lost in the 4rest

Hello out there!

First, apologies. It’s been a long while since any new postings here on short4orm. I promise I’m not jumping this niche little ship I’ve carved out for myself (and you, traveller!). I will return soon; there’s so much more I want to unearth along this uncharted literary trail.

In fact, I’ve been busy cobbling together a collection of 52 short4orms posted over the first year of the blog in commemoration of more to come. Behold!

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Pretty snazzy, right?

LOST IN THE 4REST collects the short4orms I’m most proud of and feel represent my genre-hopping, experimental, non-Western endeavor here on WordPress the fullest. There’s no new content for dedicated readers who have stuck with me and my sporadic updates (you know who you are), but the pieces enclosed have all been lovingly edited, thoughtfully organized, and painstakingly formatted for your reading pleasure. I even included an introduction (Gasp!) and was able to design the cover (Oh public domain wonders!).

I’ve had a tremendous, maddening time picking, polishing, and publishing this slim little volume. Right now it’s available on Amazon for less than a buck, but I want to send readers of this blog a free PDF or Kindle file until the end of the summer (August 31st)! If you’d like a copy, please leave a comment on this post and then message me via my contact page with whichever format best suits you.

I can’t thank my readers enough. I really hope you’ll enjoy this little collection. Please stick with me for another year of short4orm–I promise it will be interesting.

And hey, if you want to help a guy start to promote his first indie publication (a Lulu physical copy is in the works, too), feel free to post an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. It really helps out.

And, as always, I’d love to hear what you think of the book here on the site, too 🙂

Have a lovely rest of your day!



Garrett Ray Harriman

#. Milestones and Sunshine

Thank you to everyone who has found and shared short4orm up to its 50th post!

I started this site with no greater goal than to tinker with a compelling poetical form for my own satisfaction and maybe swap ideas with other writers. I never expected an audience, let alone to find and interact with so many talented and dedicated authors. It’s humbling and exciting to hear your feedback — and discover your own work — day after day.

Again, thank you. Here’s to 50+ more short4orms and a growing writerly fellowship.


To my surprise, I’ve recently been nominated by Nick at Fifty Words Daily for a Sunshine Blogger Award. It seems like a great way to break the WordPress ice and open up beyond the precision and unpredictability of my posts. Thanks Nick! Please keep writing amazing things.

Essentially, the nominator asks 11 questions of his or her nominees. Nominees answer said questions, then choose 5 of their own nominees for the award (nominator excluded) and create 11 new questions to ask. Simple, fun, perpetual community-building.

I’ve answered Nick’s Sunshine questions below and selected 5 wonderful writers I’m dying to learn more about. Hopefully you guys will participate, but hakuna matata and c’est la vie if otherwise. You’ll never lose a reader in me.


1. What is your favorite food?

I’m going to cheat a little here (can I do that out the gate?) and say pastries. Of any variety, preferably hot. To get specific, Danishes and cinnamon rolls have made my heart a battlefield for years, and the tide of that particular siege is ever-shifting. War is hell.

2. What is your favorite time of day?

That hour or so right after dawn. I like watching silhouettes of things slowly bleed their colors alive. It’s one of those forbidden-fruity times I see more often than I used to, but still have scant moments to truly appreciate.

3. What makes you angry?

Anger is an emotion I generally try to avoid, so much so that I forget how essential it can be. Whenever I see or hear about people being completely ignored, however, I go from placid to pissed very quickly. No one should be made to feel like a ghost.

4. What is your favorite book?  (You can have three if one is too restrictive.)

This is a HUGE, intimidating question, so I’ve divided it into 3 sub-categories:

Most Influential Childhood Book: The Giver by Lois Lowry — cemented my love for weird, slipstream, interstitial fiction.

Favorite Non-Fiction Book: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard — a gorgeous meditation on nature and existence; this book is a gift.

Favorite Book at the Moment: Fifth Business by Roberson Davies — a bizarre, challenging, non-standard romp full of big ideas and memorable characters.

5. If you had to be an animal, what animal would you be?

Sign me up for lemur. They live in an exotic locale, gorge themselves on fruit, and run around like knights in a Monty Python movie. Plus they have prehensile tails, and I wouldn’t have to lose apposable thumb privileges!

6. What is your favorite season?

Fall for sure. Growing up in Colorado, it’s certainly the shortest season — winter’s the braggart in these parts — so there’s that supply-demand psychology to it. Really, though, it’s a simple affinity: I love wearing sweaters and the smell of dead leaves.

7. Why do you write? (This is optional because I would hate to answer it.)

Loaded questions, much? 😉 I’ll give it a shot. I write because it’s the clearest way I know to hear myself, to record who I am, and to discover what I care about. Every other method I’ve test driven has been a bucket drilled with holes.

8. Have you already broken a New Year’s Resolution?  If not, why not?

No resolutions this year, except perhaps just getting back to normal. The last third of 2015 can be expunged from the record, your honor.

9. What is your favorite (short) joke?

“Two peanuts walked home from a bar — one was a salted!”

10. If you didn’t live in your current country of abode, where would you most like to live?

I would love travelling, teaching, and/or otherwise existing in Japan. In the countryside, somewhere with easy train access.

11. Which languages can you speak?

A butchered 3-ish years of college level French, mostly forgotten high school Spanish, and a recent interest in, and slow accretion of, Japanese. I fully intend to make language learning a lifelong passion project. Also I know English.


My Sunshine Blogger Nominees:


Sarah’s poetry is seductive, confessional, and sublime. Her work deserves an enormous WordPress readership and never fails to move me.

Only Fragments

Elyssa’s project is dense and unique. She writes serial flash fiction following two rich, complex characters, and her writing voice sparkles.

Only 100 Words

Per her title, Sonya writes multi-genre flash fiction in 100 words or less. Her work is delightful, insightful, and seeded with surprises.

Little Wee Stories

Martin’s “Little Wee Stories” all brim with character and beautifully observed dialogue. His quality and consistency are a true flash inspiration.

haiku streak

Haiku is a bountifully rich poetical form, and David’s are some of the best on WordPress. His subjects and expertise always sharpen my perspective.

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. How would you describe your sense of humor?
  2. Who are your writer heroes?
  3. How do you define fear?
  4. How do you define courage?
  5. What was the first piece you wrote that moved you?
  6. What musical instrument would you be and why?
  7. What is your favorite dessert?
  8. Second-best use for books besides reading them? (doorstop, projectile, etc.)
  9. What do you do about procrastination?
  10. Favorite superhero that hasn’t been created yet?
  11. Question you wish I’d asked you?

take care,