The weekly Racine Public Library Wordshop gathering of poets and writers is always lively and engaging. Last week there was a special presentation of Beat literature.
Upon acceptance of another story this week, I received this note from the editor:
“Good lord this is good.”
The encouragement from these editors helps sweep a lot of self-doubt out of the way.
Announcing the release of When the Lights Go Out: and other writings [Kindle Edition]!
This e-book collects four stories from a Coffeehouse Junkie audio podcast plus a bonus chapter. Inside When the Lights Go Out includes stories about creative space, laptop versus hand-writing and more. Here’s a list of the chapters:
- Creative space
- When the lights go out
- An audience of one
- Life is lived as a messy first draft
Plus a bonus chapter!
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Download today: When the Lights Go Out: and other writings [Kindle Edition]
Received this note from the editor of a forthcoming article to be published:
“…it’s excellent, timely, very motivating and inspirational.”
“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”
Gustave Flaubert (via absynthe-words)
Years ago, the practice of capturing a moment or event was accomplished with pencil and sketchbook.
But poems are like dreams: in them you put what you don’t know you know.
Adrienne Rich, ‘When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision’ On Lies, Secrets, and Silence (via thedaysarenotfullenough) (via libraryland)
This morning, kidlinger walks up to my desk while I work, looks at the laptop screen critically and asks: “What’s that?”
Me: “I’m listening to Shostakovich.“
Kidlinger: “He’s not one of the three killer B’s.“
Me: “True. Would you prefer to listen to Bach, Beethoven, or Brahms?”
Kidlinger: “I don’t know.”
Me: “How about some Bach… violin sonata in G minor? Something to encourage you to practice your violin.”
Kidlinger: “Yeah, that sounds good.”
 Here’s a brief bio on Shostakovich: http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/shostakovich.php
 This is not a reference to the 1991 release of Anthrax’s B-sides collection Attack of the Killer B’s. But it is a reference to the three greatest classic music composers, commonly knowns as the Three B’s, Bach, Beethoven, or Brahms. Here’s a link to recent relesases of the Three B’s from NPR’s “Music We Love Now: New Albums Of Bach, Beethoven And Brahms”: http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/03/18/174659127/music-we-love-now-the-3-bs-on-cd
I didn’t foresee that my whole little life was going to revolve around this object, this computer. That’s worth exploring to me, not simply being critical of it. If you’re going to have a movie about people my age in L.A., they’re going to have to be online a lot of the time or it’s not realistic. But for anything to happen, they have to stop being online. All of those little moments throughout the day when you’re like “What am I doing? Who am I?” I just check my e-mail, or I go online. That sort of mini-lost feeling isn’t new, but I’m curious what happens when you don’t really have to see it through, ever. There is always a distraction.
Miranda July, on the characters in her new film, The Future (via thesalinasvalley)
“Meformer” (vs “informer”) is not a new term, but for some reason it is making its rounds on social media the last few months.
 Jennifer Van Grove, Mashable, “STUDY: 80% of Twitter Users Are All About Me”, September 29, 2009, accessed July 15, 2014, http://mashable.com/2009/09/29/meformers/
 Patrick Allan, LifeHacker, “Be an Informer, Not a ‘Meformer’, To Get More Followers On Social Media”, May 29 2014, accessed July 15, 2014, http://lifehacker.com/be-an-informer-not-a-meformer-to-get-more-followers-1583508468
 Kirk Englehardt, LinkedIn, “Are you a Twitter ‘Informer’ or ‘Meformer’?”, June 03, 2014, accessed July 15, 2014,