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Univision Foros

Wow, I had not been to Univision forums for a long time. I am distressed to find that they no longer do celebrity forums. What does that mean?

It means:

  • None of the links to the webnovelas work.
  • There is no more William Levy forum at that site.
  • There is no more Jacqueline Bracamontes forum.
  • There is no more Maite Perroni forum.
  • There are no more forums for the novelas that they starred in.

What does that mean for this blog? Well, the webnovela posts are the most visited in the entire blog. Anything that features William Levy in this blog gets the most hits every day. And now, the links are useless. I’m probably going to end up re-blogging the posts to announce that the links no longer work. There goes half my readership.  (The other half if the Elizabeth Lowell groupies).

Major suckage.

Thank you to the readers who searched here for their Levyrroni and Levymontes links. Let’s see what the future brings.  There’s certainly no shortage of William!





It’s a new day in blog-ville!

Welcome to the upgraded version of The Festering Blurb.  I’m really excited about being a part of WordPress.  All of the posts are here and I’m working on bringing back some of the other things that were on WindowsLive. If you’d like to see “Instant Bookstore” or “Music That Helps Me Write”, please leave a comment.









Your mind is like Ice & Snow. You like your life to be simple and try to have view over every corner before deciding your direction. You try to play it safe, but somehow adventures frequently sneak up on you. You are a good friend, but don’t like to be around too many people. You have great respect for nature and dream about faraway places, but prefer travelling alone or in a small group of your closest ones.

I took this quiz on Facebook.



Okay, I’m really, really really gonna try hard to not order more books for a while. But I have to tell you, I think I’ve found my writing niche.  It’s literary slapstick.  Full-on, sarky, snarky cynical, jaded, and yet, reluctantly hopeful. 
This week I got:
2 dark-hunter books: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, DEVIL MAY CRY
THE ILIAD translated by Robert Fagles and containing another freakin’ long-ass intro. (word to the windbags — if your introduction goes longer than 2 or 3 pages, call it something else. Or just call it what it is — Chapter One — Overview. Not glamorous, but honest.)
Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren’t as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures from the Sky, Parents Who Disappear in Peru, a Man Named Lars Farf, and One Other Story We Couldn’t Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out.
My hand to God, if I’m lyin’, I’m dyin, that’s the name of the book.  Holy Shit. It doesn’t even make a good acronym (NOUBSOTTASMDHYFALLSCCTSPWDPAMNLFAOOSWCQFSMYCHUO)
Anyway, absolutely LOVE it!  For all you graphic artists out there, this book — not even the story yet, but the design is A-mazing. Every space is taken up by some form of design element that pokes fun at books.  It’s a Rococo masterpiece of graphic design. The cover transforms into an envelope with spaces that command you where to put stamps and return address.  The book itself has the words “HOLD ME” embossed on the cover — on which is printed a photograph of a giant cactus pear-looking alien with its arms out as if to say “hold me.”  And it has a crossword puzzle at the back. WTF???  And I haven’t even started reading the stories yet.  Who the hell published this? Monty Python’s Flying Circus Publishers?  It’s insane.  If you get this book — and I don’t mean “buying it” — you are one of the sharp tacks on the bulletin board.  If you don’t get it, go back to Harold Bloom or Northrop Frye.  If you don’t get it, you won’t get any satisfaction at having it explained to you.
Don’t even get me started on TMJBoBJ.  The back cover is the front cover and vice versa.  Cute. A nod, perhaps, to the Aramaic languages like Arabic and Hebrew? I dig it.  The rubber chicken is smoking a cigarrette and smoke is coming out of its neck.  Hee!  I neglected my students to read “Winnie the Pooh is my co-worker”.  Laugh-Riot!  John Hodgman’s introduction is the DAS KAPITAL for the entire sub-sub-genre.  I want to write like that dude. 
In some of the entries, I sense warning rumbles of a well-meant, but eventually harmful dumbing down of simple creativity.  That poor muse is being bitch-slapped by zealous writing amateurs unsure about how to bridge the gorge between dabbling dilettante and risk-taking professional.  Comments on a first draft of THE ODYSSEY from Homer’s writing group — funny and sad.  “Feedback from James Joyce’s Submission of ULYSSES to His Creative Writing Workshop”.  It makes me want to cry. 
I’ve worked to become a better writer. I’ve given and received what I thought was helpful feedback.  But for what?  This really hit a sensitive spot.  Maybe I’ll find them funny later, but right now, I don’t want to laugh at these.  It’s a massive prick in the balloon of my ambition.



Shelfari is awesome!  It’s a visual database for cataloguing your book collection.  It’s a bit of work, but it’s the stuff you can do once you set it up that’s awesome. It d-bases

  • your collection
  • comments
  • reviews
  • ratings
  • common interest groups
  • members who are reading the same books you are
  • members who have the same books you do
  • shopping links
  • personalizations such as how many times you’ve read a book

You can invite friends to see your shelves:

  • Favorites
  • Have read
  • Plan to read
  • Wish list
  • etc.

You can also make recommendations to other members. 

I love how they have cute little graphics to annotate your books with. There’s one for favorites — a heart.  A gift-wrapped box for wish list books.  A dialogue balloon for reviewed books.  There’s even a collective d-base where you can copy books to your own shelf. It really saves you a lot of work, let me tell you. And it’s free. Free.  You even get to name your shelf page.  I am trying to decide between LADYOFLETTERS, PAGETURNER, WORDWINGER. But I’m also trying to come up with some others because once it’s set, that’s it. So it needs to be interesting — and literary.

I’m giving SHELFARI 2 big thumbs up. Y’know, not for nuttin’, but I think I may have found something to lure me away from 


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