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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: Fridges with the Internet

An excellent question. Not sure if you need to write a whole book about it, but it makes a nice backdrop.   Alltop cannot lie. It loves big backdrops.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The History of Typography

In The Fridgularity, the emergent consciousness communicates to the protagonist (Blake Given) through text. Blake learns to read the mood of the consciousness (called Zathir) by pairing that emotional context with a font. Blake would love this, and Zathir would … 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: Blake meets Zathir [excerpt from The Fridgularity]

  Author’s note: here’s another quick hit from The Fridgularity, which is still available for 99¢ in May. Not much needed to introduce this one, except to say that the main character, Blake, has been drinking, and that he’s been … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Taking a moment to enjoy a thrill

Sorry to distract you from the usual nonsense around here, but I thought I’d share this screenshot from Amazon last night. As you can see, The Fridgularity is nestled between two Kurt Vonnegut books in bestselling satire. This is exciting, … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Why Internet make you dumb

Much of this video’s content is covered in Nicholas Carr’s book, The Shallows, What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, in detail. Here’s my review of the book: The irony is a spongy wad, so thick the fine edge … 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: Midwest Book Review: The Fridgularity is “highly recommended”

Woo, great review news — the Midwest Book Review, which is one of the few well-respected review outfits used by librarians and archivists that still reviews independent and small press books — has given The Fridgularity a glowing review: “The … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: It’s morning in the Singularity

Bob was not a happy cyborg. He’d had to skip is plasma bath and neural detox that morning because his dick of a boss, a narcissistic self-sustaining photosynthetic artificial intelligence named TODD-bot, needed him to come to work early. And … 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: 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: It all boils down to your programming

The artificial intelligence(s) in The Fridgularity emphatically do not fall in love. Sex, sure, but love? Alltop is in lust with humor.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Teaser from The Fridgularity: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Fridgularity is a satire of Internet culture, so that means it’s rife with pop-culture references, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of them. I can’t tell you any more, as that would be a spoiler. But I … Continue reading … . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Teaser from The Fridgularity: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Fonts of The Fridgularity

TYPOGRAPHY One of the ideas that I play with in The Fridgularity is that the entity Zathir — you know, the one that takes over the Internet and promptly locks all humans out of it — is actually a conglomeration … Continue reading &#85… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Fonts of The Fridgularity

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Excerpt from The Fridgularity: a ski in the storm

Given the arrival of Winter here in Souwesto, I thought I’d put up an excerpt from the second half of The Fridgularity (A Cold Reboot), in which the lead character goes for a little cross-country ski, and things go awry. … Continue reading … . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Excerpt from The Fridgularity: a ski in the storm

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Going cold turkey in The Fridgularity

For some characters the sudden disappearance of the Internet in The Fridgularity frees them from their addiction. (For others, it’s a challenge recovering from their habits.) This is a scene in which the two main characters, Blake and Lyca, go &#… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Going cold turkey in The Fridgularity

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: Excerpt: Cyber-zombies in The Fridgularity

As the self-aware entity Zathir takes over the Internet (and promptly locks all humans out of it), a noticeably portion of the population become unhinged by their loss of their favorite thing. It’s not just the economic crisis the event … C… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Excerpt: Cyber-zombies in The Fridgularity

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Excerpt: Internet addicts, looking for a fix in The Fridgularity

The Fridgularity begins with the Big Crash — the Internet goes down, as an entity takes over all the horsepower available through all the devices connected to it. This has certain deleterious effects on the folks who NEED the Internet … Con… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Excerpt: Internet addicts, looking for a fix in The Fridgularity

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Sad about the singularity?

Is this robot really sad? Or is it just celebrating the technological singularity it its own quiet way? I don’t want to project onto this robot. Maybe he’s programmed to be happy with his single red balloon. Unlike Zathir, the … Continue read… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Sad about the singularity?

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