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...into the brick oven. Planet X Publications, the outfit I am partner in, has decided to close its doors as of the publication of the Weird Westerns anthology, sometime around Halloween. We had to turn away three collections and a novel. There were a couple of projects that I had been...
My friend Christopher was born with ameleogenesis imperfecta, a condition that essentially causes his teeth to rot and break much more easily than normal because they lack proper enamel protection. This condition has gotten so bad that the man can barely eat and suffers from constant pain. He...
Today we announced at 9 am PST that we were going to put together a limited-edition chapbook, in which the writers write stories based on the titles of Black Sabbath songs. Budget strictly limited, small crew sorta thing. By 1 pm, we were full. So we can safely announce that the anthology...
As some of you may know, I am the editor-in-chief of a small press, seen to be "upcoming" in some circles and probably "uppity" in others. It's a full-time job, and a constant learning experience. The primadonna factor is less than I thought it would be...which is a good thing. I've never had a...
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I've been discovering the joys of the 'ignore' feature recently. Far more enjoyable than getting annoyed by certain mindless members. I suppose I had been afraid of 'missing something'...but, yanno, I ain't missin' a thing. The internet is the home of the ill-informed hot take, so I shouldn't be...
Is the prompt for this month's LM event. I've already finished and polished my piece...as usual trying to find the boundaries of what one can do with 650 words, but perhaps not quite as ambitious as the last two. This entry involves women, cats, and Tom Swifties. There's some tough competition...
The title of an old Doors track, and the theme of this round of Literary Maneuvers. I admit that I have a small problem with the 650-word requirement. It's too many words. So my compromise this time around is to create a themed collection of short-shorts, like knickers on a clothesline, based on...
Ingredients for crust: 50 vanilla wafers, ground down to powder 1 stick butter, softened How to: mix the butter and crumbs and pour them into an oiled springform pan. Pat down evenly over bottom of pan. Cool in fridge for 15 minutes or so. Ingredients for cheesecake: 3/4 lb cream cheese 1/4...
Been busy blogwise this week...having moved a number of MP3s into a folder on my website, I updated the jukebox sidebar there and embarked on a project to explain how each of those songs came to be. Also took on the copy/pasting of a number of old blogposts to the new blogsite, and worked some...
Yeah. Here I am,ninety days or so after leaving the “convalescent center”,still occasionally short of breath,wearing a tube in my nose with fifty feet of frequently-tangled green cord trailing me around the apartment,with a boarder that drives me bananas,and I call it progress. Gad. The...
I had been feeling a little “off”since @Hallowe’en,and had shrugged off the lack of energy as the consequence of my 5 mile daily walk (usually in the hot sun) and general lack of nutritiion. I tried to eat a little bit better and slogged on. Things stayed pretty much in that vein for a few...
Albuquerque-The Isotopes won 4-2 over the Round Rock Express in a game that was more eventful than the score would indicate. Playing at home, the Albuquerque nine had loaded the bases with the score tied and one out, in the bottom of the seventh. Switch-hitting shortstop Miguel Guerra lined...
More or less adult content disclaimer:the following story is extremely bad, and also contains some scenes of a not-so-graphic but sort of sexual nature. Spaghettio Blimpetto toiled in his workshop, day and night, working on his newest creation. Little by little, the small wooden toy took...
A selection of intentionally bad writings. Squatched It was a dark and stormy night, like many other dark and stormy nights. The sun had gone down, and there was wind and rain. But this night was different. Creatures scurried furtively through the underbrush, running away from the...
Carefully locking the deadbolt behind him, Roger left the house, shaking his head at the state of his siding. Once it had been royal blue, but time and weather had reduced it to bluish gray. “I’ll have to get that taken care of,” he said. “Maybe the new album will get some money coming...
Fallen Earring A novel by Duane Pesice updates posted weekly last update 05/04/2010 prologue As in the old saw about the kingdom and the nail, things often depend on chains of circumstance. The more tenuous the link, the more tangential the connection, the more likely that...
In honor of my lady's birthday yesterday, I humbly submit this further example of what I call verse: Paean As I sit... Missing you As I stand... Missing you As I lie... Lonely again, missing you And the scent of vanilla wafts through the air I remember: The first sight of...
Because I'm feelin' brave, here's an example of what I laughingly call poetry. This piece was originally published in a slightly different form in a now-defunct printzine called atmosfearics, way back in 1983. False Idylls the revolution will be televised the revelations will be disseminated...
The Big Dumb Object is a science-fictional plot device, as described in the linked wiki entry. Examples would be the Ringworld, Rama, Gaea, or Jack Kirby's Ego, the Living Planet. I got to thinking, while driving cross-country and sucking caffeine to stay awake, about big dumb objects...

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