I received an invitation to write a story for new magazine HOUSEFIRE. They had specific instructions about what they wanted:
“Your story should be called “The first time”. Your story should involve romance in some way. The story can be absurd, or surreal, or structurally unconventional. It can not involve violence, or popular monsters (vampires, zombies, et cetera). It can not have anything to do with drugs. It can not have anything to do with food. It should not mention dogs or children. Nothing conventional.”
If you’d like to see what I came up with please read The First Time.
Thanks to Riley Michael Parker for asking me. I’m glad to be part of this and amongst some pretty darn cool writers.