Sunday, December 30, 2007

Winter 2008 lineup!

Coming soon...

Poetry and Prose by:

Judith Arcana
Juliet Cook
Sarah J. Den Boer
K. Goodkin
Christine Kanownik
Allison Kissell
Amy Fetzer Larakers
Lauren Levato
Erika Mikkalo
Simone Muench
Buzz Pounds
Mike Puican
Lina ramona Vitkauskas

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Three more poems...

at Prick of the Spindle.

It's been a pretty good week.


Saturday, December 22, 2007

feelin' geeky

I hope everyone had a lovely winter solstice...

I just wanted to say I'm feeling extremely geeky and can't wait to see blossombones in bloom this January!

We're waiting for a few bits and pieces to get wrapped up, (bios and such...)but I think I'm aiming for shortly after the new year...

In the meantime, I'm trying to learn bunches of new software (an early holiday gift), and baking way too many cookies!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

poetry & fairy tales...

Happy Holiday!

I'm pretty pumped to have three poems up in the latest issue of Sein und Werden.

Read them here, here, and here.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Three things...

1. Quite possibly the coolest doggie chew toy ever.

2. Reasons why one should not scrabble while intoxicated (SWI):

3. Melly is a cat lady in training.

(Happy Graduation Day, Melissa!!!!)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Congrats to Switchback!!!!!

We just want to give a shout-out to Switchback Books! How cool is it to be mentioned in BITCH's new issue!?!?

Rock on, Switchback!

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Yep, it's Merriam-Webster's word of the year...and I think this is the first time I have ever used it, so I guess I'm a bit out of touch with the hip, newish words floating around...

Yeah, I've seen it used, and I knew it was a joyful interjection of sorts...heck, I even knew it was a kind of l33t sp34k (a.k.a. "leet speak": thanks, Z.!)...but I had no idea is was so popular. Hmmm.

Personally, if I had to choose a word from Webster's top ten list it would have been "Pecksniffian" but hey, that's me!



Sunday, December 9, 2007

technophilia vs. technophobia

Has anyone else been following the news about this new wireless reading device, the Amazon Kindle? I think I might be a little weirded out by the concept (albeit fascinated). No, I don't think I want one, at the moment... (Luckily, because apparently they can't keep them in stock!)

I also think $400 bucks is a bit pricey! (ouch.)

Don't get me wrong...I do like technology...but I also rather like real honest-to-nature paper, too. I can't imagine living in a world without books!

Of course, I'm not suggesting the Kindle represents the end of all libraries, bookstores or publishing houses...but I think the name is intriguing. "Kindle" makes me think of the word "kindling" and by association, the idea that books are just that for those who possibly desire a paperless world...

I suppose the Kindle might be the new iPod, only for books instead of music.

I still buy CDs. Yeah, I know. How very '90s of me!

Speaking of technophilia (and technophobia), I'm pretty excited about getting some new software from adobe. I'm finally getting photoshop and flash! Although I won't have time to put together any funky animations for the January blossombones, I might do something a wee bit playful for the summer issue.

New technology can definitely be exciting, no doubt about it.

Anyway, I'm especially curious to hear what other writers, editors (for both online and print projects), artists and poets think of this Kindle business. Any thoughts, folks?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Happy December!

The weather has certainly been wintry here in the Chicago area. Check out these scenes from my front porch:

Supposedly, there is a bit more snow coming tonight. It's certainly good weather for staying in to read a book. (Or shop for x-mas online, if you are so inclined!)

I'm currently reading Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell. It's a kind of Shakespearean mystery far, it's pretty entertaining.

It's been slow going, however. (Not because of the prose, but rather, because the upcoming holiday is the source of so much extra stuff to do!) I'm generally a lightning-fast reader, but it takes me forever lately to finish anything. Perhaps my brain has aged while I wasn't looking...

I hope not.

I've also been working on the poetry pages for blossombones. So far, everything is looking good. I hope to post a complete list of the contributors for the upcoming issue soon, but I'm still waiting to hear back from one more writer. Hopefully, I'll have everything wrapped up in the next couple of weeks, so I can just double-check the site towards the end of December before uploading the issue in January.

Thanks so much to all our contributors, and to everyone who submitted their work!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

progress report & etc.

Here's what's up with blossombones:

I spent the weekend trying to catch up on things, of course. We're done responding to submissions for Fall/Winter. If for some reason you sent us work prior to November 1st, and haven't heard back, do drop me or Melissa an email!

Poetry proofs are finished and all have been sent out to contributors. Prose is next on the agenda.

I'm also starting to do some page layouts for the poems. I think the issue is shaping up nicely.

Everything is moving along more or less according to schedule, so expect our first issue to go online in early January.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

kudos from our alma mater

It's rather nice to know that our former place of learning (in this case, Lewis University) takes an interest in what we're doing as writers and editors.

Please do check out this press release!