Archive for July, 2008

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More work (still) to be done on Breathing Room(s)

July 18, 2008

I got my galley proof in the mail from Lulu.com this afternoon and the page breaks, headers and footers are a catastrophe.  Carrie Gardner sent me the back half of the manuscript for Volume I and it’s riddled with typos.  I’m strongly considering pulling all the page breaks, page numbers and headers and let all the poems cozy up next to one another so that people can either browse them, power-read them or flip through at their leisure.  Two more weeks and copies will be in reader’s hands come hell or highwater.  My photographer has two more days to get me a picture for the cover concept on the first one and after that I’ll just take matters into my own hands.  Two more friends (Ian from Don’s Atomic and his moll Rachel) perused the first volume and gave me some solid and glowing feedback.  I just might have two minor hits on my hands.  You’ll be able to judge for yourself soon enough…

And one more thing.  If you want a free teaser (3 poems each) from either collection, you can find them easily enough over on my Myspace profile.  Thanks!

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Stick & Move

July 18, 2008

     So apparently, the Batman series has caused a furor among the homebound shut-ins who revolve around Buffalo Rising.  Perfect.  That’s exactly what I was looking for.  My goal in writing a five review series this week on Batman was as follows: a) drive more traffic to the BRO site thanks in large part to Batman searches and fanatical interest in the new movie, b) make a loud and obvious declaration that I was writing for BRO and that I was a new staple and c) I love comics, period.         

      Certain parties started some shit.  I’m not one to take anything lying down.  They were less than capable in dealing with having their swiss cheese philosophies shot down in front of their eyes so they threatened (rather impotently) me with legal action.  Apparently, they don’t know me well enough.  Apparently, they don’t know that I know first amendment rights backwards and forwards.  I live for this.  Regular readers of this site know all too well what a nasty, vindictive, rotten son of a bitch I can be.  Well Buffalo Rising Online is going to find out.  I’ve had a few slings and arrows directed my way regarding my lack of ‘journalistic integrity’.  And to this I say: FUCK journalistic integrity. 

      I am not (nor have I ever been) a journalist.  I’m beyond that.  I’ve always refused to stoop to the levels of what, where, why, how and when.  It sucks the life out of a story, it’s boring and it’s derivative.  I am (and always will be) a creative writer, a poet, and an essayist.  I play outside of the box and it’s been very lucrative for me.  It’s actually paying off.  So suck on your journalistic integrity all day long.  Love it and adhere to it.  It’s not for me.  Once I started getting big fat wonderful checks once a month from the Buffalo News (two massive checks from my books once a year) and making my own rules, I stopped giving a flying fuck about journalism, or integrity.  Journalism is boring.   It’s a passing fad that’s almost extinct.  Some of us are more concerned with immortality, leverage and the bigger picture.  I’d rather control the vertical and the horizontal than worry about the humdrum day to day. 

     I’ve got more than a few newspapers, web sites and marketing geniuses on retainer.  If you’ve got a lawyer, I’d love to see him.  Bring the fucking noise, you sad, pathetic simpletons.  I’ve got better verbiage, a better grasp of the world of literature, and a better understanding of my rights as a writer.  Did your left nut get sucked back into your chest cavity?  I thought so.  If you want to join the fight, log in, turn on and drop out over at:

www.buffalorising.com 

I’m just getting warmed up.  ‘The Dark Knight’ is going to be a massive cult triumph this weekend and BRO and myself were at the forefront.  It’s so much more relevant to be at the front of the pack as opposed to running behind the bandwagon after they’ve passed your block and then some.  Oh, there are so many games I could play.  One more day to Dark Knight…

-your tiny ego must be reeling, mustn’t it?  you don’t get any more free press from me, fucko

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Breathing Room Volume 2 complete, first 2 batman reviews down

July 16, 2008

     After a day of writing, formatting, and overall creative overdrive, Breathing Room volume 2: rhymes & relics is done.  Now that both volumes are complete, now I need to embark on the slow, painful process of learning the desktop publishing ethic  (through lulu.com), working on headers & footers and making sure that the spelling and placement are correct.  Carrie Gardner (my esteemed and appointed Editor in Chief for the project) was kind enough to priority mail her corrections for the first collection (along with a knockout intro) yesterday.  This is the first (and only time) that I’ll be working on the typesettting and layout to not one, but two books simultaneously.  After 325 odd pages of poems, I’m finally ready to take a break.

     And in light of that, two of the Batman reviews are up and at play online.  Buffalo Rising (online) posted my review for The Killing Joke deluxe 20th anniversary edition along with Batman: Jekkyl & Hyde.  You’re welcome to read both over at:

www.buffalorising.com

     I’ll be spending the better part of this afternoon co-hosting the historic 60th episode of the Pissed Off World Of Uncle Hal out in the sunny Burbank studios of Uncle Hal/Harpo Productions in California today.  The second that the episode is up I’ll let you know.  Much like the ‘I’m not even supposed to be here today’ mantra to Clerks, I don’t even have a book to promote!  Yet…..

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Monday Big Words Update! Week 86 on stands, etc., etc., etc.

July 14, 2008

     There’s almost too much stuff to cover today.  This is gonna be a hell of a week for me, writing wise.  Firstly, the new issue of Night Life makes the rounds today with a Big Words I Know By Heart rendition of ‘On Spec’, my essay about a recent mental/tectonic shift in my writing philosophy.  Whatever the case, that philosophy must be working, because I’ve hit a goddamned gusher in the last month.

     Breathing Room Volume I: Free Verse is finished, and Carrie Gardner and myself have been toiling away on edits, spelling corrections and punctuation issues.  The frequent problem with being able to type 57 words per minute is that occassionally, you’re going to mispell a few things.  We both want this book to be perfect.  Ron (Carrie’s husband) started reading the book last week and tore through it in one sitting.  Lindsay finally got a peek over the weekend and read the whole thing in the span of an hour and a half.  I think I’ve got something special on my hands, here.  We’re all excited, but I have no idea how it’s going to make any money.  One way or another, the manuscript is getting sent to press by this time next Monday. 

     Yesterday, I spent the better part of the day tinkering on Breathing Room Volume 2: rhymes & relics.  While it was originally intended to be a much smaller, more portable, chapbook sized collection, it exploded.  It billowed out to almost 120 pages.  I’m writing eight final poems for the ‘cookies’ section of the book (there’s a running internet theme for the three parts), writing the ‘afterword’, and then I’m done with that one, too.  These two books have been the most fun I’ve had writing in a long, long time.  I’m putting some events into motion for autumn (which is a great time for poetry anyway) that should play around quite a bit with people’s notions of promotion.

      And ironically enough, The Buffalo News has accepted a piece I wrote last week about inheriting a second family due to marriage that will run the same month that Lindsay and I tie the knot.  ‘My People’ will hit the press in September in the ‘My View section, so keep your eyes peeled.

     As far as Buffalo Rising, I finally nabbed a copy of this month’s print issue and the new format (not sure how long it’s been that size) is gorgeous!  They ran a 1,000 word edit of my interview with comic book artist/writer Alex Robinson as the first installment in my new ‘Vox Populi’ series.  Starting today online (hopefully), they’ll be running five Batman reviews in a row leading up to the theatrical bombshell that is The Dark Knight.  Check that out over at:

www.buffalorising.com

That should be everything for one day.  Let’s put a smile on that face of yours!

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‘You’re just a freak… like me!’ 6 Days To The Dark Knight!!!!!

July 12, 2008

     Anticipation doesn’t even begin to describe my lack of impatience to see this movie again and again.  Dark Knight is going to be my first Imax film and probably the following four or five viewings as well.  After pitching a 5 review concept to my handlers at Buffalo Rising, they took the bait and I’m off and running.  Starting Monday and leading up to the day of the live action release, Buffalo Rising online will be publishing 5 concurrent Batman reviews by yours truly.  So far, I’ve punched up a review on the Batman: The Killing Joke Deluxe edition by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland as well as the Batman: Gotham Knights animated DVD release.      Apparently, I’m not the only one who’s pumped about this film hitting the theaters next Friday, either.  Web searches have found that over a dozen film critics are howling and braying after seeing an advance screening that Heath Ledger deserves the first posthumous Oscar in quite some time for his role as the ‘Ace Of Knaves’, better known as The Joker.  A Wikipedia look-see uncovered an astonishing 110 site references for the film.  And all reports point to the opening day release being sold out.  I hope to god that the opening weekend gross rakes in enough to bury all three Spiderman films and lock in another three or four movies.  Christopher Nolan is a genius for what he’s done with the mythos and I’m trying to keep busy for the next six days so that I don’t obsess over it…too much.  I’m just another Batman super freak…. like you!

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3 poems on Myspace, 1 over on YourHub

July 10, 2008

Okay, so I realize that I’m going to have to let some of it go for free if I’m going to pique the unconverted, so I threw 3 poems from Breathing Room Vol. I up on my Myspace blog over at:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog&Mytoken=E3BCB837-832D-41F7-9D760A22998C6B361039299

For the YourHub poem, just follow the link I’ve got on Myspace and click on ‘Stories’.  Simple, right?  Comment back on the blog (or YourHub) and lemme know whatcha think!

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Acid Logic Update/’Final Eulogy’ in BRO/5 min video delayed (not really)

July 9, 2008

Goddamn, it’s good to be productive!

The July issue of Acid Logic is up online right now with ‘Quiet Time Or Else’, an essay about my required need for silence and tranquility.  Check it out at:

http://www.acidlogic.com/quiet_time.htm

And Buffalo Rising has seen fit to throw my review up online regarding Charles Bukowski’s final posthumous collection of poems, ‘The Pleasures Of The Damned’.  You can read all about it at:

http://www.buffalorising.com/story/final_eulogy_charles_bukowskis#sca

     And I spaced on the date for Think Twice radio’s ‘five minute video’ series.  It wasn’t yesterday.  It’s about two weeks away.  There is honestly so much going on (even without a current book to plug) that it’s hard to keep track and I’m simply hanging on for dear life and loving every single minute of it.  I believe the date is somewhere around July 24th, so you can be sure that I’ll post the link right around then.

    Last but not least, the manuscript for Breathing Room Volume I: Free Verse was quietly (and ecstatically) completed Monday night around 10 pm.  I’m ecstatic.  I’m giddy.  I’m clicking my heels inside!  I went out to celebrate last night and felt a hell of a lot like Barton Fink in the USO scene of the film by the same name.  I’m feeling compelled to post a poem over on MySpace sometime today, so if you’re curious, you might want to nose around my profile if you get a chance. 

     I’ve set a two week deadline for my photographer (Shauna Seiler) for the cover concept and my editor (Carrie Gardner) for the introduction, so the book should be available by month’s end.  Not one to be lazy, I’m going to start working on the second volume in the next few days: Breathing Room Vol. II: rhymes & relics.  As I’ve said before, with the wedding fast approaching, I don’t have the time nor the inclination to promote anything in the next three months, but I’m putting my aces in my places for a gigantic book launch/concert/multiple artist reading on Oct. 25th, my 33rd birthday.  I’m thinking downtown.  I’m thinking artsy.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  More news on that event as it develops…

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