Monday, September 01, 2008

Issue 5 of Press 1 now online

It's barbecue time! The 5th issue of Press 1 is now officially live. Free Smiley Courtesy of

We celebrate the end of summer and the arrival of winter with the visual artistry of Héctor Pineda García; poetry by Jillian Bledsoe, Allan Peterson, Karin Randolph, Paul Siegell, Rina Terry, David Michael Wolach, and Changming Yuan; fiction by John Bruce, Kate Evans, and Nathan Leslie; plus an exclusive interview with Jayne Pupek.

Incidentally, this seems to be a Jayne Pupek day since Kate's review of her book, Tomato Girl (Algonquin Books, 2008) is also just up in Quarterly Conversation.

Jayne was lovely enough to send me a copy of Tomato Girl and I've gone bonkers over it ever since. Free Smiley Courtesy of

Stuff of which A's days are made of

• Finished my 13th round in 30:30 without a hitch. Impressive. Valerie and I are doing collaboems for the first time and it's certainly more fun than writing alone.

• Have found a new love: writing fiction. This is really strange for me since I used to hate it... but now I wake up every morning thinking: "Now what would I have Mr Tickler or some other nut do today?"

• For some strange reason, I've stopped drinking alcohol during weekdays. It may or may not be because the husband has recently taken to cooking calf's liver for dinner. Hee. I've been waiting expectantly for my hands to shake, like in my poems, but so far have been disappointed.

• Migraine. Cured, in part, by vanilla ice cream.

• Obsession about calling ahead for a baked potato at Ponder Steakhouse in Ponder, Texas. Valerie's fault for mentioning it twice — once in a poem, and then in an old story we did together. I just connected the two dots and haven't been the same since. I still find it hard to believe that such a place really exists!

• Watching past seasons of Stargate Atlantis and Spooks. Am particularly tickled that MI5 (Spooks) uses the same Mac as I do. Makes me feel all 007 while I submit my poems and prepare the pages of Press 1.

• What else? I'm trying to enjoy the last 7 days of being a 33-year-old. Afterwards, I think I get to be prime roadkill material.

Recent acceptance:

Identity Theory accepted five poems, (1) Bodie Ghost Town, (2) Something like a husband's death, (3) Close Your Eyes, (4) Goldfish, and (5) Extinction for their next issue.

     Submission sent: 2 July 2008
     Reply date: 28 August 2008

A's writing motto, or Please flush Robert Rehder from my head:
I am Rumpelstiltskin
And this is my stamp collection.


BlogSloth said...

Press looks good. I tried that weekday thing. It worked, for about 32 hours.


Valerie Loveland said...

I was hoping I could do a draft a day in September (I had so much fun doing it in April), but there is already too much going on. Maybe I can do it in October!

nanette rayman rivera said...


does vanilla ice cream really work? any other flavor??

by the way, in case you didn't read my other post, my blog is gone, BUT here is the new one:


Kate Evans said...

The issue is EXCELLENT. I'm honored to be part of it.

Cheryl said...

Press 1 looks great, Arlene! And is today your birthday???? Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

Ha! And now you are as old as I am. Mwahahaha.


michi said...

dearie darling crazy one - happyhappyhappiest of birthdays to you only, and here's to a grrrrrreat year filled with wickedness, wine, and words! :)



Ralph weeping for the end of innocence. said...

Hey Doll, I've tagged you for zombie haiku if you are game :)

Liz said...

Hey there, Arlene, big post-birthday wishes and xxx to you...and congrats on the acceptances - reading the titles makes me realise
how much I mizz reading your poetry - hope to make it to 30:30 before you finish your round there ; )
And that is mighty cool about the baked potato and the fiction-craze...; )
And congrats too on Press 1 - it looks positively temptating-ous...

Looking forward to catching up with you...