Posts made in October, 2015

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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