Got this in the mail from Poets.org this morning:
We are less than $900 away from our year-end goal of raising $10,000 to ensure the strength of the Academy of American Poets’ programs in the year ahead. We need your help to support our work to offer poems and resources on Poets.org and through Poem-A-Day, to inspire new readers to come to poetry during National Poetry Month in April, and to provide new materials that enable educators to inspire their students to write poetry on our Online Poetry Classroom.
All of the resources we provide are made available for free. But of course they’re not actually without cost. Each year we rely on contributions from generous individuals like you to underwrite our work, enabling us to offer our programs to the widest possible public.
As we head toward a new year, we at the Academy aspire to the day that poets in the U.S. are as revered as they are in other countries, where they are celebrated in great halls and pubs alike. We believe poetry can matter to everyone, and that our lives are deeply enriched by the art form. In the words of Langston Hughes, please help us “hold fast to our dreams.”
Your tax-deductible contribution to the Academy of American Poets will enable us to continue our important work to promote poets and poetry in the year ahead. We’re resolved!
I thank you in advance for joining us, and in appreciation of donations of $50 or more, we will happily send you a copy of our Poem in Your Pocket anthology.
Executive Director, Academy of American Poets
I don’t know how many of you use Poets.org but they run all sorts of programs from the “poem-a-day” sent out in email (kinda my favorite) to providing support and exposure for poets. You can even adopt a poet. If you have a few bucks you can spare please consider sending a donation.
Thanks – Kit
So yesterday I moved all the things and today I all my muscles hate me.
Kahuna was like “you rearranged the furniture again?” but really, it isn’t my fault. We have the most poorly designed living room in the history of living rooms. Seriously, it has one wall and a billion entryways and doors. There is just nowhere to put anything. I do like how the sunroom turned out and once all the stuff is back up on the walls I’ll snap a picture.
Sigh. Pinterest is my Waterloo. I just…it’s always ‘one more page and I’ll go fold laundry” or “just a few more pins and I’ll get back to work” and then an hour has passed and I am still scrolling.
Terribleminds interviewed Martha Wells on her new series.
You can now play Angry Birds on Facebook.
The Carpels are looking for a bass player. They are in Birmingham (the one in England, not Alabama) and you can contact them on twitter @thecarpels if you are interested.
For several months I thought Steve Madden was a football player and that he designed quilts and bedding in the off season…
Okay, maybe I have a cold since I am contemplating a mug of hot tea and watching HGTV. Off to make lunch for Scooter.
My new Captain America earrings arrived yesterday! I was going to take a picture of me wearing them until I realized I am really bad at trying to photograph myself with the camera on my phone. Now I have all these bizarre pics of my ear at weird angles.
Sci-fi writer Martha Wells discusses finishing her lastest book and other writer-ly things.
Catch a first chapter preview of Throne of the Crescent Moon on author Saladin Ahmed’s website.
I have a terrible craving for pimento cheese sandwiches. I blame shoreacres for this problem.
Becky Chambers over at The Mary Sue discusses the ‘Hey Sweetheart’ scenario in RPG video games. I am not a fan of the DA:O Alistair example she uses since I think it is there to foreshadow a plot point, rather than to remind us that we are girls. The endless ‘pretty one’ remarks we have to endure later in the game and the ‘I dare you to slice open my bare midriff‘ female Dalish armor however, are excellent examples. Nice article and interesting discussion in the comments section.
Scooter has been playing Monkey King and rescuing the baby rabbit for a few days now so when the announcement below showed up in my email I had to share:
Available from JR Comics. Check out their website for preview pages, title list and more artwork. You can also check out the Publishers Weekly interview with JR Han. Or you know, just buy it.
How is it only Wednesday?
So we were watching the H50 premier and McGarrett was doing push ups and I was like, oh please, his hands are twenty miles apart. McGarrett is/was a Navy SEAL and not just any Navy SEAL, but Steve the SuperSEAL. Seriously, we are supposed to believe he gets those muscles and SuperSEAL abilities by doing normal, wide-spaced push ups? He couldn’t have been doing, I don’t know, divebombers maybe? Diamond push ups? Feet up on the bunk push ups? One arm push ups? Any of those would have been more realistic for his character’s conditioning and abilities.
Explain to me again why I just can’t just post a Ryan Bingham video everyday and call it a blog?
Martha Wells’ new novel, The Serpent Sea is available for pre-order at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. (no cover art yet which is too bad because the cover I saw was cool) While we
impatiently wait for it to release and ship, Wells has put a shiny new short story, The Almost Last Voyage of the Wind-Ship Escarpment, up on her website. Read the story for free and if you like it, pop something in her tip jar.
Mergers and Acquisitions, the new album from Have Gun Will Travel, will release on November 1, 2011. Starting Friday September 23, 2011 you can pre-order the album from Suburban Home Records and receive a digital download. And a coozie.
Okay, I am done for today but tomorrow, there will be another Ryan Bingham vid. You have been warned.
Young Army nurse Mary Damico dreams the deaths of soldiers before they happen, but cannot save them. Only when she is recruited for a secret unit of other “esp talents”–one run by a rogue CIA psychiatrist who may be a “talent” himself–can she become the psychic commando she needs to be to stop the psychiatrist’s insanity and save those she loves.
While Dream Baby sits firmly in the speculative fiction genre, at its heart it is a story about war. For most people in the United States the reality of the Vietnam War was long ago replaced by the mythology. Vietnam is all gruff old men, cool tv shows and Oscar winning movies. It has been pulled apart, torn down, discussed and put back together with as much distance from the real events as possible.
Dream Baby eliminates that distance and drags the reader right into the middle of the conflict. Bruce McAllister did years of extensive research and interviewed hundreds of soldiers before he wrote the book. This research along with his talent for place writing combine to produce a vivid and powerful story that can often be overwhelming to read. Whether they are in the field hospital or walking down a jungle path, everywhere McAllister took the characters looked and felt like it existed. I had no trouble visualizing the characters in the jungle, on a boat or deep within a hidden cave. His images were so vivid I could not only see the jungle, I could almost feel the heat and smell the rain.
In fact, McAllister does such a good job building his world it was very difficult to distance myself from it. This war is violent, bloody and most of all unrelenting. I was with the characters in a nightmare and it often felt like I was taking the hits along with them. The worst part was I had to keep reading; once I got into the story I was hooked until the bitter end. It was worth every bruise because while Dream Baby was brutal it was also absolutely brilliant. When people say they ‘got lost in a book’ they are talking about stories like this one.
You can pick up a copy of Dream Baby on Amazon. There is a version available for Kindle and other reading devices and you can preview the first chapter online. You can also watch a trailer for the book on the Dream Baby webpage.
Dream Baby – Bruce McAllister – ISBN – 9781453880937