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.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Reflecting on my first year of Sobriety by Jordan Castro



                Sober is a great way to be. For plenty of people their lives might not start out this way. Maybe something goes wrong in their life. Maybe something doesn’t. Maybe it is simply boredom. Whatever the reason the days become cloudy. Whatever day, whatever month it is doesn’t matter. This is the scary part the disassociation from the normal daily routines where the body finds itself absorbed by things put into it for pleasure, now put into it for addiction. And the routine for addiction is never scheduled. It happens whenever it feels like happening taking control of a person’s life because it can because it is a chemical. 

                Things come to a head in different way. An overdose can happen. In other instances maybe the person looks too terrible to check into a nice hotel. However it happens there is the eventual intrusion of reality into the cloudy mind a moment of clarity. From there plenty of considerably better things can happen. During that precise instant a person has a choice where they can actually reflect upon their life and wonder what happened. Some people choose not to bother with it calling it a fleeting moment. Others try to do something different opting for a turn around. Those that turn around see what they did to people the lack of responsibility, of selfishness they were driven to because of a dependency. 

                Next comes the hard part: the letting go. Initially cleaning up hurts physically hurts. The sobering up after months and years perhaps of not being sober becomes wretched. At first it started out not as an addiction but as a way to simply be at parties morphed into something else. For a while the withdrawal symptoms are dreadful things hurting the mind. Insane schemes come up without any regard to their realistic nature. Upon reflection the mind realizes that sobriety is something that can be achieved. Such a realization is important for it realizes that the temporary pain is worth it to achieve a kind of balance in day to day life. 

                 After enough time being sober schedules start to form. The days become easier to manage. Work becomes infinitely more important. Everything becomes more important. Friends that helped individuals sober up become long term friends. Before this the only useful things involved meeting sketchy people in sketchy places. Gradually the highs of addiction are shown to be merely a subsistence lifestyle not something that could have been done long term. Having a sustainable life is of the utmost importance and that is one of the greatest things to gain after beating addiction.

5 Poems by Parker Tettleton



                Lots of people ask for change. How to handle such situations depends on how long a person has spent living in cities. An excuse has to be made up for people. The sheer probability of someone eventually caving in and giving change is pretty high hence why people do it in the first place. Not making eye contact is a good way to avoid the question. Glazed over stares work well in many situations in life and is usually how people manage to survive in a world filled with strangers. 

                The world can become happier given the right circumstances. Many times the world is wrong. With pets the world becomes less wrong as people prepare to take care of the world outside themselves if only for a little bit of time. Public transportation celebrates the individual and takes away their responsibility for a short period of time as it shows people brand new worlds. On and off the public transportation people fill their lives with media because the media helps them focus on something besides themselves for a brief moment in time. 

                Little things can be found in brief moments in time. Sofa fill up lives with the unnecessary making them necessary. The art of laziness is a must. Anybody who works too hard finds themselves entirely burned out towards the end of their lives wishing they had changed a bulb every now and again. Nobody can constantly work hard every day. Even the weather needs the rain to wash the Earth out. Belief in oneself helps to make such forms of tiredness acceptable. From the past comes the present which forms the future. The future is a gussied up version of the present just with a few more devices and products.  

                Generations have their peculiar sounds. It is how the Rolling Stones came to sell life insurance, how The Who sells Roth IRAs, and how politicians sell pills to help people sexually satisfy each other. A fire pit is where all the enlightenment comes from after the wood is charred and the marshmallows burnt to a tender crisp. Out there in somewhere it is somebody birthday and even greater numbers of people need to care. Relatives are forced to give out cards for the special occasion as they hope for the absolute best. The transportation lets them out to nowhere in particular to reflect on what it means to age and to grow into becoming a family member.