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Smoking with Jade Walker

(Read the Story) December 15, 2003

Jade Walker

Art by Marty D. Ison

So I thought all women thought the brown UPS uniforms made guys look hot. What should they wear instead?

No one looks good in brown. That’s why women never watch westerns. Now, if a guy dresses like a firefighter, we’re good to go.

Last issue, it was a stapled monkey. This time, it’s a dead goldfish. Are you worried about the animal rights people hunting you down?

Nah. The plant people are after me now. You see, they heard about my plans to murder my Christmas tree. Each year, just after Yule, I withhold all food and water until the Douglas Fir dies of starvation. Using a saw with a wicked 12-inch blade, I rip open its bone-hard torso. Then I dump the individual body parts on the curb and wait for the city to become my unwitting accomplice by recycling the tree into mulch.

How do you get over writer’s block?

First I take back the key to my apartment. Then I throw his crappy pages out the window and burn his rejection letters.

Read anything since last issue that just dazzled you?

Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell. Now I know who the real Jack the Ripper was — and you don’t. Ha Ha!

What brought you to Seattle?

I had a sudden craving for grunge rock, depressing weather and those yummy cinnamon donuts they sell at Pike.

Finally, what possessed you to start the Blog of Death?

The spirit of Rudolph Von Weingartner. He felt his online obits left something to be desired and literally ordered me to start The Blog of Death. My Magic 8 Ball agreed. And c’mon, who doesn’t listen to their Magic 8 Ball?

About the Author

Jade Walker is a freelance journalist, the editor of Siren Song Magazine, the writer behind Jaded Writings and The Blog of Death, and the moderator of both the New York City Writers Group and the South Florida Freelancers Group. She is also the former overnight editor/producer of The New York Times on the Web, and the former editor-in-chief of Inscriptions Magazine, which won four awards from Writer’s Digest. To date, she has published several books, including the dark poetry collection Sex, Death and Other… (2002, Metropolis Ink).

About the Artist

A native of Ohio, Marty D. Ison lives with his wife transplanted in the sands of the Gulf of Mexico. He studied fine arts at Saint Petersburg College. In addition to the visual arts, he writes poetry, short stories, and novels. See more of Ison’s work here.

This interview appeared in Issue Two of SmokeLong Quarterly.
SmokeLong Quarterly Issue Two

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