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December 18, 2012—Astrid's Wakefield Noise Machine

After much slacking off, Astrid Chalke has finally graced us with her Wakefield playlist. Any comments on this carefully compiled list of songs, Astrid?

When I was a little kid, my mom listened to a lot of weird, underground stuff from the 90s. Also, she liked to sing Kate Bush songs in the shower at the top of her lungs, so there's that. This playlist is meant to be listened to at a high volume. Like, eleven.

Thanks Astrid. Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure...

December 17, 2012—Smashwords!

In addition to the MuseItUp Bookstore and Amazon, Wakefield is also now available on Smashwords, along with a sizable free sample in a variety of formats. Check it out here.

November 28, 2012—Arts & Crafts With Astrid

As promised, here is our third interview with one of the Mad World characters. We sat down with Astrid Chalke during her art therapy group last Wednesday to ask her a few questions as she cut up old copies of People and Entertainment Weekly for a collage.

Hi, Astrid.

*raises eyebrow suspiciously* Are you guys, like, journalists or something?

Uh…sure. Or something. What’s the theme of your collage?

Haven’t decided yet. So far I’ve cut out some dramatic adjectives like “fascinating” and “scandalous,” plus a picture of a cartoon kangaroo.

Looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you.

*shrugs*

As we did with Max, we’re going to base this interview on James Lipton’s infamous ten questions.

*raises the other eyebrow* That guy’s weird.

We prefer eccentric. So, what is your favorite word?

I just learned the word “bugbear” in English class. It refers to something scary or really annoying, but every time I hear it I think of some strangely adorable mythical creature. Like a little bear with wings.

Fun. Did you ever watch The Wuzzles?

The what?

Nevermind. What is your least favorite word?

“Cloying.” Ick. It sticks in my throat and makes my mouth pucker.

What turns you on?

Hmm. I get all jazzed when I learn something new. Something that threatens to change my whole worldview, you know?

Like bugbears.

Exactly.

What turns you off?

Mean people. Also, people who don’t care about anything and are proud of it. Gross.

What’s your favorite curse word?

*turns beet red* I don’t think I’m allowed to say it on the Internet.

You’re allowed to say almost anything on the Internet, but we’ll give you a pass on that one. What sound or noise do you love?

Boots crunching on freshly fallen snow. It reminds me of walking through the park with my mom when I was little.

What sound or noise do you hate?

My roommate’s snoring. I think she might have sleep apnea.

What profession would you like to attempt?

I used to want to be a social worker, but now I know how miserable they all are.

Aww. We’re sure not all of them are miserable.

Whatever. Now I just want to do something that doesn’t involve dealing with people.

What profession would you not like to attempt?

Loan officer. That really has to suck during a recession.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

I’d like him or her to admit that flying squirrels were supposed to be a joke.

Ha. How’d your collage turn out?

Great. I think the overall theme that’s emerged is “here’s some stuff I cut out of trashy magazines and glued haphazardly to a piece of paper.”

Charming. Thanks, Astrid.

Maybe if we're lucky, Astrid will be kind enough to compile a Wakefield playlist for us. Fingers crossed!

November 19, 2012—Congrats to Troy!

Hardcore horror nerds and fans of well-written essays, take note. The prolific Troy H. Gardner, one-half of Team Mad World, has self-published a collection of analytical essays on the cult horror franchise, Sleepaway Camp. Haven't you always wondered how the homicidal Angela Baker fit into the Final Girl trope? Here's your chance to find out and support self-published nonfiction. Examining Sleepaway Camp is available through Amazon and CreateSpace. Click here for more info.

November 12, 2012—Tunnelville is coming...

The second book in the Mad World series has officially been contracted with MuseItUp Publishing and tentatively scheduled for release in June of 2013. We signed the contract exactly one year from the day we signed our contract for Wakefield. It must be a good omen.

We'll post the cover art and back cover blurb once they are finalized. In the meantime, we're working on our first draft of book three.

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