July Fiction Special
Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers. A new day of blogging has begun. So, what’s going on behind the scenes here at The Gazette today? Well, there will be a fiction special in July. So, today I decided to see how many stories I had lined up for the special. I checked the Slush Pile folder in my email and counted four stories earmarked for the special.
You know you can’t beat that with a stick!
Then this morning I confirmed that my subscription to ExploitedCollegeGirls had been cancelled on 16 May 2016. See, I like ECG because it seems to be one of the few porn sites run by men that makes it a point to give its amateur women as many orgasms as possible. The site is ten years old and it didn’t always care about the orgasms of the women. It’s evolved; but it only uses women between the ages of 18 to 25 and there are no gangbangs. The videos get a little monotonous. I’ll probably re-subscribe in a few months to check out the new amateur talent. In the meantime I save $25.00 every month.
The page views of The Gazette continue to slip from a two-year high of 948 views every day (last month) to 882 views every day (so far this month). I know that Google periodically changes its search alogrithms and that could have something to do with the decline in my page views or it could be something else.
It’s a wait and see situation.
My Younger Brother
Since the weather is sucky once again today (mostly overcast with a possibility of showers and a high only around 60), I’ll put off until tomorrow (a mix of clouds and sunshine and a high around 63) to visit my brother at the assisted living facility about a half-an-hour walk away from my apartment building; but I did talk to the head nurse yesterday on the phone and between us we figured out how to buy him some badly needed new clothes (one of the male assistants will measure my brother and my job is to encourage him to put up the money and we’ll buy his clothes over the Internet). Oh, he has plenty of money. He just doesn’t spend it on anything except hoagies and pizza (he’s depressed and obese and has arthritis in his fingers really bad). Plus, the head nurse did get in touch with his VA (veterans administration) psychiatrist and the psychiatrist is looking into my brother’s severe depression.
I see I have to become more engaged with my brother’s (he’s like eight years younger than I am) well-being and try to be his advocate for there to be any possibility of improving his quality of life.
I discovered a new term: “Trance Music”. And I realized that a lot of the early music of The Doors fits the description of trance music. What is trance music? This is how Wikipedia describes trance music:
Trance is a genre of electronic music that developed during the 1990s in Germany. It is characterized by a tempo lying between 125 and 150 beats per minute (BPM), repeating melodic phrases, and a musical form that distinctly builds tension and elements throughout a track often culminating in 1 to 2 “peaks” or “drops.” Although trance is a genre of its own, it liberally incorporates influences from other musical styles such as techno, house, pop, chill-out classical music, tech house, ambient, and film music.
A trance refers to a state of hypnotism and heightened consciousness. This is portrayed in trance music by the mixing of layers with distinctly foreshadowed build-up and release. A characteristic of virtually all trance music is a mid-song climax followed by a soft breakdown disposing of beats and percussion entirely, and leaving the melody and/or atmospherics to stand alone for an extended period before gradually building up again…
This is a perfect description of Light My Fire which was released in January 1967. Unbelievable!
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, an online magazine of culture for adults only.
PS All of the photos used for this blog post were sampled from Egotastic All Stars.