Music


I’ve recently begun adding tracks to my bandcamp account. Here’s one of them (it’s an ELP cover):

You can reach the others through that link. There’ll be more.

Open Season on Monsters!


Wanted, monsters!
The loose theme is the late-night weird tv of the 50s and 60s, but well-written tales will over-rule theme, as long as there are monsters.
Stories should be in standard ms format, 2500+ words. No headers or footers please. Payment is 100 dollars US. Originals only, no reprints, and no poetry this time around. Multiple submissions are okay but only one will make the final cut.
Submissions window is from June 1 at 12 am PST through 12 am July 1 31 PST. Extensions are negotiable.
Submissions to moderan(at)hotmail(dot)com. Please email or voyage to this page if you have questions. We’re also running an art contest — vote for your favorite creatures to appear in the little tv screens on the cover.
Planet X Publications thanks you in advance for your fine work!

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Art by Yves Tourigny. ©2018

TEST PATTERNS


“There’s a pattern to everything. You just need to look hard enough, and it will emerge.”

Des Lewis has completed his Real-Time Review. He thinks we’re on to something special. We knew that all the time.

DES LEWIS GESTALT REAL-TIME REVIEWS

test patternsPLANET X PUBLICATIONS 2017

Edited by Duane Pesice
Introduction by Michael Adams
Work by D.L. Myers, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., H.S. Graves, William Tea, Ron Gelsleichter, Philip Fracassi, Sarah Walker, Ashley Dioses, Peter Rawlik, S.L. Edwards, Brian O’Connell, Jill Hand, Ruth Asch, Pete J. Carter, Sean M. Thompson, Scott Thomas, Nathan Carson, Frederick J. Mayer, Candace Wiggins, Frank Coffman, John Claude Smith, Scott J. Couturier, Rob F. Martin, Adam Bolivar, Don Webb, Russell Smeaton, Matthew M. Bartlett, Cody Goodfellow, Stephen Mark Rainey, K.A. Opperman, Duane Pesice.

When I review this book, my thoughts will appear in the comment stream below…

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Cat fixes


Please help. Myself and my neighbors are supporting a cat family. We’d like not to have additional felines and the unexpected kitten brood is coming of age.

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GoFundMe here. We have ten cats in total that need spaying or neutering. Thanks!

Broken Badly?


infusedGreen tea, green tea, and the middle of the last season of Breaking Bad is my prescription for body aches and focusless anxiety.
Seems to be working. I’m not sleepy, am more or less tuned in to the program. I had drifted away for most of a season…only my desire to see the whole run kept me going, honestly. It ‘is’ a great tv show, as good in its way as MASH or The X-Files or the Sopranos, three of my past favorites, and hasn’t gotten a chance to get dated yet.
I know that Vince Gilligan intended all of the characters to be unlikable, and to have the story be compelling as hell to involve the audience. Sometimes this conceit works too well, and audience manipulation (at least to this audience member) ceases.
And I know and acknowledge that I should be loving that. It’s a tremendous achievement.
But binging is hard for me. I bet I couldn’t watch MASH sequentially. I made it through seven seasons of the X-Files, six of SVU. And I was/am invested in those characters — those shows mean something to me — they are signposts along this treadmill toward tomorrow.

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Drilling a little deeper down


Exploring the cord-cutting experience a little more:
The Sling Channel…a caveat. Your seven-day trial starts the moment you open it. Explore online first. I got a surprise 39.98 charge today. I mulled calling to bitch about that, but I’m gonna let it ride and check it out for a month. I’ve already changed the lineup some so I get more of the stuff I actually watch for five bucks less…if I’m not pleased I’ll explore DirecTv Now next month (it has my precious MLB Network and none of those wonderful two-year contracts that DTV is so notorious for).
All of the horror channels have the same movies, give or take one or two. But there’s no penalty for keeping them in the event that they have something that Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or Shudder (or ScreamBox — I’m trying that, maybe, next month. I wouldn’t mind keeping both if they have enough unique content, at 3.00/month each) don’t have. Same for the other ‘category’ channels. They all have the same four commercials repeated endlessly…

Despondent saith not


I gave up blogging in favor of Facebook posting years ago, but I’ve come full circle and am back to blogging instead. This form has a little more permanence, I think, and if I’m gonna be ignored, I may as well own it.

Though my first published story was in 1977, I’ve been a full-time writer for just a couple of years. I attempted to go full-time just after coming hope from the illness that caused my disability, with a big backlog of material that I fondly imagined was ‘good enough’ and a lot of ‘belief’.

Didn’t work out that way — one, I didn’t have the energy or stamina I had been used to and couldn’t maintain that schedule, and two, the material desperately needed reworking — which I’m still doing, six years later.

Hard to keep going in the face of such massive apathy. I haven’t written anything that has galvanized people into talking about it for years, though that doesn’t stop stuff from getting pirated. I’ve sold more than 5000 kindle-copies of my chapbook, mostly through direct sales. But I have four reviews on Goodreads/Amazon.

Gotta trust in the process though. I know my stuff is good enough. No editor has ever returned a piece saying “This really sucks.” Instead, “this really doesn’t fit what we’re trying to accomplish here. But good luck with this story. I’m sure you can sell it — somewhere else” is the common response.

I resist comparisons…and some of this is sour grapes probably, but I see people whose work isn’t real good selling consistently, and it chaps my ass. But I’m a middle-aged white male, and I guess I should just get used to being marginal. Isn’t like my imagination is inclined to the mainstream.

And I’m not gonna stop, though it gives me pause (and yeah, there are times when I want to stop because working in a vacuum sucks). Friends and even some objective critics have told me they enjoy the work…it’s just that it doesn’t reach enough people. And I don’t know how to get that to happen, other than to keep throwing spaghetti.

I’m not alone. There are lots of us pasta-throwers.

But I ask you — if you’ve read a thing of mine, how about some feedback? Just “I liked it” would be fine. I think you have to write a couple more words than that, but it doesn’t have to be in-depth…that’s the point. People who write for themselves rarely try to get public.

Yeah. I’m having a minor crisis. Not ‘impostor syndrome’, but ‘invisible man’ syndrome…brought on by lack of success of worthwhile material. Help a brother out if you can.

Thanks for reading.