BookTour.com

A friend of mine met the guy who created BookTour.com, a foxy-looking website that lets authors list their upcoming reading events.

When you browse to the site, it automatically will tell you what events are occurring in the next three days in your area, which I think is pretty hot. Nice to have one clearinghouse for that kind of thing!

Go there, sign yourself up as an author, and start listing your events!

showup.com

One of the best things about living in Phoenix is showup.com. It’s a huge archive/calendar/list of arts events going on around town. At my reading on Friday (more later), someone came up to me and told me they saw an upcoming reading of mine there:

Hey! That’s so cool. It’s a great tool to use when you want to go out and do something but don’t know what–you can find out what’s going on on a specific night, for example, and then look for discount tickets.

A bunch of other cities have this, too, and you can see their links down at the bottom of the page:

Austin, Denver, Grand Forks, Greensboro, Houston, Riverside & San Bernardino, San Jose, South Bend.

5ives

Gracious thanks to Matthew Thorburn for linking to this and restoring my ability to laugh out loud:

The Fives

Some favorites so far:

Five things, besides “your ride,” that you might wish to “pimp”
your sideboard
your clergyman
your thoughts on transubstantiation
your hypothalamus
your ranch dressing mix

Five terrible fake reality TV shows
Thoracic Surgery With the Stars
Track, Destroy, and Consume Your New Mom
Mormon Idol
Survivor: Leaky Hot Air Balloon
Gastroenterologist 911

Five things you might do with “all that ass”
open a modest home ass business
serve hot meals of ass to the less fortunate
hold a weekend “Ass Sale” on your lawn
make colorful ass gift bags for the holidays
give sympathetic testimony for recovering hump drunks