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Absinthe: Are Poets Biologically Different?

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Apparently the writers at How Stuff Works think that poets are biologically different from normal people. Of course this leads one to wonder how accurate their “reporting” actually is.

And Oscar Wilde? Well, no doubt the poet did see tulips on his legs as he walked out into the morning light after a night of drinking absinthe at a local bar. Poets are like that. The rest of us wouldn’t see a tulip after drinking absinthe any more than we would after a gin and tonic.

How Stuff Works

Another tipoff is that their article uses an image from wikipedia, which also reports that it is impossible for absinthe to cause hallucinations. Though the medical community might not agree with that estimation. Apparently thujone, the chemical in wormwood is still pretty mysterious.

Thujone is structurally similar to tetrahydrocannabinol, the active constituent of marijuana. If thujone-containing absinthe is consumed, the effects might include mild hallucinations.

Emergency Medicine News

The How Stuff Works article also fails to mention that commercial absinthe today has about 10 parts per million of thujone, while absinthe back in Wilde’s day had about 260 parts per million (Science News Online).

arts, writing

New GlitterPony: Episode 3

Natalie Lyalin and I work on a Poetry Journal called GlitterPony.  Today we put out the third episode of GlitterPony.  It’s been a lot of work both on the design end and on the editorial end, but it is well worth it.

We are both pretty dang excited about the poems and the poets.

If you are at all interested in what contemporary poetry looks like you might want to head over.  I know a lot of people still think poetry is either Robert Frost, slam poetry, or people with berets snapping their fingers, but it isn’t.

There are people doing all sorts of interesting things. I’m not about to go saying that I know what is best, but I know what I like. I think that people today would appreciate poetry more if they saw that people are still doing exciting things with writing— that is to say we aren’t all lame-o’s like Billy Collins.


Write Your Movie Script this June

From the folks that brought you the National Novel Writing Month comes Script Frenzy. They’ve made June the month to write a complete script from start to finish.

you in the movies, big timeThe Script Frenzy website has all sorts of tips on how to write a screenplay. From what I understand the site is basically just a support group where you can get help getting the screenplay done and a place to prove you’ve done it once it’s over. And if you are wondering, you retain all the rights to your work, plus they “don’t keep or read your script when you upload it” they have robots that count the words to see if you reached 20,000 word requirement and then they delete it. In fact they “encourage you to scramble [your script] into jibberish before submitting it.”

And if you need a computer to work on they have loaners available (they’re just notepads), but the application deadline for those is looming. If you really want one you’d better apply now or risk missing the May 16th deadline.

The import thing here are their five basic rules

  1. To be crowned an official Script Frenzy winner, you must write a script of at least 20,000 words and verify this word count on ScriptFrenzy.org.
  2. You may write individually or in teams of two. Writer teams will have a 20,000 total word goal for their single co-written script.
  3. Script writing may begin no earlier than 12:00:01 AM on June 1 and must cease no later than 11:59:59 PM on June 30, local time.
  4. You may write either a screenplay or a stage play.
  5. You must, at some point, have ridiculous amounts of fun.

There are actually a few more rules, for instance you can’t write an adaptation. Before you start writing you should check their FAQ and help section where you can see the rest of the do’s and the do not do’s.