Jason Silva on Ego Death

If you haven’t watched one of Jason Silva’s videos before, here’s your chance. They are ecstatic, transcendent electric fire for your mind and soul. To describe his videos, I would have to make an adjective chain a page long—and I’d still fall short.

His spontaneous riffs bubble up from a place of truth. I can imagine visionaries and gurus from the past must sip at the same well. And this video, he has said, is one of his favorites. My words fall short… so enjoy his. Prepare your synapses for firing.

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Excellent Video Review of “Bitter Suites”

DeForge reviews “Bitter Suites” for his channel Running Scared

Oh, happy day! I just watched the first video review of Bitter Suites on the Running Scared channel.

First, let me compliment Josh DeForge on an excellent presentation. He is articulate, unaffected and his delivery is friendly. He manages to catch all the nuances of the story without giving up  any spoilers. Bonus points for mentioning the excellent cover, created by Kyra Starr.

If you haven’t subscribed to his Running Scared channel on Youtube, you can do so here. You won’t regret tuning in to this fresh voice in the reviewer arena.

I’m thrilled, of course, to have such a glowing review of Bitter Suites by DeForge, but I am far happier by how ‘he gets it.’ The book contains some graphic gore, but I really wanted the finer points of that to shine through with the emphasis on story line.

I wasn’t going for shock value with the death scenes, but rather shared experience. Obviously, I’ve never experienced death fully. But if I could, this is how I picture it would be… in a variety pack of ways. The idea of recreational suicide allows me to play with that.

I could go on with my compliments for DeForge’s channel and presentation, but I will let you see for yourself. I urge you to like, share and explore not only this video, but his entire channel. You can also find Bitter Suites available in paperback and Kindle here. 

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Introducing J. Michael Jocelyn

J. Michael Jocelyn is a name you may not be familiar with yet, but this political activist and poet is sure to start gaining notoriety as a unique voice that sounds boldly. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jocelyn recently. He is a man with much to say…

Welcome! Thanks for taking the time for this interview. In your own words, please introduce yourself.

I’m J. Michael Jocelyn. I’m a father, thinker, and an optimist. My hope is the possibility of pushing our community into realizing that the options of being responsible and kind is squarely within our reach.

What is your mission in life?

I hope to be part of a process which stimulates the youth in seeing greatness as an opportunity. The liberal agenda justifies our failures with racism and injustice at every path. The young ones do not know when they should be held accountable for their actions. The African American youth have all the mechanism to achieve at every front but instead is forced to focus on excuses and barriers.

You served in the US Air Force, and your humanitarian service efforts won you an Achievement Medal and a Humanitarian Service Medal. How has that affected your mission in life?  

Life is a journey. It is crucial to assure this voyage is full of meaningful experiences in transforming the lives of others. The ability to assist and make a difference is within all of us. There is a natural part of the human experiences which pushes the individual to make a difference in the world. The ability to dream big and commit ourselves to some higher cause are suppressed by the prevailing notion that our contribution in the lives of others are irrelevant.


You have a poetry book set to release soon. Can you tell us about that book and what inspired you to write it?

The book is about suffering. The affliction of young people influences the figurative documentation of this misery. The plight of black children is mainly caused by a liberal agenda which justifies every action of African American males as a reaction to racism. We are influenced over and over that our irresponsible behavior in being a good father is justified. In reality, it makes no different the condition our situation; we have a duty always to strive to make a difference in the lives of our children.

I recently read on your blog about the high rate of African Americans, especially black males, in jail. What are some of your thoughts on how this trend can be reversed?

The process starts and ends with us. As black males, we have to take accountability to be better. We have to move from a liberal mindset which makes excuses for all our actions. There needs to come a time when we realize there is nothing to be gain from society by crying. We have everything at our disposal. The problem remains with us to take the initiative to make a difference in the world.


As a father, teacher, minister, and life coach you are used to setting a good example for others in leadership roles. What are some of the challenges you face that help you relate to those you help?

My failings enlighten my view of the problem of families. Parenting requires a meaningful contribution from all parties involved. Leadership teaches us that there is no room for excuses. The need to be a great father or mother requires a committed effort from every parent to search deep and make a significant contribution in the lives of their offspring. Success comes by the realization that a committed effort is not a choice but a duty.


What can we expect for you in the future? Do you have any other projects planned?

I’m working on a book which analyzes the notion of blackness. Blackness is defined with various negative connotations, mainly from the black liberal elite. There is a need to rescue this notion from a liberal agenda which makes excuses for the worst behavior to keep a captivated liberal base.

 

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E. Corpse Breathes!

E. Corpse courtesy of Kyra Starr

Last week’s post about reviving our exquisite corpse was a success. There are already enough lines to have a fine poem. With one week left until the deadline, he breathes!

A mist hangs over his cold lips, warming them. His eyelids tremble as he awakens. Just a few more lines will have him back off the slab and haunting the forgotten poetry shelves at the local libraries. Please, Scribblers! Help E. Corpse live again!

How, you ask? Submit your line now for October’s Halloween edition of Exquisite Corpse. Send me your line via email—angelayurikosmith@gmail.com with EXQUISITE CORPSE in the subject line.

Please add your line and your name to the body of the email. Deadline is this month’s full moon—October 24th. The poem will be posted for Halloween on October 31.

The names of contributors will be added in order of contribution. I’d also like to include  our poem in my next poetry collection, Altars and Oubliettes.

And there will be a special Halloween prize! I have made a few necklaces that contain real dirt sustainably harvested from Edgar Allan Poe’s original grave site—the perfect lucky charm for horror writers. I’ll pick one name at random and send them the necklace in a gift box.

Aaaaand… in case you don’t know, an Exquisite Corpse is a collectively assembled poem. You can read more about them here.

Past Corpse posts:

Exquisite Corpse #1: Collaborative Poem

Exquisite Corpse #2: The Daunting Riddle

Exquisite Corpse #3: Toxicated

Exquisite Corpse #4: Deceptions

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Moving On… & Moving

Insta Pot for traveling?

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is finished for 2018 and the garb is washed and put into storage. Now is the time for us to prepare for next year.

To travel for Le Loup Garou Alchemy in the spring, we need to get some things set in place now. This will most likely involve a move or two and possibly buying a house so we can have a stable base of operations.

I suspect from now until the end of the year (at least!) is going to get pretty crazy. My main goals are to finish pre-edits for Mr. Smith’s dark fantasy, finish my first draft of Suite & Sour and finish Altars & Oubliettes. All publishing dates will be in 2019.

In the mean time, I’ll be doing my best to stay current here. I’m also looking for travel tips. Have a gadget that makes nomad life more comfortable? Camper, tent or travel van? Thoughts on emergency sleeps in Walmart parking lots?

Please share it!

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Final Day of Faire

Until next year!

The final cannon sounded, marking the end of the 2018 Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Mr. Smith and I were there every day from open to close for Le Loup Garou Alchemy.

It wasn’t easy, but it was a rich experience we feel privileged to enjoy. I could say more, but why when a picture is worth a thousand words—and I have 75?

Here is the equivalent of at least 75,000 words.

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HWA’s Killer Recipe Contest

Boil…boil…toil and trouble…! Halloween is near and that means it’s time for HWA members to enter the Halloween Cookbook contest!

Enter your best, spooky recipes for a chance at culinary fame. If you aren’t a member of the Horror Writer’s Association, you can fix that here.

What to enter? Be creative! Historically horrific recipes from history, creepy concoctions of your own creation, cocktails, coffees, cakes and pies…everything goes as long as somebody dies. Okay, maybe the last bit is probably going too far. Cakes and pies are for Christmas.

How do you enter, you ask? Easy! HWA members, send your recipe to Marge Simon (MSimon6206@aol.com) and Bob Cabeen (rpcabeen@earthlink.net). Photos are wonderful and welcome, but please send them as attached .jpgs, not in the body of the email.

Pull out your cauldron and your eye of newt. It’s time to prepare your potions!

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Writer Life: The First Month

A month ago I walked away from the day job life again to pursue the full time writer life. So far I’ve done two magazine layouts, written one business spotlight story for another magazine and done a lot of editing on Mr. Smith’s dark fantasy tome. I’ve written a few poems, started blogging again and taken notes for Suite & Sour.

Here’s one of the poems I recently wrote, inspired by the very real relationship I have with my computer. We have a complex understanding of what is expected from us. I have been accused of over working my machines, but I don’t believe that’s true. Every computer I’ve ever had has loved the challenge. I expect the best from my work partners.

“The best” is two open windows with an average of eight active tabs on each, half finished 20 layer project open in Photoshop, three Facebook chat windows, Youtube playing something and multiple active email conversations. That really isn’t asking for a lot. Computers that can’t handle that on a daily, 12-14 hour basis need to look for another commitment.

I think this current machine has started looking. It’s the beginning of the end for us… hence the poem.

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Book Pipeline Deadline Approaches

The deadline approaches for the 5th Annual Book Pipeline Competition!

The contest seeks material for film or television adaptation. Open to writers worldwide, the contest accepts any genre, fiction or non-fiction. Published or unpublished. Visit Book Pipeline here.

One Grand Prize Winner receives $10,000 and circulation to Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar BabyAmerican Pastoral), QC Entertainment (producer of Academy Award Nominee Get Out), Good Fear Film + Management (Polaroid), Energy Entertainment (Extant), Silent R Management (reps Academy Award winning director Barry Jenkins), and other leading production companies, managers, and agencies best-suited for developing the selected projects.

Finalists and semifinalists also receive circulation consideration with the specific intent of getting them on the fast track to film and TV production.

Most recently, contest winner I Am Raymond Washington was optioned by Zero Gravity Management (OzarkBeasts of No Nation). Book Pipeline execs sent the material to several production companies before the biography was picked up.

Submit your work here!

Deadline: November 15th, 2018 – $70/entry
2018 Semifinalists Announced: February, 2019

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Can the Corpse Rise Again?

Corpse Prize! A lucky charm for horror writers—dirt from Poe’s original grave.

The exquisite corpse game was going great until I abandoned my duties and went afk/awol to play. But that’s the privilege of being a creative, right? I can slack off anytime? Aaaaaaand the answer is…no. Back to work for me.

At the moment, the corpse is cold on the slab, limbs hanging akimbo. I have felt for a pulse and detect the minutest of flutters. It’s like the final breath of a moth at midnight. Only poetry can stir this lifeless heart. Only poetry can quicken this congealing blood. Can you help save this exquisite corpse?

Submit your line now for October’s Halloween edition of Exquisite Corpse. Send me your line via email—angelayurikosmith@gmail.com with EXQUISITE CORPSE in the subject line.

Please add your line and your name to the body of the email. Deadline is this month’s full moon—October 24th. The poem will be posted for Halloween on October 31.

The names of contributors will be added in order of contribution. I’d also like to include  our poem in my next poetry collection, Altars and Oubliettes.

And there will be a special Halloween prize! I have made a few necklaces that contain real dirt sustainably harvested from Edgar Allan Poe’s original grave site—the perfect lucky charm for horror writers. I’ll pick one name at random and send them the necklace in a gift box.

Aaaaand… in case you don’t know, an Exquisite Corpse is a collectively assembled poem. You can read more about them here.

Past Corpse posts:

Exquisite Corpse #1: Collaborative Poem

Exquisite Corpse #2: The Daunting Riddle

Exquisite Corpse #3: Toxicated

Exquisite Corpse #4: Deceptions

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