed like a good fit for Peril Magazine’s “We’re Queer Here” series and thankfully they agreed!
Head over to Peril Magazine to check it out and browse the rest of the series while you’re there.
Let’s rattle this ghost town! A flash fiction piece in which I compare the Brisbane River to “slug guts”. I’m thrilled to have it featured in Verity La.
“Billy passed back the joint, his mouth hot and dry, his brain expanding but feeling too many things at once, wanting more and more and more, but with a queasy sense that this might not go well at all, except—you never know—maybe it would.”
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If you find yourself on Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, you can go and take a look at my story Toast Soliders and Boiled Eggs, originally published by Seizure online. The Australian Council and Seizure have teamed up to pair flash fiction with illustrations by local artists in a stunning window display.
For more information, see the Australia Council website: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/arts-in-daily-life/artist-stories/art-makes-a-flash-at-australia-council/.
I’m thrilled to have my story up there alongside amazing work by Fiona Wright, David Henley and Sam Karpiniec, with artwork by Yiscah Symonds, Luke Marcatili, Max Prentis and Sam Paine.
I’ve had a flash fiction piece published online by The Suburban Review as part of their Queery series. Editor TJ Robinson wrote:
Sometimes you have the pleasure of knowing you’re going to publish a piece of writing as soon as you read the first line. Daniel Young is first up on The Corner this month, with his QUEERY piece, “The Next One.” Slight trigger warning for the mix of violence and intimacy.
Check it out over at The Suburban Review website.