Sunday, December 27, 2009

I Read Twilight and I Loved It!

That's right I love Twilight. Not the Mormon fairy tale of repressed sexuality, which I'm sure is great. True this Twilight does have sex with dead people, but not in the way the tweens would really get into. William Gay's Twilight is a Southern gothic, heavy on the gothic, where a prissy and perverse mortician is blackmailed by a brother and sister and in turn sics Sutter on them, Sutter being the kind deranged monster that perhaps only the South can produce. Anyway, good holiday reading.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dzanc Books Write-a-Thon: DAY 4

So it's Day Four, the final day, of the Dzanc Books Write-a-Thon. I have 18 hours...will I make it to 24 hours? See I could write action suspense. That question probably has you on the edge of your seat alone. Anyway, it will be harder today with family obligations and whatnot.

And this is my last plea to you to sponsor me: You can still donate. And it supports a good cause.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dzanc Books Write-a-Thon: DAY 3

So it's Day Three of the Dzanc Books Write-a-Thon. I've made it to 12 hours--halfway to my goal of 24 hours during the write-a-thon. Yesterday was easier, most of my time completed in a Starbucks. I know some people cringe at writing in coffee shops what with it being cliche and all. Plus the fear that such a corporate environment could seep into their writing. I just don't see it. I mean, the table over from me had a T-Rex balloon animal in the center and two guys explaining to this teenager how much money you can make as a freelance balloon animal artist and all he had to do was buy the $60 start-up kit from them and take a few hours of unspecified lessons. See there is art everywhere, even in the corporate caffeinated soul of America.

I should probably work on that 6 hour goal for today.

Thank you to those who have sponsored me and if you still want to but haven't:You can still donate. And it supports a good cause.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dzanc Books Write-a-Thon: Day 2

So it's Day Two of the Dzanc Books Write-a-Thon. I achieved my goal of writing for six hours yesterday though under duress. As Heather shopped at the Northlake Mall, I wrote in the Borders where I heard great snatches of conversation like:

Girlfriend(?): I'm not buying you another book. I got you one last year, and you didn't even read three pages of it.
Guy: But this one's about war!

Anyway, I should get started. Goal: 6 more hours today.

You can still donate. And it supports a good cause.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dzanc Books Write-a-Thon: DAY 1

It's Day One of the Dzanc Books Write-a-Thon. I have my prompt and I have my laptop and I have my goal of writing 24 hours over the next four days, so I'm hoping to get 6 hours today. Problem: the wife is off today and needs me to run errands with her. So this may be piecemeal. So I should probably stop writing this and get to work.

You can still donate. And it supports a good cause.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

There’s Still Time

To sponsor me in Dzanc Books Write-A-Thon. Every dollar counts. You’ll be essentially making me write for twenty-four hours straight.* You could win fabulous prizes.** Just think of the crazy things I’ll write that you can read for your low, low donation of anything you want to donate.*** Sponsor me today!****

*Straight here only means chronologically and may be stretched out over four days with breaks in between for eating, bathroom stops, sleep, drinking, video gaming, gardening, cartooning, romance novel reading, and sexual intrigue.
**There are no prizes. But you will get to see what I write during the event, so that’s sort of like a prize.
***The writing my not, in fact, be crazy, but instead only eyebrow raising. Admittedly it will probably be a domestic drama. With a band of rabid possums thrown in. One can never tell.
****Tomorrow will also be fine.

Friday, December 11, 2009

How Do I Cite My Comment on LiveJournal?

Did you know there's this thing called Twitter? I know! Right? Anyway, I don't tweet because I can barely semi-monthly blog and my facebook updates have become so obligatory I call my mom more often so I have room for the extra guilt for not facebooking.

Though I'm not a denizen of Tweetville, my friend Jeff pointed me to one that makes me want to join just to follow them: FakeAPStylebook. At Fake AP Stylebook you can find answers to all your unasked style questions and concerns. Here are just a few of my favorite examples:
  • "The word 'totally' is redundant except when describing how rad something is."
  • "Italicize words to give your story that gangsta lean."
  • "'Teh' is a common misspelling of 'the.' Add it to your rival's spell-check dictionary. "
Oh and the answer to that pesky LiveJournal question: "Comments on LiveJournal posts do not need citations."

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sponsor Me in Dzanc Books Write-A-Thon


So I'm participating in the 2009 Dzanc Books Write-A-Thon which will take place December 17th through the 20th. I'll be writing for twenty-four hours over the write-a-thon. That's like a day. Though spread over four days, so not so crazy as writing for twenty-four hours straight which would probably result in my writing even worse than normal.

You can sponsor me by going here. You'll receive updates as to my progress. And I would be grateful. And thank you.

For those that don't already know, and if not, you really should: Dzanc is a non-profit independent publishing company that supports literary magazines, small presses, and funds writing programs in public schools, as well as the Dzanc Prize, which benefits not only the writer awarded it but pays for a community based project like writing workshops in prisons or cancer centers.

If you would like to get involved in the Write-A-Thon, please email Dan Wickett at dan@dzancbooks.org.