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Jason Lee Miller
Transcendental hygienist, always looking a pale horse in the mouth.
Interests: Writing, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, quantum physics, philosophy, politics, theology, media
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But even though I’d started calling myself one, I still did not feel like a writer. I wondered if ever would. I wondered at what point I would feel justified calling myself that. Would I feel like one if and when I published a book? Would the book actually have to sell? I still haven’t received any sort of check from a publisher. Could I call myself a writer when I finally get one? Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at Off Topic
A few years ago, sitting across from a former boss at a Chicago restaurant, I was informed by the Man he was thinking about hiring a large number of Filipinos to write for him. He could get five of them for about $2000 a month. That’s what I was making. Just me. When perusing so-called freelance writing websites, I discovered just how dime-a-dozen writers can be. I don’t want to call so many of them... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at Off Topic
If you, the author, are in love with a particular word coupling or tagline or paragraph or passage—kill it dead because you’ve probably dumped a whole bottle of literary maple syrup onto a pile of sugar-coated honey-glazed donut brittle. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at Off Topic
When the world again doesn’t end Let it be at last a letting be Let our sages speak of love And the End of the Age Let the frigid earth be frigid Let the winds howl among us Let us like trees in the storm stand Bending not to the bluster but only Lending limbs into the abyss to lift The lost, the pall of death and other Let us not pretend unto perfection Lead... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Off Topic
"The window, on the backside of the house, the one no one sits by for the draft it lets through, occasionally lets in an impossible light—this blank chiaroscuro riding the coattails of sunset. Don’t suppose anybody else notices. I see it first backwards, from the black glare of the flat screen, as though some phantom skirts the brick. The floor is brick. Without luster. It absorbs light. But not this one. This one skirts, skulks,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Off Topic
And, I’m guessing, math-based algebra…horse-based horse racing…dirt-based digging The 2012 Republican Party of Texas platform, among a string of other head-scratching proposals, demands, and oppositions, relays the following: Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills…critical thinking skills and similar programs… Naturally, such programs may enable students to notice the irony in a following statement in the same document: Judeo-Christian Nation – As America is a nation under God founded on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Off Topic
At the beginning of each semester of freshman composition, I give the students a pep talk. Probably only one in any group is truly confident about his or her writing ability. Many of them already have decided they just can’t or won’t, and they don’t have any aims at trying any more than necessary to pass the class and get on with nursing or engineering or public safety or whatever else they think they won’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at Off Topic
Stephen King’s On Writing is a great source for any literary aspirant. It’s gruesome in King’s usual way, sometimes involving anonymous teeth in an industrial laundry or cotton swabs damming up the nasal bloodlines of a drug-addled creative – did you know he doesn’t remember writing Cujo? It’s a joy to read. I teach from it sometimes, though, naturally, he can’ t be right about everything. Two things in particular spring to mind: No one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at Off Topic
During my lunchbreak today, I read about Kurt Godel, a mathematician close friends with Einstein. The story was about Godel's discovery of a flaw in the US Constitution that would allow the government to shift to a dictatorship--this flaw he began to explain during an interview for US citizenship. This fun historical nugget led me to learn other things about Godel, the most intriguing of which was his mathematical "God proof." Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Off Topic
First off, writers and readers, I have to say I love Exposure, great reads, great feedback, a slew of writers and publishers, and the site has a super high Google pagerank. Only thing is you need an invite, which took two months to get. I've been posting stories, poems, and novel excerpts: Within a couple of days, my Fictionaut page was in the top 5 of Google's first results page for my name.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2011 at Off Topic
See this love, Love? See this? See this heart as it melts in the torrid onsen of your mouth, this Downdown floating on the hallelujah hymns of prostrated pinwheels See how I part the air between us and you pop me hard like a blister See how raw how open how heart-swallowed how tethered how hinged on your happiness is my soul? See this sweet devastation, Love? This absence filling the outside world when I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Off Topic
That which is formless only takes form at the speaking of form That is, the Essence of Isness, The Isthmus of Thisness or something else untongueable Will dwell in the hearts of men who seek in themselves their madonnas— Will dwell in the crook of Her arm, the ell of it, The glimmer of some being beyond form in form And the tenderness therein will shatter the child within— Elousia flitting off into the ineffable... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at Off Topic
Nobody likes a critic. I knew that before I became one, and it was also not surprising that a recent (only half-negative) book review I wrote was not well received by the book's author. I totally understand; you work so hard, you have such high hopes, and then somebody just comes and pops your balloon. I hope one day to be in a similar situation to this author, who took time out from his book... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at Off Topic
Well that sucked, but it was exciting Eddie George inches from the ultimate goal From the Big Show that never opened Remember him suspended, stretched, reaching Into nothing, into Almost Something Remember how time and motion stopped, swelled Pushing out against your hope wrapped around it Until the burst became inevitable; remember How that moment was silent, cruel, teasing; remember How you couldn’t have known that in your future memory It would seem like there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Off Topic
Middle Management Directives Coping Strategies (a.k.a. Reality Avoidance Mechanism (RAM)) Analyze redundancy, inflate necessity, sell sell Design flowchart to show flowchart value Develop (d)(mn)emonic acronyms, pretend reason's obvious Implement teambuilding strategy, reinforce paycheck unimportance Evaluate morale, walk the lie upstairs For clearer image, click below: Download Corporate Poetry_001_002 Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Off Topic
At work I learned that when creating a PowerPoint Presentation, one should follow the "rule of sixes"--six words per line, six lines per slide. And I thought this is the closest the corporate world gets to poetry--because, you know, poetry requires a soul. I also thought that all it needed was a third rule--six syllables per line--and you'd have the Devil's presentation crafted according to the rule of 666. The first in this PowerPoem series... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2011 at Off Topic
My first short story to be published, "In Chicago," is now live at Dew on the Kudzu. I'm very thankful to Idgie for the recognition and support. This piece I have somewhat mixed emotions about because I'm not sure I can say it's representative of my usual work. My usual work is complex and wordy, rather cerebral with touches of magical realism here and there, some metafiction, some dream logic, yada yada. Comparatively, this piece... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Off Topic
"I hope we shall take warning from the example and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." --Thomas Jefferson (S. Padover Ed. 1953). A bit off topic, but that is the name of the blog, isn't it? I got a little fired up debating with a friend I regularly spar with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Off Topic
Jason Lee Miller discusses the prospect of self-publishing in the modern world and the fear of the judgment of other writers. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at Off Topic
My review of Peycho Kanev's poetry collection, Bone Silence, is up at Gloom Cupboard. First paragraph is below, to whet you're whistle: Peycho Kanev’s poetry collection, Bone Silence, evokes a theme repeating throughout: Our bones outlast us and remain our only testament in the world, even the greatest of us. Over time we are forgotten, our words are lost, and in the soil a story bones can’t tell. The writer pushes against death, strives for... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Off Topic
Drive round the steeples of the world Wonder which reasonable explanation Has bound the peoples of the world from showing Wonder if they went up or went home —If I’m still here, it’s foretold I will be— Ponder what it means to be tethered to the ground And leave them behind Or pass beyond them in the beer aisle Give my money —There’ll still be money, right?— To some lonely mother defiling the Sabbath Ask... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2011 at Off Topic
Filed under Negative Buzz: It may be cell phone use is killing off the honeybees. This is only a problem if you like to eat things. In combination with pollution, climate change, and pesticides, nature’s best seed-spreader is in jeopardy. The solution sounds, erm, simple. To quote Ariel Schwartz, “unless we shut down all of our factories and power plants, nix international trade, stop using pesticides, and turn off our cell phones, we may need... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2011 at Off Topic
This [writer] even seems to know (or seems even to know, or seems to know even) how to put the word "even" in the right place; and the word "only," too. I do not like that kind of persons. I never knew one of them that came to any good. A person who is as self-righteous as that will do other things. I know this, because I have noticed it many a time. I would... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at Off Topic
Rosemary, I can't imagine a taller task than that. You up for it? Anyway, thanks for the prompt. I needed an excuse to write about it. Cheers.
Toggle Commented May 9, 2011 on The Creative Spirit at Off Topic
"Fiction is the truth inside the lie."--Stephen King Over at Plumb, Rosemary Rhodes Royston estimates that writers are psychic. I don't think she's wrong, but I think the category should be extended to a more general “artists.” There's plenty of historical, theoretical, experimental, philosophical, and theological evidence for this. I'm not sure it's limited to writers and artists, but often the practitioners of the craft—who always have been led by the Creative Spirit—are adept at... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2011 at Off Topic