Sunday, May 24, 2009

Stuff to read

If you're looking for stuff to read, there's plenty to choose from this month.

The May issue of Roadrunner is up now, including two new haiku by Issa, with commentary and translations.

OG's Speculative Fiction #18 just went on sale. It's a special double issue, including a story by Bruce Golden and poetry by G.O. Clark. Download it for only 99 cents, or buy the paper copy for only $6.50.

The new issue of SP Quill just went out in the mail. It's the first issue since the magazine changed format -- now it's a perfect-bound paperback, full of the same great poetry, including cinquain by Deborah P. Kolodji and J.E. Stanley.

If you were considering buying David Dunwoody's zombie novel Empire, but didn't want to pay full price, now you can get a copy for only $8.20 from Amazon (45% off). It's a great book -- you can read my review of it here.

Just as a side note, the winners of the Balticon 43 Poetry Contest were recently announced. You can see the list of winners here, but I just thought it interesting that a haiku took an Honorable Mention.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Haiku Foundation

There is now an official Haiku Foundation, with an impressive website including Charles Trumbull's extensive Haiku Bibliography. Here's the press release from Jim Kacian:


Dear Friends:

The Haiku Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to archive the accomplishments of the first century of haiku in English and to create greater opportunities for its second, was chartered in the state of Virginia, USA, on 6 January 2009. It is a volunteer organization primarily designed to create and implement projects centered around haiku. Most haiku organizations have privileged the poet and her needs: education, publication, socialization. The Haiku Foundation instead seeks to foster the growth of haiku itself. This is where poets come when they want to give back.

We are pleased to announce the public unveiling of our website. We hope you will visit it often and with pleasure. Please tell us how it serves you, and how it might serve you in the future. And most of all, we welcome your participation. Please join us to help us realize our goals.

Jim Kacian
The Haiku Foundation


If you're looking for an interesting article to read, check out Mary Gamble's 2001 essay comparing and contrasting the haiku of Issa and Gary Hotham.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Dark Fiction Guild, two stories, one market

For those who haven't heard yet (or didn't guess from the title of this post) there is now a Dark Fiction Guild. Run by G.A. Buchholz and James Cheetham, it's set up like a social networking site for dark fiction writers. It just started this week, and there's already almost 200 members. Join now... membership is free for 2009.

I've come across two really good stories recently. The first one, you have to buy a copy of the magazine to read. Issue #1 of Necrography includes a short story by Steve Calvert, "The Deadline," which is one of the best short horror stories I've read in a long time. Very well-written and executed.

The other story you can read online, as it is currently up at Sorcerous Signals -- "There's Always a Catch" by Rhonda Parrish. A hilarious short fantasy story, a good way to un-stress in the middle of a long day.

And here's a new short horror market: Tweet the Meat is a Twitter-based horror publisher, looking for unpublished horror 140 characters or less. They only take submissions on the weekends, and pay $1.00 per acceptance.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

another Bits and Pieces review, some market news

Dru Pagliassotti, editor and publisher of the online fantasy and horror magazine The Harrow, has reviewed my chapbook of horror poems, Bits and Pieces. You can read the review here, in the May issue of The Harrow, along with four great speculative stories and a review of Joseph D'Lacey's Garbage Man.

In market news, GUD is once again open to submissions, so get those stories and poems in. And Flash Me Magazine is now reading for their all-fantasy issue -- get the guideline specifics here.

Lastly, check out this great sensory haiku by Richard Krawiec.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Making money writing online

If you're anything like me these days, money is hard to come by. In recent months I've been looking in all different directions to make ends meet, including getting a second (and third) job, writing greeting cards, doing odd jobs, and writing articles online.

Of these, writing articles online is certainly not the most profitable, but it is relatively easy and kind of fun. I enjoy writing anyways, so it's not really "work." If you're looking for a way to make a little extra money online, Helium.com is a pretty neat site.

It's one of those sites like Epinions or eHow, where you write articles about different things and get paid when people read them. But Helium offers many different ways to get paid, which makes it more interesting to use.

You can write an article or review on virtually anything. If you want to write about a topic that isn't listed on the site, you can suggest your own title. Once you qualify for upfront payments, you get paid between 50 cents and $2 per article you write (depending on how many articles you've written and how well they're rated), plus you can earn extra money for new topics, plus you get paid residual income when people read your article. Helium also offers companies the chance to purchase one-time rights to use articles in newsletters or on websites, and if a company wants your article, you get an additional five bucks. (Which isn't much, but it's something.) They also have a marketplace where you can write specifically for publications, and I think those articles start at $20. And there are periodic writing contests on many different subjects.

If you're looking for a way to make a little extra passive income, Helium is a pretty good way to do that. The only catch is that you have to rate other people's articles in order to get paid, but you don't have to rate very many in order to meet their minimum. Your articles only have to be 400 words long. Here are a couple I've written:

How to get more space on your computer
How to find magazines that publish haiku

Anyway, enough rambling. Check it out and earn some extra pocket money (so you can buy copies of Bits and Pieces or bird ku).