|This month's featured link is Into the Sunset.
WHEN a thirty year-old bachelor disguises himself as an old man to live in The Sunset, a retirement community, will everything go as smoothly as planned? Of course not! His elderly love interest becomes suspicious of his under-cover-of-darkness-only lovemaking, his neighbor wants to experiment with ViagraŽ, the head of security is more interested in extortion than security, and the woman who runs the community may be on to his scheme. Can Wayne survive old age?
INTO THE SUNSET is Donald Capone's first novel.
Capone's stories have appeared in Edgar Literary Magazine, Word Riot, and Thieves Jargon, as well as the anthologies See You Next Tuesday and Rebellion: New Voices of Fiction. Visit him online at donaldcapone.blogspot.com. Contact him at don(at)rebelpress.org
Read the prologue to INTO THE SUNSET
I've read Into the Sunset already and LOVED it. It's funny and heartfelt and a little wacky, with terrific characters, and a truly fun plot. Excellent summer reading.
|Featured link is How Not to Suck by W.B. Flutie.
This book will change how you view yourself and the world you think you know. Admit it, we all suck. This book will make you face your own suckiness and lead you down the path to a suck free life. If not, you'll laugh a lot. Either way, it is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
I've personally read this book, and I can attest that all the hype is true. It's funny, it doesn't suck, and it'll help you to not suck.
Now available : How Not to Suck
Cool Online Magazines that have published me
Specific links to my actual stories are available on the Other/Random page
But please do support these publications by having a look around and reading some other talented writers
The Beat is a hip 'zine with all sorts of goodies including short stories and book reviews and poetry and much more. I was lucky enough to have the astute Renee Nicholson profile 24/7 and post an excerpt.
Slow Trains -- a wonderful, baseball friendly (and so much more) magazine.~ Tripp Reade has a terrific story live at Slow Trains called Before the Plunge.
The very entertaining and spicy Sliptongue Magazine.
Very cool Nuvein Magazine.
Ruthie's Club is the online home to illustrated erotica. So yes, it's a pay site. But it's well worth the membership for the quality of writing and artwork, plus it's updated weekly.
Poor Mojo's Almanac is a long-running magazine that updates weekly. It's quirky and cool and has a Giant Squid.
WriteThis ~ Tripp Reade has a marvelous story up at Write This. It's called She Was.
The fabulous erotic 'zine Clean Sheets.
DLSIJ Press -- publisher of ALL women.
Mmkay. This mag hasn't published me (in a show of shocking good taste). But it's a fantastic, gorgeous 'zine with amazing stories and poetry. It's called FRiGG.
And right here on its pages is a wonderful story by a fabulous, talented writer pal of mine, Steve Hansen.
Steve Hansen also has a story live in The Paumanok Review. It's called Dymaxion and it's wonderful!
Steve is also the resident interviewer at classy Ink Pot Magazine, and he's on staff at Small Spiral Notebook as a book reviewer and editor.
This mag also hasn't published me, but it has published the first chapter to an amazing novel. The magazine is In Posse Review, and the novel chapter is by William Reese Hamilton. He's since changed the title of the novel to The Oldfield Wires, and it's an amazing work. Check out the first chapter right here.
Here's a really cool online 'zine: Thieves Jargon
I'm in not published in it, but one of my pals is -- twice! His name is Donald Capone, and he's mostly pubbed in print magazines, but here's a couple of his stories online in Thieves:
Door to Door Service
Flashfiction.net currently has a flash fiction piece of Don's printed on a coffee mug. It's pretty cool! The piece is titled Astronaut, and I highly suggest the White Mug. You can get it right here.
Just a tip for any agents/publishers out there looking -- Don has the single most interesting novel I could imagine under his belt. The query alone will knock you out. His website is right here. Check out some of his work, and give him a jingle, you won't regret it.
Alicia Gifford, author of the terrific short story, Toggling the Switch, published in Narrative Magazine.
Alicia's story won the prestigious Million Writers Award, held annually by storySouth Magazine.
Congrats, Alicia, and congrats to everyone who made the Notable Stories of 2004, and thanks to storySouth for hosting this great contest.
Renee Nicholson has a blog at healthdiaries.com. It's called Living with RA and it's a fascinating account of her recent political advocacy for arthritis.
My Blog: Neon Fiction
Other Cool Writers
The Man. In my opinion, there's no one more talented, brave, insightful, and entertaining working today. You all know Chuck P for Fight Club, Choke, Survivor, and Diary, among others. And if you don't, do yourself a huge favor and discover him.
Last year's release was a collection entitled Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories. And it showcases Chuck's macabre sense of humor and the corners too-often overlooked by popular culture exceptionally well.
One of my personal favorites is a travel guide he wrote, Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk In Portland, Oregon. It's a unique and thoroughly interesting look inside that diverse city. And I've never laughed until I've cried while reading a travel-guide before.
Chuck's newest novel is Haunted.
It's a novel about a group of aspiring writers who steal away from their lives for three months to write their masterpieces. But visions of an idyllic writer's paradise soon soon devolve into a nightmare panorama. Interspersed through this main plot line are poems written about the characters and short stories written by them as they endure more hellacious circumstances.
Tipping into gore, this novel isn't for the faint of heart. But it's the extremes that Palahniuk exploits so well, and this novel is another winner. Sick and sometimes disgusting, yes. But also stunning, hilarious and brilliant.
Haunted is now available.
|I'd like to blatantly pimp my friend and talented writer Don Capone. Don's debut collection of short stories is titled Stories from Sunset Hill. I've read it, and I loved it. And it's now available!
There is a plaque in Sunset Hill that reads: "Sunset Hill, where in the year 1666 Gramatan, Chief of the Mohican Indians, signed a deed transferring Eastchester to the White Man." But local lore says Gramatan didn't relinquish his hold on the land. Some say he has a hand in what goes on in this neck of the woods, that he still watches over the residents of his town- like the man who contemplates a life of cat burglary, or the fellow who falls for an eco-terrorist, or the shop owner who has an encounter with Paul McCartney, or the guy who believes he's cursed by a pair of green panties. Come join Gramatan in this engaging collection, Stories From Sunset Hill.
Welcome to the town of Sunset Hill. Make yourself at home.
Now available from Rebel Press!
Insanely talented Biff Mitchell.
What can I say about Biff Mitchell? He's funny, he's a master with words, and he tells wonderful stories. This guy is so good I don't even have time to be jealous because I'm just so amazed and delighted when I read his stuff.
Team Player is among my favorites. He also has a fantastic new novel out, The War Bug. You can pick up that book right here, through the publisher.
Or, you can browse around Biff's website to check out information on this book and several of his other stories. He has fantastic promotions where you can get copies of some of his stuff FOR FREE directly from him. Here's a link to his site:
I guess I should also mention that Biff's also a hell of a nice guy, and I've learned an awful lot from him. He's an inspiration.
Super-cool and funny Jason Shaffner.
Jason is a pal of mine, he's a talented writer and all around cool cat. He's one of the first people to read my books, and he gave me some generous and phenomenal help with fine-tuning them.
At his site you can check out his monthly short story, an excerpt from his novel, Green, and his frequently updated Rants & Raves page.
Donna George Storey
Donna is a marvelously talented writer. She writes amazing erotica that's both hot and "thinky", yet lacking any pretention. She's just...great. Her debut novel, Amorous Woman debuts soon!
My pal Jackson Scales.
Jackson Scales is an incredibly interesting and entertaining writer. He fuses complex thought, moral ideals, and twisted humor effortlessly. His work is unique and his range is incredible; he flips between genres while breaking conventions on them.
You'll find links to some of his work from his site, and I guarantee you'll find him funny, touching, and provocative.
The smart and sultry Robin Slick.
Robin's first novel Three Days in New York City is now available!
I was thrilled to read the first chapter of this work which was subsequently published in NFG Magazine.
You can find many of her flash works on the web via links on her website.
Three Days is available here, from Phaze.com
Like your fiction hot and spicy? Alicia Night Orchid is a very talented writer of erotic fiction. On her website and blog you'll find stories, essays, commentary, and spotlights on other erotica authors.
Robert Scott Leyse has a forthcoming epistolary novel. You can currently read a fantastic, charged excerpt from it on his site.
Angie Ross has a great romantic suspense novel available, False Security.
Ellen Meister is a talented writer with a big-time novel. It's called Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA.
Visit her and find out more about it!
Not sure what you're in the mood for? But you know of writers that you like? Here's a cool site that will take the names of writers you like and show you a nifty little thing with other writers you'll probably enjoy.
For example, I happen to love Jack Kerouac. Try it out.
Something to Watch
I know a guy and he's a gifted writer. Now he's doing other cool stuff too. Go check out 1384.net
There's a video for now while they're building more stuff.
His name is Jonathan Redhorse and you can find some of incredibly wonderful, weird, funny and amazing stories at the cool 'zine Gator Springs Gazette. ~ About a Goldfish
Here are a couple of his stories. But surf around the Gazette a while, do some reading, and enjoy!
~ If A Hand Falls In the Middle of the Suburbs
~ On Christmas Twee
~ The Atomic Tellermans -- my personal favorite
You can also find a cool story by Jonathan at Defenestration Magazine. It's called Mr. Crow and it's terrific.
Matthew St. Amand
Matthew St. Amand is a Canadian writer with a poetry book, Forever & a Day,
and a collection of short stories, As My Sparks Fly Upward.
Matt's writing is fluid, graceful, engrossing and heartfelt. I adored SPARKS, and I'm sure you will too.
You can order SPARKS and Forever from Murphy's Law Press
has several shorts published online, and a couple of novels that are currenly being circulated. You can find links to her stuff at her site.
Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz
is one of the most prolific and talented writers working today. She's a master at flash, poetry, and short stories.
You can find her here at her blog, and she has literally hundreds of amazing stories published online. She's headed for superstar status, so get to know her now!
is a dashing Brit with a sharp wit, a gift for gorgeous prose. Simply, he's an excellent storyteller. His collection of short stories is entitled Brother, What Strange Place Is This? and it's wonderful.
I had the pleasure of meeting William Vitanyi at a booksigning both he and I attended at our local B&N. He was a startlingly funny guy and we shared a table so I got to browse his book, Kyuboria, which I subsequently picked up and read.
It is hilarious! Trust me, any working drone will truly appreciate his humor and the plot of this book. (And I say "working drone" with only the best intentions, as I am one myself.) He also has another book, a thriller called Palm Sunday that sounds really intriguing. He's also had his short screenplay
made into a film by Lyon's Den Productions. The film is called Shakespeare's Dilemma and it's pretty damn good. They're now hard at work on a new film.
However, here's the link and info on his current release:
William R. Vitanyi, Jr.
Learn to think inside the box.
Cubicle humor with a twist...
Kyuboria is the story of a State Worker who is trying to get fired from his cubicle job so he can qualify for a grant to start his own company.
But the state never fires anyone.
This pathetically humorous story of one man's escalating schemes to get fired will inspire cubicle dwellers everywhere.
Supertalented punk Jim Ruland is a former Navy sailor, an NEA recipient for the Literature Fellowship who can frequently be caught at readings in LA, and a damn good bowler.
You can find links to his numerous impressive works through his website, Lazy Mick. Among other things, Jim recently traveled to Ireland to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday where he read his Ulysses essay Dogsbody. (yes, I do believe he's every bit as Irish as I am Italian)
He did dispatches on it for The Believer, and they're terrific.
I do have a thing for those bad Irish boys. Talented Mick runs the DFA guide to Dublin. Irish news, views, opinions, and advice by the charming ex-pat.
Fred is an ex-Army Ranger and his site is primarily a blog, and quite political. But he's an amazingly talented fiction writer and he has some of his short stories on display. For the antithesis of chick-lit, do give him a read.
Justin Holt is a talented guy with a novel out that's sure to please. Stylistically Palahniukian but with its own quirky flavor, check out the very entertaining and enlightening Payday.
Andrew Tibbetts has written an amazing piece, and it's posted on Joseph Young's website. It's called 100 Posts About My Sex Life and it's engrossing, touching, endearing, brave, and something you'll be engrossed by.
Myfanwy Collins -- Myfanwy is terrifically talented, multi-pubbed, runs a great literary blog! Plus, she's the flash editor at the marvelously classy Ink Pot Magazine.
Amy Mistretta is a hot, up and coming suspense writer with a new release, Alone at Forrester Rock due out shortly.
S. W. Vaughn is another Rockway Press author whose debut novel is Fallen Angel.
Hone your writing chops
Do you have some stuff you've written? Would you like to to share it and get feedback on it? Here's a great online community where if you're willing to do your work and dilligently read and intelligently review other people's work, they'll do the same for you.
It's called Zoetrope Virtual Studio. It's hosted by American Zoetrope, which is a world-class film production company and also the producers of the literary
magazine All Story. Check it out. They've helped me.
My agents are Bernadette Baker and Gretchen Stelter with Baker's Mark
Don't hesitate to give them a jingle if you'd like to make a movie based on my books.
Marty Scorsese! This means you! Read me, love me, movie me!
Take a vacation!
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So you wanna be a rounder? Right now, the game of poker is red-hot. And everyone who's anyone plays hold 'em. Learning the game takes about three minutes. Getting good at the game takes a lifetime. The best way to do it is to just "shuffle up and deal". But if you want some tips, why not get them from
a bona fide champ. The Poker Brat, Phil Hellmuth
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