Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Now in Print: Four Play

Vicky Squid here and I'm excited to spread the news that the Women's League of Ale Drinkers has dipped our collective toe into ebook publishing. Our first tome is a modest affair -- in size only! As you may know, there's not much for the faint hearted in the scorching hot stories of Leaguer C. Margery Kempe. And just get a load of that sexy cover by our own S. L. Johnson!

Four Play: An Erotic Romance Sampler sells for just 99¢ on Amazon. As the astute Marko Punk Rock pointed out, that's less than 25¢ per story. Such a bargain! Here's the description:

An erotic romance sampler from C. Margery Kempe, author of CHASTITY FLAME, LOVE ME LIKE A REPTILE, TEXT PLAY and many more saucy tales of love. The four tales follow a variety of lovers including a pair who take an unexpected detour from the golf course, another couple who see each other for the first time in many months after their initial tryst, two old friends revealing secrets with a childhood game of truth or date, and a first meeting in the library with unexpected sizzle. Sexual content: scorching hot!

Pick yours up today and support the League. Coming soon will be our next offering, a collection of essays from the pen of Leaguer K. A. Laity entitled The Triumph of the Carpet Beetle. You will love it!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Magpie Manifesto

Vicky Squid here! The League is on the verge of announcing an exciting new venture, so this is just a chance to tantalise you a little. At a recent meeting of the League, our intrepid traveler Kate spoke enthusiastically about the Vorticists exhibit she visited at the Tate Museum and their manifesto BLAST! in which they lay out the things they love and those they hate.

Naturally, after some careful consideration (and not a few Bolli-Stolis) we all decided that the League needed to have a manifesto, too -- et voilĂ !


Open your head.

Be natural.

Be fearless.

Be curious.

Be generous.

Fly with your own wings.

Speak with your true voice.

Laugh freely.

Take what you need.

Look at everything.

Relish joy.

Don't denigrate what comes easily to you.

Let the wildness of your visions intoxicate you.

Trust the secrets of your muse.

Never apologize for your truth.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Art, Your Body

Got a picture of yourself with some of Stephanie's fabulous art like the official WLOAD pin? Send it along to her or leave a comment here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Is it the Ides of Women's History Month already?

A big glass of ale out there to all my sisters who happily decide what's best for them and live their lives according to their own choices.  This month just serves to remind us all that we do have choices and to perhaps think about all the people before us who have striven to give all women an equal voice. We're not be there yet in terms of total equality, but we get closer every day and we need to support each other.

(And remember, we still need submission for the next e-zine!  March 21st is the deadline....)


Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Now that I've got your attention, I want to remind you that the next issue of the Journal of the Women's League of Ale Drinkers has a deadline in the not too distant future:

March 21st

Send us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses -- or rather, send us your artistic visions yearning to be free!

We need artists, musicians, writers, crafters and people of unusual abilities to send us their stuff. Send us your high quality JPEGs, your links to MP3s or videos, your Word documents or websites. We want to highlight some fabulous women artists, but we also want your thoughts on ALE and its DRINKING. We want your musings on SEX and all that provokes because this issue will be out at Beltane (let's hope the snow's gone by then). BE WILD! Be interesting -- because the only sin is being BORING.

We hope to have some print copies of the journal available, too; we still can't pay for contributions, but consider your piece to be advertisement for your work and include all the necessary linkage to your sites.

As always, you can send you offerings, files and questions to me, Vicky. Join the League; raise your glass.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Rip Off Artists?

My editor, Cate Sevilla, over at BitchBuzz has a bone to pick with so-called artists filling up places like Etsy now. One of my favorite quotes from her:
Obviously, artists and designers have been “borrowing” inspiration from each other for centuries, but I find it hilarious that everyone gets very angry when people like Paperchase rip off independent artists’ work and make a giant profit from it, and yet, artist and crafters on Etsy do this all of the time... Sure, artists can always claim they’ve “never seen” the bigger artist’s work before -  but how many lazer cut acrylic moustaches does this world really need?!
Read the whole article: http://home.bitchbuzz.com/the-problem-with-etsy-and-craft-fairs.html#ixzz16DTFfXY0

Here at WLoAD we believe in unique, personal visions. They won't all appeal to everyone, but each comes from an individual's imagination and represents a spark of true imagination. So when you're thinking about gifts in this holiday season, consider supporting the artists of this blog and other artists you know who won't settle for copying someone else's tired idea.

FUNK SOUL TIKI by the fabulous S. L. Johnson (of course!)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Love the WLoADed logo?

You love it.  But a pin and the Journal are just not enough. 

Well, it's your lucky, lucky day: we have Women's League of Ale Drinkers merch available at Cafepress and Zazzle - along with holiday pricing specials. 

Cafepress: Save $10 on orders of $50+ in our shop during the CafePress Friends & Family Sale November 20-23......http://www.cafepress.com/Raven_Wombat...and use code: Friend10

Zazzle: http://www.zazzle.com/Raven_wombat You can get a fab iPhone case at Zazzle!

If you don't see what you want, drop us a line and we will make it available!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Whole New Mind

In between lots of other duties, I've been sneaking a look at Daniel H. Pink's A Whole New Mind after a hearty recommendation for it last week by another blogger. It's a book I'd like to require all my colleagues to read, especially the ones who fight interdisciplinarity.

The thesis of the book is that the right-brain oriented thinking, which has been traditionally valued less than the cold logic of left-brain oriented thinking, will be key to success in the new internet-fueled information culture. While this book is most often pitched to business audiences, it's got some terrific recognitions of trends we can see all around us.

He talks about the changes brought by Abundance, Asia, and Automation (i.e. high relative wealth, outsourcing of jobs and computers) and the resulting "Conceptual Age" we're living in now. If you want to thrive in this age, you need to be doing work that has significance as well as value, that cannot be outsourced to someone who can be paid much less, and cannot be done by a machine. To achieve this, you should focus on the six senses that this age desperately needs:


We have all kinds of goods that are more or less the same thing and the prices are close enough together that our choices come down to taste. You buy the phone that looks cool to you. It isn't enough anymore that something is functional -- you want it to look good, too. People have become so much more savvy about design: Pink has a font test in the book and the amazing thing is that probably most people could get it right because we think about things like font now.


This is an easy one for me, because I already know the strength of it, but think: facts have to be memorised, but if you give them in a story, people can remember. How much of history do people get wrong because they know Shakespeare's plays and can remember speeches that never happened, facts that he got wrong? Our brains are wired for storytelling.


Or more accurately (but less metaphorically) synthesis: tying together disparate threads, seeing the big picture, making connections that no one has noticed before and weaving them into a coherent whole. it goes against the educational thrust of this country, which is ever-increasing specialty.


You can tell that businesses have a long way to go with this one, but even they're learning via social media because if you get on Twitter and just shoot off press releases, no one is going to follow you. Ditto Facebook: you have to build a community. You have to listen, forge relationships, actually care about other people. Narcissism seems to have taken over the planet at present, so empathy seems to be in short supply.


People do not create their best work if they fear punishment for any mistake. They will always go for the safe and least imaginative response. In play we experiment, let random chance have a role, and laugh. We need that, even in the midst of work. It often happens spontaneously, but we need to assure it has a place in our day.


We are bombarded with information from the time we rise until we crawl under the covers at night. How are we to sort through the assault? People want to find meaning, things that speak to their minds and hearts. Some people work all their lives and then try to find meaning once they've retired. People who hate their jobs long for holidays of idleness. More and more people refuse to accept work that is not meaningful to them in some fundamental way. They don't have the same "reverence for riches" that the weird Puritan capitalism in this country created.

These are all innate human traits, but ones that quite often our left-brain leaning culture has suppressed as less valuable than reason and logic. We need reason and logic, but we need purpose, play and fulfillment as well.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ten Q: Justine Graykin

1. What name(s) do you go by?

For the most part, Justine Graykin will do nicely. However, I do pen some non-fiction
newspaper columns and articles under the name of Mel Graykin.

2. Where can we find your fabulous work (both online and IRL)?

JustineGraykin.com is probably the best place to start. That has links to all my published work plus samples of other stuff. And of course the fabulous Journal of WLoAD.

3. What piece would you want to use for a "first impression"?

Depends on who I’m trying to impress. And how.

4. How did you learn your skill/craft/discipline?

Practice, man, practice. And studying the work of writers I admire, such as Ray Bradbury, Terry Prachett, and Shirley Jackson.

5. What inspires you?

I read every science article I can get my hands on. I have “The Scientist” website bookmarked. There’s copies of Smithsonian, Discovery, and National Geographic all over the house. I read Sagan, Dyson, Feynman, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, James Burke and Michio Kaku, listen to Symphony of Science and watch Star Trek episodes. I have more ideas than I know what to do with. If all else fails, I go hiking and just think about how mind-blowingly amazing the cosmos is on every level.

6. How do you cope with the inevitable discouraging days?

Hide in bed with my laptop and write. Or read. Or hike. A supply of Guinness Stout doesn’t hurt, either.

7. What are your goals for your work?

Get as many of the ideas in my head crafted into excellent stories as I can. Getting published is fine. I would enjoy success and praise for what I do. I’d be thrilled to be able to earn enough to live on, so I could indulge my obsession with writing all the time. Who wouldn’t? But I go by the principle of Sibi Scribere. If I don’t enjoy reading it, do I really give a damn if anyone else does? There’s enough popular crap in the world.

8. What wisdom from your own experience would you pass on to other WLoAD

Success is never worth making yourself miserable for. The odds against your achieving it are still staggeringly great no matter how much you want it, visualize it, and sacrifice for it. And even if you achieve it, you’re always running scared that you’ll lose it. Instead, strive for contentment in a Zen balance between what truly satisfies you and the possible (which, contrary to popular belief, has its limits). I also recommend employing the phrase “To hell with it,” whenever anxiety looms.

9. If you received a million dollar grant, how would you make use of it?

Put aside a sum sufficient to generate a comfortable annual dividend, and then see what
good I could do in the world with the rest. Probably something to do with education.
Like buying good science texts for schools blighted by poverty or Intelligent Design. Oh,
and acquire a really nice matched set of the complete works of H.P. Lovecraft.

10. WLoADed stars need not actually drink ale: what's your fave bevvie?

Depends. Vodka gimlet straight up with lime wedge is a standard. But I’ve been known to do shots of Cuervo with salt and lemon when I’m serious about the business. I’d never turn down a good merlot, or chardonnay. And then there’s champagne, of course. One’s wrist must be flexible.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ten Q: Adrean Darce Brent

What name(s) do you go by?


Where can we find your fabulous work?

Online only for now: Cosmic Life Sketches

What piece would you want to use for a “first impression”?

“A Hammer Of An Afternoon”

How did you learn your skill/craft/discipline?

Writing – academia and corporate research
Photography – doing and formal coursework

Who inspires you?

People who stand up for justice, even if they stand alone.

How do you cope with the inevitable discouraging days?

Relax, reflect, do something different.

What are your goals for your work?

Writing – Branch out into fiction. Revision my previous limited circulation publication titled “The Brent Bulletin” into a platform of creative and conscientious work.

Photography – Create a website of images that are available for purchase.

What wisdom from your own experience would you pass on to other WLoAD members?

When an opportunity presents itself, take it – it may never come around again.

If you received a million dollar grant, how would you make use of it?

Live again (and forever) in Paris, France. Establish a salon for conversation and creativity.
Continue learning and exploring.

WLoAD stars need not actually drink ale: what’s your fave bevvie?

Here are my favorites in various drink categories:
Beer – Leffe Blonde, Leffe Brune
Wine – Red Bordeaux, Champagne
Mixed – White Russian, Kahlua Sombrero
Hot – Hot Chocolate, Cappuccino
Cold – Whole Milk, Diet Coke