September 29, 2011

I Only Know One Speed

I was hanging out with a new friend last night and, based on the extensive research she did on me thanks to this site, she made a staggering observation

“You haven’t taken things slow in awhile, have you?”

I haven’t.

I’m the first to admit that in a relationship context, I’m not patient. I try to rush things, fuck first, ask questions later, and while it’s fun in the short run, it sours in the long run because I fucked first, asked questions later. It’s a pattern I’ve recognized and understand that I need to break it in order to break this cycle of failure in my romantic relationships. This also opened a larger can of worms that I’ll delve into in a longer essay I want to write that explores my views on sexuality and how I got here and where I would like to go.

The home buying front just got a little weird. The broker is ready to go to closing yet the title is not in HUDs name yet (I got a HUD loan) which is weird because how can you sell something that isn’t yours? If they can’t fix this in a week, we’ll have to file an extension with HUD for ten more days. After that if closing doesn’t happen, I may have to start from scratch. I would think that in this buyer’s market, they would make it easier on someone who wants to buy a home.

Safety Pin Review has taken some action shots of my contribution. You can peek here and here.

In my moving and packing, I found a cyberpunkesque story I wrote when I was 16. I punched it up a lot and put it here for you to read (you’re welcome).

Finally, the latest installment of Sex Laws is up here.


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About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at

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