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Looking back at the calendar, I can’t believe that it’s been over a year since we held the very first installment of the Rough Copy Reading Series. It’s a total cliche, but time really has flown. Every month, I panic just a little; Will we be able to get readers? Will anyone show up? Am I drinking too much to announce the next reader coherently? The answers were always in the affirmative.

Through all the panic and worrying though, there is excitement. There is an opportunity to hear amazing writers, meet wonderful people, and have a lot of fun. But, the past few months have brought so many changes here at Rough Copy, and in an effort to keep up, it looks like we’re going to have to say goodbye to the reading series, at least for now. It’s sad for me, but the extra time each month will certainly free me up to pursue awesome activities such as resting, napping, and loafing. Three things I excel at, and have been neglecting for far too long. It will also give me time to finally, finally, finally post all of the pictures from a year’s worth of readings! So look forward to that.

Many, many thanks to all of our fantastic featured authors, our brave open mic-ers, to Canvas Art Bar (who will be moving to a new location in January. Good luck with the move!), and to the rest of the Rough Copy team! Everyone rocks.




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Many, many thanks to all of our issue launch readers!  It was a fantastic night.  Another thank you to The Weak Knees for bringing the musical accompaniment.  And one last thanks to Canvas Art Bar for hosting us.  Enjoy these lovely pictures of a night well spent.

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It’s nearly impossible to have an issue release party without, you know, releasing an issue.  And since we’re such traditionalists here at Rough Copy, we have coupled our party with a brand new issue.  It’s the right thing to do.

Happy reading!

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Look at this beautiful picture.  It’s beckoning you to come out to hear some amazing writing and music.  It’s beckoning you to celebrate with us.  And you can’t help but answer that call.

Issue Launch Party, November 11, 7:00, Canvas Art Bar

Featuring readings by:

Merridawn Duckler, Jason Gray, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Hannah Pass, Dao Strom, & Sandy Tanaka

With musical entertainment by:  The Weak Knees

Cover Art by: Grace Weston

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This month’s Reading Series theme is music.  I thought I’d share a totally true story about how music helped me overcome my fear of the blank page.  Well, overcome it at least once, anyway.

So this one time that I was in college, (Not to be confused with that other time I was in college.  Or the time before that one.  Or that time after that time that lasted about half a semester.  No, this is the time when I was still sort of young, and fairly convinced I would actually finish. I like to refer to those as the optimistic years.) I was taking a fiction class and was promptly informed that our final assignment would have to be a minimum of ten pages, and be an actual finished story, and make sense.  Insert devastated face here.  At that point in my life (and frankly this point too) I had probably written one complete story, and it was, at best, four pages long.  A complete story in four pages?!  Impossible, you say?  Probably.  But it was as complete as it was ever going to get.  Which is to say, “here’s four pages that I’m calling a story,” and believing it makes it so.

The thought of coming up with a) an idea and b) a sufficient number of words that would actually carry me from page one to ten made me a little sick. You know those people who remain calm on the outside, but are freaking out on the inside, and everyone thinks how great that is because they appear to keep their wits about them?  I was just like that.  Only the complete opposite.  Well maybe not the complete opposite.  In my version, my insides were saying “no, no, no, can’t, can’t, can’t,” and my outsides were simply repeating it.  I’m one of those people who fully commits, inside and out, to the freak out.  But, I digress.  The point is I was losing it over these ten pages. (more…)

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Canvas Art Bar- Photo courtesy of Doug Geisler

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our reading last week. Given the topic of “Fun & Games,” we expected laughter, and it was so, so delivered with fantastic stories from our featured authors, Courtenay Hameister, Justin Hocking, and Dave Jarecki.  We were also very lucky to have a few open-mic readers grace the stage.  A good night, I’d say.  Many thank yous to these awesome writers.

An additional thank you to the newest friend of Rough Copy, Doug who ever so kind and provided us with some outstanding photos from the event.

See you next month!

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Tom Bissell

I think it’s always a sign of good things to come when an interview starts out with a fifteen minute break so that the interviewee and I can properly dress and accessorize our game characters.  Sackboy, as the character from the super awesome game, Little Big Planet is known, wouldn’t dare enter any game world without being properly dressed.  That is a known fact.  I nattily dressed my Sackboy in tweed and glasses that can only be described as “rockstar,” and off we went, jumping, swinging, and dancing through technicolor landscapes.  And it hits me, this memory, the memory of my first Nintendo.  I let many hours pass in my attempts to beat, nay, destroy Super Mario Brothers.  And somehow I know, clicking the x button, while I reach for the swinging vine in front of me, that I could easily spend the rest of my life playing this game.  And that is the beauty of it all.  Here I am, all grown up and stuff, and I’m transfixed, mesmerized by the colors, the sounds, the movement, just like I used to be.  Translation: Video games are pretty neat.

Tom Bissell is a writer, teacher, and gamer. The author of both works of  fiction and non-fiction, his newest work, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, bridges the divide between video games and literature. We met recently for a chat about bridging the great divide between “high” and “low” culture, the literary world, and making the world safe for cromulent.


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