We’re really chuffed here at Zest to have received so many great literary submissions for the second issue. We’ve also had some fantastic artwork and photography but we’d love even more! There’s still time to submit and the theme for this issue, as if you didn’t already know, is EVOLUTION – make of that what you will.
Are you into photography or are you more of a doodler? Perhaps you know someone really creative and you’d like to give them the opportunity to have their work showcased in this fine journal…! If so, give them a nudge, get those pencils sharpened and get that flash bulb working. We’d love to see what you’ve got.
Kate and Amy
When I saw Zest’s call for submissions, I searched through my drafts and stumbled upon The Six-Twenty, a piece I wrote at ShowMeYourLits, which sponsors a weekly, ninety-minute flash challenge. The prompt that inspired the story was a photograph of a swing set in the evening. No children were in the photo. The lighting and emptiness evoked melancholy.
I thought the piece fit Zest’s theme of ‘beginning’ or ‘fresh start,’ at least in a tentative way. I think Abbey is making a new beginning, though the exact nature is as yet unclear.
— G.K. Adams | The Six-Twenty | Issue 1
By and large I would say that the writing process is surprisingly similar to the process of being possessed by a restless spirit urging you to resolve its unfinished business. The connection between you and this entity is tenuous at best — you aren’t sure when the thing will show up, and it can’t seem to tell you everything you need to know – but you understand that you will never be at peace until you’ve satisfied its demands.
Like any good haunting, the need to write will most likely arise at the least convenient possible time. In fact, the best way to come up with new ideas or conjure ghosts is to attempt to sleep at night. Additionally, you will almost always think you need more information before you start writing the story/righting the wrongs of the dearly departed, but it isn’t true. You’ve got to just dive in. The missing pieces won’t fall into place until you do. (Note: burning sage will not aid you in getting out a first draft, but brewing coffee has been proven extremely effective.)
— Lauren Coffin | Sally’s First Kiss | Issue 1