Nevermind, I'm already 10 minutes late for my appointed volunteer shift at the Portland Convention Center to help out at AWP19. Turns out even 11:30 am too early for this old kid to gig. I hope my unexcused absence doesn't reflect too poorly on my literary reputaughtshun. But I will use the time though, looking … Continue reading Notes Number 5: Smells Like Berfrois Spirit
I hear tiny sounds roar like catapults through chasms. I hear dust flakes turning as they fall through the air in my room and hit the floor with a bang and spin and crash into one another like bumper cars until they each finally settle into some tiny cavern in the cracking oak floor, while … Continue reading Earworms Again
Instructions: Read each row left to right, then, in each empty cell in the first column, insert a word that irks you. In the corresponding empty cell in the far right column, insert your irky word's opposite. If you can't think of a word that irks you, insert a word that feels good to your … Continue reading Ires & Ears & Reader Satisfaction Survey
“I see you and Joe finished that book on mistakes. Was it good?” “Joe posted some notes to his blog.” “Did anyone read that post? I noticed he got no likes or comments.” “To be a blogger is to go unread as no author dare go unread.” “What?” “Never mind.” “So what are you reading … Continue reading Psychosomatic foghorn earborn earworms!
Thanks a compost heap to the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg (April, 2011) for re-infecting readers with a term we already could not forget – earworms. Earworms are snippets of jingles or songs that unwanted, uninvited, and unannounced crash the polite party of our otherwise peaceful thoughts. We now have a mutant version that has crawled through … Continue reading Common Earworm Remedies and the Mutant Earworm