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Jun 27 2011 Posted by in other voices, writing | 1 comment

A Simple List of Writer Dos and Don’ts

This is a guest post by Caleb J Ross as part of his Stranger Will Tour for Strange blog tour. He will be guest-posting beginning with the release of his novel Stranger Will in March 2011 to the release of his second novel, I Didn’t Mean to Be Kevin and novella, As a Machine and […]

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Jun 24 2011 Posted by in writing | Comments Off on Icebergs in Your Shorts

Icebergs in Your Shorts

I’ve been reading a lot of short story collections this year, and they always take me so much longer to get through than novels. Which I’m certain mirrors their authors’ own experiences creating them. It can be exhausting reading more than one story per sitting, even if it’s just ten pages. Creative writing instructors often […]

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May 30 2011 Posted by in writing | Comments Off on Bike Writing

Bike Writing

I obsess over my sentences (in stories, not blog posts). This makes me an exceptionally-slow writer, as I don’t move on from a paragraph until it’s as polished as can be at that time. One finished page is a really solid evening for me. I prefer this meticulous method to the one most authors employ, […]

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May 07 2011 Posted by in other voices, writing | Comments Off on Will I Am but Will I Be?

Will I Am but Will I Be?

Today as I sat on a park bench scribbling in a Moleskine and trying not to appear suspicious (difficult for a single male my age), irony washed over me as I flashed back to the book I’d read earlier this week, Stranger Will by Caleb J Ross. One element of the story features a cult […]

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Jan 26 2011 Posted by in news | Comments Off on Slap-n-Tickle reading

Slap-n-Tickle reading

I’ll be doing a reading and contributing to the general merriment March 4th at the Slap-n-Tickle Gallery in the Crossroads district in Kansas City. Yep, that’s a First Friday, so we’re expecting a great turnout for this music/art/words event featuring the ArtJerk crew. 7:00 – 8:30 pm, fiction readings by myself and: Caleb J Ross, […]

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Nov 16 2010 Posted by in news, other voices | Comments Off on The Velvet Podcast 009

The Velvet Podcast 009

Episode 9: Does This Novel Make Me Look Fat?, part of The Velvet Podcast series, is now live, featuring discussion about self/vanity publishing. We debate its legitimacy, logistics, and financial aspects, as well as insights from their own experiences in this oft-scorned segment of the industry. I’m joined by authors/panelists Brandon Tietz and Caleb J […]

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Nov 06 2010 Posted by in music, news | Comments Off on Womb with a View

Womb with a View

I recently renovated Womb With a View, my home studio, after acquiring a large new desk/console. I used this opportunity to reconfigure and simplify, including wiring up a patch bay for maximum flexibility of its components. This also means that I hopefully will no longer be doing my writing on the same workstation as audio […]

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Jul 06 2010 Posted by in entertainment, news, other voices | Comments Off on The Velvet Podcast 006

The Velvet Podcast 006

Episode 6: Jennifer’s Lost Overboard Body: Cinemuck Boogaloo, part of The Velvet Podcast series is now live for your enjoyment. I handle the hosting duties, featuring panelists Stephen Graham Jones, Logan Rapp, and Jesse Lawrence in a conversation about the big and small screens, both as consumers and creators, cinners and cineastes wading through the […]

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Mar 14 2010 Posted by in news, other voices | Comments Off on The Velvet Podcast 001

The Velvet Podcast 001

The premiere episode of The Velvet Podcast is now live. We plan to produce these at least once a month, with a revolving roundtable of writers and readers from all over the world discussing such matters, as well as film, music, and related topics of taste as discussed on the forums at welcometothevelvet.com, where I’m […]

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Feb 05 2010 Posted by in entertainment | Comments Off on TV By the Numbers

TV By the Numbers

TV By the Numbers

The Hawthorne effect suggests that a subject that’s aware it’s being observed will alter its behavior accordingly, that the act of study itself can taint results. When I was contacted by Nielsen to participate in an eight-day study of television viewing habits for sweeps week, my mind immediately fantasized of staging a coup upon all […]

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