Monday, July 27, 2015

Beach Sloth is creating Blogs



                Beach Sloth is a project I created officially on July 27th, 2010. I love blogging about people. There is so much culture to explore and support. Ever since I began Beach Sloth I have not needed a TV for anything. My life has been fulfilled seeing what wonderful pieces of work made it online into my browsers, my emails, my PDFs, my videos, and my music. Honestly thanks to Beach Sloth I have been exposed to more culture than I could ever possibly wrap my arms around. 

                That is why I created a Patreon account. I could use a few sponsors to help me meet my monthly expenses which are pretty small. I live frugally. At this point I do not need much to survive since I have cut down what I consider my needs. What I do know that I need, what I am passionate about, is all the wonderful people I have reviewed on this blog. Countless individuals that I have been fortunate enough to meet have become incredibly close friends, the kinds of friends that I can confide in and treat just like those people I have met in person.

                Financial support for Beach Sloth gives me a reason to spend a greater amount of time on auxiliary aspects of the project. Already I have released an e-book through Amazon, a chapbook I printed myself, an album free for download, an e-book released for free through Peanut Gallery Press (which has been favorably mentioned by Dennis Cooper), and a book through Dig That Book Co. So I try to keep Beach Sloth as active as I possibly can. 

                Everything I create for the blog shall continue to be free. I have great plans for Beach Sloth, including an eventual full-length book, another full-length album offered free of charge, and smaller e-books and chapbooks. People who feel like contributing money to me via Patreon can do so right




                I also understand a lot of my readership cannot afford to support me via Patreon. My presence on Patreon will not change anything about what I can for the blog. All it means is if someone wants to support me financially outside of the usual avenues of:



And 

pleasepaybeachsloth@gmail.com – my Paypal account, which has since become an MEME 

             Recently I have also decided to start a Fiverr account which basically expands what I do on a regular basis into new forms. If you are interested in my Fiverr work (want something written, shared, re-tweeted, etc.) you can go:

Here!

They can. It is that simple. Nothing else will change. I shall continue Beach Sloth, this passion project of mine, because I think that what I do is rewarding in ways outside of mere monetary concerns. My ultimate goal for Beach Sloth is to have it financially support me and a small group of writers I particularly like (I have people in mind for this). That is far away but with Patreon that can become considerably easier. Thank you for reading this and thank you for coming to my little corner of the universe. 

                Additionally I would like to thank everyone who has been able to support me on Patreon. It means more to me than I can possibly express.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Advertising on Beach Sloth



                Today on this old Blog I have a special announcement: I am offering advertising up to whoever is interested. By no means is this going to dramatically change much of anything. After a few years of pouring my heart and scroll into this fine invention I’m ready to take things to the next level. 

                Advertising is in a few forms. Anybody interested in advertising can feel free to contact me at the following address:

                pleasepaybeachsloth@gmail.com

                I use that address exclusively for anything payment or Beach Sloth business related. That address proved to be infinitely helpful whenever I have sold T-shirts or chapbooks. Anybody can buy either of those things from me still. 

                T-shirts, Buttons, Etc. go here.
                Chapbooks go here.

                I offer a few things for advertising purposes. As the blog is now an increasingly smaller part of what I do I also offer other places to advertise:

                My Twitter
                My Tumblr

                My advertising efforts have already begun prior to this post. Nobody has noticed yet so I figured now would be a great time to take things to the next level. Whoever is interested in advertising through any of my online platforms can do so. Simply email me, let me know what you need, what sort of prices you would be willing to pay, and what kind of advertising you are hoping to do (music, literature, other products, etc.). 

                Thus far my advertising efforts have been pretty successful since they have reinforced rather than taken away from what I have already done. Beach Sloth is a huge passion project for me. I hope to continue doing exactly what I love doing on all platforms. This project has taken on a life of its own. My initial estimate for the length of Beach Sloth was a year, tops, maybe two years. Now it is close to entering its fourth year, hence my desire to try and make this more sustainable for me. 

                Note that I am going to continue this Blog for the indefinite future. There is no specific end in sight for this site. I want to continue doing this with the least amount of interruption possible. I am infinitely thankful for everything everyone has managed to do for me. I have received great support for this project which is why it has continued this long. 

                Whoever is interested in simply donating me money (through the kindness of their heart) can do so via my PayPal account: pleasepaybeachsloth@gmail.com I will continue to blog for you. That is a promise.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

#Urananimal by Nicholas Spence



                #Urananimal demands to be read aloud. Flow moves the piece forward. The reader must surrender themselves to the currents held within every forward slash. Attempts to find patterns are greatly rewarded. Variations on the language give the book a timeless quality. Within the giant rivers of text there are ways to discover the true meaning of these many words. Nicholas Spence opts for extreme speed with his collection. Yet underneath the currents are commonalities that manage to bind the entire piece together.  

                Themes about death, America, and poetry abound throughout the collection. Many times the death is quite literal. Nicholas Spence mentions death or alludes to it multiple times. Repetition of these musings help to give the giant blocks of text a level of consistency. America gets a number of mentions. From the “sun glass wear community college” to references to Tennessee and Dan Rather (some of the few proper nouns to be found in the collection) Nicholas Spence rushes forth with an inordinate amount of energy. 

                Poetry tries to bring the thing together. The few uses of repetition try to mimic a natural rhythm and stand out for their unusual placement. Nearly all of the collection refuses to re-use the same lines. A few moments the poetry rhymes yet these are extremely rare moments. The rhymed poetry does work well when said aloud for it shows off flair. Whenever these rhymed sections appear they reinforce the notion that #Urananimal ought to be spoken and not read. 

                #Urananimal gains enormous power when spoken aloud. Every block of text is perfectly broken up by the forward slash. This usage is important. By letting the forward slashes serve as a pause it gives off the impression that the language is speaking rather than simply being written. With this level of engagement the work has the requirement of needing to be read aloud. 

                Aspects of the poem work with and against the idea of technology. Over the course of the piece there are allusions to the Internet and its ecosystem. The original birthplace of these poems was from a Twitter account of Nicholas Spence’s creation. Even the hashtag in #Urananimal’s title indicates a certain fondness for the medium. It certainly helps that these are tweet-length sections. Yet the entire thing once pieced together becomes something much larger. #Urananimal is an epic poem collection for and by the Internet. If the Dadaists were still around they would be proud to claim #Urananimal as one of their own.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Three Pieces by Emily O' Neill



                Life is full of tests. Many of them are multiple choice. Others require a great deal more finesse. Not everybody gets it right the first time. Those that fail early succeed often. People who go through life without any failures never really risked anything. For those people there are lots of difficulties as they realize they kept on taking the easy way out until there are no more paths to choose. Stuck due to their unease with risk they find themselves alone while others, those willing to fail, succeed much later on further down the path. Insecurities arise from the small successes in life as people openly wonder how much longer they can get away with it before they have to be honest with themselves. 

                Trips try even the heartiest folks. Various destinations try to celebrate their laid-back lifestyles. Yet usually the most laid-back option anybody can take is to simply stay at home. Movement requires a degree of planning. Ever since people decided they wanted to separate themselves with different countries moving the continents away to get nice beachfront properties, people have been fairly miserable. One day the Earth will decide the separation has been enough and will create a Pangea. Until such time people look longing across the seas hoping to discover new lands with the acknowledgement that everything on the map has already been discovered. 

                Carnivals work to help people escape their realities. Nobody can live in a surreal landscape at least not for long. Even the most distant individuals those who have successfully rented out the space in their own head know at some point they need to interact with the rest of humanity. While they rarely if ever look forward to it they know they need to brace themselves. The devil is in the details which is why most people are not detail-orientated. By letting the devil handle the small details the big picture is easier to see. Filtering out the negative aspects in life is a must for there can be too much information at times to successfully handle. Instead what happens is any person realizes what can be ignored and what is pressing. For millions of people that process takes far longer than they are willing to admit. Such things occur with great frequency hoping that one day they will hear only what they need to hear not what they want to hear.

Lynne Taylor Donovan – Sugar Lake



                Lynne Taylor Donovan’s “Sugar Lake” is a passionate piece. With a country feel to it the song is as warm as a blanket. Her voice is strong and carries the piece. Everything else within the piece revolves around her. Flourishes from the guitar and fiddle help to give it a rustic quality. Rhythmically the song keeps things slow letting things unfold at their own languid pace. The fullness of the sound is quite enjoyable as the band gets a great opportunity to play within the song’s pop structure. 

                Drums introduce the piece as everything falls into place. Things enter into an easy groove from there. Lynne Taylor Donovan’s storytelling neatly describes the relationship that forms the heart of the song. Employing a cyclical nature to the song lets it feel akin to a mantra of sorts returning to the same place as if the song is describing a relationship’s entire history. By exploring the interactions between the two individuals and their fondness for a specific location she can display a nuanced view of how the two get along. Around the two minute mark things break down to reveal her powerful voice. Down to only the drum her voice is quite commanding. When the pieces are brought together it merely confirms that Lynne Taylor Donovan’s voice is what holds the entire song together. 

                “Sugar Lake” possesses great spirit and showcases Lynne Taylor Donovan’s ability to craft a keen and clever pop song.