Archive for May, 2012

I explore the trend of sparkly, sexy vampires in American literature. And get my ass kicked.

Yaaaay! I got a story published on a Website called “Microhorror.” The gimmick is that every story on the site has to be horror fiction that’s 666 words or fewer in length. I found writing that short to be quite a challenge. So I’ve been doubly impressed with the consistently high quality of the submissions.

All of the stories I’d seen on there were serious. Mine, obviously, is a spoof. I didn’t really expect it to be accepted, and was pleasantly surprised when it was. Here’s the link:

Hi. My name is Tom, and I’m a 45-year-old technological illiterate who still hasn’t figured out DVD players, much less all this newfangled post-P.C. stuff. Fortunately, there’s a place I can go to acquire a semblance of tech savvy. “The Mind of Ferg.”

This is a blog by my very gifted friend Doug Ferguson. Doug was into this stuff back in the days when personal computing was an obscure subculture. And a younger, mulleted version of yours truly used to give him a hard time about being into some dorky hobby that was CLEARLY of no practical use to anyone. Yes, I was a moron.

Anyway, after a hiatus, “Mind of Ferg” is back. Check it out for useful information presented in a way that even somebody like me can understand it.

Here’s the link:

OK, this is kind of an annual tradition for me — going to the Spoutwood Farm May Day Fairie Festival in Glen Rock, Pa., and making a video where I talk to the attendees about politics. I first did it on a whim before the 2008 presidential election, when I covered politics as a newspaper reporter. It went over so well that I started doing it every year. The folks who show up at the festival have a great sense of humor and are always willing to play along. This year was no exception.

I take a certain pride in imagining that this is the only entry in the entire blogosphere the includes both “Twig the Fairy” and “Federal Election Commission” as tags. Enjoy.

If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know I’m absolutely shameless about plugging works by my many talented friends. But in my defense, I will say that I wouldn’t steer you wrong. If their work gets a mention on here, that means I think it’s genuinely good. (If it sucks, I just won’t mention it and change the subject should they bring it up. “Plug your interpretive-dance-based performance art piece on my blog? Yeah, that’s … uh … Hey! Are the Buffalo wings here any good?”)

So anyway, I’m really psyched that one of my all-time favorite bloggers is expanding her blog, “Lette’s Chat,” to a talk radio format. The “Lette” in question is Carlette Norwood Ritter. I got to know her by reading and commenting on her blog, and I was delighted when she took an interest in mine. She’s a very smart, witty person, and her blog is consistently thought-provoking and entertaining. So is her new talk radio show.

She’s got a background in radio and it shows. The broadcasts are professionally done, featuring interesting guests and topics. Give it a listen. Here’s the link:

And here’s the Facebook page: