Archive for August, 2012

Would you think less of me if I admitted I rarely listen to advice?

Joanne Merriam interviews David C. Kopaska-Merkel.

27 August 2012

being a pantser

140 And Counting contributors: Tess Almendarez Lojacono‘s latest novel, The Golden Age Quest Of Don Miguel Aguilar was a finalist in the Penguin Tarcher Best Artist Contest; Jumping Blue Gods has published “Some Pig,” a poem by Dawn Corrigan; Kaolin Fire has written a guest post for Inkpunks on exploratory writing; A. Jarrell Hayes was recently featured in Baltimore’s City Paper, and his new book Popular Television comprises 17 stories ranging from humor to horror; Peter Newton has 7 fragments in qarrtsiluni this month; Marge Simon‘s Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls can be purchased here, if you’re willing to scroll down a little, and her Four Elements (with Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison) can be pre-ordered here; and, Alan Summers has work in the new haiku anthology by Iron Press, The Humours of Haiku.

18 August 2012

Sergey Gerasimov

Author photo by Denis Bushuev

Sergey Gerasimov lives in Kharkov, Ukraine. It is a country in a remote region of the world (somewhere in the geographical center of Europe), where no one speaks English, but finds it convenient to speak Ukrainian and Russian instead. He graduated from Kharkov University as a theoretical physicist and worked for ten years teaching physics. Later, he became interested in psychology, and has published some theoretical psychology articles in Russian academic journals and magazines and a book about the psychology of ideas, published electronically in Russia. He started writing fiction in 1991, and about a hundred of stories, three hardcover novels, and two paperback novels had appeared in various places before he decided to write in English. Since 2006, his stories have appeared, among other places, in Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Adbusters, Strange Horizons, and Oceans of the Mind. The Mask Game is his first novel written in the English language.


Books for Upper Rubber Boot:

The Mask Game: released 7 December 2013.



Other work by Sergey Gerasimov available online:

17 August 2012

Hiss of Leaves

  • ISBN 978-1-937794-17-0 (epub).
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-15-6 (mobi).
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-16-3 (pdf).
  • Out of print.

Explore the subtle beauty of beetles, trash in the wind, cigar boxes, snail trails, bottle caps, sheets snapping on the line, and more. This contemplative haiku chapbook by T. D. Ingram will help you cultivate a greater awareness of the magnificent in the everyday, and open your heart to the beauty inherent in everything.

From Hiss of Leaves:

heat weights the air
then crickets

fall morning
monarchs fly
with the leaves

hiss of leaves
sheets snap
on the line

Poems from the book available online:

These links all open in a new window.

  • five haiku at The Haiku Foundation, part of The Haiku Registry and included in THF Haiku App: “hiss of leaves” [originally Editors Choice, South by Southeast 11:1 (2004) and Tinywords (April 21, 2005)]; “last freight car” [originally South by Southeast 14:3 (2007)]; “fall morning” [originally South by Southeast 11:1 (2004)]; “hawk circles” [originally South by Southeast 10:1 (2003)]; “clear evening” [originally South by Southeast 12:2 (2005)].
  • the silence,” A Hundred Gourds 1:1 December 2011.
  • noonday heat,” Red Dragonfly, August 19, 2011.


These poems necessarily embrace the seasons and the natural world, but they also embrace the mundane world of humans. For instance, “bottle caps”:

bottle caps
stuck in blacktop
small planets

One my favorites, “the brightness”:

the brightness
of the full moon
deepens the cold

I have yet to experience the snow in the high desert of Oregon to see if this is true here also, but it is certainly true in the Midwest and other places I’ve been. It seems as if the light from the full moon, illuminating the world it shines on, ought make the winter night a little warmer but it has the exact opposite effect. The poet has caught this perfectly.

— Mark Lindner, “Ingram, Hiss of Leaves,” Habitually Probing Generalist, 26 September 2012.

1 comment 11 August 2012

Key to the City

The LGBTQ Speculative Poetry issue of Eye to the Telescope contains work by 140 And Counting contributors Julie Bloss Kelsey, Deborah P Kolodji, Robert Borski and Marge B. Simon.

In addition, Ken Liu‘s story “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” appears in the August 2012 Lightspeed; Berit Ellingsen has a report (“Happy Food!“) in Safety Pin Review about wearing Chad Patton’s story (safety pinned to himself) at a local food festival, and Tess Almendarez Lojacono has been awarded the Key to the City of Pittsburgh!:

Finally, Peter Newton was recently asked by dylan tweney to co-edit (with Kathe Palka) tinywords—with over 3000 daily subscribers from all over the globe, tinywords is the most widely distributed journal of micropoetry, and Peter says they’re currently looking for submissions for their next issue

11 August 2012

On the Brink

140 And Counting contributor news:

C.E. Hyun‘s short story “Fire Season” has appeared in the new magic realist quarterly Swamp Biscuits and Tea

David C. Kopaska-Merkel has another new book out: On the Brink of Never, which we assume is apocalyptic literature, because it’s described such: “The Mayan beliefs included the notion that the world would end on December 21, 2012. For reasons best known to themselves, hordes of modern folk have converted to this ancient religion. Nice going guys! In a spirit of hopelessness and despair, engendered by the realization that a boatload of gullible fools are taking us with them into oblivion, we suggest that, just in case, read this book fast!”

Bad Moon Books is selling signed hardcover limited editions of Four Elements by Marge Simon and three other authors (Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison).


Our Facebook August Giveaway is still going on here. There’s a two-step process to enter: “like” Upper Rubber Boot Books’ Facebook page, and then “share” the August Giveaway post, which will be pinned to the top of our Facebook page until the end of the month. Five people will win their choice of mobi, epub or PDF of Blueshifting!

5 August 2012

Girl and Rain

We have an August Giveaway going on right now (and until the end of August) over at Facebook. There’s a two-step process to enter: “like” Upper Rubber Boot Books’ Facebook page, and then “share” the August Giveaway post, which will be pinned to the top of the page until the end of the month. Five people will win their choice of mobi, epub or PDF of Blueshifting!


140 And Counting contributor news:

David Kopaska-Merkel’s Dreams & Nightmares Magazine blog has a listing of The Magazine of Speculative Poetry‘s next issue’s contents, and it includes Robert Borski. Borski also has a new story at Lovecraft eZine.

David Kopaska-Merkel‘s book of poetry for children The Edible Zoo is available for sale from Sam’s Dot Bookstore.

Finally, Nora Nadjarian‘s The Girl and the Rain is just out from Turtleneck Press.

1 August 2012

Intermittent Visitors

Welcome to Intermittent Visitors: a multi-author blog tour!


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If you meet our modest requirements, editor Joanne Merriam will link you up with another writer (or if you’d rather, you can find your own, but contact us first), to be interviewed, reviewed, commented on or responded to. We’ll require that Intermittent Visitor entries link back to this page, and that you send us the link to your post when it goes up, and we’ll request that you display the Intermittent Visitor logo on your post. Easy peasy.

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