New Music: "Black Tongue" by Mastodon

Been meaning to post this for a couple of days now. This past Tuesday Mastodon released a new advance promo for their forthcoming new album The Hunter, with the song “Black Tongue” (see video below). The track is also available for digital download at all major digital music retailers. It’s a great tune and I think it kind of picks up where the last album, Crack the Skye (2009) left off. Actually it probably fits comfortably between that album and its predecessor, Blood Mountain (2006) in style/sound/feel.

Also, they’ve announced and official release date of September 27, 2011. So belated happy birthday to me by one day. Yay.


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Notebook 2 | Self-Observation #1

I’m one of those writers who is far more into the creative process — the creation of characters, the development of new ideas, the building plot, all the brainstorming — than I am into the actual writing. Creation is easy, like breathing. Writing is work. Feels like work. Requires the stick-to-it-iveness of work. For the most part it’s enjoyable work, no doubt about it. However…

Writing is a mind at work. Creation is a mind at play.

I suppose I like to play more than I like to work, so that balance can be a struggle.

Update: Selection & Rejection

In addition to finalizing the Local Heroes manuscript in prepartion of it going to press soon for an August release, I am also in the selecton and rejecton process for the next issue of Liquid Imagination Online (issue #10 goes live August 31st). I have to select six pieces of flash fiction for that particular feature of the webzine. With that small number of stories to feature, I have to reject far more stories than I accept (duh).

This is the most regretable part of the entire editing and publishing process. Rejection. Any editor who is also a writer knows all about the sting of rejection from being on the other side of the process.

It’s a necessary yet dreadful part of the process. Even if I had an assistant who did all the dirty work of rejection for me, I’d still be affected by it.

So far I’ve selected 4 of the 6 and I am happy to report that they contain elements of either the surreal, the fantastic, the bizarre or the anthropomorphic.

I sense a certain kind of mood for this next issue, which will be my third as the flash fiction editor of our quarterly periodical.

If you are a writer and would like to submit short stories, flash fiction, poetry or artwork to us, you can do so via Submishmash. Our guidelines can be found here.

About us – Liquid Imagination Mission Statement:
Our mission is to publish a wide variety of art, creating visually stimulating publications of the highest quality that combine many artistic avenues, including graphic and digital art as well as traditional illustrations and paintings; speculative and literary fiction, flash fiction and poetry; music and audio works; digital poetry and digital flash fiction; and other artistic forms. The publication of these convergent arts will also support our mission of advancing the education about and research of autism. Our books, DVD, online magazines and other media combine two or more art forms to create new hybridized art, augmenting traditional art with new technologies. Serving the art community and the autism community, and promoting quality artists are keystones for our company.



Promo: The Walking Dead – Season 2 trailers

This first one is the long one from 2011 San Diego Comic Con. It’s a little spoiler-ish because it’s so long, but it’s a really engrossing, immersive watch that you can’t turn your attention from. The second ont is the less spoiler-ish less than two minutes one, which is just as compelling.

Enjoy.

On, and they’ve finally relased the start date: October 16th.



Excerpt: Matchbook has a "Paperboy" chapter by Bob Thurber


More Paperboy on this blog with tons of external links to a variety of coverage

Weekend Report: The Silver Pen Midwest Summit

This beautful shot of our campsite was lovingly shot Friday night (July 15, 2011) by Sue Babcock (yes, that’s my big dome glowing under the lights)
The first ever Silver Pen in-person meeting (and camping adventure) was a success. I even arrived about 20 minutes early to our meeting place on Friday after a 3.75 hour drive (complete with a few detours, most of which by fault of my own).
Association Directors in attendence were Liquid Imagination publisher and Managing Editor John “JAM” Arthur Miller (Secretary) and Sue Babcock (Vice President), Silver Pen and SilverBlade founder/publisher, Karl Rademacher (President), lawyer John Krupa (legal consultant) and Me (Treasurer). That’s 5 of the 14 of us on the Board of Directors.
Friday was for camping, conversation, gossiping, brainstorming ideas, fire-kindling, relaxation, eating (chipotle brats, YUM!), the boardgame Blokus, urinating in the woods, firefly armada observation (two small children were in tow and in awe), and much spraying of various cans of OFF! bug repellent. And sleep, which I did surprisingly well, all things considered. Didn’t get any reading done, though.
Saturday was the day of our actual conference at the office where we had other Directors call in for an intense meeting of the minds for how we plan to procede with getting Silver Pen truly off the ground. It all pretty much plays off of an idea that I concocted and proposed back in April, plus another initiative that’s already underway that focuses on child literacy.
After a nice luncheon at Olive Garden where even more intense discussions emerged, we finally adjourned Saturday afternoon to return back to our respective corners of the world with plenty of agendas to further develop in the future and lots of work to do on our immediate initiatives.
Good times.
About Silver Pen Writers’ Association: The Silver Pen Writers’ Association is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. We started with a concept: provide information and mentoring needed to produce quality writing and quality online publications to showcase excellent stories, poems, essays and novels (in a nutshell).