Overview

Middle age never hit a punk rocker so hard. I wrote this story after about four years of teaching fiction, some of which was about metaphorical emasculation, so I thought why beat around the bush--pun intended--and why be metaphorical, so I wrote this story about a man who wakes up one day to find IT gone, not cut off, just not there anymore, all of it.

This is one of my favorite stories, not only because the length of time between thinking of it (inspiration) and getting it ...

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Sometimes a Cigar

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Overview

Middle age never hit a punk rocker so hard. I wrote this story after about four years of teaching fiction, some of which was about metaphorical emasculation, so I thought why beat around the bush--pun intended--and why be metaphorical, so I wrote this story about a man who wakes up one day to find IT gone, not cut off, just not there anymore, all of it.

This is one of my favorite stories, not only because the length of time between thinking of it (inspiration) and getting it down on paper and finalizing it was all very short, but also because everything seemed to work out for it--all my ideas. The other stories I was thinking of at the time were James Thurber's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" and "Bel Kaufman's "Sunday in the Park," specifically, and a little bit of John Updike's "A & P" and James Joyce's "Araby."

This story plays more mainstream than literary, regardless of the above thoughts, but other stories of mine that I wrote around the same time period include "Bedroom Sets," "Imagined Conversations with Ex-Girlfriends," "Don't Quit Your Night Job, June," and "I Am Bathroom Tile," all of which are less mainstream and more literary, or maybe I'm wrong, so please let me know what you think.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011213502
  • Publisher: Fred L. Taulbee, Jr
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 99 KB

Meet the Author

4 July 2014 (I swear I'm going to barbecue later)

English teacher, writer, filmmaker.

If you like my work here, please visit me elsewhere.

Book Reviews: http://iftheydonthavebooksdontfuckthem.blogspot.com/
Poetry: http://fredltaulbeejrpoetry.blogspot.com/

PUBLICATION HISTORY
I published two short stories in 1994, including "Six Bullets to Kill" in Innisfree and "The Last Tree" in Child Life Magazine. I recently published "A-Haunting We Will Go" in Bete Noire, available here: https://www.createspace.com/4546097

WORK EXPERIENCE
I have an MA in Literature and MFAs in Creative Writing and Film Production. I worked in the film industry for about two years, and it culminated in directing Gothic Vampires From Hell. Forgive me for it. I directed it in the style of the producer. It is available on Netflix.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    A must have!

    A great find! You will not regret downloading this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    Interesting Concept

    I was browsing through for short eBooks when I came upon this book, I was quite surprised by the imagination of the write Mr. Taulbee Jr., the book is an Interesting Concept about a guy who wakes up one morning missing his Manhood... and how he deals with it, and with the people around him.
    enjoyable read..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    Hilarious

    Admittedly, as a woman I did not expect to understand or enjoy Sometimes A Cigar. While there were a few choice parts about male anatomy I couldn't relate to (thank God) the story kept me laughing, sometimes out loud, from beginning to end. A man in his late thirties has a fight with his 22 year old girlfriend and wakes up the next morning missing a rather important piece of anatomy. From the frantic (and hilarious) search for the missing twig and berries to the Hispanic neighbor, Lucy, who thinks he's an angel, this story is a fast moving and witty gem. Highly recommended.

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