co-authored short story was inspired by Michael Breyette's
Ask Don't Tell, and was submitted to his plea for stories
about his paintings. A long time in the making, the anthology
has now been published in August 2010 by MLR Press.
wrote about his book project: "Since artists are often
called upon to turn prose into a visual for such things as
book covers, I wondered, would writers be able to pick up
the creative torch and run in the opposite direction? I had
little doubts they could and it got me excited wondering what
they would come up with for my own pastel paintings. So with
that it mind I though it would be fun to launch a contest
and invite friends, fans of my art, amateur scribes, professionals
writers, really anyone who wanted, to pick a painting from
my body of work and build a short story around it. As
the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. I wanted
to find out if that was true."
Ask Don't Tell is a story is about a chance encounter
by a British liaison officer and a US corporal, and the hour
they share despite Don't
Ask Don't Tell.
Excerpt from "Don't Ask Don't Tell" ©
Marquesate & Aleksandr Voinov 2008
know." Rich moved across Scott's throat, up the chin,
soft flesh, thin skin, and his tongue and teeth reduced Scott
to a whimper. Back
once more along the other side, while all the time keeping
his hold of Scott's wrists. "No different."
once Rich had reached one ear, tongue exploring along and
behind, the shaved hair raspy, and the faint scent of fresh
sweat in their nostrils.
crushed their hips together again, whispering, "I want
you to trust me. For this one hour."
of Don't Ask Don't Tell