dust…

March 9, 2010 at 1:37 am (General, World Wide Web)

I swear this blog just looks dusty whenever I come back to it. I’ll hafta clean house soon. But until then, I wanted to add a link to my friend Nick’s blog: http://kikibatsu.wordpress.com/. He writes some hilarious stuff about his life here in Japan, though the fact that it’s Japan isn’t always especially pertinent. Anyway, it really is clever, give it a looksee!

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WWW has moved!

February 19, 2009 at 2:27 pm (General, World Wide Web)

I’m just making a brief announcement that the World Wide Web section is no longer under the Prose category.

I know that no one cares, but I like making announcements. Also, I got another speeding ticket, and continue to hate them in my free time.

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Update on Fortune Cookie Muse

January 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm (Prose, World Wide Web)

Fortune Cookie Muse has moved over to blogspot! The old review of this writing blog has had its links changed to accommodate, and the link off of this site has been changed to its new location as well. The blog is updating again, and you should definitely check it out!

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WWW–Teknosphere on DeviantArt

January 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm (World Wide Web)

Teknosphere is a friend of mine from college; although, she made it out the door ahead of me to tackle the wide open world. Her Deviant Art page hasn’t been updated in awhile, but I’ve tried to remind her about it, and hopefully that will change. She has a keen eye for photography, and for all you poets out there who may happen across my blog, I recommend using her photos as a source of inspiration. I’ve written a good deal of ekphrastic poetry for classes and in my own free time, and I have often used pictures she has taken as inspiration. There are some rare gems in her gallery, and hopefully with a little added traffic she’ll feel compelled to pick up the camera again.

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Sniper Penguin on NaNoWriMo

January 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm (Critical Writing, Prose, World Wide Web)

Sniper Penguin, a good friend of mine, is an up and coming writer (I say this with definitiveness because his abilities as a writer are readily visible.), and often takes November off from other projects to pull together a NaNoWriMo. His first 3 NaNoWriMo works can be found here on Lulu.com. Lulu is a self-publishing group that is setup with NaNoWriMo to publish people’s novels that come out of the endeavor. Mike Susina (Sniper Penguin) has written another NaNoWriMo since these 3, but he opted out of posting it on Lulu; however, allow me to assure you that like his other 3, it is very entertaining, and he’s only gotten better. Of course, 1 month to write a novel makes the feat into more an exercise or a drafting process, rather than a true-to-heart, ready-to-hit-shelves novel. These works pale in comparison to Susina’s completed works; although, they are still fun to read. And best of all, they’re free to download, as well as relatively cheap to buy! Someday when he’s famous, I’m sure these will serve as pleasant memories, or they’ll haunt him (who can say!). Here are brief descriptions of the 3 works (in the order they were written):

Eternia
Darrin Ruller has been a nobody geohound all his life. Adopted as a child, he has always looked up to his sister Mary. Now she has gone to the dangerous town across Eternia, to where an old general has plans of war fresh on his mind. Is Mary truly in trouble, or is Darrin wasting his time?

Gangs of Suburbia
Denise Suthers is your average fifteen year old gang leader. Interested? Good, because the subdivision is about to be torn apart in war.

Decay -or- How My Neighbor Lost His Leg
Allan Fallow drives to Everton Central High School for work like he does every school day. With the news excited over a biological bacterial spill only a few miles north of Everton, he begins to wonder if his strange feelings mean anything. But after he and one of his students, Elise Blackwell, run into a pizza delivery boy who wants to take a nice bite out of Allan, the two discover the spilled bacteria is a little more than the common cold.

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Next from the WWW–Lilacs & Landmines

December 31, 2008 at 1:15 pm (Poetry, Prose, World Wide Web)

Lilacs and Landmines has long been a link off of my blog, and its creator and I have also exchanged a series of comments on one another’s work. For a long time her blog was poetry only with the occasional thoughts of an aspiring writer about things, stuff, and life. It’s sort of like Roland Barthes’ Mythologies, except most writers have yet to discover how to make money off of their random thoughts (or how to make them quite so analytical). Her poetry certainly has its own sense of style; although, many of the poems that are posted are early drafts, so while interesting and entertaining, there are still some sparks that can only be acquired by request (or hopefully one day in published versions).

She has had a review of Megan Volpert’s first book face blindness published recently, and she has put together a chapbook, the pieces of which are strewn in various states of completion throughout the blog. And recently her work online has expanded to include critical articles, including an interesting one on autobiography, about Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home.

There’s a lot to read and enjoy over at Lilacs and Landmines. [Sorry this review isn’t as interesting as the material its about; I’m sort of out-of-it today–you’ll just hafta trust me, and check it out!]

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WWW–Korafox on Deviant Art

December 14, 2008 at 12:09 pm (World Wide Web)

Korafox is one of the longest standing links on my blog. I originally linked her Deviant Art gallery in the first month of this blog’s existence, October 2006 (for those keeping score). Although she’s been in Japan recently, hopefully she’ll be making her triumphant return to the States and more importantly a scanner within the next 5-6 months. She’s already told me that she’s been quite sketch-happy while abroad. I will admit that I’ve always been a bigger fan of her sketchwork than anything, not because her finished work is lacking but because of all the strange things she comes up with that she doesn’t turn into completed projects. Her style is truly original. I’ve seen a wide variety of artists and scribble a little myself, but her style has a unique blend of American, Japanese, and traditional art student woven together. Her sense of action and foreshortening I would suggest are from American sources, while her sense of personality is brought on by the more subtle (and I believe distinctly more realistic, generally speaking) Japanese sense of identity (she has a minor in Japanese language and culture). She graduated with her degree in art–old school painting, drawing, and the like. And this too shows its influence in unique and marvelous ways. Largely, her use of realism–drawing from life techniques–to flesh out details of her characters and their clothes is what I enjoy most about her work. We can recognize real people in the way she draws faces, and yet they maintain a comicbook quality that is hard to define. I suppose if I fully understood this infusion of realistic and animation styles, I would be using it by now. While her gallery is not currently updating, it will be shortly, and I advise everyone to take a look–you’re sure to find something you’ll like.

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From the WWW — If at First

December 5, 2008 at 10:09 am (Poetry, Prose, World Wide Web)

If at First is another link that’s been on my blog for awhile now. It is home to a fellow writer’s work. Where Fortune Cookie Muse, which I mentioned before was mainly prose work, this blog is mainly poetry. It hasn’t been updated in awhile, but there are a variety of different types of poems that are worth taking a look at. For poets interested in exploring a wider variety of approaches to poetry, this blog provides them and demonstrates them. I’ve looked over this blogger’s work before, collaborated with her on projects, and can vouch for the quality of her work. Her posts are mainly drafts, several of which have been revised into exceptional works of poetry. It’s certainly worth both the time of readers’ and writers’ to stop in and take a look.

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Fortune Cookie Muse

December 3, 2008 at 2:36 am (Prose, World Wide Web)

For my next installment of writing around the WWW, we go to my second link off this blog, Fortune Cookie Muse.
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A Briefcase Full of Blues

November 22, 2008 at 3:07 am (Prose, World Wide Web)

To kick off my analysis of websites, I am beginning with the links on my own blog. A Briefcase Full of Blues is actually a blog that a friend of mine maintains that he posts reviews and the like on. It’s something like a more professional livejournal.
His blog statement:

Welcome back to the Stage of History
What follows is an amalgamation of thoughts about stuff that you may or may not care about. I post movie reviews, though I have no real credentials to be a film critic, save a couple of film courses in college. I also follow the Cubs with a border-lined unhealthy devotion, though I have little to no actual ability to play baseball. From time to time I may blog about other random thoughts as well. Just as my header image might suggest, there is no real rhyme or reason as to what I post here.

Many Bothan spies died to bring us this information…

I’m not a Cubs fan (I’m not against them; I’m just not for them). However, if I want to know if a new movie is good, he’s usually the guy I ask. Newspaper reviews, even reviews from popular critics, always seem to have a lingering bias that I cannot appreciate. A Briefcase Full of Blues, on the other hand, provides me with sensible reviews; reviews that are not trying to make a point, but are willing to assess both the good and the bad and provide some background, which is what I really want in a review. He’s offering an educated opinion, but not a formal opinion. He’s smart–he’s a programmer by trade–but he’s a smart guy giving his opinion on things that he is willing to admit he only has a limited background in. Nonetheless, that’s pretty much all of us. And his honest, clever reviews are worth your time if you’re trying to decide to go see something or rent something. He also posts some reviews of comics, and whatever other interests of his take hold at the keyboard. His link is in the Links section of this blog on the right, and here: A Briefcase Full of Blues. I recommend it highly.

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New Section & New Ideas — Oh, WWW!

November 22, 2008 at 2:12 am (General, World Wide Web)

Again, I’ve added a new section to the blog–this time with an eye on the World Wide Web. There is a wealth of literature on the web, as well as blogs about it, and a slew of other types of websites that revolve around the literary world. I encounter a good number of these sites, as one might imagine an aspiring writer would, and I am taking the opportunity to share some of them. I hope to give brief reviews, and while most sites I visit don’t really need traffic from me, I hope that I can collect a nice little database in the new World Wide Web section of the blog. I suppose if I were clever I’d make a Joyce reference and make it the Word Wide Web section, and while I cannot say how long I can resist that temptation, I’m at least holding off on committing such punnery.

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Web comics offer free, on-hand humor

December 21, 2007 at 11:54 am (Argus, Prose, World Wide Web)

The above title is how the Opinions Editor decided to retitle my article. All my articles are retitled, so not surprising, but I’m still not sure how I feel about this one in particular. This is an Opinions article, the first I’ve written, and I thought I’d post it. Obviously I wrote about webcomics. As usual, here’s the original article before the editor had a chance to trim it down and spruce it up:

“The Wide World of Webcomics”
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