Expect to be shaken!

A review by author Erin Cole

The third installment of The Cowboy and the Vampire: Rough Trails and Shallow Graves is a dark road through love and sacrifice. The duo nature of this story rings throughout, in the hope and struggles that Lizzie and Tucker face, the evils of man vs. monster, and the quirky adventures of contrasting characters such as Elita and Lenny teaming up to save THE DAY, makes for a very fulfilling and enjoyable read. McFall and Hays know a thing or two about the harmonic nature of dark comedy and western gothic, and they share that magic in many surprising twists and turns in this book. Unlike books one and two, book three takes the reader towards a conclusion no one expected, a conclusion that after all Lizzie and Tucker managed to suffer through, was inevitable and leaves the reader pleading for more. Five stars! It’s that good.  Read the full review

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Art attack! #50daysofFiverr

Day 22: Cowboys clean up nice! Tucker turned runway hottie by artist fuschia_mia. It’ll only take one rodeo to ruin it so savor him now. Art Attack!  See all the 50 gigs here.

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The backstory: We stumbled across Fiverr a few months ago and were blown away by the orgy of creativity pooled there under the rubric of $5 bucks gets you a ticket in, a taste and a tease of talent. Obsessed at first sight, we traded our good sense and used up our (sadly, limited) marketing budget on 50 talented (and a few eccentric) artists, asking them to focus their creative juices on The Cowboy and the Vampire. Total = $250.

Why? Because it’s fun. ART ATTACK!

Rap, video, puppetry, poetry, performance art, faux-newscasts and cartoons (lots of cartoons) from artists working in LA, the Philippines, London, Mumbai and more.  We were fucking blown away. You will be too.

The show commenced on October 1. One gig a day.  See all the gigs posted here, one new one each day.  And follow at #50daysofFiverr.

Oh, and yea, we’re running a contest. We’re tracking retweets, facebook shares and Instagram likes. For each one, you’ll be entered into a drawing at day 50 for a $50 gift certificate at the vendor of your choice! So for 50 days, be inspired and amazed, and share the love. Share the art love!

Hip hop and cowboys?

Kung FuGuest Post by “blaqrhythm” aka Russell Simeon from the U.S.

This post is part of #50daysofFiverr; we asked for a blog post, writer’s choice, but it had to feature cowboys or vampires. He picked cowboys (smart). Great writing. Quick turnaround. Check out his gig offerings on Fiverr.

Every kid grows up playing Cowboy, throwing on a cowboy hat, a fake holster with fake guns and running around shooting up anything that moves, having a with duel with a tree, or the kid down the street if the tree wasn’t available! Even as a kid growing up in the inner-city, we played cowboys and watched cowboys on T.V. I can remember watching old western cowboy/kung-fu flicks with my father. There was a series called “Kung Fu” starring David Carradine, it as one my favorite Saturday shows to watch with my father, after watching Saturday morning cartoons.

This show was surprisingly popular in the black community. Follow me now! As kids, we ran around playing cowboys; kung-fu flicks have been popular in the black community since the 60’s-70’s or since Bruce Lee became popular. So isn’t it natural that the show “Kung Fu” featuring showdowns between kung fu masters and cowboys be a hit in the black community? Seems so to me.

Now let’s take this a step further. The inner-city black community primarily gave birth to Hip Hop music. Kung-fu is littered throughout Hip Hop music, most notoriously with the Wu Tang Clan. I guess you can kind of sense that from the name of the group right. Well, doesn’t it seem only right that cowboy culture mashes up with Hip Hop culture? Well, it has. Read the rest of this entry »

A stratigraphic life

I collect rocks. Size is irrelevant. I love medium-sized metamorphics as much as barely-there agates and volcanic bombs. Collection criterion is three-fold: an ability to represent provenance geologically, strength (as in an absence of friability; they can’t crumble in my pocket or backpack), and distinctive looks (a little crystal pop, a ruggedly weathered surface, a sharp volcanic edge; all these things attract my eye).

These are attributes I’ve typically looked for in men, too. Clark has all three. He’s a very rare find. Read more of this post about rock collecting >>

Cutting to the chase – human consciousness in three books

Bucke_imageMy mind perked up recently from its baseline state of chronic near-slumber, induced by academic culture, when I read a blog post about “cosmic consciousness,” a state-of-being named by Richard Bucke in 1901. I read Bucke’s book Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind more than a decade ago after I stumbled upon it in a footnote of some other equally dusty and neglected book. I’ve seen little mention of it since, and then this post came out of the blue, turning up in my daily Google search set for the keywords human and consciousness.

Bucke’s cosmic consciousness is a next-gen adaptation, a collective form of shared brain space, which posits eventually we’ll be able to perceive and understand the world through the ties that bind all living things together, be they atomic or energetic or magical. It’s an evolutionary leap in human consciousness, handily explaining the mystical basis of most religions — some humans, like Jesus and Buddha, Blake and, apparently, Bucke, already attained it, and the rest of us, inevitably (if past is prologue) will one day get there too. Just as we shed our scales, pumped out lungs and wobbled up onto land a gazillion years ago, so too will we cast off our embodied singularity and expand our horizons into the planes of cosmic consciousness. Read the rest of the Soapbox>>