Excarnation... what a way to go!

Excarnation… what a way to go!

My writer hubby’s latest fiction, Pitch for a Picture Book, is out in Mad Swirl magazine this month. The editor of Mad Swirl, Tyler, described excarnation in writing terms as defleshing art. It’s true that the process for a writer is to construct, then deconstruct their work – draft 1 is to get the ideas out and draft 2 is to edit and cut any extraneous parts, or to refine what works. Excarnation can also epitomise life’s tragedies (or comedies, depending on how you look at it!) In Pitch for a Picture Book the death or loss of everyone living who is dear to the central character, initiates a bit of philosophical reflection, and a quest for new friendships among inanimate objects. When dealing with figments of the imagination, a person has control; strip away reality and you’re left with the ‘bare bones’ which can’t cause hurt, or betrayal. Is this death of idealism the first steps on the spiritual journey to happiness, or is it all one of life’s big jokes? Of course, as with any practise of excarnation, it’s better to make sure you don’t lose too much; those metatarsals can’t be replaced once they’re gone!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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