Saturday, September 28, 2013

Justin Nicholes, George Davis, and many others worldwide _The Bay Is Dying_ interactive, multimedia, multiplatform group-authored Internet novel-as-a-game

Who are we? We're a group of people from across the world who decided to work together to create something special, with the ultimate goal of making people really see the impact pollution is having on the planet.

We're musicians, writers, gamers, teachers … and we're also you. Because The Bay Is Dying doesn't work without you. Your interaction with us, with it, brings this interactive, multimedia, multiplatform group-authored Internet novel-as-a game to life. 

Look. It's real simple. We've been witnessing pollution for so long, dealing with spills and leaks and haze for so many years, that most of us don't even notice it anymore. Or, if we do, most of us assume there's nothing we can do. One person can't change the world . . . right?

That's where The Bay Is Dying comes in. Hear me out for a minute. 

First, there's the argument side, one that everyone outwardly agrees with. More than that, though, is an obligation we have to act on this common belief, to do the right thing for ourselves and for future generations and each of us do a small part in protecting the planet.

The other side, though, has to do with the story, with the artfulness of what's unfolds here. The Bay Is Dying is a novel, it's a game—it is a world-wide, creative collaboration, that you, along with us, can make into a movement.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Katherine Heiny "The Absolute Truth Machine" cecile's writers

"The Absolute Truth Machine" by Katherine Heiny begins with an intriguing concept conjured between two friends: to build a machine that records true feelings and thoughts of everyone who exists and to be able to consult with that machine five times during your lifetime.

This part is backstory, though, and we quickly get to current action with the writer asking her mathematician husband what five questions would be.

The concept continues through the story and reappears as a device to channel and sometimes amplify human emotion--grief, confusion, a sense that sometimes unresolved. The diversion works as a tender reminder of human attempts to unify and close off cognitive dissonance.

In the end, the machine becomes more than in idea.

Check out this story.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Call for Submissions : The Pavilion : A Literary Room for Expat Writing

Reading Periods

~The Pavilion publishes bi-annually online: Fall and Spring. Writers may submit at any time but reading and responding will generally happen when we're not teaching.

~For the spring issue, expect responses between June and August.

~For the fall, December and February.



~Literary fiction: 1 story, 500-3000 words.

~Creative nonfiction: 1 essay, 500-3000 words.

~Poetry: 1-3 pieces, anything goes.


Guidelines for Fiction & Nonfiction

~Email address: Contact the appropriate editor at PavilionEditors[at]gmail

~Subject line format: Your Name "Title of Work" Genre. Example: Kal Groznyy "The Factory" Fiction

~Body of email: provide a brief bio (name, previous pubs if any, contact email) then paste the story or personal essay there.

*Poets may attach poems in a document—to retain formatting.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Mike Heppner _Nada_ Amazon Singles

Congratulations to Mike Heppner, whose novella Nada was just released through Amazon Singles and is apparently making a splash!

Heppner's the author of The Egg Code, Pike's Folly, and The Man Talking Project. I've worked with him at Another Sky Press and can't recommend his writing enough.

Great work, Mike.


Matthew Dexter "All Her Piggy’s" Scapegoat Review

I found Matthew Dexter's short-short "All Her Piggy's" in Scapegoat Review. The story uses a collective "we" POV and nicely captures a moment of two girls nearing suicide. The story also incidentally explores issues of looking-glass selves, identities coming to be through shared witnesses of our actions and appearances, and our internalizing of how others react. Texted images of naked bodies, telescope-watching neighbors ... voyeurs of sex and death.

Check this piece out.

Good work, Mister Dexter.