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stealing lighters from the Shell

I’ve been busy today sending out submissions and lining up Seven by Twenty‘s tweets for December, and laughing at Allie Brosh‘s blog, which I have finally read back to the beginning of. Which feels like productivity, even though it gets me no closer to any of my life goals. Anyway, I’ve put some info on the Seven by Twenty guidelines page about what I’m looking for, for 2011.

In other writing news, the Folded Word anthology containing my picfic tweets (“Stolen Lighters” and “Work Requirements“) On a Narrow Windowsill: Fiction and Poetry Folded onto Twitter is still available for pre-order at a sale price of $12, and until Monday, if you order you get a free Green Edition of Mel Bosworth’s When the Cats Razzed the Chickens and Other Stories.

“Fiction writers have to be interested in people. That’s not required of poets. Poets just need a deep interest in themselves.” – Billy Collins

I saw Billy Collins reading this morning at Hume-Fogg High School here in Nashville. He read a lot of my favourites (but not “Weighing the Dog” or “Hangover“): “Ballistics,” “A Dog on his Master,” “The Death of the Hat,” “Feedback,” “Forgetfulness,” “The Golden Years,” “The Lanyard,” “Oh My God” (“The past tense of ‘Oh my God’ is ‘I was like Oh My God’,” he said, which is apparently something he’s said before), “The Revenant” and “Schoolsville” (“There’s a certain term limit on enthusiasm for teaching,” he said). My favourite thing he said was this: “To be a writer is to have an opportunistic view of experience.”

In other news, Every Day Poets has accepted another of my poems, and the Folded Word anthology containing my picfic tweets (“Stolen Lighters” and “Work Requirements“) On a Narrow Windowsill: Fiction and Poetry Folded onto Twitter is now available for pre-order.

Edgewise

I’ve decided to publish a new chapbook of speculative poetry and microfiction at the end of February, so they’re available for sale at 2010: A Space Oddity. I plan to do a limited, numbered edition of 100, with a mix of three different covers.

I’m taking advance orders now via PayPal to joannemerriam@gmail.com (or mail a cheque or money order to Joanne Merriam, P.O. Box 41232, Nashville TN 37204 USA). Be sure to include your mailing address in your comments. The chapbook will be selling for US$5.00/Cdn$6.00 (using the SMOASP currency exchange rate) and for advance orders I’m not charging for shipping. (You can request a specific cover or specific number in the series and as long as it’s not already sold out I’ll send that.)

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Edgewise will include “The Aviary” (Chiaroscuro, January-March 2008), “The Butterfly Factory” (42 Magazine, Summer 2009), “Deaths on Other Planets” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2008 and Concelebratory Shoehorn Review, 1 February 2009), “Evolution” (Mise En Poem, 22 March 2009), “Last Will and Testament” (Chiaroscuro, January-March 2007), “Ribbons. Lightning.” (On Spec, Spring 2004 and Brain Harvest, 12 September 2009), “Spring in Rutherford County” (Dreams and Nightmares, No. 77), “Stolen Lighters” (PicFic, 17 August 2009), “Thirteen Scifaiku for Blackbirds” (Strange Horizons, 12 October 2009), “The Undead in Hospital” (Alba, January 2007), “Venusian Girls are Better” (Coyote Wild, January 2008), “Werepenguin” (Strange Horizons, 10 March 2008), “Work Requirements” (PicFic, 18 August 2009), and six untitled scifaiku (three from Scifaikuest‘s February 2010 print, February 2009 online and February 2009 print editions respectively, and three from Things Japanese in Tennessee, Duthie Learning. September 2008).