Friday, June 26, 2009

Legendary Week of Good Mail

On a recent walk around the lovely city of Northampton, Massachusetts, I noticed--with great joy--that The Legendary had left some fingerprints.

I'd like to imagine that the vandal worked at night, and not during the day when there are tons of bicycle cops rolling around. I'd also like to imagine that the vandal approached cool people outside of cool coffee shops and bookstores and handed them some stickers, and that he didn't act all sketchy because he'd just been tagging parking meters and street signs.

Here are some pictures from my mild adventure:

And as I write this post, I'm listening to the wild sounds of Mother Flux, the band of writer, critic, and editor John Madera. John was kind enough to send me the CD for being a finalist in the recent Lamination Colony contest. Thanks, John. You sing and scream nicely.

Speaking of Lamination Colony, have you read the Grand Prize winner Bobby Alter yet?

Happy Friday, all.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yesterday and Today

Yesterday was a good day. Today wasn’t so bad either.

Yesterday I came home to a package. A good package. Good mail. I like good mail. Enclosed in the package was the contract for my piece slated to appear in the July launch of Heron, a sidearm of Folded Word Press. Also enclosed were a couple of sample issues.

Outstanding. Simply outstanding. I can’t wait for the launch. I’ve been warm and fuzzy ever since getting my mail. Thank you, J.S. Graustein.

As I was enjoying the buzz from that, I received two great emails. More good mail. I should’ve called this post “Good Mail.”

The first email was from the editors of >kill author. Their premiere issue launched yesterday. It looks amazing, the content is amazing, everything is amazing. Well done to >kill author. And well done to xTx, Robb Todd, Ethel Rohan, and many, many others.

I managed to sneak into the issue as well. Read me here.

Lastly (yesterday), I received an email from a friend who had caught wind of the new issue of Prick of the Spindle, 3.2. I knew it was coming out this week, but I didn’t realize it would be yesterday.


I’m not even sure how to describe this issue. You’ll have to take a look, and a read, for yourself. It features an awesome graphic short by Christy Call, outstanding fiction by David Erlewine, J.A. Tyler, Roberta Lawson…and on and on and on. Non-fiction, interviews….Sweet Lord. It’s jam-packed with goodies.

And yes, I’m also in it. Endless, infinite, gushing thanks to Prick of the Spindle and to Cynthia Reeser for warming up to my short novel, Grease Stains, Kismet, and Maternal Wisdom. I couldn’t be happier that this silly piece found a great home. It’s been in my pocket for going on five years, and it was finally given the opportunity to jump out and dance for anyone brave enough to read it. I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer a dedication:

This one is for you, VLM. You’ll always be in my head and my heart.

….that was yesterday.

Today was a good day because I woke up with all this on my mind. And, as I checked my email today (no good snail mail today—well, I got a new movie from Netflix), I learned that a short fiction piece called Peaches is now live in the stellar journal Calliope Nerve. Yet another big THANK YOU goes out to them. And another dedication:

This one is for you, xTx. It’s truly a pleasure to rant alongside you.

….I doubt I’ll see another 48 hours as cool as this anytime soon. I can only hope. We’ll see what comes.

Thanks again. To everyone. I love all you assholes.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Big Day: Part 2

Prick of the Spindle, Issue 3.2, is now live.

Sweet lord.

Read my short novel here.

My God.

Thank you to Cynthia Reeser and Prick of the Spindle.

Tomorrow I will gush properly.

Big Day: Part 1

>kill author's premiere issue is now live. read me here.

love and thank yous to >kill author.

...more soon.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Embracing My Shit at Foundling Review

When I first submitted "Embracing Your Inner Shit Pile" at Foundling Review, it was simply the word "shit" repeated 500 times.

But the editors saw something of value through this very literal shit pile, and asked that I wipe away a few of these shits to see what would happen.

I thank them for playing with my shit. I thank them for allowing me to play with my shit.



Shit pile.

Happy week, y'all.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

3 Cheers: May 2009

The 3 Cheers Video is now live, featuring Oh My by Rose Auslander, First Impressions by Me, and Moving On by Ben White.

Congrats to all those who were in the running, and thanks to all those who took the time to vote.

Excellent work, as always, by the editors of Folded Word. Muchos gracias.

Monday, June 15, 2009

New Love at Big Pulp

Winter is very much over, but my little ditty, Winter's Insensitive Children, has come to play at Big Pulp.

Do hang out at Big Pulp for a while. In a word, this place is awesome.

High fives to Bill Olver. My man. Thank you.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

MiCrow Summer 2009: Peek

MiCrow, the new supplement to Full of Crow, is the home of edgy, experimental, and otherwise strange flash fiction. Read more about it here.

You can read my piece, "Guilt," alongside outstanding work by Paul Corman-Roberts. You can also find work by xTx, Caleb J. Ross, and many others.

The supplement, designed in the same gorgeous B & W as Full of Crow, also contains original photography, and will soon feature a downloadable PDF.

Excellent work, ladies. Things keep getting better and better. Thanks again.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

elimae in june

new issue of elimae. read me here. others here. love to Larson, Tyler, Segal, Fletcher, Kalbach, and the rest. love to Cooper Renner.

Friday, June 12, 2009


....I didn't win, but I had a good time.

Blake Butler's/Lamination Colony's THIS IS NOT NOT A CONTEST has come to a close, with Bobby Alter's "A cardiovasc" claiming the crown. Congrats to Bobby. Can't wait to read it.

Alas, I did manage to sneak into the top ten finalists, which was a pleasant surprise. It was nice to stand so close to Darby Larson. He's musky.

Big thanks to Blake for putting together the show, and for taking the time to read all of the submissions and hammer out a decision. Bravo, sir.

Coming Soon at Prick of the Spindle

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen.

At month's end, Grease Stains, Kismet, and Maternal Wisdom will be settling into issue 3.2 of Prick of the Spindle.

Originally submitted as a novella, Cynthia Reeser recently informed me that it's technically a novel--based on the word count--and will be billed as such.

Thank you, Cynthia.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

"Heron" Launches July 15th, 2009

Folded Word is at it again, this time with yet another branch of brilliance called Heron.

With a revamped website, awesome logos, and a steady stream of outstanding content, the future is looking very bright for Folded Word.

From the editor:

print/MP3 fusion of short fiction & poetry

Our first print mini-mag is scheduled to launch 15 July 2009. Issue 1 will feature a short story by PicFic's Regular Contributor Mel Bosworth. Check back for more details soon. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at the logo:

...That's right, the shameless plug is in there. But what can I say? I'm thrilled to be a part of the project, and I can't wait to see the finished product. I have a feeling it's gonna be amazing.

The hard work and dedication of the Folded Word editors is inspiring to me. Thanks again to J.S. Graustein and Jessie Carty.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Issue #96 of Gloom Cupboard

I call it "accidental art."

Richard Wink calls it "Autotrader Lit."

Whatever you want to label it, 1989 Chevy Blazer is now live in Issue #96 of the always entertaining Gloom Cupboard.

Big, BIG thanks to Richard for giving this minuscule piece a great home.

...I'm still laughing.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer Heat at Ruthie's Club

....It's almost summer, and in the new issue of Ruthie's Club you'll find some Summer Heat by yours truly.

Did you get a membership yet?

Big love to Ruthie.

New at Smokebox

The new issue of Smokebox has hit the introweb, featuring work by David Erlewine, Laine Perry, and Mike Morgan, to name a few.

The issue also features The Stumbling Conquistador, by me.

So be sure to check out issue #55. Smokebox has been keeping the commentary pollution-fueled since 1999. I'm very happy to be a part of the project.

Thanks to the editors. Happy June, all.