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It’s only January but things have already been real busy.

A lot of new writing and lots of different projects in development. We are making travel plans for later in the year.   Book Ex Machina is getting a site revamp.

But here’s a little sneak preview of a tasty literary treat we call Matchbook Stories.

Each matchbook is a  tiny story in prose or poetry form. They are stories about meetings fleeting and temporary, about moments and places, invoking the feeling of real matchbooks. A few words that can be carried in a pocket and shared with a friend, or perhaps a stranger.

The first four made their debut in a Nicosia Christmas market. But there will be more on the way.

To kick off the project me and Matchbook Stories poetry editor Lee Jing-Jing contributed two each. Mine: Paris, Las Vegas and Cha Cha Chicken. Jing’s: An Old Wives’ Tale and Last Fall.

In due time we will post ways to buy and submission guidelines. But in the meantime, this is a sneak preview.

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I got this idea stuck in my head after being in Santorini for about two seconds earlier this month. That over the years I have lived or stayed in a lot of places with great views. And maybe I had pictures of those views somewhere?

(I did. Mostly on film. These are a lot of them. Also the first shot of the last post.)

My friend Alex used to say, it doesn’t matter how your place looks really, only where your door opens out to.

He also used to say:  “Sleep is so good. It’s the best. You can’t buy that shit.” But that wisdom is for a different post.

I wish you all (and Alex) all the great views in the world.

xoxo

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