i was so enchanted and excited to receive the following email this morning! it’s from the facebook online international lottery and it just confirms what i’ve known all along–i’m a winner!
FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
BATCH NUMBER: FB-0281/544
SERIAL NUMBER: 99352748-2013
TICKET NUMBER: FB-172-60
The Entire Facebook Team are very happy to inform you that your name appear on the FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY and we are giving out the total sum of US$950,000.00 (Nine HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) which is what you have just won.
Your name was selected in a raffle that was made for the FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY for the new year 2013 with the lucky number (FB-225-7736) so we need your fast response so that we can proceed with the claim process of your winnings.
Your name was selected by Mr Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook (Founder & amp Chief Executive Officer ). The promotion was made to make all facebook users to benefit from the profit the company made while they use facebook.
Facebook is the first and ever largest means of meeting both old and new friend.
The promo was done to serve as a means of appreciation to visitors on our site and also to help people to fight off poverty and to maintain a good standard of living.
Kindly contact Mr. Thomas Charlse the General secretary of the FACEBOOK TEAM and appointed as your claims officer via this email (email@example.com) immediately with the following information about you below:
Private Mobile Number:
As soon as he gets your email with all the information stated above he will tell you on what next to do as regards the claiming and receiving of your winnings of US$950,000.00.
Thank you and More Congratulations.
Agent Name: Thomas Charlse for CDAA
Get some Zero paid Gear FBI SCAM PROTECTED
Note: For security reasons and due to the mix-up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this notification strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non-participants of this program. BE WARNED"
so the question is, what do i do now???
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this past week, my friend and publisher oj dorson released the newest read–mrs. vander leyden’s glasses–on amazon.com. you don’t have to have a kindle but it’s nice if you do. you can read it on your phone, you can read it on a plane, you can read it in the bath. but please, no reading while driving.
this read was published by oj dorson and the cover art created by tony tyner. it is just 99 cents which is pretty sweet and (nearly) free!
you can get this heartbreaking work of staggering genius (or just this story) at http://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Vander-Leydens-Glasses-ebook/dp/B00CQAQ6XC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369064472&sr=8-1&keywords=mrs.+vander+leyden%27s+glasses.
if you want an english teacher to demand that you do some derrida like deconstruction of the text, you have to order that separately.
deconstruction of text has been something i haven’t had to deal with in a while. nor english teachers, not that there is anything wrong with english teachers. generally, any love of reading didn’t come from an english class. another thing i haven’t had to deal with in a bit is an editor wielding a rejection letter.
really, this sort of correspondence can kill even the best ambitions. shouldn’t we do our best to avoid putting ourselves through this?
instead, i just posted on facebook that i needed some help figuring out how to publish a story. and oj appeared. then i said i needed a cover. and tony and oj put one together. i can’t say i’m great at self-promoting. . .
in 2011 i had a new years resolution to meet all 325 of my facebook friends no matter where they might be. then i wrote a book about it which has been published by tate publishing company. i thought they had a publicity department and maybe they do. or at least they have some gal who sends group email exhorting me (and presumably other tate writers) to get the word out. the reclusive writer j.d. salinger wouldn’t have survived this modern age. on the other hand, he was said to have continued to write long after he had decided to not publish. is it literature if you don’t have an interaction between a reader and a writer? uh-oh, that sounds like something an english teacher would inquire about.
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it’s what the egyptians wanted with their mummies and their pyramids. it’s what ponce de leon wanted with the fountain of youth. it’s why vampires get weary, mostly because they’ve figured out that immortality is fun . . . for the first thousand years or so.
woody allen opined that he didn’t want to be immortal through his work. . . he wanted to achieve it through not dying.
eternal nothingness is fine if you’re dressed for it. . . another fine quote from the man
but what if physical immortality isn’t possible (well, actually, it isn’t possible but that’s another really depressing blog post)
what if instead of physical immortality you’re going to have to do it through good works? you could found a a country, but that seems to be a rather crowded field. you could write a heartbreaking work of impossible genius but that’s going to cut into the time you spend watching reruns of parks and recreation. you could commit a major crime, which seems to be how some people are trying to do this, but that would break your mother’s heart. and you don’t look good in an orange jumpsuit, trust me, nobody does. so maybe you’re thinking immortality isn’t going to be for you. . . i’m here to tell you you’re wrong. you’re going to be immortal. sure, it’s in a literary sense, but that’s better than the big zero. and immortality is only going to cost you 99 cents.
steps to immortality:
1. get comfortable in front of your computer.
2. go to http://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Vander-Leydens-Glasses-ebook/dp/B00CQAQ6XC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368534528&sr=8-1&keywords=mrs.+vander+leyden%27s+glasses
this read was published by oj dorson and the cover art created by tony tyner. your little slice of the literary heavens will be available on amazon.com within a few months!
3. buy it. read it. and here’s the tricky part: review it. you can probably skate on buying it but reviewing it, gotta do it.
4. i don’t care if you review it and says it’s great. or lousy. or that you couldn’t finish it. or that you’re an english lit teacher and you’re putting me under citizen’s arrest for defiling the english language.
5. i am now in your debt. which means, i will write my next story about you. yes, you. which means that you become as much a part of literature as elizabeth bennett, holden caulfield, or that danish prince. no guarantees on the quality of the work, but enthusiasm will be aplenty.
and if woody allen offers you a better deal, i only hope that you’ll tell me how he does it!
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do you use bang with friends–the anonymous, simple, fun way to find friends who are down for the night? well, if you do, maybe i know about it. or maybe i don’t.
bang with friends is an app that sorts through your facebook friends list, looking for friends who are interested in a casual hook up. if both of you are both interested, bang with friends will put you in touch. where and how you bang is up to you.
it’s not the sort of app you want your parents or your coworkers to know you’re using. ditto that ex-boyfriend whom you keep on your friends list because you want to check out his new squeezes–knowing you’re using the app would make you seem so . . . desperate. bang with friends has been slammed by the clueless media outlets like huffington for letting everybody know just how desperate you are. worst nightmare, right? especially if it turned out you AND your parents were using it.
but media reports are quite wrong, with a caveat. bang with friends automatically adjusts its privacy setting. right now it’s set at “only me” being allowed to see that you’ve installed the app. on the other hand, there are people who joined bang with friends before january when facebook graph search opened up everybody’s treasure box of apps. that just means that if you installed this app before january and you don’t want anybody except that casual encounter you’re about to have to know that you’re using, you have to manually adjust your privacy setting.
or you could just not use the app, book a flight to vegas and see what happens.
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