@GhostCityPress chapbook Killer by @ash_mares2 #bookreview

Killer by Ashley Mares
Published July 6th, 2017
PDF Micro-Chapbook
15 Pages

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#Bookreview Social Paranoia @danecobain

Social networking sites can be scary places. When the whole world is connected, anything can happen and it can happen at lightning speed. Social paranoia is the feeling you get when you hesitate before posting an update. It’s the feeling you get on a Saturday morning after drunkenly texting your ex the night before. The feeling you get when your friends won’t stop posting about their perfect lives, making your own life look boring in comparison. Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World is the true story of how sometimes the updates that you post come back to haunt you. Filled with real case studies and practical advice, it’s a guidebook for everyone who has an online presence from consumers to massive corporations. Sometimes, people really are out to get you. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

#bookreview @verysoftlake My Phone is About to Die and I Hope it Takes me With it. Joseph Parker Okay 

Joseph Parker Okay’s debut collection of poetry and short stories.

80 pages. Released October 9, 2016.

“this book made me confront the silently bad things about my relationships with the people closest to me. and then i realized at least i am not the only one who feels these types of things. at least i am not alone. i began to relate to this book so much i momentarily thought i had written it.” – Sarah Jean Alexander, author of Wildlives and Loud Idiots.

“If you feel shitty about America. If you hate cops. If you’ve seen the shine in the wolfish grin of capitalism. If your existence is contributing to the death of every living thing on this planet. If your dad is dead, and your heart is dead, and the future is dead. If you long for death and also for consciousness as the last glimmer of hope blinks out of existence, this book is for you.” – Laura Theobald, author of What My Hair Says About Youand The Best Thing Ever.

Book Review. Summer Haikus. SJ.Pajonas @spajonas @lolasblogtours 

When Isa’s mother is hospitalized, she has to abandon her summer plans to run the family’s Tokyo business. Masa’s offer to help makes it impossible for Isa to ignore him — and the firecracker kiss they shared half a world away. Everyone expects the world of her, but the pressure to please them all is as oppressive as the Tokyo summer heat. The simplest answer to all her problems? Run.

Book Review. John Connor @connor_rev The Straitjacket of Perfectionism. 

Do you start projects that are important to you, but then abandon them? It is likely unrecognized perfectionism that is holding you back from creating art, starting your new business, writing your book, or growing spiritually. 

You have big dreams that you keep secret, because you don’t want to be embarrassed if you fail at them. Great news! This book is for you. I will help shake you free of your procrastination paralysis, calm your Inner Critic into silence, and open you to become what your soul desires. 

You will recognize and confront your fear of making mistakes and release the creativity-killing — but deeply held — belief that you can’t go for your goals because of the risk of not doing it “just exactly right”. How? Well, I’ve done it. Personality profile tests showed me very high on perfectionism, and I didn’t even realize it. But then I “got it” — I understood that this unhelpful internal drive to only do things I could do easily actually stunts my willingness to work on my biggest dreams. Outside of things like math tests, “Perfect” is mostly a myth. 

Yet it isn’t even just that. You expect to make no mistakes — or only just a few — on your way to doing difficult tasks: learning the piano, writing a business plan, parenting, or creating the next hit Broadway play. Cindy Wigglesworth, author, says “Well written and entertaining, this book is full of helpful advice. I recognized myself in some of the stories – and I bet you will too! Don’t waste time criticizing yourself. Use your time instead reading this book and trying the tips within it!”

One such tip is looking at the “Critical Voice” as opposed to the “Creative Voice”. And by “Critical” in this sense, I mean “analytical”. A giant step we can take out of perfectionism is to distinguish between these two abilities, and when to use them. For example, all of us are music critics. We know what we like, we know what sounds good, we know what is boring. We don’t always agree exactly on those, but we know the difference between a song by The Beatles, and something done in a garage by four guys who don’t know what they’re doing. 

But what about you? What about when YOU want to write a song? You have a lifetime of critical evaluation of music. But writing it? You are just starting out. And — surprise! — when you are just starting at something, you suck at it. Perfectionists, though, expect to be very good at things, very quickly. And so you quit writing songs, because your critical ability to know how good a song is, is FAR more developed than your ability to actually write a good song. See what I mean? 

“I have lived a creative life as a singer songwriter for over fifty years. Yet, locked away inside my perfectionist heart is a restrained longing to paint and to write books. I give thanks to John Connor for his insightful and illuminating book The Straightjacket of Perfectionism — he has provided me a key to free my creative soul. I recommend this book to stymied perfectionists everywhere.” — Dana Cooper Singer-Songwriter

Even people who know how to write a good song — and Dana Cooper was written many good songs — have areas in which their perfectionism trips them up. So get The Straitjacket of Perfectionism, and come with me to get free of the trap of ‘perfect’, and open up to progress — taking steps and then really taking leaps — toward your greatest goals.

Book Review. Short Story Pro Market 2017. TC Michael @AuthorTCMichael

The true no-bull guide to selling and publishing short stories. Skip the online researching and piles of books. This guide increases your chances of being accepted and gaining a contract instead of the dreaded rejection. Short Story Pro Market 2017 is the best resource you’ll find to get your short stories and short form literature published. This completely new guide offers over 150 listings of professional paying publishers. Each listing includes the type of publisher, contact information, submission guidelines, pay rate, and other essential information and tips. The information inside contains EVERYTHING needed to submit your work properly and accurately. Short Story Pro Market leaves out all of the unnecessary filler material. This allows for a clean, organized search without extra confusion and clutter. It simplifies your submission process so you can get directly to the point. Short Story Pro Market also includes: •Genre categories such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, crime, thriller, children’s, historic, nonfiction, literary fiction, travel, outdoors, and more. •U.S. publishers as well as English-speaking publishers outside the U.S. •Which rights the publisher requests. •A brief history of the short story. •Which publishers require a proposal letter, query letter, cover letter or none. •Which publishers also accept flash fiction, articles, poetry, pictures, reviews or long form literature. •Only publishers who offer the best pay rate in the industry. Get your foot in the publishing industry much quicker or jump start your freelance career by using Short Story Pro Market.

#bookreview The Shaky Phase. Jessie Janeshek @Blondebitters @stalkinghorsepr

The Shaky Phase: luminous, melancholy, surreal, and hypnotic poems of vodka, velour, western—nature—trash, wolves, weird oscillations, and spectral shivers…Jessie Janeshek’s second full-length collection is a louche, gothic journal haunted by television, drinking, and the desert. To enter The Shaky Phase is to enter a Twilight Zone of strange revenges, and of loss. But finally, it is to encounter poems that tone like falling stars, an uncanny space where words are matter.

“Jessie Janeshek’s poetry vaporizes the walls in my brain, and floods it with visceral, musical, magical, sensual rapture. It’s hypnotic post-punk witchcraft streaming live from the deserts of the subconscious; it’s feral forest creatures & frisky mountain housewives eating mushrooms and reading each other’s dream journals. In other words, it’s my favorite poetry on Earth right now, and The Shaky Phase is an exemplary collection of it.”
—Joseph P. O’Brien, Managing Editor of FLAPPERHOUSE

“If you don’t adore The Shaky Phase you are doomed. I’ve been reading Janeshek’s gorgeous poems for years. They fill me with baroque joys, vertigo, and envy! She is one of the best poets of her generation.”
—Peter Jay Shippy, author of A Spell of Songs

“In the tradition of feral touchstones like Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica and Burns’ Black Hole, The Shaky Phase is a compelling journey through a world that’s dangerous and strangely familiar. With lines that envelop the reader like morning glory, Janeshek directs our gaze to the edges, to the creeping green of rot. This is the poetry of the New Weird America, and I love it.”
—Adam Tedesco, Founding Editor of Reality Beach

“Jessie Janeshek’s poems teach you how to shoulder them by shouldering you. It gets so there are way more shoulders than bodies then they teach you to body. The body in question opens its coat revealing steam enough for all your pressing needs, a landscape of singing snakes and messages carved up from under your skin, as the body questions its chalk outline until it quivers into lace. All the voices say ‘step right up,’ so step right up.”
—Michael Sikkema, author of Die Die Dinosaur