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“Simpsons did it,” The Simpsons says to Stephen King
Posted 24 November 2010 / By Caleb J. Ross / Unexpected Literary References

(part of my ongoing Unexpected Literary References series)

In yet another The Simpsons (un)expected literary reference, Stephen King’s novel, Under the Dome is called out for its similarities to the 2007 The Simpsons Movie, both stories incorporating a town-sized dome to seal people off from the outside world. The overt commentary may be a further play on the South Park episode,  “The Simpsons Already Did it,” which explores the degree to which The Simpsons has embedded itself into our collective consciousness.

The screenshot below appears in Season 22 : Ep. 6, “The Fool Monty.”

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The real reason authors get paid nil: content saturation.
Posted 22 November 2010 / By Caleb J. Ross / Study (the world/the craft)

Another Roxane Gay® observation gets the Caleb jumping-on-board treatment. In her post over at HTML Giant, Gay talks about the James Frey writing factory, and how its existence speaks to the strange desperation of writers (particularly MFA-pursuing writers) to be published, even when facing little to no financial or celebrity gain. The following line caught me, and while powerful in its own right, my mis-reading is what really got me thinking. Brackets: MINE ( I had to insert something of myself into this statement as a meta-nod to the topic)

“The desire to be published, for some [reason], is so desperate and so intense they will do whatever it takes.”

Why?

Answer: We are trained to be ego maniacs.

The loudest, most boastful vainglorious attitude gets applauded while humility gets ignored. This is not surprising, as the very act of braggadocia is a stimuli. It doesn’t matter that silence (which implies humility) is the very nature of books.

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The Velvet Podcast, Episode 009: Does This Novel Make Me Look Fat?
Posted 18 November 2010 / By Caleb J. Ross / Stranger Will/ Study (the world/the craft)

Episode #009 of The Velvet Podcast is now live!

Authors Gordon Highland (Major Inversions), Brandon Tietz (Out of Touch), and Caleb J Ross (Stranger Will) have a spirited conversation about self- and vanity-publishing, debating its legitimacy, logistics, and financial aspects, as well as insights from their own experiences in this oft-scorned segment of the industry.

Please, give it a listen. Subscribe via Feedburner, Podcast Alley, or iTunes.

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Prematurity affects more than just you and your spouse
Posted 17 November 2010 / By Caleb J. Ross / General News

My wife told me that today was prematurity awareness day. Alright, alright, I get it. You could have been a little more subtle with the suggestion, but I get it.

Hey, this problem is no picnic for me either…

…what?

Whoops.

What I mean is, boooooo premature birth.

My boy was five weeks premature. He had a few health issues, but he’s perfect now. He’s one of the lucky ones. Nobody knows why so many babies are born premature, but with continued education, awareness, and funding, maybe we’ll find out soon. Please, take a few moments to peruse the March of Dimes site. Shed a few tears. Pretend you had something in your eye. Then smooth everything over with your friends by talking about football and fantasy leagues.

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Episode 009: Does This Novel Make Me Look Fat?
Posted 16 November 2010 / By Caleb J. Ross / Welcome the The Velvet Podcast

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Authors Gordon Highland (Major Inversions), Brandon Tietz (Out of Touch), and Caleb J Ross (Stranger Will) have a spirited conversation about self- and vanity-publishing, debating its legitimacy, logistics, and financial aspects, as well as insights from their own experiences in this oft-scorned segment of the industry. Read More

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Episode 008: Don’t Pull My Hair Unless You Mean It
Posted 13 November 2010 / By Caleb J. Ross / Welcome the The Velvet Podcast

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Writers Richard Thomas (Transubstantiate), Nik Korpon (Stay God), Pela Via and Nic Young grind out the topic of sex and violence in fiction and their complex relationship to sadistic bedfellows, love and shock. Read More

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Posted 10 November 2010 / By Caleb J. Ross / General News
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