Person 1 Person is the best young-author-penned-book I’ve read. I was somewhat relieved to read this book. I was glad there is a person out there more fucked up than myself. Pink = Person. Probably. I can’t imagine someone writing a book like this unless this is actually how they feel and what they do. They seem to feel a lot and not do much. Feeling a lot and not doing much aren’t conducive for getting thing… Read the rest
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Explosion-Proof Premier...


Explosion-Proof Premier Issue Explosion-Proof is a quarterly literary journal published by Fairweather Press. Their premier issue is out now and they’re also accepting submissions for Issue #2. Issue #1’s cover features a black and white photograph of the Empire State Building and the tagline “What’s Outside The Window.” Here’s a paragraph from the Editors’ letter: “Explosion-Proof is not a blog, as we hate blo… Read the rest
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NaNoWriMo 2014 Progress Update #3

Mike Parish | January 1, 2015

I finished NaNoWriMo back on November 29th. It was an interesting experience. I haven’t started revising the first draft yet but I definitely will in the new year.

Below is a chart of the progress I made throughout the month. There was a week toward the second half of the month where I was busy but I wound up finishing strong, reaching slightly above 50,000 words with no time to spare!

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NaNoWriMo 2014 Progress Update #2

Mike Parish | November 28, 2014

Man. I’m at 41,107 and closing in on the 50,000 word goal. I have 3 days left to make it to the finish with just under 9,000 words to go. I think a well used block of time and a small bout of inspiration on my part is all that is standing between me and celebrating at the finish line for this year’s NaNoWriMo event.

A couple of things I have learned while participating in NaNoWriMo:

- I tend to work better in spurts. At the beginning of the event I was keeping pace with the designated goal of 1,667 (which isn’t too hard if you’re diligent and have an hour or two to focus on what you’re writing each day) but as time has gone by this month, other aspects of life crept in, causing me to slow down and not meet the daily goal. But then there were a few days when I had extra time and nothing else to do where I wrote as many as 8,000 words in one sitting, catching back up to where I needed to be.

- I’m definitely a procrastinator and really wish I wasn’t. Though, as a procrastinator, when you have a deadline and put things off until the last minute, the pressure to get things done is strangely inspiring. Without a deadline, however, you can procrastinate your life away.

- If you want to get something creative done that no one else cares about, having a self-imposed deadline is crucial. Perhaps even more important than a deadline is the ability to will yourself to complete something, especially if you’re the only person who cares about what you’re working on, and nothing is riding on …

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NaNoWriMo 2014 Progress Update

Mike Parish | November 15, 2014

I’m happy to report I’ve officially reached 23,648 words toward the total word count of 50,000 for the novel I’ve been writing this month for NaNoWriMo.

Today marks the halfway point for NaNoWriMo. By the end of the day, the plan is to have at least 25,000 words.

Thus far, I’ve found it relatively easy to maintain the daily word count goal of 1,667, which is the amount of words I need to write every day in order to complete the project on time by November 30th.

Prior to participating, I had heard and read both good and bad things about NaNoWriMo, but overall I’d say NaNoWriMo has definitely been an inspiring and enlightening experience for me.

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Found Poem

Mike Parish | November 10, 2014

I found this text in a craigslist ad. It makes for a funny poem. It had these exact line breaks, I just cleaned up the grammar.

Nice Store

I have a very nice store
I would like a costume jewelry person
To take up a table with things
No need to be there, I will sell them
I want nice things to have for my
Lady customers to see and buy
Any other great things to sell at my place are welcome
Like tools, clothing, well what do you have
Like having your own store
I will sell six days a week, your things
Lets talk

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NaNoWriMo 2014

Mike Parish | November 1, 2014

I’m writing a novel this month as part of @NaNoWriMo. #NaNoPrep

I have a few ideas I’ve been thinking about for a long time and it looks like this month I will be committing them to paper. I have never participated in National Novel Writing Month before. The plan is to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel by November 31st. is undergoing some changes and construction and you may have noticed some new things happening around here. More on that later. It’s time to get down to writing. But first, I need to go fix the heat in my house.

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‘Blink and The World…’ Gets Decorated

Amanda Chen | February 18, 2013

“Matt from Alberta submitted a photo of his ‘decorated’ copy of Blink/Blank. Thanks, Matt!”

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An Interview with Mike Parish

Amanda Chen | January 22, 2012

In April, Mike Parish released a digital collection of poetry entitled, ‘People Who Don’t Me Think I’m Somebody.’ It’s available for free on the website The collection is also available as a physical booklet, 50 copies of which will be given away on Goodreads.

In November of 2011, Amanda Chen interviewed Mike Parish about ‘People Who Don’t Know Me Think I’m Somebody.’


Describe what ‘People’ is about in two sentences.

Sometimes people think about me as being somebody and sometimes I think about other people as being somebody. I was never on the receiving end of this until recently and now I see that my life is pretty much the same as it was when I was on the non-receiving end of this.

In one of your poems, you say it’s creepy when a stranger follows you on Tumblr. Why do you feel this way? Do you feel this way about social networking in general?

Haha, I like it when people follow me on tumblr but I’ve found that some people just like to troll around on there. Social networking in general may not be for me. I enjoy certain aspects of it but I don’t need to know what someone from my high school is doing. I’d like to meet more new people online.

One of your poems mentions recording a rap song that you want to go viral. In your opinion, why do people want to go viral? Is it about fame? Fortune? Why do certain things go viral?

There’s something really fun about thinking about going viral. I think most people ultimately want to become famous because most people think being famous is great. I certainly do. Certain things probably go viral because …

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People Goodreads Giveaway

Amanda Chen | January 8, 2012

Lookout! – For your copy of People

We just mailed out 65 copies to the giveaway winners on goodreads. Thanks to all 444 people who entered!

Feel free to review it, people:

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