Thoughts fall out before the head explodes!
Friday, July 31, 2009
From Publishing Entrepreneur
From Publishing Entrepreneur: I started a new publishing business some years ago with a Mac Plus, a Laser Writer and two used desks. Just four years laser my company was grossing nearly $800,000 a year.
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Sunday, July 26, 2009
Felino Soriano's Apperceptions of Reinterpretations
Felino Soriano's Apperceptions of Reinterpretations is now available as a free download from Calliope Nerve Media.
"Felino Soriano's language scans each scene through the keen eye of an eagle. Ekphrastic interpretations in a sea between updraft and whitecap. Our guide into this gallery is the real artist. Articulate. Elegant as mirrors by candlelight. Each painting, like fledglings being pushed out of the nest; all the down has been plucked away, only the sharpness remains. They'll nudge you, lead you to the edge; teach you how to fly." --Joseph R. Trombatore (author Screaming at Adam, Pushcart nominee)
Tell your friends.
Read more of Felino's work at the Calliope Nerve archive.
-posted by Nobius 11:15 PM # Comments (2)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Now It's Time
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far." —- H.P. Lovecraft
Now it's time. Time to leave the job behind. The pressure is too great. Causing massive anxiety. They told me Friday to do something unethical.
The great job hunt has begun but even that is temporary. I've got other ideas and I'm at the point where I'll do anything (ethical) for a buck. Life is only so long.
From Lovecraft is Missing: "FYI. I’m writing a whole slew of articles on HPL for Suite101.com. Suite101 is…well, I’m not sure. You write articles, preferably several related by subject, post them, and then if someone wants to use them as filler on a blog or in a magazine (do they still make those?), the author gets a small payment. Though I plan to write on other topics, it only makes sense to start with the Old Gentleman.I posted links to the first three last week (I think) and I’ve put one more up since then. I have two drafts going and three or four more angles, so I’ll wait until they are all done to post a link."
And I like how the site operator mentions his Amazon store. Good for him, I hope he gets some solid sales.
I'm reading the Purpose Driven Life and though I can't say I agree with everything the book is another step in my learning how to define my walk with God.
Found this on my daily internet trawl: Micro-Indies: an online version of “Cheers”? Ah, William Gibson's worlds come to life before our eyes.
And lastly, a new P.O.D. site: Smashwords. And it includes an affiliate site. This requires more investigation.
"Blood can be pertty like a delicate man. Copper to steel to a hinge that is faltered that let's you in..." --Tori Amos
-posted by Nobius 9:16 PM # Comments (0)
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Emirate’s Free Trade Zone Grows. Though I'm hardly pro-large corporation I do agree the UAE's tax policies.
The Copyeditors' Knowledge Base: "Want to become a copyeditor, improve existing skills, find some new editing tools, network with other copyeditors, or look for editing jobs? The Copyeditors' Knowledge Base is the place to find what you're looking for."
From the Inkwell Bookstore blog: "A day after Barnes & Noble announced their entry into the e-book business, their stock price fell 70 cents (or a little over 3%) to $21.41. Although the publishing industry sees electronic libraries as their next big cash cow, the rest of the world seems to view this as just a bunch of bull."
Green Apple links to A Kindle In Every Backpack. I can't believe schools haven't already gone this route.
By the way did you know Lovecraft is missing?
-posted by Nobius 7:40 PM # Comments (0)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Original graphic novels for Kindle. Nice.
I'm a huge fan of the device (though downloads need lowered in price) and do I think it will hurt my used/rare book business? We'll let's put it this way...remember twenty years ago the paperless office? Never happened, never will. And books will always be in demand even when new forms of books come out.
And I'd love to see Paper Cuts on an e-reader as I'm now entering the publishing business.
And Green Apple shows it the dark side of Kindle. Someday, I want to make a pilgrimage there.
-posted by Nobius 8:53 PM # Comments (0)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Nobius At Counterexample Poetics
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Monday, July 13, 2009
David McLean reviews Constance Stadler's Paper Cuts
As always, in this collection Constance Stadler achieves a balance between modern content and a sampled traditional form, whereby the poetry runs through the lexis of the traditional but with neologisms and archaisms rubbing shoulders and thighs in a glorious mêlée that achieves often the status of poetry of the purest water.
Her targets are everything from Plato (completely unjustly, the poem could be about somebody else) to Jesus and the Society of same, completely spot on target. Modern life is dissected and diagnosed here, found lacking, the anxious and painful half-lives people live are examined and found wanting, the poet's own pain is examined and there is a clear movement in the course of the book towards a tone of understanding and acceptance, the attainment of beauty in some sense is seen as a justification of the anhedonia.
The book takes us from hospital to Gaza, exploring injustices on a variety of levels, Amerikkka's war on Iraq and society's war on the individual.
Everything falls under the poet's lens – passion:
My engorged vulva
Screams for jungle abductions
And whatever would take me
Could not plunge deep enough.
Brings shower and the routines
That is, if I
Conquer this animal
In sweet stench of young rot
The maggot is well fed.
Bloating, we are new made
In concatenated leprosies
In our mouldy hypocrisies
In the death bed lie.
the reticence of nature:
Grass tuft, will you not speak to me?
A blue and brown tit jumped on my table
Near the Arno and shared
As a full bosomed poppy floated by.
Wilted corn stalks in vermilion light
Thrill as magic
Snowy egrets dance in pond surrender
To cabbage palms.
This book makes love and passion in the face of sickness, dis-ease, bereavement and a more general ontic and ontological abandonment. It makes the word a lover and an expression of the body's engorgement, it makes the muse a bedfellow, and the reader a voyeur, which is what readers usually are, but not so openly expressed.
Only Constance Stadler writes like this nowadays, only she can. Available from http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/paper-cuts/7388443.
--David Mclean is Welsh but has lived in Sweden since 1987. His collection Cadaver’s Dance is available at Amazon.com. He is also the author of Pushing Lemmings and A Hunger For Mourning. Constance Stadler has been writing, publishing, and editing poetry from the prehistoric epoch of print journals to modern e-times. She is currently a contributing editor to the e-zine Eviscerator Heaven. As a political anthropologist specializing in North Africa and a violinist, her influences are multiform. Work in formative years with the late poet Gwendolyn Brooks was seminal, but no less so than Sufi Dervish dancers, and the challenges of mastering Bruch's first concerto. Paper Cuts marks the debut of Calliope Nerve Media's literature arm.
-posted by Nobius 9:19 AM # Comments (0)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Working on copy for my various Calliope projects:
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Friday, July 03, 2009
This Is The New Meat
"When you can't run, you crawl, and when you can't crawl - when you can't do that... You find someone to carry you." --Firefly (The Message)
And it's true HULU has the greatest episode of Firefly ever created. It's called The Message. I made it easy for you and embedded it at the top of this post. :)
My Internet is back. Finally. Worked on three drafts today after I got off work, as Calliope is about to release those big projects I've been talking about for months.
I'm feeling better than I have in a while though we're still struggling. I know good things are going to happen. Putting aside all the things that bring me down. My wife asked me if, "I found my faith again?"
And I must say that the answer to that is, "Yes. Yes, I have."
The new meat. A theme from a poem I'm working on. What is it about pigs and poetry?
Or at least my poetry.
-posted by Nobius 8:56 PM # Comments (1)
Wednesday, July 01, 2009