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  • New Zine - Like Lightning #2

    Like Lightning #2 - 1/4-sized, 24 pages, blue opalescent card-stock cover with gold lightning bolt decal.

    Like the first issue, Like Lightning #2’s format is inspired by Anne Carson’s “Short Talks”—brief vignettes on various topics. Unlike the first issue, #2 shares snapshots of a single story. Our woman burns down her childhood home, changes her name and hair color and runs away, first south, then west, to find a new place and state of existence.

    An excerpt:

    On Adairs Run

    Driving through the mountains fills her with joy and sadness. The angry crags, the ravines, the rusty train tracks cutting through the terrain, the long, winding roads leading off to nowhere, the intersections with two cars, the small, secluded houses, the rundown, clapboard fruit stands teetering over the soft shoulders of Adairs Run. If only she could press down her palm, flatten everything out and then sprinkle a layer of dust, she’d feel as though she’s made it to her Oklahoma. So close, and yet. She see rivers and rusted-out pick-up trucks and people fly-fishing. The sun singes the trees red.


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  • #like lightning 2      #zines      #zine      #perzine      #anne carson      #short talks      #vignettes      #new zine      #zine trade      

  • "

    …he could encourage the writing of hits by urging songwriters to follow his nine rules of hit songwriting. While Caren’s rules are not comprehensive or exclusive, it is easy to measure their value by a glance at the dozens of gold and platinum records hanging in his office. He is happy to run down his rules for me. “First, it starts with an expression of ‘Hey,’ ‘Oops,’ ‘Excuse me,’” he begins. “Second is a personal statement: ‘I’m a hustler, baby,’ ‘I wanna love you,’ ‘I need you tonight.’ Third is telling you what to do: ‘Put your hands up,’ ‘Give me all your love,’ ‘Jump.’ Fourth is asking a question: ‘Will you love me tomorrow,’ ‘Where have you been all my life,’ ‘Will the real Slim Shady please stand up.’”

    He takes a deep breath, and rattles off another four rules. “Five is logic,” he says, “which could be counting, or could be spelling or phonetics: ‘1-2-3-4, let the bodies hit the floor,’ or ‘Ca-li-fornia is comp-li-cated,’ those kind of things. Six would be catchphrases that roll off the tip of your tongue because you know them: ‘Never say never,’ ‘Rain on my parade.’ Seven would be what we call stutter, like, ‘D-d-don’t stop the beat,’ but it could also be repetition: ‘Will the real Slim Shady please stand up, please stand up, please stand up.’ Eight is going back to logic again, like hot or cold, heaven or hell, head to toe, all those kind of things.”

    The ninth rule of hit songwriting is silence. Why? Because most people who are listening to music are actually doing something else, he explains. They are driving a car, or working out, or dancing, or flirting. Silence gives you time to catch up with the lyrics if you are drunk or stoned. If you are singing along, silence gives you time to breathe. “Michael Jackson, his quote was ‘Silence is the greatest thing an entertainer has,’” Caren continues. “‘I got a feeling,’ space-space-space, ‘Do you believe in life after love,’ space-space-space-space-space.”

    Silence. Another rule of hit songwriting is simplicity, he adds, which is learning to say the most with the fewest words. He ticks off his rules on his fingers: expression, questions, commands, repetitions, logic, personal statements, clichés, and space. That makes eight rules. He shrugs.

    David Samuels discussing Mike Caren’s Nine Rules of Hit Songwriting in “Justin Timberlake Has a Cold

  • #hit songwriting      #n+1      #longform      #david samuels      #mike caren      #songwriting      

    9 hours ago

  • I’m free.

  • "A walk with a cowboy is on horseback."
    Shilpa Iyyer, “A Dark Stain Spreading Across a Chest In Space”

  • #cowboy      #pank      #short story      #shilpa iyyer      

  • My band made a music video!

    "Elise in Freefall" by …y los dos pistoles

  • #...y los dos pistoles      #music video      #tampa band      #ybor      #garage rock      #indie pop      #indie rock      #purple hair      #female      #female-fronted band      #music      #elise cowen      #flying      #agency      #feminist      #d.i.y.      

  • Songs of Sons - Shae Krispinsky

    Another story, this one published in Halfway Down the Stairs.

  • #short story      #halfway down the stairs      #publication      #the writing life      #fiction      #how do musicians grow up?      #literary journal      #songs of sons      

  • the front view - Jenna From Florida

    The View From Here published my short story, “Jenna From Florida,” in their Front View fiction section.

  • #Short story      #The View From Here      #fiction      #Jenna from Florida      #the writing life      #regret      #regress      #publication      

  • What the palm-reader said:

    • very well liked
    • very practical and logical, can see both sides to a situation
    • have a strong connection to the spiritual realm
    • am full of light
    • have a strong need to communicate
    • very creative
    • tend to keep my need to communicate to myself since I fear how people will respond to them, but I need to put those thoughts out there because the world needs to hear them, even if they don’t like them or aren’t ready to hear them yet
    • often feel alone, but am never alone for there’s an angel following
    • what I want is right there, I just have to reach out and accept it
    • very, very sensitive

  • 2 weeks ago

  • Suffering isn’t noble. It doesn’t make you a better/more interesting person. There’s no shame in letting it go.

  • #note to self      

    September 9, 2014

    3 weeks ago

  • Funny that those who have fought to silence me in the past are now mad that I’m not talking.

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  • Maybe I thought I could fly…

    Maybe I thought I could fly…

  • August 24, 2014

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  • Scholars and Rogues Fiction: "The Anti-" by Shae Krispinsky

    Scholars & Rogues published my story, “The Anti-,” about college, religion and insanity.

  • #short story      #scholars and rogues      #publication      #the writing life      #the anti-      #college      #religion      #insanity      

    August 20, 2014

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