Art attack! #50daysofFiverr

Day 50!  Love this sketch of Clark and Kathleen driving off into the blue sky somewhere in the vast American west. Woof! Rex running to keep up. It’s a good life…this 50th day artist is “dougmcclain” working from Canada.  See all the 50 gigs here

Day 50

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!

Why we write: The zombie in the coal mine

An eerie similarity of hands.

An enumerated essay about six pop mythical creatures that are really cultural environmental indicators in disguise, thus illuminating the portentous power of gothic fiction to reflect (create?) a collective state of cultural awareness on important issues of the day. SHAZAM! 

One: Big Foot aficionados (and their Yeti-loving cousins) are not crazy. Data suggest their obsession reflects a naïve hopefulness that an intelligent, gentle, human-like species could still live freely, deep in the primeval forest, having cunningly escaped the steady oppressive march of human civilization and its relentless takeover of nature. The back-of-the-envelope monster metadata analysis being reported here first gained momentum … Read more about BF and his pals >>

Writing the range: Top 10 cowboys in literature

cover sketches1Cowboys are enjoying a surge of popularity, particularly in the land of romance. Right now, an explosion of popular books on Amazon feature six-pack ab-adorned cowboys with steely blue (or green) eyes, staring out from the covers seductively and with promise. They all look vaguely related, too.

While these romances are flying off the e-shelves, it’s made us think a lot about the cowboy icon. Why is this myth so persistent? Especially when, by and large, moody, gym-going cowboys without shirts never really existed? And we should know. One of us is a true-blue cowboy, albeit lately lapsed due to love, and he never looked – or acted – anything like these romantic heroes. The other one of us is a born and bred city girl (and the cause of the cowboy lapse), a doe-eyed slightly-lost-in-the frontier just shy of pretty type usually cast as the romantic heroine in the ab-adorned books.

Ever since we met, we’ve been debating these questions: What is a real cowboy and are there any characters in books that capture that essence? The answers don’t come from romances, although they are fun to read. The first thing we agreed to agree on – in order to answer the two questions – was cowboy history. Read the rest of this entry »

The Lady of the Lake: A ghost story

Saponify: to convert a fat into soap by treating with an alkali

Thankfully, few of us know much about the process of saponification. A pair of fishermen in 1940 found out the hard way that when a human body is exposed to sufficient amounts of alkali and pressure, and refrigerated to prevent decay, naturally occurring fat turns into a soap-like substance. When they noticed a woman’s body (recognizably female and wearing slightly outdated clothes) bobbing on the surface of Lake Crescent, the flesh slipped and oozed off like soap as they wrestled her to shore.

Thus began the legend of the Lady of the Lake. Read the rest of this entry »

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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