Monday, November 29, 2010

November is Crumbling

And December is nigh. Guh. A few things:

Thanks to Dr. Rox and the PANK crew for the interview to go along with my piece. Speaking of Dr. Rox, she wrote this good thing.

When it comes to xTx's sold out chapbook He is Talking to the Fat Lady, you've got to play to win.

Got me some amazing Rose Hunter in the mail today, not to be confused with Big Buck Hunter.

Have a good week. Behave yourselves. The crowd goes wild.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Somewhat Self-Indulgent Montage (of sorts) of Things Relating to Me or Soon to be Relating to Me

I had a good weekend and I'm gonna tell you about it.

First off, BLIP Magazine's super awesome guest editor Courtney Eldridge blasted me with an acceptance for BLIP's January issue. RAD. What's even radder is that the piece is an excerpt from my forthcoming novel(la) Freight. SUPER RAD.

Next up is Vol. 1 Brooklyn's Sunday Stories series. It kicked off today with Insanity & the Russian Doll Conundrum, an excerpt from Justin Maurer's forthcoming book Doctor, I Don’t Wanna Be Crazy Anymore. RAD. What's also rad is that yet another excerpt from Freight is going to appear in Vol. 1 Brooklyn's Sunday Stories before too long. RAD RAD RAD.

There's already an excerpt from Freight floating around the universe in the pages of Dark Sky Magazine's debut print issue. WICKED RAD.

And today a wonderful review of my novella Grease Stains, Kismet, and Maternal Wisdom appeared over at the very cool Wufniks. RADNESS.

Lastly, you can read 5 poems I done did write over at the bustlingly awesome USED FURNITURE REVIEW.

I also ate a huge plate of spaghetti and meatballs and then made a RAD dutch oven. Whoo whoo!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Brighten Up Black Friday

Now through November 29th, Folded Word Press is offering a nice deal: Pre-Order a copy of On a Narrow Windowsill, featuring work by Ethel Rohan, Ben White, xTx, myself, and many more, and you'll receive a free copy of my chapbook When the Cats Razzed the Chickens.

And there are no lines to stand in.

Be safe.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Noo and Huffington

(click images for good things)

What do these two things have in common?

Thursday, November 18, 2010



$20 gets you a Dark Sky Magazine subscription which gets you:
  • Two printed issues per year (Fall/Winter & Spring/Summer)
  • A free copy of Greg Sherl's forthcoming Chapbook
  • 12 Web Issues, delivered to your inbox on the first of each month

You like deal? DAT GOOD DEAL!

FREE gets you:

An entire album of AWESOME by Archbishop aka Joseph P. Kucinski The Amazing Artist from the west coast. You remember Joseph from The Illuminated Mess, yes? Of course you do. Well, The Amazing Artist is back and he's flexing some lo-fi solo style for your listening pleasure. FOR FREE. Be sure to dig on track #5. You might recognize the lyrics from Ben White's story When We Are Old, previously published at Dogzplot and previously read by me over at MBRT.

Music, writing, painting....Art is art, my friends. And dese some damn good deals.

Listen to When We Are Old:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Get Greased at Burke's Book Store

My novella Grease Stains, Kismet, and Maternal Wisdom is now available at Burke's Book Store in Memphis, Tennessee. Huge thanks to Corey Mesler and company.

If you're in Memphis, stop in and have a look around. If you're chilling at home on your computer, stop in and have a look around. The world is very small sometimes.

Have a good day, y'all. Support your local indie. Grab Grease from Burke's right HERE.

Monday, November 15, 2010

An Insane Monday Roundup of Sorts

From where I sit, here, at my little desk in my little world, I don't see many Mondays like this. Things generally come at an easy pace. It's how I've designed it for myself because I don't like feeling overwhelmed. One of the joys (and one of the weird things) about the internet is our ability to craft our own little reality tunnels through which we can see the things important to us, the things we want to see. I suppose life is not so different. Hm.

Today I've seen a whole lot of things gushing toward me. And in a way it's overwhelming, despite the parameters I've established for myself, but it's also exhilarating because I know I might not see another Monday like this anytime soon.

Forgive the barrage of links and information. It's been a wild day, at least the way I see it.

First and foremost: He Is Talking to the Fat Lady by xTx. If it ain't sold out yet you can bet your ass it will be soon. Don't mess around. Just get it at Safety Third Enterprises, yo.

Next: Today marks the one year anniversary of Folded Word's entry into print, and that is pretty awesome. They'll be running a series of specials from now until the end of the year. From Folded Word: "Our first special begins today (15 November 2010) and runs through Sunday (21 November 2010). For every unsigned copy of Jessie Carty’s Paper House you buy, you get a free Green Edition copy of The Wait of Atom. The free chapbooks may be shipped along with your order or mailed to someone else, simply specify your preference in the comment section during checkout."

...They also do gift wrapping. For reals. I'm serious when I tell you that I can think of very few indie outfits that put as much time and energy into their customer service as Folded Word.

Next up: Tanzer. Bradley. These guys are a tag-team from Mt. Olympus or something. Ryan Bradley is interviewed over at Dark Sky by Brad Green. Ben Tanzer's story Cool, Not Removed is now available as a free pdf download over at Artistically Declined Press, the brainchild of Mr. Bradley. Blammy blam.

And next: There's a new issue of Bound Off ready for your ears, featuring work by Karen Sosnoski and Tania Malik.

And more: The Collagist drops their latest, with work from Andrew Borgstrom, Maya Janson, and more.

And on we go: November Word Riot, with Hunter Choate, Gary Percesepe, mas, more, mas.

And: Today I received a copy of Transition by Dorothee Lang, part of the Blue Print Review micro series, and it is gorgeous. And have you seen Blue Print Review's Carnival project?

Also: 10 Online Lit Mags You Should Be Reading. Pretty awesome. Go PANK! Go Bartleby Snopes! Go >kill author! Go decomP! Whoop whoop!

And then: Keyhole 10. I boughts. You buy?

Then this: Amber Sparks writes about Wallace Stevens at Big Other.

Lastly: I am listening to this song:

November PANK Busts a Move

Read the issue HERE. Read me(and listen)HERE. Read Crutchfield(and listen)HERE. Read Etter HERE. Read nice things about the issue HERE. Big thanks to Roxane Gay and PANK. Also big thanks to the mighty Shome Dasgupta, whose amazing book i am here And You Are Gone inspired me to write my little piece.

I "borrowed" your rain idea, Shome. I couldn't help it. It was awesome. I hope you don't mind.

Now battle.

X(TX) Marks the Spot

xTx and Safety Third Enterprises bring you He Is Talking to the Fat Lady. There are only 50 of them.

Click HERE to order. NOW.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Folded Word Goes Green

It's back.

The originator is back. The initial print run of 75 glorious hand-stitched copies of my fiction chapbook When the Cats Razzed the Chickens may have sold out many moons ago, but it's back and it's happy and it's green. It's also easier on the wallet. And it's got some great company.

Because Razzed isn't the only Folded Word chapbook to go green, oh no no no.

Jessie Carty's The Wait of Atom has also gone green.

As well as Eric Beeny's Snowing Fireflies.

Grease is still the word, but Green is definitely the color.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

On a Narrow Windowsill

(Enjoy some Flaming Lips)

From the Folded Word press release:

"Written on four continents and read on six, the works in this anthology celebrate the birth of a new literary form: the tweet. Ironically, the 140-character limit of the Twitter platform has inspired new and veteran writers alike to stretch traditional boundaries. Some experiment with abbreviated poetic forms. Others create back-story through innuendo. All make every word—every character—count. This collection introduces 43 of these pioneers who venture out each day onto text’s narrow windowsill.

75% of the profits from this book will be donated to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)."

Read the full press release HERE. Now available for pre-order HERE.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Student Choice at Uncanny Valley

Mike Meginnis of Uncanny Valley gives his creative writing students a cool assignment:

"So I wrote at the beginning of the semester about how I think the main thing students ought to be doing in an intro CW class is reading. Not reading "the right stuff," not reading even so much with the goal of figuring out how to write (I see that as a more long-term concern than intro should necessarily worry about) but reading as a way of beginning to discover what's out there, how many ways a young writer can begin to engage the world of writing. I want them to find what they love and worry about what that means later; I want them to discover themselves as readers in order to help them begin to discover and articulate themselves as writers."

...What his students discover are great pieces from PANK, Dark Sky Magazine, Storyglossia, and The Incongruous Quarterly. I'm thrilled and honored that one of his students chose an excerpt from my forthcoming novella Freight that was published at Dark Sky. Such a nice surprise.

Read the entire post HERE to see the pieces they chose and why they chose them.

In a follow-up post HERE, Mike learns that site design also played a big part in his students' choices.

Write on, y'all. Write on.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Welcome to the Terrordome or Interview Monday

(Chuck D. sounds awesome on Mondays)

Ryan Bradley (author, handsome devil, mastermind behind Artistically Declined Press (To The River!) and Sententia (Order Issue 2!) was kind enough to interview me over at Big Other. Dig it all HERE. Big thanks, y'all.

Also at Big Other today, Greg Gerke interviews the amazing Edward Mullany. Have you seen Edward's new art blog? Damn!

And over at Dark Sky Magazine, Brad Green shines the spotlight on the one and only Shya Scanlon, author of Forecast.

...people chatting it up on a Monday is nice.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Review, A Test, A Win

The uber kind Martin Macauley dropped a very nice review of my novella over at the PANK blog recently. HUGE thanks to Martin & PANK.

...and today was the day I figured out how to do the mp3 thing on my blog. Enjoy some Lady Gaga below. You know you want to. It's Sunday.

Let's dance indeed.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

In My Hands, In My Ears

Eric Beeny's amazing poetry collection Of Creatures is in my hands. Pre-order, yo. I got the jump cuz Bones is the shizz.

Christy Crutchfield's amazing howling is in my ears.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Support your Local Indie

Get Greasy, Local Style

You in the Amherst/Northampton area? Stop by Amherst Books and grab a copy of my novella. Or order it from their website HERE. Big thanks to the good folks at Amherst Books for keeping it real.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Month in a Day: This is November

New decomP. Bradley, with an excerpt from his forthcoming novel Code for Failure. Michelle Reale. J.A. Tyler. More.

New elimae. Rose Hunter. Kirk Nesset. J.O. Winberry. More.

New Emprise Review. xTx. Crutchfield. Compton. Wife and husband duo Gray and Minichillo. Hess. Bosworth(that's me). Bell. More. Wow.

New Dark Sky Magazine. Mangla. Chen. Housley. Warburton. More. Enjoy it online while you can. The first issue of Dark Sky is available for purchase, and ships 11/15/2010. Also check out the final installment of the DSM Chapbook finalists and winner video series. Gregory Sherl sports the gold.

My cat is sleeping and I am watching Trash Humpers.

That is all for now.