21 Dodge Ball Salute

21 Dodge Ball Salute

21 Dodge Ball Salute

Everyone waved goodbye as the gym teacher ran off, struck and tumbling, in a twenty-one dodge ball salute.
~Cleansing, MEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE

The Elimination of Middlemen

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The Bird Foley Vortex

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©Robert Emmett McWhorter

This is a piece that sat unfinished for a long, long time. The pencil sketch, and pen and ink were completed in 2010, I believe, and some smatterings of color were added a little at a time. A black and white version of this work appears in Meowing on the Answering Machine.
It was such a chore to get the first parts of this done, I was still under some sort of curse that made producing any visual artworks a tedious and dreadful undertaking for a good decade or two.
That weight, that dread, has lifted, but I can’t say why or where it went. But, I’m glad it left. Most of the coloring for this piece over the last three or four days.

 

The Born Bass Player

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Subroutine

SUBROUTINE

SUBROUTINE

Challenged by the inexplicably small tip left for her, the waitress turned into a seven-headed fire-breathing serpent and torched the party of cheapskates to a blackened crisp.
~Subroutine, MEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE

CAFELALIA

Cafelalia

CAFELALIA

CAFELALIA

I turn to look for available seating and see that most of the people waiting in line are chanting in the odd cafelalia; some with tongues jutting from their mouths, some looking heavenward with eyes rolled into their heads. The entire shop is filled with a dull cacophony of nonsense. A few scattered patrons seem to roam around the perimeter of the tables in a trance.
~Coffee, MEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE

The Haunted Awful Lake

The sky was a still, dense gray, and it always seemed too quiet out there. Nothing lived in those waters. Well, almost nothing. It was a continuous struggle to pull the boat through the thick brack, but the closer we got to the little island in the middle, the more anxious we grew to get out of that boat, that haunted, awful lake.
~My Bodyguard, My Love – MEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE

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MEOWING: The New Guise

On the other side of town, at the end of the one-way cul-de-sac, the one with no legal way in, there was a party, in the house at the funny angle on the hill.

~The New Guise – MEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE

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In the Bowels of the Bookstore

I snapped apart the chain and rolled the stone away. Behind it was the mouth of an earthen tunnel. An opaque darkness hid any further information. Fortunately I was at the crumbling end of the Romance section. I easily found a book to light for a torch.

~The Comma Sutra, MEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE

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©M²XIV/REM

 

A Stolen Pause

‘At night I might climb up the sign above the bowling alley or the bars announcing birthday specials and the drink of the day and when to show up for karaoke. I stuffed their transparent tiles into my coat pocket.’ ~MEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE, ‘The Comma Sutra’

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Meowing On The Answering Machine

1meowthumbMEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE
A Collection of Short Fiction and Prose by Robert Emmett
(2014,  164 pages, Paperback & Ebook )


Robert Emmett creates odd but familiar worlds and fills them with a bizarre cast of characters attempting the impossible. His stories come from the fringes of reality, sometimes evoking a dreamlike feeling, other times a sharply focused reflection of the world around us– hilarious and spooky, absurd and authentic.
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