Showing posts from October, 2006

Taking a Hiatus

I've decided to do NaNoWriMo unofficially this November. (Unofficially because I already six chapters of the project completed.) Between attempting 10 pages a day and getting back into German (Alps trip this summer!!) my blogging will be spotty at best. You can still get me at e-mail and LJ Talk and on my cell. Before I sign off for a while, here are a few things of note: #1: Michael A. Arnzen's Film Screening EXQUISITE CORPSE -- a short horror "anthology" film based on Michael Arnzen's poetry and flash fiction -- will be screened on the Seton Hill University campus in an event open to the public. Mike will be on hand to host a discussion following the screening and also sign books after the event. Here are the details: What: EXQUISITE CORPSE. 17 minutes. Producer: Poeticollage/Jim Minton Design Group, 2006. Preview the trailer online here: When: Thursday, November 9th, 8:30pm Where: ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, ROOM 206 S

EVENT: Creative Nonfiction Festival in Pittsburgh

EVENTS 412: Can YOU Handle the Truth? , Pittsburgh's annual Creative Nonfiction Festival, is sponsored by the Creative Nonfiction Foundation and will be held at sites throughout the city from November 6-11, 2006. Special guests are H.G. Bissinger , author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August and Kathryn Harrison , author of The Kiss . Panelists include editors and writers from The Wall Street Journal, Library Journal, Brevity, The Washington Post, Popular Science, and representatives from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts .

OF INTEREST: Greening It Up Again

OF INTEREST It's another day of dueling environmental posts with Christopher Paul Carey. You can check out his thoughts on global warming. He has graphics and everything! Also, here's 15 little ways you can help save the planet - taken from the September 2006 issue of Glamour. How many do you do already? I do 12 out of 15! They're marked with an X . X #1 Unplug all appliances not in use. They're energy vampires that still pull electricity even though they're not in use. #2 Click to plant a tree. At you can donate a dollar and have someone else plant a tree for you. X #3 Minimize frozen food consumption. It takes 10 times more energy to package and ship frozen food as opposed to fresh food. X #4 Do your errands at one time. Less trips in the car means less CO2 in the air. X #5 Put more air in your tires. It can boost gas mileage by 3%. X #6 Donate instead of dumping. Give away unwanted clothing, furniture, etc. to Go

NEWS: Michael A. Arnzen

NEWS I have two bits of news about Seton Hill author Michael A. Arnzen : #1: You can hear him read his poem WHY ZOMBIES LUMBER to creepy music on the Science Fiction Poetry Association site. #2: His LICKER LAUNCH PARTY kicks off with a live chat tonight at 10 PM EST in The Lost and the Damned Chat Room .

Greening It Up

Christopher Paul Carey and I are greening things up this week with daily posts about the environment. If nothing else, enjoy the awesome photos! Pennsylvania Stream (Photo by Jason Jack Miller) Yesterday I asked for signatures on the SAVE BLACKWATER CANYON PETITION . Chris discussed James Lovelock's REVENGE OF GAIA ,Frank Herbert's essay LISTENING TO THE LEFT HAND , and an article STIRRINGS OF SEA CREATURES AFFECT GLOBAL CLIMATE. Today I'm sharing with you a list of GREEN jobs compiled by Candace Corner, a writer for, featured on the MSN site: 1. Hydrologist: The median annual income is $51,080.* 2. Environmental Engineer: The median annual income is $50,000. 3. Pest Control Technician: The median annual income is $30,500. 4. Conservation Biologist: The median annual income is $52,480. 5. Science Teacher: The median annual income of kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary school teachers ranges from $41,400 to $45,920. 6. Toxicologist: The median

Adrea Peters Interviews Tess Gerritsen

Seton Hill author Adrea Peters has an awesome site called Artists Looking Ahead . The feature this month is an interview with Tess Gerritsen in honor of the Writing Popular Fiction Program choosing Gravity as the book for January's residency. X-posted to ambasadora , setonhillwpf , authors , discuss_writing , writerly , MySpace , Heidi Ruby Miller , WPF Writers Adrea Peters , Tess Gerritsen , Gravity , Artists Looking Ahead , Seton Hill University , Writing Popular Fiction

Save Blackwater Canyon Trail

The United States Forest Service is threatening to let Allegheny Wood Products destroy irreplaceable cut-stone archways, bridges, coke ovens, culverts, and retaining walls along the Blackwater Canyon Trail. Blackwater Canyon (Photo by Jason Jack Miller) Taken from the FRIENDS OF BLACKWATER CANYON Website: Friends of Blackwater and the Wilderness Society are parties.. to the Historic Preservation Act review process for the Forest Service..s Blackwater Canyon Trail Proposal. This review is called the ..106 Process... We have been meeting with the U. S. Forest Service, trying to persuade the agency to protect the historic Canyon Rail Trial. So far the Forest Services is ignoring our concerns -- as well as concerns raised by the EPA, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the State Historic Preservation Office (who are also consulting parties) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which has asked to be a party. The Forest Service has not shared wit

The Write Way November Workshop

The NOVEMBER workshop at The Write Way will be: AG's Art of Action Instructor Bio: AG Devitt has had numerous short stories published in such places as Pulp Stories Quarterly. Devitt was also the writer/creator of the independent comics Monk, Mortal Coyle, Doug & Punk's Pulp Adventures, and The Custodian. His latest, Assassin's Playground, will be published in the fantasy anthology Bash Down the Door and Slice Open the Badguy, coming in 2006. In addition to his writing, Devitt has sang in a punk rock band, managed an independent music store, studied martial arts since the age of 8, and consistently denies rumors that have linked him to the Justice League of America. He holds three degrees and teaches creative writing at the college level. Course Description: AG Devitt has been involved in martial arts since he was eight years old, and in this four week course he will cover everything from the history of martial arts to how to generate conflict through realistic fig