(Nothing But) Flowers… A literary feast for Valentines Day

The second Literary Mix Tape, and the first for 2011 is “Nothing But Flowers: Tales of Post Apocalyptic Love”. The stories explore the complexities and challenges of love in a post apocalyptic landscape. Inspired by the Talking Heads song of the same name, the anthology will go live at 9am (AEST) on the 14th February and run online for 24 hours. The anthology will also be available for purchase as an eBook and a paperback.

All proceeds from the sale of the anthology will go to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Fund to assist with the rebuilding of Queensland communities after the worst floods on record.

Penning the 24 stories are 14 of our Deck the Halls authors:

Sam Adamson, Jim Bronyaur, Jen Brubacher, Chris Chartrand, Kil Conor, Rebecca Dobbie, Annie Evett, Susan May James, Emma Kerry, Lily Mulholland, Dan Powell, Icy Sedgwick, Benjamin Solah and Graham Storrs

And 10 new authors to our community here (but old friends for many of us!):

Adam Byatt, Jason Coggins, Janette Dalgleish, Rob Diaz, Rebecca Emin, Laura Eno, PJ Kaiser, Maria Kelly, Emma Newman and Dale C Roe (USA)

Editor Jodi Cleghorn will be penning a special print only story for those purchasing the eBook and paperback.

Wondering what might be in store for you? Scroll down for lyrics from the pen of David Byrne and imagine a Valentines love zone guaranteed to be Mills and Boons, Hallmark and saccharine sweet free.

Image via Roules Random

(Nothing But) Flowers

Here we stand

Like an Adam and an Eve

Waterfalls

The Garden of Eden

Two fools in love

So beautiful and strong

The birds in the trees

Are smiling upon them

From the age of the dinosaurs

Cars have run on gasoline

Where, where have they gone?

Now, it’s nothing but flowers

There was a factory

Now there are mountains and rivers

you got it, you got it

We caught a rattlesnake

Now we got something for dinner

we got it, we got it

There was a shopping mall

Now it’s all covered with flowers

you’ve got it, you’ve got it

If this is paradise

I wish I had a lawnmower

you’ve got it, you’ve got it

Years ago

I was an angry young man

I’d pretend

That I was a billboard

Standing tall

By the side of the road

I fell in love

With a beautiful highway

This used to be real estate

Now it’s only fields and trees

Where, where is the town

Now, it’s nothing but flowers

The highways and cars

Were sacrificed for agriculture

I thought that we’d start over

But I guess I was wrong

Once there were parking lots

Now it’s a peaceful oasis

you got it, you got it

This was a Pizza Hut

Now it’s all covered with daisies

you got it, you got it

I miss the honky tonks,

Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens

you got it, you got it

And as things fell apart

Nobody paid much attention

you got it, you got it

I dream of cherry pies,

Candy bars, and chocolate chip cookies

you got it, you got it

We used to microwave

Now we just eat nuts and berries

you got it, you got it

This was a discount store,

Now it’s turned into a cornfield

you got it, you got it

Don’t leave me stranded here

I can’t get used to this lifestyle

Valentines Day Collection

A call for submission won’t be far away. The concept has been nailed, the song decided upon and a charity nominated for all the proceeds to go to (if you are a fan on Facebook you’ll be able to work out what all three of these are!)

For now… fearless editor is now collapsing in bed. More tomorrow!