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Squeaky 'Zine Goodness!

Hey, now this is cool. Not only do I have a copy of the latest RatBastard chapbook here in front of me, fresh from the mail (can't wait to starting reading it!), but I also see that my wife's first publication will be coming soon! It's not fiction, but a recipe for the Two Cranes Press antho, Scattered, Covered, Smothered. Nifty! Now everyone can enjoy the goodness that is... Prune Chicken!

It really does taste better than you think it will.

So I've been thinking about these 'zines and how to get rid of the last 25 copies of the anthology I put together last year, Intracities. And I decided to have a (drumroll, please) Holiday Sale!

For $1 off the cover price, and no shipping fee, I'm selling the last 25 copies of the antho for $4.

And, best of all, 100% of the proceeds are going to the Wake County Literacy Council to help them promote literacy and help people enjoy reading right here in Raleigh, right where we live. I'm hoping to at least make enough to buy a couple of these nifty Gifts of Literacy to give to the Council.

I can't imagine a world where I didn't know how to read or write. Where the words on a page were just meaningless scribbles. Or, maybe even worse, to know what the letters mean, some of the words, but to not be able to put it all together and really enjoy what someone is trying to say through writing.

As you probably have guessed, the Literary Council helps folks learn to read and write better -- get this (from their Web site): "Literacy skills are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with Level 5 reflecting the highest skills and Level 1, the lowest. Generally, those adults who score at Level 1 have difficulty performing such everyday tasks as locating an intersection on a street map, reading and comprehending a short newspaper article, or calculating total costs on an order form...Based on a population in Wake County of 335,891 adults, 57,101 adults are at Level 1."

So, if you want some great stories to read, and you want to help some people out so they can learn what's so great about reading, grab a copy of Intracities. Here's the PayPal link:

Thanks! I hope I didn't sound too much like the fund-raisers on NPR. Later!

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