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The creative world of Rolli, writer and cartoonist.

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I have a new cartoon in the November issue of Reader’s Digest Canada. Find it on newsstands now…

 

Also – you may now read my story “The Ashtray,” which was first published in Geist, on their website for free. Just click here.

 

 

 

 

Thanks, PANK …

… for the stellar new review of I Am Currently Working On a Novel.

 

 

Morally Bankrupt …

… aka a new cartoon for you. Peruse it.

 

 

“Tasty chunks of words for dark October days…”

A review – the first review – of Mavor’s Bones is in. Examine it here.

 

 

“Imaginative, intriguing, incredible, irrational…”

Reviewer Kevin J. Doyle has lots of interesting things to say about I Am Currently Working On a Novel. Read them all right here.

 

 

Skippy!

The Skippy Warthog

(Yipee!

Look at me!)

runs

with the sun

above him.

He’s a warty,

snorty,

piggy little thing,

but his mother loves him.

 

What a fine swine,

that Skippy of mine.

Skip, Skippy, skip -

yipee!

My pride and joy!

My hairy-legged boy!

Oh, skip, Skippy, skip -

yipee!

 

Yes!

The Skippy Warthog

(Oh!

Here I go!)

runs

with the sun

above him.

He’s a zippy,

trippy,

skinny little thing,

but his mother loves him.

                                   

From The Conga Lion, an unpublished collection of jungle-themed children’s poetry.

The Little Elephant

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The squeaky little elephant,

all day long, sings his mama’s song -

but it comes out wrong!

Though he blows his nose,

and grows his cheeks,

and practices week after week after week,

nothing comes out

but a sweet sneakersqueak -

eeeeeeeeeek

(a teeny air leak).

“Too bad,” he says. “Too bad.”

Little elephant’s so sad.

 

Sometimes, mama elephant,

walking along, hears the little song

coming out all wrong.

Of course she knows

it’s just a squeak –

but he does practice week after week after week.

So when nothing comes out

but a cupboarddoor creak -

eeeeeeeeeek

(a mini mouse shriek),

his mama says, “That’s LOUD!”

Little elephant’s so proud.

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From The Conga Lion, an unpublished collection of jungle-themed children’s poetry.

A New Haiku Review …

… of I Am Currently Working on a Novel can be perused here.

 

 

I Am Currently Working on a Novel, by Rolli

rolliwrites:

A mixed review, which is fine. There’s room in the world for mixed-up people.

Originally posted on Heavy Feather Review:

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I Am Currently Working on a Novel, by Rolli. Tightrope Books. 169 pages. $21.95, paper.

The seventy-five stories in mononymous author Rolli’s new flash-fiction collection, I Am Currently Working on a Novel, waver between whimsical and bleak. The best ones are both.

The stories are all bizarre in one way or another, and sitting down to this book feels much like one of those caffeine dreams that is a rapid succession of nonsensical scenarios that are changing so fast you have no choice but to just accept the weirdness. And like any series of dreams, a healthy sprinkling of these stories is nightmares.

Life is hard when you’re a wheeler (I mean a wheelchair person), but the hardest thing about life, I find, is wheeling away from angry bees.

That matter-of-fact treatment of such an unbelievable situation is what ties all the stories together. Below that level, the…

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Draughts …

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A new story, for you. From the fresh edition of Birkensnake. Read it here.

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Rolli is the author of the new story collection I Am Currently Working On a Novel.

 

 

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