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>>

Excerpts from the latest reviews from our rockin’ readers

“I am beginning to see a Tarantino movie with this series. The strength of this series is in the characters and witty dialogue…”

A Very Unusual Romance (Book 1): Five stars

There is a very unusual twist on the origins of vampires and humans. It is a unique story. The characters are complex and unpredictable. The authors did an excellent job of writing this novel. Even though this is a dark tale, it is funny. It is much more than the standard vampire story.

Blood and Whiskey (Book 2): Four stars

The best part of this series is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. In between sharing their day’s activities, characters may need to save the world, but, the attitude is hey, ‘you’ve got your problems, I’ve got mine.’ Love conquers all, or at least is the best hope at solving intractable species’ differences. Book 2 is as delightful as the first in this series as The Cowboy and the Vampire continue their romance and plan for world harmony.

Rough Trails and Shallow Graves (Book 3): Five stars

This third installment in The Cowboy and the Vampire series is the best yet by far. Deviating from the usual chaos that tends to surround Lizzie, Tucker, and their cast of characters, we’re given a deeper story with a bit more tooth to it. You’re smacked in the face with tough decisions and heartache throughout the entire novel, but it only makes you pull for the characters more. Despite the darker and more serious tone of Rough Trails and Shallow Graves, you are treated to lots of laughter along the way. Elita’s usual brand of dry humor is laced throughout as well as the more in-your-face version brought along on Lenny’s heels. As nutty and over-the-top as Lenny can be, he’s long been one of my favorite characters in this series. In addition, you learn more about where the vampires go when they die during the day and I found that to be absolutely fascinating.

Read more reviews here.