Sunday, February 28, 2010

Spoiled Rotten


Prick of the Spindle & Cynthia Reeser are spoiling me rotten. I am eating donuts and being spoiled rotten. I am smiling. I am a bratty kid.

Prick of the Spindle announced their nominations for the storySouth Million Writers Award. They are as follows:

Story 1: "Grease Stains, Kismet, and Maternal Wisdom" by Mel Bosworth
Story 2: "Mr. Hunter's Backyard" by Rory Douglas
Story 3: "Playing from Memory" by Bob Sommer

Prick of the Spindle is nice. Congrats to all the nominees. Congrats to me. Spoiled rotten. Grease Stains is slated to be the second release from PotS's imprint Aqueous Books. Mike Atwood's The HiStory of Santa Monica is slated to be the first. Big congrats to Mike.

Prick of the Spindle also released their third podcast today. And guess what? It's more me. Being spoiled rotten. Eating donuts. Drinking milk. Bratty kid. I am imagining myself to be a robot right now. How do you feel about that?

How do I even begin to thank Prick of the Spindle & Cynthia Reeser for all this goodness?

I will do a slow robot dance. Because I am a slow robot. A slow grinning robot.


.....thank you.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Good Mail, Thank Yous

Good mail this week. Click on covers.

Thank you, Scott.

Thank you, Lit Drift.

Thank you, Tim.

My reading pile grows. Makes me grin, excited.

And big thanks to P.H. Madore for his very kind review of When the Cats Razzed the Chickens HERE.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Faceoff! Becker Vs. Bosworth

...Not really. No competition here. Just a nifty idea. We think so, anyway. And what's the idea? Well, the idea is for two different writers to read aloud the same piece. The writers here are Lauren Becker and myself, and the piece is Lauren's Follow.

You can play both videos at the same time, you can play one at a time, you can have fun with the pause buttons...It's up to you. We hope you enjoy.

Follow by Lauren Becker

The girl has true pale yellow hair and a smile that makes boys think of light blue Tiffany’s boxes. This girl is the girl. The line leader, the team leader, the cheerleader, the one who will lead always, we hope, to the very best place we can be.

And when we are with this girl, our teeth are whiter, our legs longer, our voices sweeter. She allows us to be near her without knowing we need permission.

We speak of her. She is television for us to watch. She is so very watchable.
Her eyes are sad and lovely. We practice her melancholy in mirrors. We fail, as we know we will.

We accept our failure. There can only be one. She is the girl.

Previously Published in Keyhole Digest (October, 2009)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Look, New Store, New Deals & Paper House Pre-Order Madness

Folded Word Press got a little spiffed up recently. New clean look and an awesome new store with some awesome new deals. And a new book.

A new what?

Jessie Carty's Paper House is now available for pre-order. YES.

Volume 1 of the Signature Series Chapbooks is on sale, and Volume 2 is very much available for pre-order.

Also, if anyone wants 5% off a copy of When the Cats Razzed the Chickens, type in the code EDSOCK at checkout and enjoy the savings. And the Razzed.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

You'll Not See Nothing Like the Mighty Lynn

Lynn Alexander, the mastermind behind the ever-evolving and awesome Full of Crow, was super dooper crazy kind to review my little ditty When the Cats Razzed the Chickens recently. Thank you, Lynn the Eskimo.

Take a moment to check out her ridiculously kind words by clicking the crow, then take a few minutes to dig into the world of Full of Crow. Click on the awesome freaky picture below to explore MiCrow Winter 2010|Half.

Note: Folded Word has a new store! You can purchase Razzed HERE.

Beardman and Hambone

Super thanks to my friend Tia and the Texas All-Stars for the belated birthday wishes. I'm sure I'll be posting more of these from time to time. Too cute not to.

(click pic for a closer look)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Two More Things

Great mail today(click images):

Moon lands on me(Thank you, Tracy!!)

and in transit takes me on a journey.

Have a lovely weekend, all.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wrong Tree is BOSS

Landed. In muh hands. Find your own Wrong Tree, buddy.

(click images to get right)

Righteous thanks to Sheldon and Jarrid. Awesome.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Two Things

enfield memoir #1 by Joseph Kucinski (click image to visit him)


New Thirst For Fire.

...nuff said.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Announcements, New(s), Cat Love

  1. Eric Beeny (short-fiction, Summer 2010)
  2. Nathalie Boisard-Beudin (poetry, Autumn 2010)
  3. Nora Nadjarian (short-fiction, Winter 2011)
  4. Ben Nardolilli (poetry, Spring 2011)
  5. Michelle Ristuccia (short-fiction, Summer 2011)
BIG congrats to all.
  • Some little place called Prick of the Spindle decided to make history. It is the 1st (and currently the only) quarterly online journal available in a Kindle edition. Subscriptions are very much available.
  • Dorothee Lang's in transit is out and about and wants to come home with you.



Cat Love:

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Jason Behrends is an awesome machine. He's human, but he's also a machine. An awesome one. With gears and such. That doesn't sleep. That can't sleep. Does Jason Behrends sleep?

Anyone who keeps up with What To Wear During An Orange Alert? knows that it's consistently, and impressively, bursting with fresh content. Mind bogglingly cool content. All the time.

Art? Artist Interviews? OA's got it. Jason's on top of it.

New books? Oh yeah.

New music? There.

My favorite feature is the Saturday WATCH LIST, a compilation of what Jason is listening to, reading, wishing for, getting, and, of course, watching. Saturday's WATCH LIST is like what Saturday morning cartoons used to be for me. I stagger out of bed in my pajamas, fill my face with cereal, and wait for the WATCH LIST to come on. I might even scuff around on the carpet and zap doorknobs if I get too anxious.

This week the Jason Behrends Awesome Machine was kind enough to offer me my own Saturday morning WATCH LIST. And I can't thank him enough. After putting it together, I now have a sense of how much time and care he puts into all of his posts for OA. And I'm even more impressed than I was.

Thanks again to Jason for all he does. Good man, right there. Hopefully he got a bit of rest today.

And congrats to the sharp shooters who participated in the OA contest today: Rebekah, Chloe and Gabe. May your days soon be filled with Razzyness. (click pic for WATCH LIST mayhem)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Get it on. Get your Anastomoo on. Anas what? Anastomoo. The quiet cool zine you've been missing. Go get it on. They want your handwritten magic. Check out mine. Then get your Anastomoo on. Then get your LOST on. Laters.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Book Scan

It's like Ethel Rohan's Bookface, only...not as cool. But it's still pretty cool. Hey, I can't compete with Ethel's hair.

Recent arrivals for to read (click pics for information goodness):

Cynthia Reeser's Light and Trials of Light

Artifice Magazine, Issue #1

Molly Gaudry's We Take Me Apart

Gabe Durham's The Complete Genealogy of Everyone, Ever

PANK No. 4

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Have you lost weight, friend? YOU LOOK AMAZING!

decomP has been hitting the gym this winter. And today decomP took off its shirt. Wah wah. You're ripped, man!

Congratulations to Editor-in-Chief(and perhaps one of the Top 10 Nicest People on the Planet)Jason Jordan. He gave birth to decomP in 2004 and has allowed us all to be freaky aunts and uncles. Thank you, Jason & the entire decomP family.

February wears the new-look decomP and it wears it well. Check out new flash prose by Rosanne Griffeth, Len Kuntz, Adam Marston, Ethel Rohan (who also rocked the spot recently at Necessary Fiction), Amber Sparks, Phoebe Wilcox, and Bonnie ZoBell.

Short prose by Andrew Bowen.

Book Reviews of Everything Is Everything by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and Bad Monkey by Curtis Smith.

Poetry by CL Bledsoe, Carlos Hiraldo, Jason L. Huskey, Wess Mongo Jolley, Keith Kurzman, Alexandra Seidel, Adam Siegel, and Edward Wells II(available as a pdf download).


In other, perhaps smaller but still very cool news, Metazen was kind enough to fly one of my flags today. Big thanks to Team Metazen. Be sure to check out some recent works there by Michelle Reale, Hazar Worth, and Gary Moshimer.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The World is (not so bad) a Place (sometimes)

Thirst for Fire dropped off their nominations for the 2010 Million Writers Award. They wrote down my name and Nate Innomi's name and Ben Spivey's name. Thirst for Fire is nice. Thank you, Fire People.

Read me HERE and Nate HERE and Ben HERE.

Monday, February 1, 2010

February Bigness

Lots. Lots and lots. A few awesomes. Click images, click links, open doors...

Ben Tanzer & Orange Alert are having a FIRE SALE! And it is wonderful.

New work at the ever awesome Matchbook.

>kill author stabs us with issue #5, also available as a free PDF download. I think they're killing us with kindness these days. Eric Beeny, J. Bradley, Molly Gaudry, Greg Gerke....just go read it. Go go go.





There is so much for the groundhog to do he has no reason to stay in his hole. Come out, groundhog. Come out and see your shadow. February has brought the sun and with the sun comes the vitamin d and with the vitamin d comes the smiles.

Get happy. I leave you with this because I think it's hysterical and it's worth watching several times: