Pieces of my manuscript-in-progress are suddenly scattered all over the web, so I wanted to provide an update in case you’ve lost track. The third excerpt that appeared in Beatdom issue 9 is now online at their website.
A shorter version entitled “Kerouac: A Psychonaut in Denial” just appeared on Reality Sandwich this week. If you’re not quite ready for the long version, you might want to check that one out first.
As a reminder, the fourth excerpt appeared on Reality Sandwich in September. And I’m happy to announce that the fifth excerpt will be published in Beatdom issue 10 sometime in the next month or two. For more information about my book, please visit nickmeador.org/madness.
On September 19, the web magazine Reality Sandwich published the fourth excerpt from my book-in-progress. I titled it “Doublethink and the Mental Construction of Reality.” It’s actually the third excerpt to appear on their website, but the fourth overall. The third excerpt overall appeared in Beatdom Magazine earlier this summer.
Because I condensed a 22,000-word chapter into a 3,900-word excerpt, it’s a pretty heady piece of reading. And because I had to take it out of the context of my book, it’s mostly abstract information. However, those who read this and the Beatdom piece together will likely notice many important parallels. (more…)
Today the web magazine Reality Sandwich published a second excerpt from my upcoming book All These Serious Faces Will Only Drive You Mad. I created the essay from a portion of my second chapter. The piece is called “The Not-So-Comfortable Concentration Camp,” which is a slight spin on a phrase that Betty Friedan used in her book The Feminine Mystique. Her book helped launch the second-wave feminist movement of the 1960s that demanded more rights for women in the home, the workplace, and elsewhere in society. (more…)
2010 was a crazy year for me, with some of the highest highs and lowest lows that I’ve ever experienced. I moved out of the country, got published in a real (albeit online) magazine, began writing my first book…and even bottle-fed three foster puppies! By the holidays I was totally worn out. But now that I’m settled in the new year and working steadily on the book, I thought I would write a quick summary of what I did last year. I’ll provide links, in case you missed anything or want to read one again.
A quick calculation revealed that in 2010 I wrote about 50,000 words in essays and stories, as well as 31,000 words on the book manuscript!!! That doesn’t even count the articles on my MusicEdge blog (which I closed last April), my Refractor blog (which has been on hiatus, with a few sporadic posts, since last July), my notebooks, or my dream journal. I have to say, I’m excited by the thought that I probably topped 100,000 words in 2010—especially because that’s my goal for the book manuscript. When I lacked a first-hand sense of how much work it would take to create a book, the idea was a lot more terrifying. (more…)
As some of you may know, I’m running a project on the creative funding site Kickstarter.com in hopes of self-publishing a first edition of my debut book once I’m done writing. Since the minimum funding deadline is Saturday, it doesn’t look like that project will survive. However, I’m still writing the book, and Reality Sandwich just published an excerpt from my first chapter. It’s a historical look at the “hipster” figure in Western culture called “The Agent of Apathy.” Here’s how it begins:
Over the last decade the cultural figure known as the “hipster” has increasingly turned into a target of scorn, despite an apparent disagreement over what the term means and to whom it refers. In his 2008 Adbusters article, “Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization,” Douglas Haddow provides one of the keenest descriptions of this trend in its current form. (more…)
On August 12 the web magazine Reality Sandwich published a second essay of mine. Click here to read the full thing. Here’s the blurb:
Copyright law now protects creative works for almost a century. At the very least, copyright terms should be drastically reduced. Of course, the concept of revising creative compensation is based on the presumption that we will still use monetary currency with inborn inflation in the future. But a gradual transition would be better than picking up the pieces in a post-apocalyptic world.
Exciting news! On July 16 my essay “A Supraterranean Manifesto” was published on Reality Sandwich, the web magazine connected with the progressive social network Evolver (click here to visit my profile on Evolver).
I’m thrilled about this because I haven’t done anything but self-publish my creative work since late 2008. As you may have seen, I’ve self-published various essays and videos on Supraterranean and my Refractor blog in the time since.
What’s even better is that they didn’t alter or edit the essay before publishing it! It’s about 4,300 words long, but if you have a moment, please check it out.