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,
A beautiful gun is a thing of wonder
So I wrote a Western with guns and ol’ curs and dog teeth and a blunderbuss with a heart-shaped tip and the very kind folks at Drunk Monkeys agreed to publish it.
In full disclosure, I stole a joke in it. But I stole it from my husband so it’s sort of shared property, right?
“Well bless your soul, Ol’ Tom. Or the black dead space where your soul used to rot.”
Ol’ Tom lets out a dog howl of a laugh and pours himself another. “That’s why I like you Davey. Godamnit, I can’t help myself even after all the bad blood now between us you can still make me laugh. You are one funny sonofabitch.”
“Yeah, well, looks aren’t everything.”
Get it? You’re funny? Yeah well looks aren’t everything.
Admittedly it’s funnier when he says it.
So thanks again to Drunk Monkeys for taking this bizarre story about two old school gangsters.
Peace Love and Starbursts,
This has truly been a crappy week. Truly. Truly truly truly NOT outrageous and NOT like Gem.
(good luck getting that song out of your head!)
But you know what’s NOT crappy about it?
It’s that the truly awesome James from Underground Books published a few of my new poems from the How to be an American series I’ve been working on.
So without further ado, here you go.
Thanks James, for taking a bit of the crap out of craptastic.
Also – this piece from Laurie Anderson about Lou Reed’s death is amazing. If I can face my own death or the death of people that I love with one third of this bravery and passion I will consider my life a success. And it also reminded me that one time I wrote a story about a girl who started a revolution because of a Lou Reed song. You can read it here if you want.
Peace, Love and Starbursts,
So if you aren’t familiar with Slush Pile and you are capable of writing or reading, you should remedy that as soon as humanly possible. It’s a great mag, she’s a great editor and here she gives great advice:
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Why I Rejected Your Submission
A lovely little snippet to whet your appetite:
“If you want to be an excellent writer, you must read a lot, and you must read almost exclusively good writing — preferably writing that has a bit of distance from your own day and age. Because whatever you put into your brain is what will be coming out on the page. What you read affects your vocabulary, your syntax, your internal dialogue. I would go so far as to say it affects the way you interpret the world.”
Slushpile was kind enough to publish one of my story Tentacles not too long ago. They always put out excellent issues and I’m honored to have been included.
Read it. Ingest it. Osmosis it if you have to. Then send her some of your best stuff.