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Letters to Alissa

Sunday, January 29th, 2023

by Allison Steinman



Girl!

I’ve been waiting forever to get the greenlight on this pen pal thing! I’ve always wanted to have a pen pal because I think I’m a good writer. I’ll answer fast and I always have lots to say! It’s hard doing some of the stuff I want to try sometimes, because we have to share so much here. Not that I’m complaining, because I understand why we’re so important.

I’m Allie Grant, and you don’t know it but I pray for you every night!  It’s true, right after I eat a snack, (usually Cheezits) and right before I fall asleep, I say

“God take care of Alissa, and help us to do our best for her!”  I think he always hears me, even from inside the attic.

We’ve been with you longer than even Alixx can remember, now, and she’s on top of absolutely everything. We all live in a place called “The Attic.” That’s where we go when we aren’t part of the system. Ariss says that you haven’t been part of us in a really long time because you’re very scared. It’s okay to be scared, you know. If you’re lost, the person before, if “Alissa White” is lost somewhere I just know that this notebook will find you! They let me decide what picture is on the front, I hope you like Tinkerbell as much as I do. She should be named an official Disney Princess even though she’s a fairy, don’t you think?

Ariss doesn’t want me to make my letter too long. She always tells me I’m too young to get involved with the personal inside things, but I’m fourteen now. All the teachers at my school, Brennam Academy, think I’m mature for my age. Even if I happen to -have too many freckles and only look like a scrawny eleven-year-old.

Stay Hopeful and please write back soon!

Allie xox







Alissa,

 You are probably feeling very confused and alone.You may also find you have no memory of buying this hardcover Tinkerbell notebook. You did not buy it, we did.

I have decided that the best way to start, if there is one, is to finally fully explain it all.

It was my idea that we write to you initially; but the first set of writing is Allie’s, she was impossibly excited, and it seems she could not be stopped in her quest to speak first. You will find our printing is very different from one another.

 My name is Alixx Doford. You do not know me, so I write this letter to introduce myself. At 24, I am the eldest. Short of making this sound like a dating profile, I’m a tall redhead with short hair. I am a fitness instructor so when I’m inside the attic;, you can find me in the gym teaching a class or working the bag.

Okay, I slipped a bit into profile territory there. You get the idea; that’s a pretty good description of me and my personal life. This might not seem relevant to you at all, but it is, so just hear me out.

When you were born, you were born consciously as one identity. The one your parents named “Alissa Marion White.” Along the way, I came into the picture. Like a big sister. Kind of a big sister you created, to help you process and organize the unpleasant events of your past. You have Dissociative Identity Disorder. It is also known as D.I.D. or multiple personalities. It happens in early childhood, a separation of consciousness. It is a brilliant strategy for coping with trauma. It works every time.

Ariss is a protector and the manager of many memories the rest of us don’t have. Allie is fourteen. She’s been inside since she was born, and is the only one of us who ages besides you, Alissa. She has no recollection of our past or the people who hurt us. This gives her a carefree attitude and an existence without scars.

Currently I am the dominant personality inside your body; inside you… we have been working as a system for several years now, because what you went through as a child was too much for just one little soul. When your parents couldn’t be there to protect you, we did.  That’s why we’re writing this; there are others here too.  Allie, Ariss and myself perform a specific function within the framework of your life. There’s been discussion lately about you as our original host, about whether we are doing what is best for you by keeping you in the dark about everything. I thought we should reach out.

Please do not throw this away, I think we all know this has been a long time coming. We are all friends to be trusted here.

Here for you,

Alixx







Ms. Alissa M. White,

We are writing to inform you that there are several other people who take up residence in your body regularly.

No but seriously, bro, this letter is a terrible idea with concepts that are sketchy at best. Like who do you really know that would write  cryptic  diary letters about such a serious subject? Like, “Hi I’m you like three times over, hope you find this and that doesn’t scar you even more for the rest of your life.”

That’s why I’m not even going there. Just going to tell you the facts as it is, and if we don’t hear back from you, believe me, I get it.

I exist to remember and manage those things that happened to the body, so the one called Alissa, can live her best life. Without remembering and empowering, the pieces of absolute dumpster slime that tried to steal it.

Most of the time that means that Alixx is in the body. Allie likes to come out for junk food in the afternoons. (Sorry.) The nightlife however is always mine for leisure, baby! (Sorry again…)

When we talk about our lives and hobbies, we’re referring to the inside world. somewhere in here we have lives as real as can be. I’m a 21-year-old artist, a hipster if you will. My mediums are paint, plaster, clay and reality. Allie attends a school for gifted children, and Alixx teaches her fitness classes. She’s even started a real-world Youtube channel about us. (Which if you ask me is at least part of the reason she wanted us to write.)

I agreed to send my letter because that’s all good, a stable healthy life for the body, it’s really your body Alissa, know what I mean?

Maybe hearing from us can explain some things you been wondering about. Like why you keep finding food in the kitchen you can’t remember buying, or why you sometimes see that guy at the park who always waves, even though you never seen him before.  (Or why you own a Peter Pan notebook?) We have the answers, because we are the answers, and I really, we really hope that you can see that.

-Ariss Macqueen





March 23 9:33 P.M

Alissa White

42/f/confused.

Please answer back again.










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2023 FLASH SUITE Contest Winners

Monday, January 16th, 2023



Not to waste a moment,

the Winner is:
Three Sisters
by Maggie Nerz Iribarne

and the Runner-Up:
Shards Picked from the Floorboards
by Malina Douglas



How the Judges Voted:

One Grand Prize vote counts as two Runner-Up votes. In the event of a draw, the Fan-Vote becomes the tie-breaker.


Glenn A. Bruce:
1st Prize: Shards Picked from the Floorboards
2nd: Three Sisters

Lady Moet Beast:
1st Prize: O Mangi Questa Minestra…
2nd: Northport

Aditya Gautam:
1st Prize: Marsh Creek Grievers
2nd: Three Sisters

Cedar Danger Block:
1st Prize: Shards Picked from the Floorboards
2nd: Northport

FAN VOTING: (view how the fans voted, here)
1st Prize: Three Sisters
2nd: Marsh Creek Grievers


So–with two 1st prize votes for “Shards”, resulting in four points, “Sisters” has two 2nd prize votes, plus a 1st prize vote, also resulting in four points. And Fan Voting decides all draws.

!Congrats to Maggie Nerz Iribarne and Malina Douglas!
as well as to all our finalists and submitters.

And thank you, Lovers of Literature,
just for surfing through.
Remember of next time, we do this every year.



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Last 11 hours of Fan Voting– 2023 FLASH SUITE Contest

Friday, January 13th, 2023

You read the headline.

Over 200 ballots cast. As of last checking, the runner-up spot is tied.

Voting closes 11:59PM (that’s Eastern Standard Time)

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Concept Albums Explained

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023

by Paul-Newell Reaves

Somewhere In Time
Iron Maiden
1986

Iron Maiden gets my vote for the most evil rock’n’roll band in all of history.  

Their band name comes from the 18th-century instrument of torture, wherein a person is encased in a metal shell, but the insides are lined by sharp spikes– now that’s evil.  The band’s live performances feature actual sword fighting with giants– freakin’ cool type evil.  Then their mascot, dubbed Eddie the Head, is a crazed zombie who appears on every single one of their album covers– that’s a scary level of evil, an omnipresent crazed zombie.  Then their sound, it’s kind of like Glam Rock– which is already evil in a vile way– but Iron Maiden is evil Glam Rock– making it evil^evil (evil to the power of evil).




Their “Somewhere In Time” album– released in the middle of a trio of albums which some fans consider their best work, though many fans consider their sell-out point, “Powerslave”, before, and “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”, after  – is some sort of weird, wild, and very, very evil time-travel machine.

But this time machine clearly isn’t functioning correctly[read more]





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Toeless Jack (a reading)

Monday, January 9th, 2023

by Paul-Newell Reaves


A Preface: For my Masters degree in English,
my focuses were in Poems of Modernism and

Disability Studies.

The goal of Disability Studies is first and foremost to rid the stigma
surrounding bodily differences– to deconstruct concepts of The Normal,
The Ideal and whatever the opposite of Normal and Ideal might be.

So when my cousin Jack lost one of his toes in the wilderness, I made him this reading with that Disability Studies goal in mind.

But how many toes does Jack need to not have in order to be considered toeless?

‘Cause I am fascinated by

partial disability

and the interstices between disability and normativity.
Because how hard of hearing should a person be to be considered Deaf?
And if a person who considers theirself obese rides an electric wheelchair, is that person to be considered In A Wheelchair?

These questions can only be answered in comparison to other people, and the only answers are more so or less so. For there is no binary yes or no where bodily difference is concerned.
It is always a multi-axis scale, shaded in gray.

TOELESS JACK

[ This reading is rated G:
contains whiney children and dog poo.]



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The Watch.

Wednesday, January 4th, 2023

by Chantelle Tibbs

Dinner was a bust. I’d lost count of how many failed meals I shared with Dan since the incident. My world had been dialed down to a dimness, just a shade above dark. Keeping his attention had been the center of everything. Trying to stay sexy enough for him to stay, alluring enough for him to leave. Her. But now all I could feel myself in touch with was an  empty stomach where food and life could have been. All I could see, as Dan mouthed words to fill the silence, was her. The defendant. Diana Elizabeth Stanley. 

That afternoon in court was another bust as I tried my best to prove how dangerous the defendant was. She was an empty shell of a seventeen year old who stood accused of violently beating my client, a twenty-seven year old man twice her build. In my career I’d never seen anything like it. The fear in this grown man’s eyes at even the mention of having to face her in court. We could barely get my client into the courtroom. 

“I can’t do it.”

“She doesn’t have the rage. She was tested twice and never showed any symptoms in custody.”

“She doesn’t need the rage. She is the rage.” 

He was physically pushed into the courtroom, his feet dragged forward. I needed the courtroom to see his cast, the blood, the scars, black eyes. The bandage over his head. In the end none of it mattered to the judge or the jury. A new blood disorder that made women with the second rarest blood type violent, violent in particular towards men, was the main focus of everyone now. There had even been talk about enforcing a curfew for all males before they could “get this thing sorted out.” 

Diana Stanley’s blood type didn’t match. She didn’t have it. So the case didn’t matter. She was a tall, wiry, yet pixie-esque looking girl with strong but not necessarily intimidating features. Shaggy brown hair framed her face. Then there were the eyes. Deep pools of black, the eyes that stood my hair. 

When the verdict read “Not Guilty,” she looked directly at me. I forced my eyes to meet hers. She needed to see my strength, even in defeat. I could swear she smiled at me. What haunted me for weeks was that I could feel myself smile back. 

After my silent dinner with Dan, I found myself in the tiny bed of my sheek city pad staring up at the ceiling. It was her face I saw staring back down at me. I had to find her. Before she struck again. I flew off my bed and out the front door. 



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!New Year’s 2023 Internet Party!

Sunday, January 1st, 2023

December 31st, 2022

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!Happy New Year!


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We must begin on a somber note.


It is now 2 in the morning in the Ukraine.
Let us all join our wishes for the best out of 2023.

It is now 3 in the morning in Yemen.
Let us all join our wishes for the best out of 2023.

It is now 3 in the morning in Ethiopia.
Let us all join our wishes for the best out of 2023.

It is now 8 in the morning in Taiwan.
Let us all join our wishes for the best out of 2023.






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