Friday, June 27, 2008

Getting Better

It has been sunny here in Washington and that is a good thing. I haven't written anything in days and that is a bad thing, but I'm not getting down on myself about it. I'll be writing my ass off in just a few days, creating a brand-new bizarro horror novel along with my pals David, Jodi and Kody, who I think are writing straight-up horror novels. Not positive about that though. Either way, it's gonna be cool to get back in the saddle and see what floats to the top of the old noggin.

I seriously can't wait until we get a new president. It will be nice to be happy with our leader, to be proud to stand beside him (metaphorically) and not be embarrassed by his war and hate mongering and other various antics. That's assuming America has the brains to vote in the right guy and that said right guy doesn't turn into something besides what he says he is. Fingers crossed on that one.

I wonder if the people of China feel the same way about their government as some of us US citizens feel about our current one. I really despise the Chinese government and not only for what it has done to Tibet. They have commited so many really bothers me if I think about it too much.

I also wonder if China had been invading a Christian country instead of a Buddhist one, if the US would have stepped in. Food for thought. I don't claim to know a lot about politics but I certainly know right from wrong.

Anyway, I guess it's all just flotsam in the wind, eh? The sad part of doing time on planet Earth.

On a lighter note, here is an interview I did with Ash Lomen over at Bizarro Central. Bizarro Central Forums - My interview with Gina Ranalli
One of my more oppositional moments. I thought he was just being goofy (he was!) and I was giving him goofy replies. I think it's funny though, even if no one else does. Ash is a cool dude and always cracks me up. I hope he writes a book one of these days.

I think I might have Thai food for dinner. Or homemade pizza. And beer. I am REALLY craving a beer.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Negative Space

For the last week or so I've been in this negative head space that I can't really seem to shake. I've been getting bombarded with all kinds of work-related requests, which is making me feel overwhelmed and sort of stressed, in addition just getting some bad vibes from someone who I consider a friend. I think part of feeling crappy might have to do with the weather--it is nearly July and still cold around here. Fucking blows.

I've been trying to improve my diet a lot too and have been pretty successful at it so far. Eating lots of good organic stuff, a lot of raw fruits and veggies. Cutting out as much processed food as possible, create as little waste as possible, etc... Most people don't stop to think about all that plastic and cardboard and such that come with their processed foods, so it's not only bad for them, but bad for the environment as well.

Also decided to go back to meditating, which should help a lot too. Getting back into the practice of it takes time though. We'll see how it goes.

I'm reading a whole bunch of books right now too. Five, I think, all of which are enjoyable in their very different ways. One of the books is Only Begotten Daughter by James Morrow, which kicks much ass and I find totally hilarious. My guess is that Morrow probably pisses off a whole lot of Christians though. It reminds me quite a bit of the Vic Mudd book Deity, actually. God's children sure know how to have a good time. haha.

But with all this reading I've been doing, I realize just how much growing I still have to do as a writer. Grow and grow and grow and never stop. That is the point of this insane life, I think. That and to surround yourself with special, loving, kind people and to recognize the bullshit when it comes your way, which it always does eventually.


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Sunday, June 15, 2008

I was going through some old boxes about a week ago, which contained ancient notebooks and writings, mostly from my teenage years. Talk about hilarious and embarrassing both at the same time. Most of the stuff, I couldn't get past the first couple of paragraphs before groaning or giggling before moving onto the next thing. Talk about angst and waxing poetic. Good grief.

Most of my stuff was not very bizarro back then, though I did find one thing that had quite a few bizarro elements in it. The story is called GASOLINE STREAM and is basically about the whole world being on fire. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense but parts of it are very weird and funny. I thought I might release it as an APA novella, but as the APA is being revamped, I'm not really sure. I'm wondering if I should release it on my own, selling it as a very limited edition (but very inexpensive) chapbook. Or maybe offering it as a freebie to folks who buy a certain number of my other books at once. OR, maybe I'll just do nothing with it at all.

The rest of the stuff I found was mostly crap. A couple of pretty cool short stories, but not much else worth noting.

I'm also kind of stumped over the novel I'm supposed to do in July. I REALLY want to start a new one, but I really HAVE to finish an old one. Damn this being a libra crap! Making a decision--even a simple one--becomes this torturous, glacial process. Bah.

But, life is good. Allergies still suck, but life is good. :)

Hope whoever may come across this blog is having an outstanding day! Let's hug!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Beneath Seattle Skies

Hooray for Washington weather. It's been raining all day and this makes me happy. I love sunny weather too, but sometimes rainy days seem so perfect. Especially when it's not winter rain. I grew up in the Boston area where winters could get pretty damn nasty but now I always miss the snow. It snows here maybe a few times a year and never very much. A dusting here is a HUGE deal, which I find hilarious. "OH MY GOD! HALF AN INCH OF SNOW! LET'S DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND CLOSE DOWN THE ENTIRE WESTERN SIDE OF THE STATE!!!" Pretty amusing.

Why am I going on about this? I have no idea...

I've concluded that I'm insane. Even though I already have roughly a gazillion things on my literary plate, I've decided to move forward with a micro-press I've been thinking about for some time. I just love the punk DIY ethos and know so many talented writers who should be read more widely and shared with any readers who have the balls to try someone/something new and different. This project will be very small-scale; no one will be getting rich--especially not me, but I don't give a shit about that and hope the writers get it too. We'll see, I guess. I probably won't even make a website for it. Just a myspace page: :)

I should mention that a piece of flash fiction I wrote was accepted by Coscom Entertainment for their upcoming zombie antho BITS OF THE DEAD, available for pre-order at Horror Mall. I'm really excited about the project and hope everyone else digs it too. (You'll find links in the--you guessed it!!--link section!!!)

Guess that's it for now. Love and best wishes to all and thanks for reading!!