#NaNoWriMo Day Eighteen of a new challenge I have called #AFirstDraft to write a haibun/haiku or other poetic form novel or prose novel over the month. Please join Gayle J. Greenlea, Anjum Wasim Dar and myself in writing first draft of a novel over the next Thirty Days. I will feature your first, or how many more drafts of your novel day by day until the end of November.

DSCF0644 Trigger Warning PEOPLE OF A SENSITIVE NATURE ARE ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING EXTRACTS EXPLORE FAMILY DYSFUNCTION AND ABUSE ISSUES Zero Gravity Excerpt for 18 November, 2021 Two continued Back in Darlinghurst, Banjo lay quiet as death under the bed, intent on the invader. Ryan dislodged himself from the easy chair and moved to the CD player, ejecting David Wilcox in favour of Mt. Warning. He poured another whiskey and lay down on the divan, balancing the glass on his chest. “Sorry, David,” he apologised in his head. “Love the lyrics, man, but they’re a little full-on today.” I got a weakness for strong chemistry… Wilcox’s unique blend of dissonant guitar tunings juxtaposed with vocal revelations of psychological dysfunction was more reality than he could take. Mt. Warning’s Petrified Heart invoked a pleasing, mind-erasing balm. -Gayle J. Greenlea. YOU’RE THE DEAD TO ME Third week – Flourishing – Day One -Paul Brookes Bios And Links-Gayle J. Greenlea is an American-Australian poet and counselor for survivors of sexual and gender-related violence. Her poem, Wonderland”, received the Australian Poetry Prod Award in 2011. She shortlisted and longlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize in 2013, and debuted her first novel, Zero Gravity, at the KGB Literary Bar in Manhattan in 2016. Her work has been published in St. Julian Press, Rebelle Society, A Time to Speak, Headline Poetry and Press, The Wombwell Rainbow, Fevers of the Mind, Kalonopia and The Australian Health Review.

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