Three random thoughts on the purpose, construction and organization of this brand newish website:
1 - This site replaces a crappy but serviceable one I made with an EZ-Web Designer Kit six or seven years ago - the main purpose of which was to eliminate the chore of Xeroxing and envelope-stuffing every time I pitched a story. I put the first site together with the help of a friend who I then bugged every time I wrote something new. Now he’s busy being an attorney and raising a family, so it only made sense to create a site I could futz with myself (thanks to the backend application Expression Engine) without alienating friends who actually work for a living.
2 - All praise to Susie, Travis and Matt at Hop Studios, the best little web shop in the land. Cool folks, great techies and artful designers - ideal (and affordable) partners for creative sorts who need a web presence but need help with implementation. Hire them and support expatriate Americans who fled to Canada after Bush was elected!
3 - Re. the pictures on the right hand columns - the potted succulent plants that appear over there on the left (and again on the APPEARANCES page) were photographed at Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA; the boy and girl figures that appear on the HOME and CONTACT pages can be found at the Fairyland park in downtown Oakland.
4 - Feel free to drop me a line if you have any suggestions, comments, questions or spot any errors.
Hereís a chance to join a book group - without ever stepping into a strangerís living room, drinking bad Merlot or enduring the Deep Thoughts of a frustrated English major.
An online discussion group has begun posting messages about my book Rejuvenile. So far a dozen readers are participating, arguing points, swapping stories and picking apart my precious narrative thread by thread....
For this (and so much else), I have my wife Jenji to thank. The book group was organized by fans of Jenjiís Showtime series Weeds which just wrapped up its thrilling second season and which is honestly an incredibly good and funny program, and not just because this season has included not one but THREE product placements for the book. So if nothing else, Rejuvenile has found an audience among stoner premium cable web addicts.
If youíd like to join the fun or read what a gang of surprisingly funny and insightful readers have to say about the book, follow this link to the Showtime Weeds message board. Youíll have to register with the site, but itís no big whup.