Issue #3 of Fleas On The Dog is out now!
Issue #3 of Fleas on the Dog is out now and they were nice enough to include my story “I dreamt a little dream of me” (scroll down under Fiction). Please check it out and read some of the other great stuff.
WHY WE LIKE IT: The elusive nature and symbolic language of what goes on inside our heads
when we are asleep is the biggest obstacle the writer faces when trying to recreate the
experience as fiction. Manion succeeds brilliantly through a combination of flesh-toned, as
opposed to purple, prose and neither explains nor tries to make sense of the action. The
emotions at play resonate as they do in waking life and the comfortable, even familiar voice of
the astonished narrator makes this dream within a dream all the more human. Surrealism at its
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Comedian Pete Holmes, when trying to explain sleep to an alien that doesn’t
sleep describes how we shut down for the night but how our brain “plays movies for us”. This
was one of those movies. I try my best to capture not only the urgency I felt throughout it but
the overwhelming sense of “What the fuck?” I can reread it a hundred times and still see some
new meaning or metaphor. There’s just so much to dig through. The perfect recipe for
interesting flash fiction. I include the quotes to make myself appear brighter than I am.