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Custom Poem by Molly Gaudry

In Random Curiosities on 04/05/2010 at 08:17

On the right is Molly Gaudry — author of We Take Me Apart and Flora The Whore. On the left is the PayPal poem she custom wrote for me for just $1.00.

Here’s the link:

The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drewblood for Karyn Eisler
[
Unfortunately, the link to the poem is no longer available.
Wishing now I’d printed a hard copy for myself.]

~

While I’d like to think I’m special — the only person on the planet with the opportunity to trade tailored words for just a dollar — it’s not the case. For a whole host of reasons, Molly has made the exchange available to people other than me — to everyone, it seems. On her website she states:

“For $1.00, I WILL WRITE YOU A POEM and post it here and on our friend, Facebook … let’s call this enterprising, exciting, intriguing. Here are the facts:”

Yes, facts. She lists 23.

I first read about this a while back, but was reminded the other day when I saw a blog post about the poem she wrote for Dorothee Lang.

I wondered:

If I place a PayPal order for myself, what sort of poem will she craft?

She’d asked for guidelines; prompts; instructions.  I didn’t give her much to go on:

“No special instructions. I’m thinking of this as an intuitive poem — one where you, the writer, will know exactly the words I need to read.”

Molly, thank-you for Nancy Drewblood’s promise of new vistas with each forward step.

On another note …

Molly has hatched a plan to do a Ph.D. Item #10 on her fact list reads:

“I will cast a net and apply to dream PhD programs, good PhD programs, and backup PhD programs.”

Drawing from experience, having walked that road myself, I figure that even with full funding and brisk poetry sales she’ll need plenty of cash. I think she ought to hike her rate from $1.00 per poem … to more than that.

 

Lucky Penny

In Random Curiosities on 02/06/2010 at 22:43

Some people wish on stars, others on pennies.

Here’s a penny for penny wishers.

What do you wish for?

The Psychology of Labor: 6S

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 01/26/2010 at 16:41


The Six Sentences [6S] submission guidelines are as follows:

Length:  “six consecutive sentences”

Title:  “should be no longer than 36 characters, including spaces (because 6×6=36)”

Response Time: “all submissions will receive a response within six days”

Clearly, Robert McEvily — “creator and editor of the NY Times recommended writing site Six Sentences” — likes the number six. Figured it might be fun to embrace his challenge of 6’s, so I did.  In six short sentences I explore the complexities of money and work.

Here it is:  The Psychology of Labor

And I wonder:

If a woman, not a man, was the focus of the story, would the zone of depression be reversed?

Olympics Money

In Random Curiosities on 01/26/2010 at 04:04

Was chatting with a fellow passenger on the Canada Line. He offered to sell me four tickets to the Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Great seats: third row from the front at B.C. Place. He bought them for $1,100.- each when they first went on sale. The intent was to re-sell for a profit.

Now he’s asking $1,600.- per ticket. It’s easy math: $2,000.- in his pocket if he unloads them for the price he asks. Thing is, the Opening Ceremony is under three weeks away. He’s having trouble selling. He’s advertised on craigslist and registered his tickets with the VANOC resale site. But so far, he says, no takers …

1,600 Canadian Dollars
=
1,508.75 United States Dollars
1070.92 Euro
931.13 United Kingdom Pounds
1679.61 Australian Dollars
135,272.13 Japanese Yen
70,010.25 Indian Rupees
114,817.09 Kenya Shillings
11,720.25 Hong Kong Dollars
10,299.15 Chinese Yuan Renminbi
133,297.01 Jamaican Dollars
292,100.82 Hungarian Forint
45,552.67 Russian Rubles
and so on …

Which Earthquake?

In Random Curiosities on 01/17/2010 at 07:38

The ambiguity makes me wonder:

Is the fundraiser for Haiti disaster relief?

or

Did the earthquake in Haiti spark fear in Vancouver,
and efforts to stockpile emergency funds for when

The Big One

shakes the Canadian west coast,
which we’re told is inevitable?

Boxing Day Bliss

In Random Curiosities on 12/28/2009 at 22:08

Urban Outfitters. Granville St. 2PM.

I wonder:

How much money did they spend?
Will their deals make them happy?