A Character You Love to Hate

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Prompt: Create a character your readers will love to hate. Create a full-bodied character by describing his or her appearance, attitude, beliefs, etc.

115/365 – Evil Twin

Lance Alexander's hair was slicked back, by what in an earlier day would have been brill cream, but which was now most likely some product marketed at teens, like bedhead or manic panic. He tried to cover his boy-next-door features with a goatee, carefully trimmed to a downward point, and a mustache that curled at the ends. It was an affected character, to be sure, but it suited his purposes. Which, at the moment, were to do anything and everything possible to publicly discredit his life-long rival Chester Arthur. Even if Arthur was the smarter of the two, Alexander was the cleverer. He pulled at his goatee as he ruminated on his next move.

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My Favorite Cliché

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Dead Horse, Pop Life Exhibition, Tate Modern, London.

The definition of a cliché that I have learned is an "overused metaphor." Clichés are clichés for a reason, they work. If they didn't adequately express a concept, they wouldn't be overused. In general, one should avoid the use of clichés in poetry, because the poet should develop his or her own imagery and comparisons. That said, my favorite cliché is "No use in flogging a dead horse." According to Wikipedia, this means "a particular request or line of conversation is already foreclosed or otherwise resolved, and any attempt to continue it is futile; or that to continue in any endeavour (physical, mental, etc.) is a waste of time as the outcome is already decided." One reason it is a favorite cliché is because in the early days of the Internet, I remember this phrase, or alternatively beating a dead horse, turning up in FAQs, or Frequently Asked Questions, of bulletin boards and forums, and it appealed to me then for its vivid accuracy.

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Weave After (SPF) Party

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I will be performing as part of Weave Magazine’s After Party for the Small Press Festival (SPF) Expo. The SPF will take place over Saturday and Sunday at Artist’s Image Resource (AIR) on Foreland Street in the North Side. I will be performing four of my poems, one of them brand spanking new! Also, make sure you check out the new EVENT page on the blog for upcoming events that I am participating in, as well as related events I will recommend.

  • What: Weave After (SPF) Party
  • When: Saturday, September 25, 2010 9pm-2am
  • Where: Remedy Lounge, 5121 Butler St. (Lawrenceville) Pittsburgh

As part of the Small Press Festival, Weave Magazine is hosting an After (SPF) Party and fundraiser to debut issue four and celebrate all things literary! Readings! Music! Poetry! Dancing!

Remedy Bar in Lawrenceville will host the event, to include music by DJ Randy Spinster and readings by issue 04 contributors:

  • Rae Bryant
  • Karla Huebner
  • Sal Pane
  • Ellen McGrath Smith
  • along with a one-act play by Cassandra Lewis

The event will also feature raffle prizes, drink specials and performances by:

  • S.E. Adkins
  • Brian Francis
  • Erika May
  • Janette Schafer
  • Sarah Shotland
  • and more!

COST: Free!

Weave’s fourth issue will be available for purchase. Donations welcome 🙂