Month: January 2023

I Want to See One of These Bad-Ass Spiders in Real Life Before I Die (Hopefully Not Due to Its Bite)

I’ll never forget the moment: I was wandering around a mall in Santa Rosa, California in 1995, checking out the wares in some sort of adventure-themed shop dedicated to books and toys and games and other gewgaws centered upon wildlife and exotic outdoor exploration. I want to say that it was some sort of zoological version of Sharper Image, but my memory banks are … Read More I Want to See One of These Bad-Ass Spiders in Real Life Before I Die (Hopefully Not Due to Its Bite)

Chinese Food Blogger Fined Big Bucks for Preparing & Eating Great White Shark Meat!

But did she feel ravenously hungry again twenty minutes AFTER SHE ATE IT? That’s what I want to know. Don’t go swimmin’ near the Farallon Islands, girlfriend. One of the Big Sisters is bound to have heard about your little stunt. ______________________________________________________________ #ChineseFood #GreatWhiteShark #DimSumDumb #ProtectedSpecies #AuthorJonathanKieran #JonathanKieran #WriterJonathanKieran #CaliforniaLife #OnTheEdge #Wistwood #JonathanKieranTheAuthor #JonathanKieranMusic #JonathanKieranNewAlbum #JonathanKieranArtist #Jericho #JonathanKieranJericho #JerichoAlbum #WritersOfInstagram #ArtistsOfInstagram

Tragic Nibble Launches 2023 Great White Shark Hit-List

There are a number of things that seem a tad fishy (no pun intended) about THIS HORRIFIC NEWS story. If the poor guy was 50 feet beneath the surface collecting mollusks, then how did his buddies up on the boat see him attacked by a shark, much less be able to gauge the Great White’s considerable length at 19ft? (Visibility from any ocean’s surface—even … Read More Tragic Nibble Launches 2023 Great White Shark Hit-List

Agent-turns-Editor at Solaris

This seems to be an accelerating trend in publishing, particularly in Sci-Fi/Fantasy and YA genres. Read about it HERE. _________________________________ #Publishing #Solaris #LiteraryAgents #PublishingImprints #Editors #AuthorJonathanKieran #JonathanKieran #WriterJonathanKieran #CaliforniaLife #OnTheEdge #Wistwood #JonathanKieranTheAuthor #JonathanKieranMusic #JonathanKieranNewAlbum #JonathanKieranArtist #Jericho #JonathanKieranJericho #JerichoAlbum #WritersOfInstagram #ArtistsOfInstagram 

That’s a Helluva Lot of Cat Chow

One simply has to SEE IT AND READ ABOUT IT to experience the toothsome and curious melange of schadenfreude/enthrallment … laced with with a soupçon of existential seemliness. Was this a case wherein an epitome of gluttonous human arrogance and indolence received its just desserts? Hmmm. You be the judge. I, for one, cannot seem to summon a tear for that [clearly undernourished] “hunter” … Read More That’s a Helluva Lot of Cat Chow

The Plight of Print ‘Zines

This latest news of major magazine layoffs is not entirely a surprise—print ‘zines have been swirling around the bowl for some time, what with the synapse-frazzling rise of online Information Overload. But this is just one more depression of the flusher as “stuff on paper” surges toward the final chute and into the sewer. ——————————————————— #PrintMagazineWoes #Publishing #Layoffs #DeathKnell #AuthorJonathanKieran #JonathanKieran #WriterJonathanKieran #CaliforniaLife #OnTheEdge … Read More The Plight of Print ‘Zines

“… expanding our empathy.”

The rank and often willful stupidity that has infiltrated American culture—and the literary arm of that culture—has rarely been encapsulated as well as it is in this New York Times article. Whether one looks at a reviewer from the Washington Post extolling the book in question for its ability to “expand our empathy” [LEARN THE PROPER USE OF THE TERM “EMPATHY,” ILLITERATE LITERATI!] or … Read More “… expanding our empathy.”

Time(lessness) is Money

I am not steeped in all aspects of today’s ever-festering and largely rancid popular culture, but I have kept—and continue to keep—a finger fixed firmly upon its arrhythmic pulse for purposes of ongoing socio-cultural defenestration and periodic disembowelment. Much ado has been made in recent years about iconic (there’s that worn-out word, again) musicians selling the rights to their entire music catalogs for often … Read More Time(lessness) is Money

That’s a Whole Lotta Calamari

Forget feeding an entire town. This big bad boy would be just enough to keep me in tentacles and rings—tempura-battered, ancho chili dipping-sauce on the side—for maybe a year. I’d buy an extra freezer unit to store the deliciousness. Two freezers, probably. Now … time to make a lunch reservation. Ahem. ———————————————————— #Calamari #CalamariConnoisseur #GiantSquid #ChopItUp #AuthorJonathanKieran #JonathanKieran #WriterJonathanKieran #CaliforniaLife #OnTheEdge #Wistwood #JonathanKieranTheAuthor #JonathanKieranMusic … Read More That’s a Whole Lotta Calamari

All We Hear is Yadda Yadda Blah Blah

With everyone and his/her brother/mother/son/father/sister/pet styling themselves as “authors” these days, with nary a shred of experience (much less innate talent) and no desire to pay some serious dues in the trenches, I have little faith in this advice from Forbes. The market is glut, glut, glutted. You want a book to succeed? Publish it traditionally, i.e. query it, have it accepted and funded … Read More All We Hear is Yadda Yadda Blah Blah

It’s Judd a Little Post-it Note, After All

Not that I have ever possessed more than a shred of passing, idle interest in the lives or careers of any of the Judd women, and publishing anyone’s suicide note (unless it is crucial to public interest) is undeniably tacky, but all three of the Judds have spent years airing and sharing every petty squabble, grievance, and psychobabbly/self-babying therapeutic notion that ever erupted from … Read More It’s Judd a Little Post-it Note, After All

Antiquated Dinosaur Drama!

Direct from the BBC. Who knew? ————————————————— #Dinosaurs #ScientificFeuds #AuthorJonathanKieran #JonathanKieran #WriterJonathanKieran #CaliforniaLife #OnTheEdge #Wistwood #JonathanKieranTheAuthor #JonathanKieranMusic #JonathanKieranNewAlbum #JonathanKieranArtist #Jericho #JonathanKieranJericho #JerichoAlbum #WritersOfInstagram #ArtistsOfInstagram