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Dealing with Family & Friends

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 10/23/2012 at 16:41

A trip down memory lane recalls my first collaboration with German author / artist Dorothee Lang—a 2009 cross-disciplinary project that appears in the online journal qarrtsiluni. The quasi-mathematical formula is as follows:

audio + visual + fiction + theory + stamp
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Dealing with Family and Friends

The project evolved over a game of email volleyball; a series of back-and-forth tosses that began with the lines that now appear on the photo. Image selection was next. Then came the postage stamp. The fictional theoretical story followed. Audio-recording of the words came last. Somehow, we pulled it together, without any conscious road map or plan.

In addition to the online publication, the project is included (without audio) in qarrtsiluni’s print anthology entitled:

Economy

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Dorothee’s notes on the process are here.

Happy Holiday: Kindle & Nook

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 12/24/2010 at 04:43

Revisiting a picofiction

The story–originally published in PicFic December 2009–
was recently republished in the new Folded Word Press paperback anthology,
On a Narrow Windowsill: Fiction and Poetry Folded onto Twitter.

Now, the anthology is also available as an e-book, herehere, and here.

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Are you an indie publisher? Want to learn the art of  converting
“a highly formatted literary book from print to .epub to .mobi in one smooth workflow”?

If so, sign up for FoldedWord’s free tutorials. They’re willing to share what they know…

Join the lessons by dropping a note at this address:

editors [at] foldedword [dot] com

In the subject line, type “exPRESS”.

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The original ‘Happy Holiday’ blog notes are here, with poll questions included.


Drain: PicFic

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 07/15/2010 at 16:45

When it comes to new publications, I typically write a few words in my blog — provide context; give the back story. Most recently, I did so here, where I detail how strangers in an airport terminal inspired ‘Flight 493’. Another example is here, where I explain how ‘(Re)Vision’ connects to a 70’s TV character and my childhood obsession with Jan Brady.

‘Drain’ is my third micro-story as PicFic’s Featured Contributor for July 2010. In terms of context, details, and back story — this one is different; I don’t offer any. Have a look. I’m sure you’ll understand …

Here’s the link → Drain

Palindrome: Self and Society

In Random Curiosities on 02/25/2010 at 07:05

It’s one thing to experience social life, another to describe it, and something different altogether to depict it visually.

I discovered Palindrome on the BluePrintReview blog just a moment. It knocked my socks off. I left a comment. Here’s what I said:

“So glossy and seductive like beautiful masks people wear at parties; masks that beg to be pulled off b/c of the compulsion to see who’s underneath …

… a fascinating visual depiction of sociology, of the ongoing tensions between self and society, and the ways in which identity is negotiated …”

To my words I’d like to add:

It represents the weight of expectation — of family, ethnicity, race, class, gender, socialization, education, religion, occupation, etc.

It also represents human struggle and the capacity for resistance …

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The mastermind behind Palindrome is Isabelle Carbonell — a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Washington, D.C.

Here’s how she describes her work:

“Palindrome is a “videopainting” about what society demands us to do as either immigrants or citizens: to assimilate. It is a palindromic painting about the mirror of identity, the multiple masks we offer in different settings, and our subconscious rebellion that emerges in times of epiphany.”

What does Palindrome represent to you?

What do you see?

Happy Holiday: PicFic

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 12/21/2009 at 20:14

‘Tis the season for shortbread and shopping malls, holiday stress and family tension.

I have visions of geographically dispersed families with members scattered around the globe, doing whatever they can to make it home for the holidays to spend time with relatives and friends.

I see travelers arriving on the doorsteps of (grand)parents and siblings.  They bring mountains of gifts (or none at all), too much luggage, and odd habits not apparent during long-distance telephone calls.  For several days–weeks even–they pile on top of one another in the tiniest of urban condominiums and compact homes.

Anticipating such an event, a friend of mine writes in a greeting card, overwhelmed: “We’re staying put for Christmas but everyone is coming here.  Aaahhhh!  Help!” Read the rest of this entry »