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Against the Grain: Thoughts from Vancouver: Stigma’s role in discrimination

In a little more than an hour, I will be participating in a consultation with Canadian Blood Services. They drew my ire after a stunt earlier this year in which their media correspondent made a number of stigmatizing and regrettable remarks about gay men and trans women. Without going into specifics–I’m not sure what boundaries . . . → Read More: Against the Grain: Thoughts from Vancouver: Stigma’s role in discrimination

mark a rayner: New fiction: The Real Primo

Corvus Review just published a new short story that I’ve been noodling with for some time: The Real Primo. (pp. 59-67) If you’ve ever watched (and enjoyed) Groundhog Day, or read Friedrich Nietzsche’s difficulty concept of the Eternal Return, or have a passing familiarity with the “Eastern” concept of reincarnation, then this story will appeal . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: New fiction: The Real Primo

mark a rayner: The Ruins — a new flash fiction at the Caesura Letters

I have a new flash fiction up this week at the Caesura Letters called The Ruins. It’s a different kind of piece — a meditation on the nature of Stoicism (though to be fair, it has a dash of existentialism in it.) If you haven’t already checked out the Caesura Letters, you really should. It’s . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: The Ruins — a new flash fiction at the Caesura Letters

mark a rayner: Win a copy of The Fridgularity

Winner of an IndieReader Discovery Award for best humor, 2013! I’m giving away a copy — to enter visit my FB page or follow me on Twitter. It’s that easy! a Rafflecopter giveaway Or you can cut to the chase and buy a copy now for 25% off. Use code: BE3H5AJV

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Summer Reading Sale!

If you prefer your books in dead tree format, do I have a deal for you. Three of my books are available for 25% off! Get all the deets here. Alltop was originally published in parchment.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: My conversation with Robert Chazz Chute

I’d encourage you all to check out the Cool People Podcast this week, in which the host (and fellow London, ON author) Robert Chazz Chute, and I discuss the singularity, technology, and monkey brains! (And yes, this means I’m officially … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: You’re invited to Indie Author Night

I’d like to invite anyone who is the region of London, Ontario (or all you readers with some cash or frequent flyer points to burn), to come to a reading and discussion of the indie publishing at the London (ON) … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: J. K. Rowling — NOT the author of The Fridgularity

I’m not sure how these rumors get started, but just to be clear: the famous, best-selling author J. K. Rowling (best known for her Harry Potter books) is not the author of The Amadeus Net, Marvellous Hairy, or The Fridgularity. … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: If on a Summer’s Day, a Fridgularity

You are reading a blog posting about Mark A. Rayner’s most recent book, The Fridgularity. You had been hoping to find a funny picture, and maybe a microfiction that played off that image, but instead, you find yourself reading another … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The Fridgularity wins IRDA award for best humor book

Exciting news announced at Book Expo America (BEA): The Fridgularity won the IndieReader.com Discovery Award (IRDA) for best humor, 2013. Hugh Howey, bestselling indie author of WOOL and Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader, announced the winners of the 2013 awards … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The inspiration for The Fridgularity (discussion post)

A bit of a departure for today’s Skwib. I’m currently engaging in a lively discussion of The Fridgularity over on Goodreads with The Next Best Book Club (TNBBC), and I thought I’d pull out some of my answers and repost … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Get The Fridgularity free on Kindle — today and tomorrow!

Chill out. It’s only the technological singularity. Okay, this is absolutely your LAST CHANCE to get a copy of my new book for free. Get on the bandwagon early! Check out some of the great reviews this book is getting: … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Mozart’s birthday today

To celebrate, let’s play his famous requiem: And then go check out The Amadeus Net, a novel in which I posit that: the big guy never died he toys with the idea of gender realignment when not contemplating the snipping … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The obligatory Fridgularity review roundup post

Loved Duffbert’s take: “One of the most entertaining and funny books I’ve read this year.” Katy Sozeva has a rave review of the book at her blog, Now is Gone: “Rayner has a real gift for vivid (and hilarious) description.” … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: A taste of the world with no Internet

So anyone who uses Rogers for their Internet access got a little taste of the world depicted in my latest novel, The Fridgularity. The Internet services provided by the company went down for up to three hours last night. Is … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Last chance to get Pirate Therapy and Other Cures for free

You can download the Kindle edition for free, today and Monday only! “Mr. Rayner brings us wit, sarcasm, and a slightly deranged view of the world, as he sees it, in Pirate Therapy and Other Cures. From “wrap rage” which … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Get the Kindle edition of The Fridgularity FREE, today through Friday

Seriously, you can get the Kindle edition of my new novel for FREE, today through Friday only. I just think you’re that awesome. More details about The Fridgularity are available here or on the download page at Kindle. Alltop also … Continu… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Get the Kindle edition of The Fridgularity FREE, today through Friday

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Win a copy of my next book: The Fridgularity

There are only a few more days left to get in on the Goodreads giveaway of my new novel. You can enter to win a copy of The Fridgularity here. And here’s what the book is about (sort of, these … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Win a copy of my next book: The Fridgularity

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Last chance to get Pirate Therapy free on Kindle: today and tomorrow

This is the last time I’ll be giving Pirate Therapy and Other Cures away for free, so download it while you can. If you don’t have a Kindle, there’s lots of Kindle apps available for other devices. Here’s some of … Continue reading →

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Pirate Therapy – download for free!

My new(ish) collection of short stories, flash fictions and odd bitlets of absurdism is available for free on Kindle from June 21 to June 23. Seriously, it’s free – just click on the link or the cover to get to … Continue reading →

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: A bloody funny book, plus giveaways

First off, I’ve got to mention this glowing review of Marvellous Hairy on Goodreads: My God this was a bloody funny book, a funny book with a potentially insanely important message for our greed driven so called civilisation that has … Continue reading →

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Summer reading season begins with sales

If you’re looking for some fun reading this summer, I have a couple of books I’d like to suggest. And both can be purchased this week for less than usual. Buy it here for $3 off the cover price. That’s … Continue reading →

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The Wandering Joe: Some Housekeeping

In addition to a new database this blog also features an entirely new design that was cobbled together like Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein. I want to take this time to thank the various sources of creative content I used to put this monstrosity together.

First, the theme is built on Viala by David Garlitz. . . . → Read More: The Wandering Joe: Some Housekeeping

The Wandering Joe: Official Relaunch

Consider this the official relaunch of my blog, and in a half-hearted way my re-engagement with politics. That may seem like a fairly empty gesture… but that’s largely because it is. I haven’t stopped having opinions in the last two years (or even stopped sharing them in a condescending fashion), but I have stopped publishing . . . → Read More: The Wandering Joe: Official Relaunch

The Wandering Joe: Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog (which will be kind of similar to my old blog). I need some time to put the theme together so for now you won’t see any content posting. With any luck I’ll make my first post by next Sunday.

As you can probably tell by the look of this site, . . . → Read More: The Wandering Joe: Hello world!