Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I have been remiss

Yes I have.

I've been blogging nearly 2 years now, and I really enjoy it. Along the way I've met some really swell people, and there are eveen more that I haven't met, but feel like I know well enough to consider friends.

There are a lot of you out there with a lot of talent. I mean, really. There are some creative people out there and they've got commercial ventures that deserve recognition. I've been meaning to promote these for a while, but just haven't gotten around to it. Until now. I'd love to see any of the people I'm about to mention get rich from their art and their hard work.

First there is Jin, proprietor of Uniquely Yours Pastry Shoppe. Let me tell you something--she is one
hawt cheesehead, and she is an absolutely magnificent pastry chef! My introduction to her art was the Black Pearl:
Dark Belgian chocolate ganache is infused with a perfect balance of organic black pepper, ginger & wasabi. Dipped in more dark Belgian chocolate, then rolled in toasted black & white sesame seeds for crunch.
Please, do your tastebuds a favor and order something from her.

Amy Guth
is talented and funny and unbelievably gracious. I'm a sucker for anyone who treats my daughters so well and is so genuinely kind to them. She's the author of Three Fallen Women from So New Media. She hosts the ongoing Fixx Reading Series, and most recently she's organizing and promoting the upcoming Pilcrow Lit Fest.

Doctor Monkey Von Monkerstein has an amazing collection of postcards (if you're lucky you might even get one in the mail), and a taste for vintage communist propaganda. He's one talented monkey, and he may be the Compound's favored candidate for president in 08. Here's the thing, though--he's also a writer! I read his first novel, Trouble DeVille, and I've been bogarting it ever since, which has kept Splotchy from reading it. Dr. MVM's debut novel is a complicated southern mess, replete with bible thumpers, lesbians, white supremacist webmasters and plucky independent bookstore employees. I told him that I was impressed with how many plot lines he was able to weave together, coherently, since my attention span barely allows me to finish typing this sentence. There's gunplay, and a cute gal with a gun on the cover, which I love. Click here to see how you can order this book.

Splotchy is, I think, one of the smartest, cleverest and funniest bloggers around. Plus I happen to know he's a truly decent fellow, and does good works when he's not entertaining us all. He's making a movie, too, but I can't plug that because he hasn't shot it yet. But here's what I can plug: his fabulous line of iSplotchy gear, available for purchase right here.

What can I say about Katie Schwartz? Schwartzy, as I think I'll start calling her, since she calls me "Bubbsie". She makes me blush because she repeatedly uses the "c" word and all. The reason I mention her is that she's got a book coming out soon, and if it's half as good as her normal musings on this and that it's going to be awesome. Look for her upcoming book
Emotionally Pantsed from So New Media in the next few months.

Becca from No Smoking in the Skull Cave lives here in northern Illinois, and yet we have not met her. She has excellent taste in pinups and exploitation movie posters. Her blog is occasionally not safe for work--as a matter of fact, I can't read it at work because it's filtered--but that's another reason to love it. Becca is an artist and has a business called Wink Studios. Recently we did some remodeling, and I bought MizBubs this original drawing for her tiki bar:

Becca was a pleasure to do business with. If you get a chance to buy one of her drawings, do it.

Write Procrastinator is, as you may have guessed, a writer. I like his style. He has given me one of my favorite phrases:

"Procrastination? It's CRACK for writers."

In addition to his regular blog he's got some clever side projects too.

He's got some good swag over here.


That's it for now. I'm off to beautiful Springfield, Illinois, my least favorite city in the midwest, for the 2008 Illinois Police Memorial. Our honor guard will be participating in the memorial ceremonies. This year the memorial falls on May 1, which is usually celebrated here at the Compound with labor songs, red banners and maybe a trip to the Haymarket Martyrs Memorial.

I'll be back in a couple of days.

Take care.


Writeprocrastinator said...

Thank you very much for the plug and give my best to Chief Wiggum (didn't Illinois win The Simpson's movie contest?).

Beth said...

Excellent shoutouts on some of my favorite bloggers.

Enjoy the weekend, even if you are stuck in your least-favorite Midwestern city.

Grant Miller said...

There's a few of those blogs I've never really checked out. I'm glad you vouch for them.

If Springfield is your least favorite Midwestern city, I assume you've never been to Gary, Indiana.

jin said...

(the jin squeal of delight)

Thanks for the plug!!

I am soooo coming to the next blogger partay.
If you invite me.
Word to the wise:
"I never come empty handed."

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Thanks for the link love and the kind words about my book!

SkylersDad said...

Well, I don't know if thanks for the extra links are in order, because now I will get even less done as I read... ;^)

Jewgirl said...

The minute I am back on dairy, I am going to order from Uniquely Yours and chockify myself into a frenzy. I cannot get over how decadent and exquisite Jin's desserts are.

I didn't know splotch was making a moo-moo.

Loved the Ville of Trouble and Guthy's Three Fallen Women. Lit noshes a girl can really sink her teeth into.

Thank you for your kind plug, too, bubbsiekins.

Jewgirl said...

I just saw the below the line dish. I didn't know Becca was an artist. Love her drawings.

I'm a huge Cormac fan. Did you happen to catch his yarn in the first edition of Astonishing Adventures Magazine? It's FANTASTIC.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Thanks for the tips!

Anonymous said...

Err, can you tell the police to leave May Day alone? There are PLENTY of other days that they can pick to celebrate police related things.

Bubs said...

Sin, I figured you'd enjoy the irony of it.

Becca said...

Oh thank you for the kind words and the plug! It's really great how supportive you and others have been and it means alot!

So glad you guys like the drawings!