Archive for November, 2009

November 23, 2009

Repost: Ebook Authors Supporting the Troops

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E-book Authors Supporting the Troops

Monday, November 23, 2009

I just read an article about something my friend Malcolm Campbell is involved in,sending download coupons for e-books to deployed troops.  I thought it such a great idea that I wanted to give a little plug to the whole project here.


The project started when writer Ed Patterson was chatting with a soldier in the field.  The soldier mentioned the difficulty he had getting reading material for hisAmazon Kindle Reader.  The Kindle currently offers users the ability to get an amazing array of reading material at very reasonable prices — for those in the US.  The Kindle can’t be bought from an overseas account on Amazon (trust me, I know….), and if you buy one while in the US and take it overseas, you won’t be able to access the network.  The soldier, then, had a great product for keeping lots of reading material, but no means of updating his library.  Patterson decided to email a copy of his own e-books to the soldier.


That’s already quite a nice thing to do, but Patterson didn’t stop there.  He began rallying other e-book writers to send e-books to deployed troops all over the world.  My friend Malcolm, author of The Sun Singer and two Jock Stewart books, has joined in the program as well.  According to the article linked above, 60 people have already requested the code for downloading his books.


As Malcolm states in the article, this is a project independent of an author’s view of the war.  It isn’t about supporting a political decision, but about supporting the individuals whose lives are dictated by the decisions made.  I’m really glad to hear that Malcolm and other writers like him are doing this, and hope it will continue to expand.




© 2009 Shelly Bryant

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Thanks for helping to spread the word. I just sent out another e-mail to a sergeant this morning. It’s a great way for them to keep up with their reading under trying circumstances. I’m glad smashwords jumped in to help support the effort.


Thursday, November 26, 2009 – 03:23 AM
Me too, Malcolm.  I think it’s a great project.
Thursday, November 26, 2009 – 11:03 AM
November 9, 2009

Repost: decollection Launches its dark ’til dawn Collection in Shanghai

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decollection Launches its dark ‘til dawn Collection in Shanghai

Monday, November 9, 2009

Over the weekend, decollection launched its first line of collectible art pieces, the dark ‘til dawn series of designer lamps.  Each lamp is hand-painted and designed by decollection’s Peter Zhou around one of my haiku.  There are 30 pieces in the collection.  Each is unique, and comes accompanied by a birth certificate signed by both poet and artist.

You can download this PDF catalog with pictures of each of the lamps and poems.  You can get a bit of a feel for the whole series from those images.


At the launch, I read from my newly released poetry collection Cyborg Chimera.  The book, published by Sam’s Dot Publishing in October 2009, will arrive in Asia later this month.  Several guests at the launch placed advanced orders.


Excerpts from two of the poems from Cyborg Chimera app

ear in the dark ‘til dawn collection, making for an interesting crossover.  the book is a work of speculative poetry, focusing on cyborgs, hybridity, dreams, the subconscious, and questions of freewill and human initiative.  The dark ‘til dawn collection, on the other hand, features only haiku, and aims for a more soothing effect than what is featured in most of the poems in Cyborg Chimera.  Zhou’s lamp designs and paintings help torecontextualize the poems in a way that suits their new setting, showing the versatility of the written word, particularly when engaged across traditional boundaries of language and culture.

The launch of dark ‘til dawn was a 2-day event held at the decollection office.   Of the 30 pieces in the collection, nine were sold at the event.


If you are interested in purchasing one of the lamps, please drop me an email and I can let you know the prices for the lamp, shipping, etc.




© 2009 Shelly Bryant