Archive | February, 2014

A Novel in Numbers

25 Feb


Here are all the numbers for THIS IS SARAH

Final word count: 45,027

Days spent actively writing: 32

Time this book lived in my head in some form: 2 years

Number of times some variation of the f-word is uttered: 109

Number of times other curses are used: 55

Number of physical fights characters engage in: 2

Number of joints smoked by characters: 2-3

Number of bloody lips: 1

Number of voice mails left by characters: too many to count

Number of therapy sessions: 2

Number of cop interrogations: 2

Number of times a character vomits: 3

Number of marinara sauces made from scratch: 1

Number of hand-written letters from one character to another: 2

Number of smashed bicycles: 1

Number of potential divorces: 1

Number of references to zombies: 2

Number of tears shed: way too many to count

Number of fingers Ally has crossed that her publisher will like the changes: All of them

On the next very special issue of JDP…..

18 Feb


So I was asked to participate in something super cool for someone who is super cool. Eirik (said super cool dude) has been going through some crap lately cause he needs new lungs.

Yeah. LUNGS! Sort of necessary.

So his awesome friends at Jersey Devil put their heads together and said to themselves “Self I say, what can do we do to help Eirik and his lovely wife Monica through such a trying time?”

And since none of them are particularly skilled in the ways of garnering new lungs, they did what writers do. They decided that maybe, just maybe, a few stories might cut through the darkness, might ease their minds for a few – the way storytelling has for ages.

And I was fortunate enough to be included in the list of people they wanted stuff from. So I wrote a story about some people who fall in love as their ships pass in the night….in space. Cause everything is cooler in space. There’s some really great stories in this special issue about bigfoot and poems about cursing and stories about new coke and time travel.

Good stuff, guys.

So here’s the very special Jersey Devil Press issue for Eirik and Monica. I hope it made them smile.

And if you want to help out – because we live in the sort of country where you have to practically kickstart to cover your own health expenses – you can do that here at Eirik’s COTA page

Finally, if you can’t spare any cash, but want to share the stories, please do. Exposure is never a bad thing.

So thanks again to JDP and to Eirik for letting me be a part of something so cool.

Peace, Love and Starbursts,


Poems, readings, poetry shows and word counts

13 Feb


It’s snowing like a mofo out there again in Brooklyn. I’ve officially dubbed this The Winter That Killed Winter For Me. If you even hear me complain about 90 degrees this summer, feel free to slap me.

So, let’s recap.

First off the kind folks at This Zine Will Change Your Life were kind enough to give my poem Garage Sale a home. Many thanks to Ben for being so kind. And then, if that weren’t enough, the equally wonderful folks at Mad Swirl were nice enough to give my poem Reason Number 17 a place to be. As always small press editors are the best.

This past weekend I was in Pittsburgh which was great. Aside from chilling with some family members I got to hangout with some people that I really do miss. It’s a great city and every time I leave, I’m sad about it.

On Friday I met up with the very cool Renee Alberts to record a half hour poetry show called Prosody on WEYP. Prosody is a great show, with an amazing history. I was so completely honored to be invited to read my stuff and talk to Renee about poetry. Renee and Lisa, Prosody’s engineer, were both wonderful. Nice and funny and down to earth and kind enough to not comment on how nervous I was.

Basically I read a few poems and then Renee talked to me about writing.

It went something like this:

Renee: “So Ally, I noticed that in your work, you mainly write from the first person and your work has a very strong narrative I. Can you talk a little about that?”

Ally: “Yeah sure….<long pause>….Um……<longer pause>….it’s because I….. <something stupid>…… and then…… <something dumb>….. but not without…… <something even dumber>….basically without…… <make up a word here>….so yeah.”

Ahem. The good news is that Lisa is going to edit this down and make me sound not so dumb and not so much like someone who makes up words on air. OR, she’s not and you can all have a good laugh.

The show is going to air this Saturday at 6 am. So for you early birds out there, you can listen to here:

Otherwise, it’ll be podcasted eventually and I’ll share it then so we can all have a nice laugh.

So after that, there was a reading hosted by the always fantastic Don Wentworth of Lilliput Review. (If you haven’t read that blog, please do so. It’s amazing). I was totally honored to read with Sara Ries, Chuck Joy, Dianne Borsenik, John Burroughs, John Grochalski, Maggie Glover, Heather McNaugher, Kristofer Collins & Don Wentworth.

It was a stellar line up and so much fun and I can only hope I managed to hold my own with such a great line up.

I’m going to have some book news soon but for now, let’s just say that my novella is currently morphing into a novel. Apparently I fed it after midnight and spilled water on it. You know how these things go. So if I manage to write my little fingers off, I’ll have something for you to read come June or so. It’s called THIS IS SARAH and it’s my accidental novel…..hopefully. I’m shooting for 1K words a day. So far so good but it’s still early.

Peace Love and Starbursts,



Reading in da ‘Burgh and other things I don’t have time to talk about

5 Feb

Reading in Da Burg

Just a quick reminder that this is happening so if you want to come out you can hear some top notch writing. I’m talking TOP NOTCH. Well mine will be my usual drivel, but the rest? TOP NOTCH.

Also I really want to write a blog post about the things I’ve been working on but I’ve been too damn busy working on them. Figures.

Point being, things are happening. Work is being done. Words are being written. Eventually I’ll have some news.

Peace Love and Starbursts,


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