I've been wondering how the weather in Palm Springs was treating Anne Rice, who, if you remember, couldn't take La Jolla's cold weather after she moved to the California seaside town from New Orleans. Well, seems she's settling in just fine and just threw a lavish garden-party along with her son Christopher. Tickets went for $150 a pop and all money raised went to the Lambda Literary Foundation. Now, suddenly, I fell a little too much like TMZ. Back to normal programming.
A writer is asking the public to submit one word and £1 to his "I Want a Word" project. He's hoping to collect 10,000 words (read: around US$20,000) and then he'll cobble all of these words together along with a few that he'll throw in for free and put them into a book which he will publish and distribute for free. Generous guy, huh? You can also send me a dollar and a word and I'll be your friend for a minute for free.
First they take away the book reviews, next they'll come for the reporting. Actually, it's a small online community newspaper and they've decided to outsource some reporting to India but that kind of news travels fast in this rather job-sensitive time we live in. Actually, this comes as absolutely no surprise to someone who worked for a major publishing company that decided to outsource its copyediting and proofreading to the subcontinent.
Looks like a couple of the editors of the University of Florida's new literary journal, Subtropics, have some 'splainin to do.
The $10,000 Lulu Blooker prize was won by Colby Buzzell for his blog-inspired book My War: Killing Time in Iraq.