Sunday, November 30, 2008

Interview with a Hero

Paul Auster | The A.V. Club

Auster has long been one of my literary heroes. He really turned me onto literature in a new way and it's unlikely that I'd be writing were it not for him.

Early on I tried to emulate him, but didn't quite hit the mark. Now, I'm just happy that I read so much of his work, especially his less fictional stuff which informed so much of my knowledge of literature and gave me a real approach to the craft.

I've found my own voice and am honing my vision. More importantly, I'm honing my craft and figuring out this whole "plot" and "narrative" thing.




After reading this interview with Auster, I am left with the question of whether or not I want to tackle any issues from the "news." Topical, timely stuff. 9/11 or the past 8 years of misery imposed by the Loser in Chief.

I've spun off from certain themes which can relate to that Loser, but to hit that directly feels like biting off a LOT.
It would be so important to hit every note perfectly, because interjecting recent historical facts bring up so many fresh feelings for the audience.

For instance, just bringing up 9/11 in conversation is still somewhat awkward, it seems. People don't want to talk about it. So, from that I conclude that feelings are still raw.

Cheney, et. al. Used 9/11 to their own ends. Thus, no real healing was able to occur. They used that horrible event to drive a wedge in the populace and that wedge remains, I fear.

Hmm... Perhaps this is why it needs to be written about. With compassion and with the aim of finding truth and finding the human lessons we had the possibility of learning but which were switched with the lessons of hatred and MORE violence.

I now need to find the time to read Delillo's Falling Man. Of course, Auster's A Man in the Dark is on my list as well.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Opinions: 'Sarah Palin for poet laureate' by Julian Gough | Prospect Magazine December 2008 issue 153

Ok, I admit it. I hate Sarah Palin.

Despise. Loathe. I seethe with rage upon hearing her awful, hateful, nasal voice. She is a pox on the earth.

She's a liar. She's a cheat. She's delusional.

But, she may just be a damn fine poet.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dear Diary

Today, I took a photo of Mt. Adams from the kitchen window of my workplace. Then, my Ukranian co-worker said I looked like Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (aka Lenin.)

Later, a client tried to eat a raw, frozen, turkey burger patty; he screamed bloody murder when I took his turkeycicle away from him


Get 'em Flash
Well, I have been making sales over at Flash Frenzy! Coffee mugs and sweatshirts are flying out the door. Get yours now! Time's a wasting, people!

There's a new mug imprinted with a Meg Pokrass micro fiction piece, and also a new dark long-sleeved t-shirt. I take requests, too.

Friday, November 14, 2008


What exactly is a Fictionaut? | Jacket Copy | Los Angeles Times

Interesting development. I'm a HUGE fan of, but I'm all for more writers coming on the scene. More writers mean more readers, and vice versa. I wasn't the biggest reader prior to kicking my writing into gear, but I am now. It helps to be in school, but still...

Oh, I put up a new design on the black/blue long-sleeved t-shirt at Flash Frenzy. Check it out.

Things I Dig About Portland #1

Laurelhurst Theater

Haven't been here yet, but any 2nd run movie house with the sort of line-up they currently have is all good in my book. I'm going to try and see Man on Wire tomorrow.

$3 for great cinema? YEAH!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008



Well, this is my first publication. Not my first acceptance, as that'll publish next month at Wigleaf. Read and enjoy!

Tenderoni - A Stunning Image Seethes

SmokeLong Quarterly—Issue Twenty-Two—"Tenderoni" by Kathy Fish

Kathy Fish's Tenderoni is a Flash which will stick with you. The image of the dead kitten in the rainy road will not soon leave you. The seething emotions of the characters (my read) compound the horror of that innocent life lost.

Read this one a few times. Let it seep in like rain through a Sears poncho. You'll be glad you did (or not.)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Stuff

New Design

I just put up a new design at Flash Frenzy. It's only available on the baseball jersey. Let me know what you think. Fonts? Overall design?

I have a similar design with the "flash" in a more futuristic font, but I can't make up my mind.

Get 'Em now before Christmas!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Introducing... FLASH FRENZY

I put up a little shop on CafePress. Flash Frenzy is there to satisfy all of your flash fiction accessory needs. Buttons, t-shirts, mugs, and sweatshirts. Let me know what you think of the designs, I'm making more which I'll rotate through. So, check back often - never know what you'll find!

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