The Next Big Thing Series

What is the working title of the book?

                What I’m most proud of is the ongoing ‘Beach Sloth’ Blog. I like how versatile the Blog can be. In a book the words are there without change, addition, or elaboration. That can be extremely scary to make a definitive statement. By blogging I’ve noticed that I can clarify some things, elaborate on them, and better figure out what works best for me.

                The working title of the finished book (at 53,000 words) was ‘Tripping’. I like the title. I’ll keep it. Anybody who is interested in ‘Tripping’ should encourage me. I doubt I’ll be sharing the rough draft yet. The draft is just too rough. The Blog is simple. The Blog gets feedback. I can always add to the Blog. I can’t add to a book. I edit too much for me to ever be happy with a book. Who knows though maybe people will like it? 

Where did the idea come from for the book?

                The Blog stemmed from me hanging out on the beach. I was completely directionless in life. I have more of a purpose now both with the Blog and with life in general. Alt Lit is a huge part of the Blog. I want to support those who don’t receive much attention. I want to make life easier for people. I like helping people.

                For the full book the idea came from traveling and realizing a part of my life was over. It took me a long time to realize that. I wanted to constantly go back in time, to relive my life and maybe handle it better. I know that’s impossible now. I wish I had figured it out earlier. 

What genre does your book fall under?

                My Blog falls under the ‘support’ genre. Maybe it could be self-help? Reading my Blog should help others feel better about their lives. There’s all this wonderful material being created, free of charge, and I want to bring attention to it. Alt Lit is a wonderful thing. More people keep on joining the community for a reason. With more writers there’s a greater diversity of interests, styles, and life experiences. To me that is really fantastic.

                The book would fall under ‘young adult’.  I heard there’s a whole section of the library called ‘young adult’. I want part of the ‘young adult’ pie. Or I could go for elderly due to the demographic shifts worldwide towards rapid aging. 

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

                My Blog might be hard to turn into a movie. I’m uncertain. I have no idea who would play me. I might do that. Why not? I guess if I was going to drop the anonymous thing it would be for a big old pile of money and Hollywood fame.

                The book lends itself fairly well to a movie. The movie would be really digressive I think. I wish I knew more about movies. I know what soundtrack I’d use. It would be a better soundtrack than ‘Garden State’. The soundtrack would be killer. I feel like actually releasing the soundtrack of the movie first. When I watch movies I watch them with subtitles and turn the volume off. ‘Broken Flowers’ is a good movie for that approach. If anybody watches ‘Broken Flowers’ watch it to June of 44’s album ‘Engine Takes to the Water’. It syncs up perfectly with the movie. 

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

                Beach Sloth is a Blog supporting others.

                The book is someone dealing with the inevitability of adulthood by going on a trip that makes little sense and has little purpose. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

                The Blog has taken me almost three years. I’m pretty happy with the manuscript.

                Summarizing or giving the book a specific period is a bit tricky. I wrote some of the scenes years ago (before the blog), trashed it, and kept on coming back to them. The book is a series of earlier drafts. Collecting them and polishing them enough so they’d make sense took a month to fully re-write and put together.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

            The Blog was inspired by supporting others. People need support. Life is too hard.  

I wanted to have a bigger statement than the Blog. Few take blogging seriously. Books though seem to be taken ultra-seriously for reasons I can’t fathom. Yet I still wanted to have a book that I wrote and could perhaps take some pride in, hence ‘Tripping’. 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

                If anybody needs an introduction to Alt Lit I do a good job summarizing it. I try to keep things simple. My goal is to convey as clearly as possible what the work is trying to do. The purpose of my reviews is to be as simple as possible.

                For the book I feel if people are reaching their late twenties and feel completely doomed about what do with their life then my book might be able to help them. 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

                The Blog is self-published. That will never change. I like having control over it. 

                I self-published ‘I want to YouTube down the Rivers of America’. I think if I have another book it will not be a chapbook but a full book. I want to have a publisher. 

 

My tagged writers for next Wednesday are:

Neon Glittery, Bianca Shipton, Peterbd, Lucy K Shaw, Stephen Michael McDowell

treehouse noises by Neon Glittery



                Neon Glittery climbs down from the treetops to explain the noises. Sound is everywhere: from the rustling of leaves, the swaying of trees, and most importantly the accusatory stares from angry squirrels. What Neon Glittery creates is more than a simple chapbook; it is a piece of art. Every page is painstakingly put together. Many are advised not to judge a book by its cover however ‘treehouse noises’ hand-sewed, tactile cover is a good indication of the pictures contained within. Alongside the poems are the glorious pictures. The pictures are a tad bit tricky to describe. 

                Mimosa leaves belong to the Dr. Seuss tree. Neon shows how a mimosa, a delicious alcoholic beverage can relate to the wild creations of Dr. Seuss. One sees beyond the gaudy colors of Dr. Seuss and experiences the deeper knowledge inherent in Dr. Seuss’s world as one grows old. It is a wonderful thing to grow and find new meaning in the old. Earth Days makes up these different parts, from the streams to estuaries. 

                Parts of the poems are too fragile to be held together in normal ways. Here Neon lets a light breeze blow away the poem. Even dreams fall out, leaving only consonants in their wake. Light sickles cut the day away. Golden hour is harvested each and every day. Many miss it but some bird frolicking in a summer puddle witnesses it firsthand. 

                 A little lion rampaging shows the combination of cute and scary. ‘RAWR’ is split up into two separate segments. The ‘R’s are dropped revealing the sweetness, the cuteness with a simple syllable of ‘AW’. Yes this soul resides on the sleeve, like the heart. Next to it is an elongated picture of a lion more sweetly than scarily. 

                The way Neon has her boyfriend look at her while kissing is different. Usually people close their eyes. He refuses to do this basic normal response. Rather he looks her right in the eyes. She remembers his hazel colored eyes this way. From his face she sees sunlight meadows. Neon sees inside his mind to look at his happy thoughts. These radiate from the eyes. 

What Neon Glittery’s poems show is a sense of child-like wonder mixed with the practice and wisdom that comes with being an adult. Much of Neon’s output, while seemingly child-friendly in nature, contains the ‘youth without youth’ appeal. For these are complicated emotions made simple only through multiple tries. Neon creates art for both children and adults. There is something utterly bizarre, fantastic and moving about Neon’s peculiar output of work.

treehouse noises by Neon Glittery

                Neon Glittery climbs down from the treetops to explain the noises. Sound is everywhere: from the rustling of leaves, the swaying of trees, and most importantly the accusatory stares from angry squirrels. What Neon Glittery creates is more than a simple chapbook; it is a piece of art. Every page is painstakingly put together. Many are advised not to judge a book by its cover however ‘treehouse noises’ hand-sewed, tactile cover is a good indication of the pictures contained within. Alongside the poems are the glorious pictures. The pictures are a tad bit tricky to describe. 

                Mimosa leaves belong to the Dr. Seuss tree. Neon shows how a mimosa, a delicious alcoholic beverage can relate to the wild creations of Dr. Seuss. One sees beyond the gaudy colors of Dr. Seuss and experiences the deeper knowledge inherent in Dr. Seuss’s world as one grows old. It is a wonderful thing to grow and find new meaning in the old. Earth Days makes up these different parts, from the streams to estuaries. 

                Parts of the poems are too fragile to be held together in normal ways. Here Neon lets a light breeze blow away the poem. Even dreams fall out, leaving only consonants in their wake. Light sickles cut the day away. Golden hour is harvested each and every day. Many miss it but some bird frolicking in a summer puddle witnesses it firsthand. 

                 A little lion rampaging shows the combination of cute and scary. ‘RAWR’ is split up into two separate segments. The ‘R’s are dropped revealing the sweetness, the cuteness with a simple syllable of ‘AW’. Yes this soul resides on the sleeve, like the heart. Next to it is an elongated picture of a lion more sweetly than scarily. 

                The way Neon has her boyfriend look at her while kissing is different. Usually people close their eyes. He refuses to do this basic normal response. Rather he looks her right in the eyes. She remembers his hazel colored eyes this way. From his face she sees sunlight meadows. Neon sees inside his mind to look at his happy thoughts. These radiate from the eyes. 

What Neon Glittery’s poems show is a sense of child-like wonder mixed with the practice and wisdom that comes with being an adult. Much of Neon’s output, while seemingly child-friendly in nature, contains the ‘youth without youth’ appeal. For these are complicated emotions made simple only through multiple tries. Neon creates art for both children and adults. There is something utterly bizarre, fantastic and moving about Neon’s peculiar output of work.

Neon Glittery Update!

                Neon Glittery puts the ‘art’ in Arkansas (the T is silent and invisible). Yep, she does a lot, photography, music, T-shirt design, ustream readings, speaks German for some reason and more. I am a fan of what she creates. To me Neon Glittery is one of those genuine ‘American Originals’ someone with few peers. I have yet to find art as startling unique as her output. 

                2012 is off to a big start. First Neon is older. Getting older doesn’t really require much work, that is sort of a natural thing, but still, I salute her ability to exist on Earth for yet another year. It seems impressive. Not everybody can bring art to Arkansas but I’m glad she brings it each and every day that she gets out of bed, jumps on her two feet, and sings some sort of song. 

                Some of those ‘morning wake up’ songs are for sale. Bandcamp sells them, specifically modus operandi. Now there is an additional joy: you can get a cassette. I love cassette culture and Neon’s designs are excellent. Combining art and music into a single delicious piece of art sounds positively fantastic to me. I mean some of Neon’s photos are pretty gosh darn trippy. Just look at the cover. She is crying. How can you make her not cry? How about you buy the cassette, bring neon into her glitter. Turn the photographic frown upside down. 

                Photography is a big part of Neon’s life. It was in Neonli, Italy, a small village on Sardinia where she first met Holga, her camera. There was little to do in Neonli so she moved to the bustling metropolis of Conway, Arkansas. While in Arkansas she has developed a devoted following to her unusual images. Before now you could only see them on the internet or on computer paper if you bothered to print them out. She’s dabbled in T-shirt technology before, but nothing like this sheer brilliance radiating from her mind place. 

                For mere dollars ($15 to be precise) you can support the greatest artist ever born in Conway, Arkansas. Normally I can’t say this sort of thing. But I think with Neon Glittery and her dominance of the local arts scene, I think I can say this with absolute certainty. You can pick the shirt, pick the photo, and she does everything through her ‘Neon Swag’ merchandising subsidiary. It seems sweet that Neon now has T-shirts of her photography as well as her drawings. I am happy to see Holga getting some swag loving. 

                I am happy to see Neon Glittery rising up and shaking the right hand of destiny. Art your Kansas!

Neon Glittery Update!

                Neon Glittery puts the ‘art’ in Arkansas (the T is silent and invisible). Yep, she does a lot, photography, music, T-shirt design, ustream readings, speaks German for some reason and more. I am a fan of what she creates. To me Neon Glittery is one of those genuine ‘American Originals’ someone with few peers. I have yet to find art as startling unique as her output. 

                2012 is off to a big start. First Neon is older. Getting older doesn’t really require much work, that is sort of a natural thing, but still, I salute her ability to exist on Earth for yet another year. It seems impressive. Not everybody can bring art to Arkansas but I’m glad she brings it each and every day that she gets out of bed, jumps on her two feet, and sings some sort of song. 

                Some of those ‘morning wake up’ songs are for sale. Bandcamp sells them, specifically modus operandi. Now there is an additional joy: you can get a cassette. I love cassette culture and Neon’s designs are excellent. Combining art and music into a single delicious piece of art sounds positively fantastic to me. I mean some of Neon’s photos are pretty gosh darn trippy. Just look at the cover. She is crying. How can you make her not cry? How about you buy the cassette, bring neon into her glitter. Turn the photographic frown upside down. 

                Photography is a big part of Neon’s life. It was in Neonli, Italy, a small village on Sardinia where she first met Holga, her camera. There was little to do in Neonli so she moved to the bustling metropolis of Conway, Arkansas. While in Arkansas she has developed a devoted following to her unusual images. Before now you could only see them on the internet or on computer paper if you bothered to print them out. She’s dabbled in T-shirt technology before, but nothing like this sheer brilliance radiating from her mind place. 

                For mere dollars ($15 to be precise) you can support the greatest artist ever born in Conway, Arkansas. Normally I can’t say this sort of thing. But I think with Neon Glittery and her dominance of the local arts scene, I think I can say this with absolute certainty. You can pick the shirt, pick the photo, and she does everything through her ‘Neon Swag’ merchandising subsidiary. It seems sweet that Neon now has T-shirts of her photography as well as her drawings. I am happy to see Holga getting some swag loving. 

                I am happy to see Neon Glittery rising up and shaking the right hand of destiny. Art your Kansas!

nEonsense by Neon Glittery

               Today is the day. Everything changed. I’m happy now. nEonsense arrived in the mail. For weeks I’ve awaited this great package, waiting for the Postal Service to take me to such great heights. My building is sick of me asking about it.  When I picked it up, they told me “But it doesn’t have your name on it.” I told them “Google me. I’m fucking great at blogging.” Actually I didn’t really say that as I’m a polite sloth. What I did do was eagerly pick it up and rush on back. Part of me wonders whether or not their curiosity got the best of them or if they decided I was weird and didn’t bother thinking more about it. Either way, I now have nEonsense in my little, sloth claws. Maybe they are reading this right now and they think I’m awesome. 

                nEonsense needs to be experienced in person. The level of care Neon Glittery took in this artifact is amazing. Obviously it is neon. Glitter is all over. But it’s an object of pure love, crafted by one Elizabeth Ashley Arnold. Perhaps her time spent in Germany has taught her the proper manufacturing methods. Every page is filled to the brim. Words hug the margins, splay themselves out, or just fall down. Binding is brought together by hand, and the attention to detail includes even a little smiley face, welcoming you to the work. If arts and crafts ever taught me to do something this infinitely excellent, I might have paid attention as an eight year old sloth. Thankfully Neon was able to master the art of design. 

                Words explode inside. Stickers, pictures, and a mix CD are enclosed, giving you things to show your support. A little sticker states “stick me somewhere but you have to peel me 1st” reminding me of the Velvet Underground and Nico’s “Peel Slowly and See”. You see, Neon has this down. Don’t consider her a player in this, she wrote the gosh-darn name for Pete’s sake. A little bit of respect is due for this exquisite attention to detail. Each page I revisited multiple times, in awe of both the words and delivery. 

                I have wanted this book for a while. First there was all that hype I created because I think what Neon does is unique. Nobody I’ve read really incorporates design of where the words go alongside the poetry itself. Oftentimes there are ‘multiple scenarios’ for the poem. Usage of the [], (), //, — give the words different potential meanings, feelings, and emotions. In a way nEonsense is a more honest approach to writing poetry. By capturing all these varying feelings it represents what goes on in our own minds. 

Whenever I’m doing anything I think up countless scenarios for how to do it. Most writing doesn’t bother to present these different meanings. Usually if it is does it is stated rather explicitly: “Jakes didn’t know whether to eating a pizza or bludgeon the Purple Dinosaur to life.” For this book, Neon lets you pick your adventure to some degree. All those ‘choose your own’ adventure books from not that long ago (or perhaps I’m dating myself) had parts of this fun, but usually there were wrong answers. nEonsense’s world has everything as a potentially right answer. It depends on your mood and the way you want to read it. Your own interpretation is not just important, but required. This goes for every poem in the chapbook, no matter how big or small. Even in such a small size you get lost in the text. 

This delightful little collection can be found on Neon’s own website. Get stickers and get a mix CD if you’d like. As a personal side note it is well-selected. I’ve made countless mixes so I know a thing or two about how to select properly. Besides, anything that ends with a song as obscure as that, well you’ve just won me over in terms of music. Keeping it a secret as to what band it was but let’s just say: well done. 


Gladly get lost in the great glittering world of nEonsense.

nEonsense by Neon Glittery

               Today is the day. Everything changed. I’m happy now. nEonsense arrived in the mail. For weeks I’ve awaited this great package, waiting for the Postal Service to take me to such great heights. My building is sick of me asking about it.  When I picked it up, they told me “But it doesn’t have your name on it.” I told them “Google me. I’m fucking great at blogging.” Actually I didn’t really say that as I’m a polite sloth. What I did do was eagerly pick it up and rush on back. Part of me wonders whether or not their curiosity got the best of them or if they decided I was weird and didn’t bother thinking more about it. Either way, I now have nEonsense in my little, sloth claws. Maybe they are reading this right now and they think I’m awesome. 

                nEonsense needs to be experienced in person. The level of care Neon Glittery took in this artifact is amazing. Obviously it is neon. Glitter is all over. But it’s an object of pure love, crafted by one Elizabeth Ashley Arnold. Perhaps her time spent in Germany has taught her the proper manufacturing methods. Every page is filled to the brim. Words hug the margins, splay themselves out, or just fall down. Binding is brought together by hand, and the attention to detail includes even a little smiley face, welcoming you to the work. If arts and crafts ever taught me to do something this infinitely excellent, I might have paid attention as an eight year old sloth. Thankfully Neon was able to master the art of design. 

                Words explode inside. Stickers, pictures, and a mix CD are enclosed, giving you things to show your support. A little sticker states “stick me somewhere but you have to peel me 1st” reminding me of the Velvet Underground and Nico’s “Peel Slowly and See”. You see, Neon has this down. Don’t consider her a player in this, she wrote the gosh-darn name for Pete’s sake. A little bit of respect is due for this exquisite attention to detail. Each page I revisited multiple times, in awe of both the words and delivery. 

                I have wanted this book for a while. First there was all that hype I created because I think what Neon does is unique. Nobody I’ve read really incorporates design of where the words go alongside the poetry itself. Oftentimes there are ‘multiple scenarios’ for the poem. Usage of the [], (), //, — give the words different potential meanings, feelings, and emotions. In a way nEonsense is a more honest approach to writing poetry. By capturing all these varying feelings it represents what goes on in our own minds. 

Whenever I’m doing anything I think up countless scenarios for how to do it. Most writing doesn’t bother to present these different meanings. Usually if it is does it is stated rather explicitly: “Jakes didn’t know whether to eating a pizza or bludgeon the Purple Dinosaur to life.” For this book, Neon lets you pick your adventure to some degree. All those ‘choose your own’ adventure books from not that long ago (or perhaps I’m dating myself) had parts of this fun, but usually there were wrong answers. nEonsense’s world has everything as a potentially right answer. It depends on your mood and the way you want to read it. Your own interpretation is not just important, but required. This goes for every poem in the chapbook, no matter how big or small. Even in such a small size you get lost in the text. 

This delightful little collection can be found on Neon’s own website. Get stickers and get a mix CD if you’d like. As a personal side note it is well-selected. I’ve made countless mixes so I know a thing or two about how to select properly. Besides, anything that ends with a song as obscure as that, well you’ve just won me over in terms of music. Keeping it a secret as to what band it was but let’s just say: well done. 

Gladly get lost in the great glittering world of nEonsense.

Neon GLiTTeRY and Jacob Steinberg on Tinychat

When I first heard about this, I was excited. Many poets had discussed  the possibilities of Tinychat and poetry. Only these two had decided to  finally explore the potential of the medium to go where no poet had gone  before. For a moment I thought the two of them were going to find some  middle state to read together, like meeting together in Mississippi or  Alabama. But instead they decided to stay in their same states becoming a  single entity. I’m reminded of those Transformers who come together to  make a bigger Transformer. Except this time we’re going to get a lot  more poetry and a lot less destruction of planet Earth.

Neon  read Jacob. Jacob read Neon. I liked the switch off quite a bit. The  two of them have chapbooks coming out relatively soon. In September Neon  will unleash “nEonsense”. September will also see the release of Jacob  Steinberg’s “This isn’t about Jon Ross, it’s about art” dedicated to a  special someone who was less than pleasant to Mr. Steinberg. Jon Ross  represents the ‘fish that got away”. Everyone has that problem. You  crush hard on a particular person to see your object of affection  initially reciprocate before they run away. It hurts. But the experience  makes you stronger, and makes you appreciate love when you experience  it much later. Commitment to others can be one of the most rewarding  things you’ll ever experience and that lost crush didn’t have what it  takes to build a meaningful relationship. So it’s their loss. Jacob and  Neon are wonderful people.

I’ve  seen Jacob spring into ustream before. He even read not far from where I  lived. Back then I wasn’t familiar with what he did. Now I am. Perhaps I  might have showed up to that reading, reading from a high up tree. To  hide my identity they would throw a blanket on me. Once the blanket was  in place I’d begin reading other people’s poetry. Given enough positive  energy, I might have prepared my own poetry pieces, but I’m not sure if  I’m a poet or a blogger. Some days I really wonder while I day-dream.  Could I ever make it in the competitive poetry world? I think the answer  is a most definite “maybe”.

For  the reading Jacob and Neon wore face paint. Neon has some serious face  paint cred in both on and offline. Jacob wrote on his face to show  solidarity with Neon’s plight. Both of them have experienced the  heartbreak and unreciprocated love. Someday I hope the two of them  receive the true affection they deserve if this already hasn’t happened.  Both of them play it cool since that’s what they truly are: cool poets  blowing up the online poetry scene. Even being located in different  states doesn’t stop them from connecting to each other. I’m not even  talking about literal internet connections; I’m talking about the  subject matter, etc.

Jacob  had ads for his ustream. Neon didn’t. Guess ustream wanted to show off  Neon’s past while monetizing Jacob’s future. We got to see a picture of  her from many years ago. In the picture she’s a small child stopping to  smell the flowers, a lost art. Few may know this but Neon is a  global-trotter. She’s been all over the world, to Germany, Holland,  South America, Central Asia, working hard to spread poetry throughout  the land. Jacob shares this in common with her too, traveling to South  America regularly. In fact Jacob has lived in Argentina and may go back  there someday (spoiler alert).

The  hand offs were cool. At times I was reminded of my time crawling in  relay races. Each one bounced off the other. It went fairly quickly.  Once it had ended I felt full of life and zest. While Steve Roggenbuck  has stated “i am like october when i am dead” I’ll be feeling alive in  September when these two present their work to an unsuspecting public.  I’m proud of both of them.

Neon GLiTTeRY and Jacob Steinberg on Tinychat

When I first heard about this, I was excited. Many poets had discussed the possibilities of Tinychat and poetry. Only these two had decided to finally explore the potential of the medium to go where no poet had gone before. For a moment I thought the two of them were going to find some middle state to read together, like meeting together in Mississippi or Alabama. But instead they decided to stay in their same states becoming a single entity. I’m reminded of those Transformers who come together to make a bigger Transformer. Except this time we’re going to get a lot more poetry and a lot less destruction of planet Earth.

Neon read Jacob. Jacob read Neon. I liked the switch off quite a bit. The two of them have chapbooks coming out relatively soon. In September Neon will unleash “nEonsense”. September will also see the release of Jacob Steinberg’s “This isn’t about Jon Ross, it’s about art” dedicated to a special someone who was less than pleasant to Mr. Steinberg. Jon Ross represents the ‘fish that got away”. Everyone has that problem. You crush hard on a particular person to see your object of affection initially reciprocate before they run away. It hurts. But the experience makes you stronger, and makes you appreciate love when you experience it much later. Commitment to others can be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever experience and that lost crush didn’t have what it takes to build a meaningful relationship. So it’s their loss. Jacob and Neon are wonderful people.

I’ve seen Jacob spring into ustream before. He even read not far from where I lived. Back then I wasn’t familiar with what he did. Now I am. Perhaps I might have showed up to that reading, reading from a high up tree. To hide my identity they would throw a blanket on me. Once the blanket was in place I’d begin reading other people’s poetry. Given enough positive energy, I might have prepared my own poetry pieces, but I’m not sure if I’m a poet or a blogger. Some days I really wonder while I day-dream. Could I ever make it in the competitive poetry world? I think the answer is a most definite “maybe”.

For the reading Jacob and Neon wore face paint. Neon has some serious face paint cred in both on and offline. Jacob wrote on his face to show solidarity with Neon’s plight. Both of them have experienced the heartbreak and unreciprocated love. Someday I hope the two of them receive the true affection they deserve if this already hasn’t happened. Both of them play it cool since that’s what they truly are: cool poets blowing up the online poetry scene. Even being located in different states doesn’t stop them from connecting to each other. I’m not even talking about literal internet connections; I’m talking about the subject matter, etc.

Jacob had ads for his ustream. Neon didn’t. Guess ustream wanted to show off Neon’s past while monetizing Jacob’s future. We got to see a picture of her from many years ago. In the picture she’s a small child stopping to smell the flowers, a lost art. Few may know this but Neon is a global-trotter. She’s been all over the world, to Germany, Holland, South America, Central Asia, working hard to spread poetry throughout the land. Jacob shares this in common with her too, traveling to South America regularly. In fact Jacob has lived in Argentina and may go back there someday (spoiler alert).

The hand offs were cool. At times I was reminded of my time crawling in relay races. Each one bounced off the other. It went fairly quickly. Once it had ended I felt full of life and zest. While Steve Roggenbuck has stated “i am like october when i am dead” I’ll be feeling alive in September when these two present their work to an unsuspecting public. I’m proud of both of them.

Neon Glittery’s New Chapbook
Glit is about to hit the fan. Prepare yourselves for this onslaught of Neon Glittery material. For on September 1st,  2011 your life will change forever. Bits and pieces of glitter will get  stuck in your head. Experimental poetry and design is coming to  decorate the inner most workings of your mind. Simply put, let it  happen. You can’t fight this glitter based life form. Accept it and  watch your life sparkle and shine with the power of billions of pieces  of decoration.
Neon  Glittery is a rare thing indeed: the first entirely glitter-based life  form. Born Elizabeth Ashley Arnold she eventually evolved into a higher  life form. For whatever reason, that happens to be glitter held together  by strong, artistically inclined neon molecules. Or something, I don’t  know, I’m not a scientist, I’m just a blogging sloth. This neon-glittery  creature creates some unique art so who am I to speculate about its  origins.
The chapbook is called “nEonsense”.  Neon has begun to create it with her sweet style. You’ll notice for the  teaser image (above) she uses the affectionate phrase “bb” meaning  “baby”. What I like about Neon’s work is the affection and attention to  aesthetics. Poetry by Neon includes a certain amount of particular  spacing or symbols. Obviously for this one she goes for the poem taking  up every possible inch to imply space. Usually people ignore  those margins. Neon hugs them, showing space to be part of the poem too.
Hype is  strong with this one. A basic “this is happening” post on Facebook  caught a couple of passers-by, including the head of the infinitely  prestigious “Hot-Lit Gossip” blog, a world famous chair, and Steve  Roggenbuck. I saw it too and freaked out. Finally the rumors from  twitter that Neon sent herself were finally confirmed on the infinitely  believable Facebook. Over 98 comments for a single photo (the one you  see above you) only confirm this rabid neon-based fan base.
What do you  get along with your book of poetry? As Neon’s work is extremely visual,  you can pay the $9 for epic bright pages and wordscapes (is wordscapes a  word? Do I care if it isn’t?). The bonuses are pretty damn excellent.  For $2 extra dollars (that’s $11 for the mathematically challenged  poetry fans) you get a bird print and surprise watercolors. Neon often  lives off of eating the prints of her bird pictures (see here)  so that’s a steal. Her deluxe package includes a mix tape of her music,  which is similar to her visual output: bright, shiny, and emotionally  charged. You’d be a fool not to get the plush $13 mix tape deal. I live  in music though so keep that in mind. Besides, you get your own  personalized item. Already some famous net-citizens have ‘liked’ her offering.
You can taste the relevancy. With Neon Glittery, if you like relevancy, try her!

Neon Glittery’s New Chapbook

Glit is about to hit the fan. Prepare yourselves for this onslaught of Neon Glittery material. For on September 1st, 2011 your life will change forever. Bits and pieces of glitter will get stuck in your head. Experimental poetry and design is coming to decorate the inner most workings of your mind. Simply put, let it happen. You can’t fight this glitter based life form. Accept it and watch your life sparkle and shine with the power of billions of pieces of decoration.

Neon Glittery is a rare thing indeed: the first entirely glitter-based life form. Born Elizabeth Ashley Arnold she eventually evolved into a higher life form. For whatever reason, that happens to be glitter held together by strong, artistically inclined neon molecules. Or something, I don’t know, I’m not a scientist, I’m just a blogging sloth. This neon-glittery creature creates some unique art so who am I to speculate about its origins.

The chapbook is called “nEonsense”. Neon has begun to create it with her sweet style. You’ll notice for the teaser image (above) she uses the affectionate phrase “bb” meaning “baby”. What I like about Neon’s work is the affection and attention to aesthetics. Poetry by Neon includes a certain amount of particular spacing or symbols. Obviously for this one she goes for the poem taking up every possible inch to imply space. Usually people ignore those margins. Neon hugs them, showing space to be part of the poem too.

Hype is strong with this one. A basic “this is happening” post on Facebook caught a couple of passers-by, including the head of the infinitely prestigious “Hot-Lit Gossip” blog, a world famous chair, and Steve Roggenbuck. I saw it too and freaked out. Finally the rumors from twitter that Neon sent herself were finally confirmed on the infinitely believable Facebook. Over 98 comments for a single photo (the one you see above you) only confirm this rabid neon-based fan base.

What do you get along with your book of poetry? As Neon’s work is extremely visual, you can pay the $9 for epic bright pages and wordscapes (is wordscapes a word? Do I care if it isn’t?). The bonuses are pretty damn excellent. For $2 extra dollars (that’s $11 for the mathematically challenged poetry fans) you get a bird print and surprise watercolors. Neon often lives off of eating the prints of her bird pictures (see here) so that’s a steal. Her deluxe package includes a mix tape of her music, which is similar to her visual output: bright, shiny, and emotionally charged. You’d be a fool not to get the plush $13 mix tape deal. I live in music though so keep that in mind. Besides, you get your own personalized item. Already some famous net-citizens have ‘liked’ her offering.

You can taste the relevancy. With Neon Glittery, if you like relevancy, try her!

Neon Glittery

   The way I understand people on the internet is the same way I do in real life: through music. Knowing whether or not they have similar musical interests to me means a great deal to me. So when I saw they not only had ‘Super’ compatibility to me on Last.FM but had their own abstract DIY electronic project as well (see here) meant I probably should check out more for the potential hope she might be awesome. She is. 

                Neon Glittery (aka Elizabeth Ashley Arnold), the name suits the Arkansas native well. Whether it is her music, photography, or poetry, she radiates happy colors. The music comes across as some lo-fi experimentation which references bits of glitch, particularly my favorite song “dragonflies”. The pictures are this weird combination from a multitude of sources. You can see what I mean by looking at the illustrations she did for Loop Loop Endogenous Nightscape. She did the lettering as well, painfully reminding me how awful I did in calligraphy class.

                Besides all of these accomplishments, she’s also a poet. Her writing is published on her own blog and in various online publications such as Metazen and   NewWaveVomit. I’d suggest reading both, but I’ll go over her NewWaveVomit submissions.

                “SHHHH…..” makes me hope someday I can see the Gulf of Mexico, a place I’ve never visited. I really liked “Untitled 3” a lot. A kid sleeping in for weeks on grey cotton sheets reminds me of May 2006. Somehow I find its short length to be reassuring, like comforting me that such behavior is okay, a kind of ‘Virtue of Laziness’. Personally I think laziness is underrated but then I’m a sloth.

                “Untitled 7” is perfect. I just want to republish it because it is exactly what I wish I could have as an email signature for some office job where I’ve developed senioritis and no longer care about my responsibilities because I’ll be gone shortly. Of course, that’s just a fictional made-up scenario with no basis in reality. Personally I’ve never done that and gotten sat down by a supervisor being asked to politely not do it again. 

As I put this poem down via copy and paste, I want Neon Glittery to know this made me so absolutely happy. It conjures up the spirit of the CoBRA art movement. CoBRA drew inspiration from children’s paintings and such, so I feel it’s a somewhat apt comparison. For wonderful work see the below:


.make sense of this (NON)sense-tence.

i g0T p0CKETFULLS &
L0CKet(r0CKETFueLS)fuLLs

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DREAMs.


                Dedicating a poem to a compost rock n’ roll (Untitled Haiku) and drawing inspiration from Valentine’s Day are both great. I like how she’s able to pack so much into such little statements. The rest of the poems express the happy images of hammocks and greasers. Good memories to capture. 

                Going through all her material, she’s a one-person art movement. It is pretty impressive resume to touch upon poetry, music and poetry with the same attitude. You could call it flippant. That wouldn’t exactly capture the sheer overflowing, over-pouring of ideas. She maintains six TUMBLRS, several blogs, and has collaborated with others over the internet. I like what she does. You should too.

Neon Glittery

   The way I understand people on the internet is the same way I do in real life: through music. Knowing whether or not they have similar musical interests to me means a great deal to me. So when I saw they not only had ‘Super’ compatibility to me on Last.FM but had their own abstract DIY electronic project as well (see here) meant I probably should check out more for the potential hope she might be awesome. She is. 

                Neon Glittery (aka Elizabeth Ashley Arnold), the name suits the Arkansas native well. Whether it is her music, photography, or poetry, she radiates happy colors. The music comes across as some lo-fi experimentation which references bits of glitch, particularly my favorite song “dragonflies”. The pictures are this weird combination from a multitude of sources. You can see what I mean by looking at the illustrations she did for Loop Loop Endogenous Nightscape. She did the lettering as well, painfully reminding me how awful I did in calligraphy class.

                Besides all of these accomplishments, she’s also a poet. Her writing is published on her own blog and in various online publications such as Metazen and NewWaveVomit. I’d suggest reading both, but I’ll go over her NewWaveVomit submissions.

                “SHHHH…..” makes me hope someday I can see the Gulf of Mexico, a place I’ve never visited. I really liked “Untitled 3” a lot. A kid sleeping in for weeks on grey cotton sheets reminds me of May 2006. Somehow I find its short length to be reassuring, like comforting me that such behavior is okay, a kind of ‘Virtue of Laziness’. Personally I think laziness is underrated but then I’m a sloth.

                “Untitled 7” is perfect. I just want to republish it because it is exactly what I wish I could have as an email signature for some office job where I’ve developed senioritis and no longer care about my responsibilities because I’ll be gone shortly. Of course, that’s just a fictional made-up scenario with no basis in reality. Personally I’ve never done that and gotten sat down by a supervisor being asked to politely not do it again. 

As I put this poem down via copy and paste, I want Neon Glittery to know this made me so absolutely happy. It conjures up the spirit of the CoBRA art movement. CoBRA drew inspiration from children’s paintings and such, so I feel it’s a somewhat apt comparison. For wonderful work see the below:

.make sense of this (NON)sense-tence.

i g0T p0CKETFULLS &

L0CKet(r0CKETFueLS)fuLLs

0

big

DREAMs.

                Dedicating a poem to a compost rock n’ roll (Untitled Haiku) and drawing inspiration from Valentine’s Day are both great. I like how she’s able to pack so much into such little statements. The rest of the poems express the happy images of hammocks and greasers. Good memories to capture. 

                Going through all her material, she’s a one-person art movement. It is pretty impressive resume to touch upon poetry, music and poetry with the same attitude. You could call it flippant. That wouldn’t exactly capture the sheer overflowing, over-pouring of ideas. She maintains six TUMBLRS, several blogs, and has collaborated with others over the internet. I like what she does. You should too.