April 15, 2014 • Fiction
Easter is this weekend. Me, I'm heading home to run around my house looking for Easter baskets and plastic eggs with my little nephews. Over the years, the difficulty in finding Easter swag at my parents' home has escalated from the obvious to the damn near impossible.
April 11, 2014 • Fiction
Spring is the perfect time for a picnic in the park. Like any food event, the company you keep is what makes a picnic as delightful as can be. The structure of a picnic has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it more casual and intimate than a fancy dinner party. It’s the perfect time to dive into someone’s brain and learn more about them than is probably necessary.
April 7, 2014 • Fiction
Stop biting yourself! Stop biting yourself! Mooooom!
Like it or not, you can't choose the family you're related to by blood. It just... happens. And most of the time, it turns out pretty good.
But some families are so poisonous that it isn't just bad to be a part of the clan. It's also bad to be associated with them in any way, even from the outside. Below is a list of families that I wouldn't want to be a part of, but equally as importantly, wouldn't want my circles to intersect with in any way. They're that bad.
April 3, 2014 • Fiction
Another month, another bundle of giveaways!
This month, there are a lot of fun chances to win ARCs of books that aren't coming out until the Fall! This includes Nick & Tesla's Super Cyborg Gadget Glove by Science Bob and Steve Hockensmith, Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix, and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher!
You can also wrangle up some signed copies of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying by Carol Leifer by How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin and Dustin Fenstermacher.
Finished copies of Tic-Tac-Tome by Willy Yonkers are also up for grabs. As always, if you're a blogger interested in scoring a copy of any of these, for your website, YouTube channel, whatever, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 31, 2014 • Fiction
Looking at someone's bookshelf is like gazing into the synapses between brain cells. You see something much deeper at work. You get a glimpse into what makes someone tick. The way you arrange your bookshelf is a mysterious art that can reveal the clockwork cogs spinning around in your soul.
Now, there are many different ways to arrange your beloved volumes of literature and knowledge. Each one reveals a secret about yourself. What that secret is can be up for debate, but here are a few archetypes of the bookshelf organizer club. Which one are you?
March 20, 2014 • Fiction, Fiction: Horror & Paranormal
Hey, his character is the author of a book... so that counts, right?
Once when I was a kid, my school hosted a magician. I remember very little about the magic show, except that I was seated pretty far away from the stage. During the intermission, my dad went to get some snacks and came back giggling that he was going to be part of the act. Apparently, the magician approached him while he was waiting on line and asked him if he would be willing to come up on stage and act as his assistant. My dad handed over the snacks and then headed back up to the stage and disappeared behind the curtain. He thrust our clunky yellow camera at me and told me that I must capture his stage debut.
I sat anxiously throughout the second part of the show and was terrified when a guillotine was wheeled out on stage. My dad entered behind it. Though I was fairly certain that my dad would not be murdered in the middle of a crowded auditorium, when it came time for him to stick his head in the hole, I held the camera above my head and snapped without looking. The photos were blurry, but at least my father wasn’t decapitated in front of the entire school! He even got to keep a silk scarf that he had helped to retrieve from a hat.
In honor of Smoke and Mirrors Day (March 29th), we’d like to highlight some of our favorite magicians, especially the one who didn’t chop my dad’s head off in front of my entire elementary school. Add your favorite magicians -- real or fictional -- to the comments!