August 2012

The victims are bound by plastic wrap. But so is he in his kill room, from ceiling to floor. They are in this thing together.

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poemsoncrime Next week at The 5-2, the final poem of Year One, “This is How I Murdered the Librarian” by @MikeArnzen: poemsoncrime.blogspot.com/p/contributors…

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Coming in October: The 5-2 Volume One Ebook poemsoncrime.blogspot.com/2012/08/coming… via @pjpress

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lit_hum Every poem has the right to ask for a new poetics. - Anna Swir

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I remember the 1st time I watched this, I kept wondering why Dexter didn’t kill his dad. Threat is subtle in the flashbacks.

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Rita works in hotel management, but she doesn’t know how to complain to her own neighbor to shush the dog’s noise? Hmm.

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“Love, American Style” ep. jumps the shark when Dex uses candles to lead Coyote to the van. But candles fit: symbol of romance.

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The “Coyote” couple exchanges a vow, a lesson, before Dex goes for the kill. They’re literally “bound” in plastic matrimony.

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pattonoswalt To restore balance to the Universe, Obama must have Tommy Chong onstage at the DNC talking to a steak.

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Has anyone made a youtube with someone sitting in the invisible Obama chair yet giving snappy comebacks? Meanwhile: pic.twitter.com/vG4uKoXt

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@MikeMehalek That’s probably the strangest and most crust-warming +K scenario I’ve seen yet. But it’s so true: I can’t stop lovin’ pizza.

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@Zoe_E_W That’s hilarious, Zoe! Anytime you can make Drill Sergeant whimper, an angel gets its Airborne wings.

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@Gabino_Iglesias Great! It’s like the big book of little things… so much going on in there I bet it’s a challenge to review. So thank you!

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@HorrorScott @syrrann “Edit the damned meme.” LOL!

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Rita as Tomb Raider? As understandable and as unbelievable as Dexter in law enforcement. It’s all about disguises and desire.

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Dex v. Doakes youtu.be/qx7fX0c5pMM “Why, in a building full of cops…is Doakes the only one that gets the creeps from me?”

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@syrrann posted a funny graphic in our chat last nite. I p-shopped it and posted this one in reply. pic.twitter.com/s0BNb41s

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True story-> I tried to catch a mouse inside a plastic cup today. Not quick enough. The rim killed it. This also killed my cup.

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@shadowflame1974 Take notes. Keep writing forward as if you’d done it. You can always go back later…getting to the end is harder.

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@PaulaCKirk No, YOU rock! Thanks for checking out the full tweet-o-rama and laughing right along with me.

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The opposite of : writtenkitten.net Awww…kitties. They should be lolcats or werecats or saber toothed murderers, though.

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An opposition of blood brothers. Dexter = fluid, the splatter, the slide. Ice Truck Killer = solid, the empty vessel, the ice.

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@laura_aw Thanks for the tweet about The Gorelets Omnibus! Your grin is contagious, because now I’m grinning too. Peculiar, indeed! Grazia!

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Get books from @CemeteryDance. Top drawer authors, great special offers, fantastic production quality — a genre leader for years.

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(A personal favorite)

“impressionist”: she paints the head of her hammer red / and smashes skulls / to leave her mark / on bone / after the blood has washed away

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@fairwoodpress Congrats on selling your first novel to @torbooks! That’s huge, Patrick!

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@sarahhollowell There’s a poem in that! Beware the Sestinas!

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RT @paulGtremblay pic.twitter.com/gLMNoxWs <— Classic! Also worth study: “The Slying of Lot 49”.

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People thought the plot diagram on my shirt was a picture of West Virginia. It is, actually. Photos from the Many… fb.me/tEw4jEc9

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We root for a killer not because he is a vigilante, but because his voice is in our heads, translating all events. Dex is Us.

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The opening credit theme: Alfred Hitchcock Presents meets Miami Salsa. Brilliant work @RolfeKent rolfekent.com/music/dexter/

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@Rocket_Pixie Hrm. It’s not letting me DM you. Msg went public but I’ve deleted it. Ah well. Twitter has a dark passenger.

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@Rocket_Pixie I can say I’m appreciating Deb much more 2nd time around. Her incessant cursing might be a psychological “tell”.

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@uncannyvalley I’m totally with you. Gonna study Dexter ep. 1-5 over the next few weeks, then the latest, which will be new for me.

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@bkethridge YES. Good writing stands up over the years…though the car models are reminding me how many years have passed.

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@Rocket_Pixie No spoil, no spoil! I am ramping up to the latest season which I haven’t seen yet! (I bet I know what Deb confesses though!)

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Thx @MechellexLynn! Dex will be a fun run (prbly take me a month to do the series) but @NicolePeeler’s media livetweets are always the best.

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Slow down and look in an extreme closeup - you’ll see the violence inherent in everyday life. Even breakfast is brutal.

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The first kill is always like losing virginity: awkward, comical, determined, sloppy, traumatic, out of control.

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When a cop character says “Catch you later” it means more than it seems and is subtle foreshadowing.

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I’ve started re-watching the complete series of @SHO_Dexter. Will begin sharing reflections/lessons here with the tag

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The book signing at the Morgantown BN continues this afternoon (sans Arnzen). Here’s the lineup: fb.me/1dxjgWJmf

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heidirubymiller Meet MANY GENRES contributor Catherine Mulvany and read an excerpt from her article! manygenres.blogspot.com/2012/08/mgoc-c… @MikeArnzen

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rt @gregpak LOVE THIS: Abbey Road webcam, tourists pretending to be Beatles: abbeyroad.com/crossing via @lucypepper <for @JasonJackMiller

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/ and yet I slurped his soup of sorrow and smiled @JustAfterSunset

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Give your book an Arnzen tattoo at this event, today only, Aug 25th, 1-4pm, Morgantown WV fb.me/1Urush2S3

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heidirubymiller Event: Morgantown B&N Weekend Book Signing w/@JasonJackMiller @MikeArnzen @DianeTurnshek heidirubymiller.blogspot.com/2012/08/event-… @HeadlineBooks

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Have you read MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT? We love reader reviews; spread word so writers can benefit. Ebook is just $10: amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

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@GeoCamFuller Thank ye! Some say it’s about Klout, but I prefer to think +K stands for “Plusk” which is just popeyespeak for “blush”.

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Re-brag: My class manifesto on learning the writing craft was selected by scribd as a featured document! Share… fb.me/1JyBMNw59

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Hey @Nike — my followers think you should use my idea for a t-shirt: “Just Chew It” in zombie fonts @MarcusBarz_SOBD @davidbainaa @BAdTV59

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A big thank you to @Scribd for highlighting my manifesto, “To Write Well” as a >featured document< today! scribd.com/doc/103585810/…

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For your next pot luck. fb.me/1g9fV19i3

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arnzen “To Write Well…” A reading from my fiction syllabus — listen on @SoundCloud soundcloud.com/dr-arnzen/to-w… and/or read it scribd.com/doc/103585810/…

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“Author: a fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come.” — Montesquieu

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Nike Zombie wears t-shirt that reads “Just Chew It.”

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RDSP presents more photos from last Friday’s weird reading. (Not pictured: hootenanny, zombie tongues, Weezie,… fb.me/1XkMIJ089

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Watershed moment? “Apple’s iPhone is now worth more than all of Microsoft”: forbes.com/sites/timworst…

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The only reason I see Nicholas Cage movies is to witness his sublime rage. See: youtube.com/watch?v=xP1-oq… [w/thanks to @goudyliv84].

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Hellnotes August 19th Horror Quick Hits fb.me/24d1EN8RF

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dblasphemy On this last day of my “Back-to-School” sale I am opening up the discount to everyone! bit.ly/NDtm2n pic.twitter.com/2zDsfrtv

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“Red Neck Hand Plunge” (World’s Worst Tenants) wins the Arnzey for best Reality TV episode of the year. Excerpt here: youtu.be/WBbR0679s1s

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Winner Best Picture - 48hrFilmProj - to screenwriter (and fmr SHU student) @miketrubino (Must see 4 Ricky the Rat!) vimeo.com/47111186

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Recap of last night’s RDSP Reading by +John Edward Lawson and +D. Harlan Wilson at +Morgantown Poets:… fb.me/24WwLWwzK

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@JasonJackMiller LOL. That moment was sort of like advertising the local morgue during war footage on the TV news or something, wasn’t it?

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Book Signing next weekend (8/25) in Morgantown WV. Will have Many Genres on hand and a few other titles. fb.me/1godxsS24

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@ewazoo23 … maybe their proverbial “lightbeam” only reaches so far. But it’s still a valid navigational system. Even so - good article!

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@ewazoo23 Nice essay but that quote has me puzzled. Authors are lighthouses in a sea of the infinite, not “scalable” providers of content.

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Booksellers — please share this with each other: “How to Save Bookstores”: huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/how…

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The Sternumator

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Renate says thanks to all who tweeted.

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Got a text wishing my wife a happy birthday. Printed it and pasted into a blank card. I’ll do the same here if you tweet sth for Renate.

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I bought a box of tissues the other day. But was dismayed when I discovered they were all taken from the same organ.

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the Hazard Yet Forward anthology on goodreads: goodreads.com/book/show/1579…

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@s_a_check Thanks for the Special K-bump. I’m not a kloutist, but I appreciate the cool comment about my story very much!

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Today someone said “Oh, look, the sun is out!” And for one brief moment I thought they meant OUT like the snuffed wick of a candle.

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(A personal favorite)

“Networked Paranoiac”: Pay no heed / to the stats: / Likes and friends, / they lie! / You know / everyone here / is already / following you.

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Hey @cosproductions — your mini-interview with the great writer @_DavidMorrell inspired me today: youtu.be/_KPKzSIspQ0

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The page that proves I’m not a psychopath is on facebook at: facebook.com/gorelets

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Just so you know, I keep this fb page only to fool people into thinking I’m not really a psychopath…. fb.me/1kqRuBoFQ

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“These kids aren’t stupid—they are simply a reflection of the adults that’ve made decisions around them.” @jamieoliver youtube.com/watch?v=SpWvoj…

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The Rover from The Prisoner is TV’s best invention since Star Trek’s Communicator. I expect to see one bobbling at the border any day now.

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Nayad Woke up & found “T H A N K S” written on my mirror by mosquitos, in dots of my own blood.

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wisdomalive Too often, we find ourselves using the deadline as the lever to overcome our . Seth Godin

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“Intriguing, gory…awesome.” Another great reader review of The Gorelets Omnibus on @goodreads goodreads.com/book/show/1464… Thx @SamanthaKay89

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The tusk-gnawing wait is over. The anthology Walrus Tales ed by @KevinLDonihe is at last now available! bizarrocentral.com/2012/08/06/out…

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Anti-Pollution Bubble Factory: abstract digital art post to my flickr gallery: flickr.com/photos/gorelet… the @PercolatorApp rocks

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Fourteen 5-star reviews and 80 likes to our bestselling new charity anthology! Hazard Yet Forward amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

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@TARatliff You bet! Thx for the kind words and all the best to you.

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Thx to all who picked up ‘Hazard Yet Forward’ yesterday. It is now #2 on the charts, above the Norton Anthology! amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

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Can our book beat the Norton Anthology AND the Works of Poe on the amazon bestseller list? It’s #3 right now. Check it: amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

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Launch day for this great charity antho… heard it hit #3 on amazon today! Pick up a copy — you won’t be… fb.me/24187QX4G

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Hazard Yet Forward — support this charity anthology of over 700 pages of genre stories for just $9.99 (kindle ebook). amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

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EllenDatlow Finally, HWA got its own page on amazon: Bram Stoker Award Winners amazon.com/gp/feature.htm…

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Re-read Dogwitch the other day… Violet still holds up tight, @danschaf! Best wishes with .

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Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown — GREAT doc by @Wyrdstuff featuring @auntbeast @peterstraubnyc @neilhimself more! See: wyrdstuff.com/lovecraft/inde…

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How anthologies should be reviewed! Check out the rvw of Poe’s Lighthouse by @fomcontest in the latest @ChiZinedotcom chizine.com/poes_lighthous…

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Hi-speed captures of the chaotic poetry of destruction: photos of shattered porcelain figures: toxel.com/inspiration/20…

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My website is now mobile friendly (again, as it was in 2002!). See: gorelets.com/blog/ambulatio…

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@kanessie @MikeArnzen I >think< they’re releasing the HYF antho as an amazon kindle ebook for $9.99. Goes on sale Tuesday. I’ll post a link.

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I’ve got a story in (+wrote the intro to) the Hazard Yet Forward charity anthology, on sale this Tuesday. Pls support. hazardyetforward.wordpress.com

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@JustAfterSunset Thanks for the comment on the “Luke, Warm” poem, Stephanie. Wait, you said you smiled… >shiver<…do you know a Luke??

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@Horror_Nerd Enjoyed your “Flesh Pinata” poem — glad the writing prompt instigated some sick weirdness! goo.gl/urfCa

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(A personal favorite)

“Luke, Warm”: she drops his frozen bloodcubes / into a tumbler of vodka / smiling at the bone-sharp crackle / of his rocks in her glass

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heidirubymiller MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT Authors at Confluence 2012 manygenres.blogspot.com/2012/08/mgoc-a… @conprogram @MikeArnzen

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@wdprescott Twinkies never expire, so maybe the Kid is already a zombie cowboy desert? But it’s true — he loves to slurp brain frosting.

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On the Popular Uncanny: Shared link to “Weird Advertising Characters” photos: gorelets.com/uncanny/advert…

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Great review of Audiovile from the union rep at the Local 16. fb.me/22YHguLPe

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@LPittsGonzalez Great review of your novel, Blood Poetry, LPG! Congrats.

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Thx @JasonJackMiller Lucy Liu was AWESOME in Kill Bill, and the trailer for The Man with the Iron Fists kills. It’s Machete meets Kill Bill!

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mythicdelirium Our last Clockwork Phoenix @kickstarter goal: to launch a new webzine for poetry and fiction tinyurl.com/CP4antho Five days left!

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@ewazoo23 Research, interaction, and inspiration. Also a creative playroom: write poems composed of people’s handles, responses to hashtags.

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ewazoo23 attention all writer friends: could you tweet me about why you use twitter? want to show my class what writers think abt twitter as a tool.

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ewazoo23 laughing at this Today show clip from 1994 and remembering a time before the Internet consumed my life: youtube.com/watch?v=JUs7iG…

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POETSorg “…I like ideas to have some dirt on their shoes… - Marvin Bell (b: August 3, 1937) poets.org/mbell.

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therealduv hazardyetforward.wordpress.com (Includes my story, “Happy Holidays,” plus 75 other great ones. Proceeds benefit a friend with cancer.)

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nalohopkinson New designs of mine up for sale in my @Spoonflower store spoonflower.com/collections/14…

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@Emwings So true. Negative space is everything. The universe is right here: ___________.

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s_g_browne New blog post: Where Has Scott Been? (or Why I’ve Ignored Twitter): su.pr/1XRSOh

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Actually, I’ve been using my Kindle for photo experiments/art as much as for ebooks: flickr.com/photos/gorelet…

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@davidbainaa @CDennisMoore I concur. (And isn’t the Kindle Fire backlit and unreadable in sunlight, like some kind of e-book vampire?)

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@davidbainaa That’s impressive! Now get off twitter and call amazon immediately, or you’re going to be suffering w/o for a few days.

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@MikeArnzen @davidbainaa But I bought a new one anyway. It’s a necessary tool of the trade, don’t you think?

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@davidbainaa My 1st kindle screen froze when I updated the firmware with a file from Amazon. Called ‘em and they wouldn’t replace (peeved).

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@davidbainaa @CDennisMoore Check out Stephen King’s UR. It was the first book I downloaded when I got my 1st kindle (now on #2…empathy DB)

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@BleedingChrome @g_so @grammarissa The rooster logo embedded in a giant lower case “e” doesn’t help! Illiterates, through and through!

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@theJessMcHugh Nice post, Jess! Best argument I ever heard for thinking “inside the box” ;-)

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@g_so @grammarissa @BleedingChrome Totally. I’ll pass and wait till there’s a Chik-Fil-B.

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Kim_Harrington For anyone as obsessed with American Horror Story as I am, @MrRPMurphy is now on Twitter…and posting set pics.

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Syfy This is either the best or worst misspelling of my name by @Starbucks instagr.am/p/N1CcEVR-cS/

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pattonoswalt Best way to protest hate-chicken is to open a pro-gay chicken franchise. Name? Chik-fil-HAAAAAAAAY. *snap*

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@DavidKM No, but an illiterate chef doesn’t know the difference between “broccoli” and “e. coli”.

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@grammarissa @g_so @BleedingChrome Exactly! have doubt that they can read a recipe book if they spell things “Fil-A” or “Stuft”.

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Never trust a restaurant that can’t properly spell the items it serves. Especially if the error appears on a sign or even their brand name!

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GrantaMag We salute you Tim O’Brien on winning 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/tim…

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Selected poems from
The Nest appear in:

cover for The Gorelets Omnibus by Michael Arnzen