Gone Daddy Gone: Vent Yer Vents, Prompt Yer Promotes

(A photo from back in the day, when I was promoting Ann’s boxing career. We never did get that elusive title shot against Ali’s daughter. But Ann was a solid 25-1-1, with 23 knock-outs, before the inevitable slide when I hired Mayweather Sr. as her trainer. Ended up 34-12-1 and broke outside of St. Louis, fending off rats. Man, those were good times. But, I gotta say, we both find the writing and editing a lot easier.)

Ann and I are taking some desperately needed R&R over our (seventh!) anniversary weekend (four days, sun, sand, margaritas, reading). There won’t be no posting until Wednesday-ish. May you all be safe, well, and happy.

And, if you’re around, feel free to post on any of the following topics: your current or future reading, your current or future projects, or any pet peeve topic you just can’t stop thinking about no matter what and posting here might just save your sanity. Those sorts of things. No fighting, though! And no kissing!

Finally, will leave you with some choice linkage from this blog over the past few weeks, beyond what’s still on the front page.

Goodbye, intertubes. Goodbye, all you fellow weirdoes…until next time…

The Pathology of Derek Raymond’s Dead Man Upright and a longer post on the first four Factory novels by Raymond.

Godzilla Poop

Bookdeath Tips on PR

Sfar and Trondheim’s Dungeon brilliance

Clowns: Not Just For Brunch Anymore!

Bad Asses Move a Dragon Head

Consequences of Buying Weird Stuff at the Grocery Store

Finch from Inception to Interior Layout

And, finally, a sneak peek at a link I’ll be featuring on Omnivoracious next week…

<late-breakin’ link to my Graphic Novel Friday feature on The Best of Simon and Kirby–great book.>>

[Oh, yeah–and Charles Tan is apparently trying to lure me into some kind of trap by posting this and this:]

(Someone asked in an email if they could in fact donate to show appreciation for blog posts here. Sure, I’m not proud–you can always paypal appreciation to vanderworld at hotmail dot com. Don’t worry, though–no fund drives. This blog is mostly bull-crap powered anyway…)


  1. says

    Have fun!

    I’m currently reading Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous and it’s turning out to be a wonderful book.

  2. Xelgaex says

    Now that you have recognized that there is a trap, the daring secret agent thing to do would, of course, be to walk straight into it. Can’t foil evil plans without getting smack in the middle of them, ya know.

  3. says

    I will enter the trap as me, and then explode it by transforming into Evil Monkey, who is much larger than I am.

    It is probably a sign of senility or insanity that I’m commenting on this…

  4. says

    Jeff and Ann, congratulations and enjoy. I’m reading THE SONG IS YOU by Arthur Phillips and the prose is so enviable, just flat-out brilliant; I’m reading it very, very slowly. And, barring the gods coming to their senses, it’s official: I’m going to be writing Underland’s new Wovel. It’s called “Exit Vector,” and it should start up sometime in June. What’s a Wovel? Go here http://underlandpress.com/whatwovel.cfm

  5. says

    Congratulations on the seven years guys.

    I was hoping to be reading the new A S Byatt novel The Children’s Book this weekend, and even though I have the novel, I inadvertently ordered the paperback instead of the hard cover from Amazon UK. The paperback arrived yesterday, and I decided to reorder the book in hard cover and give the paperback to a friend for their birthday, so that means keeping the book in pristine condition. Strangely, the hard cover turns out to be cheaper than the paperback.

    Also I’m really looking forward to John Crowley’s new book Four Freedoms, which should arrive in about a week. In the meantime (currently) I’m rereading Conversations with Lord Byron on Perversion 163 years after His Lordship’s Death by Amanda Prantera.

  6. Hellbound Heart says

    hey guess what guess what guess what?????? hooo ha i ordered veniss underground and city of saints and madmen from my local bookshop today….oh yeah, oh yeah…..god i love looking forward to reading really good books, although most of the time my reading times is confined to the little while before i fall into slumber of a night…remeber your books have gotta come all the way from the usa to australia so i s’pose it’s now a waiting game…

    just started reading mister b.gone by clive barker….he’s one of my favourites……

    congrats on your anniversary, old son!! wonderful!!

    pet peeves? men who leave the toilet seat up, my good husband when he’s in a shit-stirring mood because i can’t help but bite, paying hard-earned dollars for what turns out to be a crappy meal, having to go out into the rain to put garbage in the bin, bad drivers, ah shit the list goes on…..

    what’s your secret/s to a good and happy marriage, jeff? this person would like to know!!

    peace and love……

  7. says

    Congrats on the wedding anniversary!

    As for myself, just finishing up loose ends at my soon-to-be-former job as my final day with students was yesterday. Planning on spending part of Memorial Day in Nashville, just traveling and maybe shopping a bit. Thinking about getting a bit of sun this weekend now that I will have the time and maybe the warm sun to do so. Lazing about is comfort food for the soul.

  8. says

    Ann and I have been together in total 18 years, of which we’ve been married 7 years. I think friendship and genuine respect and love carry you over the long haul. And we’re both silly. And we share a lot of interests. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s cute and tiny.

    I can’t say I’m really easy to live with, though, so you’d probably have to ask Ann. She’d probably say the secret is ignoring most of my b.s. LOL!


  9. says

    Hope you guys have a great anniversary getaway!

    For the immediate future, I plan on sleeping in on three consecutive days, woo hoo!

    Reading: mostly comics and magazines right now. Just started “The Batcave Companion” by Michael Eury, an interesting examination of the rebooting of Batman in DC Comics in the sixties and seventies. As for novels sitting by waiting: Journal of the Gun Years, Richard Matheson; Drood, Dan Simmons; Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan.

  10. Hellbound Heart says

    would ann mind that you call her cute and tiny, i mean, i think of a mouse of my puppy when i think of that! chuckle snort…….

    peace and love….

  11. says

    Over at my blog I’m doing some research on a writer named Charles Wadsworth Camp. It may lead to a book, or at the very least, a magazine article. Fascinating stuff.

  12. says

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Right now I’m trying to write a review of City of Saints and Madmen in finnish (which is kinda difficult since my native language is swedish and I’ve only been living here in Finland for nine months). Still, I recommended the book to my finnish teacher and since she’s now read it (and liked it) I thought it would be nice to write a review as my homework.

    I’m currently reading L.E. Modesitt’s The Death of Chaos which is kinda nice, after reading a lot of Gene Wolfe it feels good to read something a little less complicated for a change. I’ve also been trying to write some new songs for the band, http://www.mypace.com/kolobokband (I know, promoting myself here =o) ), but I haven’t really found any inspiration lately. Maybe I’ll write a song in finnish? Anyways, all the best to you!