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Blog #51: New From Mishka Zakharin (July 2018)

Blog #51:  New From Mishka Zakharin  (July 2018)

Lingering in the Foolishness of Things (Chronicles of the Daemon Mishka, Volume VI: Masque of Mishka) (Volume 2)  (Paperback – July 7, 2018) Part poetry, part journalish ramblings, the next installment of Zakharin’s on-going Daemon Mishka Chronicles reflects his spiritual journey through life — both the supernal, upward swings and the infernal, downward plummets… and each with his usually unusual perspective on things. A perhaps more philosophically oriented volume than previous Daemon Mishka anthologies, ‘Lingering in the Foolishness of Things’ yet captures the indelible wit, abstruse wiles, and esoteric wisdom (not to mention some just weird stuff along the way) Zakharin’s readers have come to know and love… https://www.amazon.com/Lingering-Foolishness-Things-Chronicles-Daemon/dp/1722221526/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531053742&sr=8-1&keywords=mishka+zakharin (Also available for Kindle.)   Big, Mad, Naughty Monkey God  (Kindle Edition) Mishka Zakharin presents two of his poetry anthologies — ‘Big, Naughty Monkey’ and ‘The Mad God’ — in a single, hardcover edition. . . both written in the same approximate time frame, yet each expressing its own distinct tone… an interesting mix of the opposing polarities of a somewhat bleak reality, but with an underlying tone of optimism… Mishka provides creativity and lyricism, philosophy and inaneness, morose subjectivity and shenanigans of mythic proportion… https://www.amazon.com/Big-Mad-Naughty-Monkey-God-ebook/dp/B07FBQ35MD/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1531053659&sr=8-3&keywords=mishka+zakharin   # # # # # # #   And not so new, but always worth a mention… The Green Lamp: https://www.amazon.com/Green-Lamp-Mishka-Zakharin/dp/0983520445/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1531053869&sr=8-6&keywords=mishka+zakharin Natalya’s Tale: https://www.amazon.com/Natalyas-Tale-Mishka-Zakharin/dp/1516915437/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1531053821&sr=8-7 The Telemachy of Mishka: https://www.amazon.com/Telemachy-Mishka-Zakharin/dp/1544932510/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1531053916&sr=8-13&keywords=mishka+zakharin Chunks of Sky: https://www.amazon.com/Chunks-Sky-Mishka-Zakharin/dp/1518868053/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1531053975&sr=8-4   …and, coming soon:  Zakharinish Zeitgeist (2nd Ed.)…   # # # # # #   ©2018 Mishka...

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Blog #46: The Focative Syllogism

Blog #46:  The Focative Syllogism

—or:  ‘Disgusting and Itchy’!   (Just nevermind.)   So I’ve been on hiatus with the writing.  I needed a break, I needed to replenish, I needed to remake myself, I needed… to conquer and plunder and destroy and read some junk for a while…  And so shall I continue to do.  But I also have to start writing again.  Not just ‘writery-related’ stuff—like the promoting and publicizing and looking for reviews or publishers or whatever—because that’s what depletes my energy and my creativity and my mojo and my [something French] and my… chutzpah?  (Probably not chutzpah…)   Well, whatever.  My plan, writing-wise, is to come back this fall and finish off my third novel, ‘More than Kin and Less than Kind’ (which was being problematic)—but over the summer I would also like to start (continue) plotting out the notions I’m having for a fourth novel:  ‘Weasel in the Rough’!  (I’m very excited!  Well, not that excited… I’m… nebulously not unenthused?  But nowhere near nipple-tingly.  Let’s say… moderately optimistic.)   In the meanwhile, one of the little side projects I’ve been (hardly at all) working on is an expurgated version of Daemon Mishka, volumes 2, 3, and 4, collectively to be entitled ‘Potemkin’s Umbrage’… which I hope to publish this year, but it’s slow going (what, with the not working on it so much, and all…).  So we’ll have to wait and see.  But there was a bit—from spring of 2002, so (holy crud!) 15 years ago (bloodyhellstinkrot—how—?!)—which I just read and thought to share in blog-like fashion… which is nice, mesupposes, as I just never write blogs anymore… and they were kind of fun… and mayhap I should do more of them again… butanyhoo—   So this amused and/or entertained me, so here’s a bit o’ stuff…    # # #   from ‘Potemkin’s Umbrage’ (forthcoming):   You know, you can’t write a romantically lyrical poem using the term “skull-fuck”.  I mean, you could start out with something about how beautiful her eyes are—move into the passion they imbrue within… and then—no, no, no, no, no!  Not at all, not even a little bit—just cannot happen… unless perhaps it was done in French?  (And, in this case, when I say “it was done in French” I am referring to the presumed writing of such a poem.)  Of course, even that’s no guarantee—what if in French “skull-fuck” is still just...

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Blog #42: Write or Wrong

Blog #42: Write or Wrong

I should be working on my novel… (Yes—this is one of those deals where I should be doing all sorts of other things, and instead I’m writing a blog about how I’m not doing those things anyway… Sorry.) Also, I need to cut my fingernails. Uh! The incessancy of life… We do and we do and we do—and yet it all just needs doing again! I’m just not in the mood for it. Or anything really just now… methinks… Butanyhoo—and, so, mine ‘ovel… sigh~ Oh, well. It just hasn’t been going well. Why is that?—you may ask… (if anyone were actually reading this…) Well, I just don’t know. I suppose it’s as simple as my head just isn’t in it. (And/or I keep finding other things to do to avoid working on it?) And my second novel, The Telemachy… yeah, then there’s that. I sent it to a publisher (Penguin: Ace division thereof) back in October, five month response time… no response in March—so I queried… no response to that—and now another month and a half has passed… And I have yet to send it anywhere else. What the hell?! Well, there’s this thing… ego… and on the one hand, it impels me to try to succeed (commercially—because I’m an American, and greedy, self-absorbed materialism is more important than God… and/or IS our God)—thus I should try to submit it and have it published and make lots of money and get fan mail to stroke my already overblown ego (because, let’s face it, who the hell am I that I think I need the world to see the wise and witty and all-powerful, immaculate, consummate glory of mine words!!!?)… Or I can write for my own benefit: because I like creating characters and fantastical lands—and sometimes stumble onto some semblance of a story in which to use said characters and lands… and simply for mine own peace of mind. But why go putting it off on everybody else? (Especially since most of everybody else has strongly indicated they just don’t bloody care—and that’s fine… it’s my brain, and no one else need impinge him or herself within it.) And I can even continue to go the self-publishing route—put it out there for those who might be interested, but then just get on with… whatever. Spiritual fulfillment—sans the soul-corrupting influences of a wayward, overly-capitalistic, greedy, self-absorbed, short-sighted, small-minded, (etc.) society....

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Blog #35: Chunks of Sky (part 1)

Blog #35: Chunks of Sky (part 1)

—but before I get to that… in other news, I have the rough draft of Novel No. 3 (but that’s not what it’s called) finished… presumably—mayhaps… probably. And then—   Many, many, many years ago—in the bygone years of mine eldest youth… (i.e. ‘college’), I was sitting in an American lit. class at UW-Whitewater, and we were discussing the poetry of Walt Whitman. I thought of how ironic (and/or just extremely apropos?) it would have been if the poetry in his ‘Leaves of Grass’ had actually all been about grass…   But that seemed pretty hard. I mean, how much can you really say about grass? Besides, he already had the title covered… [Not that that’s stopped me since: Mishka’s Comedia, Mishka’s Decameron, Mishka Shakespeare, ‘Crime and Punishment’, ‘Anna Karenina’… butanyhoo…] So I contemplated about what else in nature one might write a plethora of poetry—and I came up with sky. But, incrementally speaking, in how would one describe sky? Well, clearly, ‘chunks’!   And so there it was: ‘Chunks of Sky’ (“Dedicated to Walt Whitman, whose poetry, quite frankly, I just never really cared for.” Oh, Well!) Of course, unlike Whitman’s leaves, all of my chunks would be in some way sky related. And over the course of several years I wrote (apparently) 79 chunks (though mayhap more were of a sky-related theme, but it was after I no longer pursued the collection)… but it has never appeared in print in its entirety. So I’m going to do that now. I started putting it together today—so I know not when such will be completed… hopefully yet this year. [“Wasn’t he working on some sort of ‘Mishka: Year One’ thingy?” – “Ahhh! Who are you?! How did you get in here!?” – “Nevermind.”]   So I’ll let you know when it’s ready and available—and, in the meanwhile, here’s a brief sneak-peek…     #2   Sturm and drang: rumble, rumble goes the thunder in the sky, tumble, tumble comes the rain; see the lightning flash so high— it strikes me down, I writhe in pain…     #5   A myriad of clouds randomly scattered across the sky: big and gray and chunky, like dirty, road-side snow. A determined blue complexion shines through the mess, pure and clean and clear; a contrast to the mucky cottonball clouds— ploch, ploch, ploch, just like a goddamned cow— splattered on its face....

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Blog #34: Mishka Shakespeare (revamped)

Blog #34:  Mishka Shakespeare (revamped)

Another revamp — Mishka Shakespeare: The Complete Works… (sans all those writings that may have come after that have been labeled ‘The Even Completer Works’… So why didn’t I do a second edition and include all that? Well… who says I’m done yet?! Butanyhoo…) If you already have this, it’s just a new cover, the innards are unchanged. If you don’t have it, still available in paperback (at a discounted price: $7.99), and now available for Kindle as well ($2.99)! In Mishka Shakespeare: The Complete Works we hear Mishka in a new voice — a voice garbled by the archaic frog in his throat. Including ‘Juliet and Romeo’ (a new take on an old favorite), ‘The Tempest of Timon’ (a prequel to the former, a sequel to the latter), and ‘The Death of the Duke of Inverness’ (an entirely original, Zakharinish creation); in all, mayhap a literary journey of high culture and deep wisdom, mayhap a shenanigous jaunt of humorous mayhem and bawdy innuendo… Or, an ere else, forsoothly — alas an’ alack — indeed, methinks, ’tis both!  CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW   Also, of late, there’s an interview about Natalya’s Tale: http://epicstream.com/reviews/Featured-Novel-Natalyas-Tale-by-Mishka-Zakharin   Natalya’s Tale is also available in both paperback ($11.73) and Kindle ($2.99). CLICK HERE TO ORDER NATALYA’S TALE   And, of course — nothing new, but still very nice and always worth a mention — there is The Green Lamp… available in paperback ($8.99). CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE GREEN LAMP   …and also available (in part, by installment sort of) via Smashwords: MISHKA’S PAGE ON SMASHWORDS   Um… (what the hell else was I doing?!) Oh, yeah! And I’m entering a flash fiction writing contest. I can’t really share the original composition I’ve prepared for it right now — as it has to be ‘unpublished’ and a website appearance might be deemed ‘published enough’ to be discounted… but when I’ve won, I’ll post ‘er as a blog…   Beyond that, not much new… How have you been?   # # # #   —Mishka Zakharin © 2015  ...

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Blog #32: Natalya’s Tale

Blog #32: Natalya’s Tale

My debut novel — Natalya’s Tale — is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions! To order copies, click on this link: http://www.amazon.com/Natalyas-Tale-Mishka-Zakharin/dp/1516915437/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1440854804&sr=8-2&keywords=mishka+zakharin   For more about Natalya’s Tale, I refer you to these previous blogs: http://www.mishkazakharin.com/workingfile/?p=100 http://www.mishkazakharin.com/workingfile/?p=263 And, for those who know me personally, I will be receiving copies the second week of September — so if you prefer buying it directly from me, let me know and I’ll reserve one (or however many you’d like!) for you… (From me, it’ll be $10 per copy, but if I have to mail it $13 within the U.S…. and I’ll have to let you know if you’re outside the U.S. what the shipping cost would be.)   And it hath been a busy summer with my exploration of CreateSpace… In addition to my debut novel, I have also amended my writing canon somewhat. I discontinued Mishka’s Florilegium and The Mishkan Book of the Dead with their respective publishers so as to revamp them as: Mishka’s Expurgated Florilegium (and then some…) http://www.amazon.com/Mishkas-Expurgated-Florilegium-then-some/dp/1514818914/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1440855323&sr=8-3&keywords=mishka+zakharin And The Mishkan Book of the Dead, 2nd Edition http://www.amazon.com/Mishkan-Book-Dead-2nd/dp/1515136221/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440855323&sr=8-1&keywords=mishka+zakharin   (I also discontinued BANANA YOU!, The Year of the Golden Monkey, and Spectre of Life from the ‘Daemon Mishka’ series—though highlights of the three will eventually reappear in a combined volume…)   Speaking of ‘Daemon Mishka’, I should also note, although Possessed By the Daemon Mishka has gone through a facelift (new cover design), the innards remain unchanged. http://www.amazon.com/Possessed-Daemon-Mishka-Zakharin/dp/1591093430/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1440855323&sr=8-9&keywords=mishka+zakharin   And please note, with CreateSpace (via Amazon) many of my other books have also changed—particularly in regard to a price reduction! (Huzzah!~) So a much more affordable Mishka to tantalize and titillate and… traumatize? (No, no, don’t say traumatize!) And… tickling of one’s fancy?! (Uh! Say traumatize.) Butanyhoo…   So now (mayhap) I can continue on with actual writing, beginning with the second draft of my second novel ‘The Telemachy of Mishka’… Forsoothly!—anon……   # # # #   —Mishka Zakharin © 2015...

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