Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pick 5: Holiday Favors

Happy Holidays! Nothing puts me in the spirit like fiction, non-Santa-related fiction. So here are five I've been enjoying in no particular order.

1. Derek Nikitas, who, for full disclosure, is a friend of mine, recently published three loosely linked stories. My favorite is "Razor" at Thuglit (the other two are "Bronze Horsemen" in Plots With Guns and "Homecoming" in Pulp Pusher).

2. David Erlewine's "Always with Us" at The Pedestal Magazine.

3. Roland Goity's "America’s Least Wanted" at decomP.

4. Jason Jordan's "Iron Lung" at Red Peter.

5. And I will go out on a holiday note with Carolyn McGovern's cheery "HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND GREETINGS TO ALL!!!!" over at Monkeybicycle.

Yippie, reading!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My Blog is a GENIUS!

So I'm reading Erik Smetana's blog when I discovered he had checked his blog's reading level. Naturally, I am a copycat, so I checked mine as well.

It is official:

blog readability test

Erik's was also genius level, which he attributes to his big word usage. I assume mine is due to my brilliant choice of topics, like how I supposedly look like Val Kilmer or Garden Weasels or that time Andre Dubus said Renfroe is a "black name" or this ....Genius! Pure genius!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Good News/Bad News

Guess what? No, really guess. No, it's not that. Nope, not that either. All right, I finished grading. Hooray! Much like the last time I finished grading I felt like sharing. And much like last time, Heather brought me down with this news: among the 1000+ new species found in that Mekong River place is a spider big as a dinner plate (not pictured).

Sunday, December 14, 2008


So my story "Stick" that appeared on 3:AM is featured at eSCENE: best of the Literary Journals, with the likes of Lee Smith and Ted Kooser. How embarrassing for Lee Smith and Ted Kooser.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Your Etiquette Advice from Some Old Books I Found

So my computer has been sick. Ill. So I did what any normal, rational person would do: I cursed until my throat closed shut. And then I flipped it the bird several times, while keeping my cool enough not to jump up and down on it in nihilistic glee.

Which brings me to today's etiquette advice. Last time it was on being a good conversationalist. And what is conversation made up of but words. This tip comes from American Etiquette and Rules of Politeness 1884 (Rand, McNally & Co.):

Vulgar Exclamations

Such exclamations as "The Dickens," or "Mercy," or "Good Gracious," should never be used. If you are surprised or astonished, suppress the fact. Such expressions border closely on profanity.

Mercy, I'm going to beat the dickens out this dag-blasted machine. Good gracious,
this has been your etiquette advice from some old books I found.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Me on 3:AM Magazine & decomP

That's right! Excuse the enthusiasm of the exclamation point, but hot on the heels of the VAIN and THE2NDHAND publications, two of my stories are live today.

The first "Stick" is on 3:AM Magazine.

The other one "Scientist Mad" is on decomP: a literary magazine.

I'm thrilled even beyond reckless punctuation use to be a part of these two seminal magazines. Check them out. Oh and!