March 17, 2010 4 comments

The debut novel by Richard Thomas is set for its June 18  release.  Pre-order starts on April 1.  The first hundred copies will be sold as a signed limited edition–with rumors of other neat additions.  My alarm is already set for 12:01 AM that Friday because I have a feeling they’re going to sell fast.

Also, there is a $2.00 discount code on the Transubstantiate Facebook page.  While you’re there, give some support and register as a fan.  Don’t get me wrong, I usually hate those Facebook games and become-a-fans, but this is special and I truly am a believer.

Richard Thomas is a long time member of my online workshop and has been taking over the Lit Mag scene.  He has been published in Gold Dust Magazine, Colored Chalk and 3:AM Magazine — to name a few.

This isn’t the last time you’ll hear his name.


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March 10, 2010 Leave a comment

I received some new books in the mail the other day!

Dermaphoria by Craig Clevenger

Kiss Me, Judas by Will Christopher Baer


Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilman

Also expecting:

Clown Girl by Monica Drake


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Out with the old…

March 10, 2010 1 comment

Alas, my creative writing class at the University of Utah is finished.  It was an enjoyable time and great to be around other people who write!  I felt like my submission was liked overall.  Great class!

I’ve joined another creative writing class in Ogden that started last Saturday.   Completely different atmosphere, but I it feels like it will be equally as good.  Variety….

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The Never Enders

March 7, 2010 1 comment

Review of The Never Enders by Michael Sonbert

The Never Enders is a shadowy masterpiece that offers a very real peek into an urban underworld we are taught to ignore.

Sonbert delivers a masterful “kick to the teeth” from the first sentence.  His fluid wordplay and dark humor—mixed with beautiful lines of rhetorical narration—creates an addictive elixir for thirsty readers.

You will stay up late reading this book.  You will be groggy at work in the morning; hung over from this intoxicating prose.

Perry, lost in that early-twenties brand of confusion, makes his suicidal pilgrimage into the city—only to be sidetracked by booze, drugs, sex and violence.

You’re going to read this novel eventually.  Why regret making yourself wait?

With my mouth drenched and reeling from the poison and my head spinning from Ocean’s tattoo, she pulled up close and kissed me. She bit my bottom lip softly and pulled it down towards her. She let me go and we stood staring at each other for a moment. Ocean was forgotten.
I felt my face and neck turning red. I bent down to kiss her back, but just when I was a few inches away, right at the point where there was no turning back, when I couldn’t even pretend I was trying to tell her a secret or anything, she turned away, distracted by her girlfriend pointing at something or someone on the other side of the bar.

Purchase The Never Enders

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Out of Touch

March 3, 2010 1 comment

Review of Out of Touch by Brandon Tietz

If you’re ever going to start something, do it like this!

This novel is a sucker punch to unexpecting, bored readers. Tietz puts his audience in an interesting situation: falling in love with his writing isn’t a choice–it’s a reaction.

He twists your mind and makes a mess of your emotions. Drug scenes have an authenticity that gets you high. Sex is written so well you become aroused. The soul is so lost you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. And when it’s all over, you’re reborn and wonder what you’ve done with your life.

While reading Out of Touch, you know exactly where you are and what’s coming next–until you turn the page. Only after you’ve finished do you realize how badly you’ve been beaten and used. But you don’t mind; you just want more. So you wait, huddled in your corner, addicted. You wait for Tietz to speak again.

Two crooked thumbs way up!

“She smells expensive…so when I fuck her, it feels a little bit like shoplifting.”

“Everything makes sense when you just don’t care.”

Purchase Out of Touch here.

Or check out some excerpts:   Hush ——- Aidin

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March 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Turned in my story to the class/workshop at the U. Ironically, not the story I originally wrote for the class.

I came to realize that the story I was writing needs a lot more development (based on its content) before it will be presentable for even a workshop draft.

Never fear, the project is not lost–merely evolving.

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Coffee’s on…

February 26, 2010 2 comments

Things have been crazy.  I’m definitely overdue to critique some stories from my online workshop.  It’s time.

Speaking of critiques, I read through the “first round” of submissions from my class/workshop at the U.  The stories were pleasantly surprising.  I’m not certain how much writing experience any of my peers there have, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. While we’re on the subject, my own submission is due there on Monday.  It should be close.  Close enough for review.

On a side note, I’ve been reading a new author.  Michael Sonbert.  Highly recommended to you.

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Read on…..

February 20, 2010 Leave a comment


I read things like Out of Touch by Brandon Tietz.  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.  Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski.

I read excerpts from The Never Enders by Michael Sonbert and reviews of The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger.  Both books are expected in my mailbox any day.

I’ve read everything published by Chuck Palahniuk (that I’ve been able to get my hands on).  I’ve read Amy Hemple and Robert Jordan.

Today, my thoughts are (to quote Palahniuk quoting Tom Spanbauer): “You will never write this well.”

But I will try.  I will write, and I will read.  I will study and learn.  I will write some more.

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Some success …

February 14, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s been awhile.

For one reason or another (or many), getting this story down in writing has been tough.  That being said, I am proud to say that I fianlly have a manuscript that I can work with.

This doesn’t mean that I’m done … not even close.  But I am to the point where I can tweak lines and add details.  Basically, I’m back to the fun part!

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February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

I am having a hard time working through this rough draft.  Long hours at work leave me dazed at night and hitting snooze in the morning while I should be trying to write.

Looking forward to this weekend when I can write, write, write.  I feel like this story will be pretty good and am excited to get the ball rolling.

Cliche terms are okay in blog posts, aren’t they?

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