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Archive for February, 2010

It’s been snowing for two weeks. New York City is under a cold blanket of whiteness. I wrote a “short story” a few years ago, prior to moving here, about a New York City under such a slushy snowy mess. Without further ado, here is “Dark Side of the Wall.”
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If you’re like me, you’re constantly trying to hustle people outta their hard earned paycheck to support what you love to do. Kinda like that new show on HBO called How to Make it In America. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out cause it’s pretty awesome. It’s about these two guys in NYC who are constantly trying to outsmart the man, from hawking fake leather jackets on the street to creating their own line of jeans. Who knew a show that is somewhat about fashion could be so good? Check out the pilot episode here. Anywho, I’ve gotten my promo stuff done exclusively through Vistaprint for the past year and I’ve been pretty happy with their products…To make a long story short, you can get 500 postcards made for about $40 with shipping and tax included by going here. This is a great deal as opposed to the $90 they charge you on Uprint.com. They also make decent shirts and I’ve gotten some other stuff from them as well. Whatever you do though, don’t use Vistaprint for getting stickers made. For my recommendation on where to get stickers made, check out The Starving Artist’s Guide to New York City on lulu.com. You can download it for free or buy it for $15 for a hard copy here.
Oh, and they also will send you personalized business cards for free!

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Howdy, folks,
Any time a hurricane is seen from space, there is this hole in the middle of it where nothing seems to be happening. This is the “eye” of the storm, and if you were within it, you’d be surrounded by lopsided trees, downed power lines and walls of gray sky for 360 degrees. But if you were to look up, it would be a bright, sun shiny day. This is where I am right now. (more…)

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Starving Artist Radio February Edition(Right click ‘save as’)
This episode features music from Harpeth Rising, Twin Shadow‘s remix of Mr Little Jeans song “Twins in the Attic,” Daniel Christian, and George Street.
Johnny discusses “The L Magazine’s” 25 Cheap Things to Do in NYC,” the February Short Story Contest, and other odds and ends.

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Doughnuts.

White.
Then, more white.
Then, an overweight, balding man in a striped cotton shirt with pit stains sitting behind a desk. His nameplate reads “Mr. L. Johnson.” A doughnut box on his desk is nearly empty. The room is plain, with many other cubicles side by side. Phones are ringing and people seem to be doing a lot of work, but there isn’t anyone walking around. (more…)

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RULES OF STORY CONTEST
Must be otherwise unpublished material
Must be under 5,000 words
Must be original
Must be received before midnight March 1st, 2010 by email submission to starvingartistsguide((@))gmail.com

(It’s in parentheses so I don’t get spam. Just do the regular AT sign.

Prizes include:
1st prize
1 lb of premium coffee
Tix to see Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra 3/19 at the Manhattan School of Music
handmade journal
2nd prize
$15 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble
3rd Prize
Copy of the Starving Artists’ Guide, autographed

The stories will be posted online to be viewed by our online community, and a poll will be taken to bring the total submissions down to 3, which will then be judged by members of the International Brain Transplant Committee, and myself. There are no rules on what you can and can’t write about.
There is no censorship, except for author names upon request
Don’t Be afraid to submit your work! You retain full rights of your story. We are just silly people who want to share a good story

To start it off, I’m gonna get us in the short story writing mood by posting one of my own short stories from a while back.

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The Fix
I promise I’ll get a podcast up and going in the very near future, but while you wait, here’s a new song called “The Fix” that I just recorded. Just right click the link and “save as” to download it. Share it with whomever you choose, and I’d love some constructive feedback below!

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