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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.

‘Old Country’ Greetings

In MicroMoment Videos, Random Curiosities, Treks on 12/30/2011 at 21:06

Meeting relatives within walking distance of my paternal ancestors’ bones.

Translation aside, I have no idea what they’re saying… do you?

 KleinwarasdorfBurgenlandAustria

Feline Affection

In Random Curiosities on 02/25/2011 at 17:06

Bunny, my honey.  I love him like money even though he’s got a mean left hook.

It’s a byzantine relationship.  Do you have one of these with your pet?

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Click mouse for more feline fun.

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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“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…

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In the subject line, type “exPRESS”.

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


Where Is Home? [4]

In Home Reflections, Treks on 12/14/2010 at 19:37

Home is the site of my ancestors’ bones …

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

Brady Bunch Bliss

In Random Curiosities on 06/27/2010 at 23:35

I was thinking about childhood today, and wondered:

What made me happy as a kid?

I instructed myself to dispense with analysis and forget about critical thinking:

Why certain things put a smile on my face was less interesting than revisiting the sources of my bliss.

First thing that popped into my head:

The Brady Bunch
’70’s TV show / fictional family / a dog / a maid / 6 kids

I loved The Brady Bunch.
They made me happy, and their rendition of  ‘Sunshine Day’ still makes me grin …

And a question:

What made you happy as a kid?

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 »

The Secret (he thinks) He Keeps: The Battered Suitcase

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 12/18/2009 at 08:35

The Battered Suitcase is the flagship publication of Vagabondage Press. The magazine’s mission — to “examines life in all its lovely ambiguity, grittiness, glory and despair.  Chief Editor Fawn Neun and the editorial team express a particular interest in “the question of what it means to be human, the exploration of relationships as a means for transformation and the complexity of the human psyche.”

It’s a thrill to have a super-short fiction of mine appear in this issue:

Here’s the link → The Secret (he thinks) He Keeps

Working on the piece I thought of late Canadian sociologist Erving Goffman, his book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, and his notion of dramaturgy — the idea that we’re all actors, regardless of whether we do the job in a professional capacity or not. Read the rest of this entry »