Art attack! #50daysofFiverr

Day 31:  Happy Halloween!  See all the 50 gigs here. A little puppet vampire theater to get your scary going.

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!

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 When they noticed a woman’s body (recognizably female and wearing slightly outdated clothes) bobbing on the surface of Lake Crescent, the flesh slipped and oozed off like soap as they wrestled her to shore.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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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 »

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 >>