Destination Detour: CoLaboratory 2: “Just Please Don’t Speak it Yet”

This week Shawn and JM made another collaboration video, because they are fun to do.

This poem’s prompt was “pickup the nearest book, go to page 29 and use the first 10 words you see to write a poem”. We each picked 5 from the nearest books. For Shawn, that was a Dylan Thomas collection, for me it was a book of Haiku about Zombies. This made for an interesting set of words.

The poem turned out to be a lesbian love poem. We are both proud of it.

Just Please Don’t Speak It, Yet
JM Romig & Shawn King

The harbor skyline unwrinkles
as the sun shrinks from a bright and brilliant gusher
into a dying glow-worm on the horizon

The city behind us settles in for the night
as the last of the working class zombies
punches her time card for the day.

On the park bench, looking over the river
we unwind, watching the smoke
from your cigarette carry
out towards the water.  

You and I,
and these drugged up
dropped out zombies

of this ghost-town harbor
are all that linger

I run my fingers across your palm,
putting on the voice of a wild gypsy
pretending to divine us a future
far from this place where our pumpkin
will forever be a chariot
our gowns, never again rags in the midnight hour.

You giggle, and cover your mouth,
as if joy is unbecoming of a lady.
I smile as if to say

“Come with me,
Ditch all these antiquated ideas of woman-ness.
Lets take off all our clothes,
and run naked and honest
into the dying sun
to express our forbidden love
in the daylight of some other city
far far away.” 

You let go of my hand,
and stare down at the pavement.
“You know this can’t last forever”
is what your eyes loudly express

“I know…”

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“Writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks.”

So much truth in this short article.

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If you write for an audience — be it millions of strangers or your mom — you inevitably think about how your words appear to others. Very often, this self-consciousness results in overstuffed prose and too-clever storytelling. Here to remind us of the virtue of simplicity in writing is Raymond Carver, a master of narrative and linguistic economy:

“I hate tricks. At the first sign of a trick or gimmick in a piece of fiction, a cheap trick or even an elaborate trick, I tend to look for cover. Tricks are ultimately boring, and I get bored easily, which may go along with my not having much of an attention span. But extremely clever chi-chi writing, or just plain tomfoolery writing, puts me to sleep. Writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks or even necessarily need to be the smartest fellows on the block. At the risk of appearing foolish, a writer…

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Co-Laboratory: The Leaf by Shawn King and JM Romig

Writing is often seen as a lonely solitary art from. But not here in The Destination: Detour CoLaboratory. The CoLab is where we create works in a live, active, conversational way. It’s a different approach to writing that throws out the dusty idea that writers have to be secluded and alone to create.  

This time around we got a bit inspired by this painting by Erie Artist, Kirsten Bole,:the leafand we just got on a roll. The end result was this:

The Leaf

Shawn King and JM Romig

The waitress here looks more like the idea of a waitress.

The drinks,
like the idea of alcohol – of spirits.

The smoke, ephemeral  
leaving behind nothing

but tasteless, odorless, ideas of filling space

with something that used to be,  

potential that could not be.

Emaciated ghosts of ideas, trudge through

the smoke, like the faces of our ancestors

whose feet are blackened from traveling

this rutted, ruined path.

As I wait, the idea of a clock
quietly pushes back the future, my fate

fingered on a steamed window,
The Leaf promises

to end my pedestrian existence.  

Here so many of my grand ideas have come,

and here they have perished.  
Tonight this has

to end. My life

long wasted dreams.

This rusted rouge world, promising me

a space where my aspirations could flourish,

my goals could mate with my dreams.  

But all that has come is waiting.

I fear that waiting is all that will come.

This unfinished novel,
this extended pause

an eternalized moment
this line break

…a slow-burning Leaf


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The music you hear in this video is “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie used under Creative Commons.

Episode 4: “Trains, Chainsaws, and Beards, Oh My!” – Interview with Wess “Mongo” Jolley


Trains, Chainsaws, and Beards, Oh My! All on today’s episode of Destination: Detour.

In this episode, Mongo of Indiefeed fame stops by via Google Hangouts to talk about his role in P4 (The Performance Poetry Preservation Project) and a bit about how the Inidefeed Performance Poetry Channel got started.

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Call For Submissions: “A Boy Leaves Home / A Stranger Comes to Town”

This is a public call for submissions for Destination: Detour.

Prompt: “There are only two stories: A Boy Leaves home / A Stranger Comes To Town”.

Send submissions to with the Subject line reading: “Boy/Stranger Prompt – Author Name”.

In the body of the email include short bio and a link to where people can find you online.

I hope to hear from you guys soon!

– JM Romig

Colaborative Lab Test Run: Scene-By-Scene Poem


We’re starting this new thing in DD, where we use Hoogle Gangouts to live stream the creation process. In these segments, Shawn and I (occasionally assisted by Guests of the show) will live  create and edit poems/flashfiction based on different prompts. These prompts come in various shapes and sizes, from image macros we find on Reddit, to a 30 second clip of a song we heard on the radio. Anything that inspires can become fuel for creation. This is what came out of our unrecorded test session:

Co-Lab 001:

Seen by Scene I
JM Romig and Shawn King

Deafening stillness suffocates
the room.  Pouring emptiness out
from my eyes . Dry-heaving
onto my blank page.
Self-editing the script
nobody will follow. My unwritten, untitled, autobiology
could be mistaken for a blood stain on my living –
room carpet.

Chemicals could be used to strip away the mildew,
that is a thin veneer covering
the frail humanness of this
too still, breathless room.

I want to scream,
to act in a way that will break
the monotonous
but, frameless,
and wordless
I float, in otherness,

Outside of it all –
sits the Other,
unaware of my metaphysical quandary.
Unaware of me, the other side of the veil.
The forgotten spend their energy grasping for the unattainable,
each interminable moment of eternity.


Writing 101: Measuring Your Success

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Before Writing 201 gets underway on Monday, we thought we’d take a look back at 101. You were a prolific bunch, and seeing just how much you accomplished feels great and an is excellent way to get motivated for 201.

*Blogging U. challenges are open to everyone including self-hosted, Tumblr, and Blogger bloggers, who we can’t analyze.

Ready for some numbers? During Writing 101, the 1275 bloggers we’re able to track* got nearly half a million pageviews — 442,717 to be precise — and were responsible for:


This comes from your publishing 66% more posts than you did pre-Writing 101 — 92% of you posted twice as much. Not too shabby, considering that the main goal of Writing 101 was simply to help you develop a regular writing habit, whether you chose to publish your writing or not!

And what about your individual blogs? When we took a look at Writing 101 participants’ blogs in the month…

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Destination Detour Episode 3: Feature – “Moon Animals” by Collin Wadeson

Collin Wadeson responded to our call for Submissions on Reddit and send us with wonderful little gem. At first all we knew about him was that he was from England.

Collin ended up writing us back, but we still did not get much in the way of information. He’s 33 and is from Oxford, England. He studies English Literature and Critical Practice at Ruskin College.

Featured here is his poem “Moon Animals”.

Destination: Detour Episode 2 – JM Romig


In todays episode, the DD crew discusses the work of its own co-host, JM Romig.

Shawn and Josh talk about women, metaphors, cougars, and the separation of art from the artist.

Leave a comment below, let us know what you think about today’s episode, and what you’d like to see if future episodes of Destination: Detour.