Jacque Mirage – March 2nd (New Music Alert)

Here’s a new track called “March 2nd” (prod. by Heaven in Stereo). A somewhat personal track. Listen/download below.

 

 

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mercury retrograde feels

Mercury’s going direct in a handful of days. I can’t wait for this to happen. I used to be a bit skeptical of Mercury retrograde when I first learned about it a few years ago. I started studying astrology more closely and realized it’s real. Technological issues always happen. Issues with traveling. Faulty communication. Just a ridiculous amount of human glitching.

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The last couple weeks of work have been especially stressful mainly because of computer issues. Despite this, I managed to keep myself grounded in writing and finishing up projects that I’ve been sitting on for far too long.

I went to Korea’s largest amusement park Everland over the weekend. There was a shitload of people there even though it was Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). I managed to go through a pretty cool horror maze, rode a few rides and got a sugar high so it was successful. Shoutout to candy floss.

I watched Child’s Play 1 & 2 over the weekend as well. It’s been years since I’ve watched them, but they’re still pretty fun and amusing. It’s strange to see how much Chucky has changed throughout the franchise and the comedic aspects planted in number 2.

There a bunch of good publishing news I want to share, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. And I’ve been writing a lot of music as of late. Can’t wait to share it with you.

 

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Selected Unpublished Blog Posts of a Mexican Panda Express Employee (Review)

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I finished reading the Selected Unpublished Blog Posts of a Mexican Panda Express Employee by Megan Boyle the other day. This is the first time I’ve been exposed to her writing and I’m writing this review in a style very similar to this book.

I really enjoyed the minimalistic style. Didn’t take too much work on my part as a reader. Boyle writes easy to digest paragraphs. I mean these are unpublished blogposts.

Some people might be turned off by the simplicity of the writing, but on other hand it’s one of Boyle’s strengths and adds to her appeal. She tends to touch on everyday moments of her life. They may seem non-sequential in the whole scheme of things. However, everyone can relate to a lot of these seemingly boring moments and writes them in a way that really resonates.

Wonders if this review sucks or if anyone visits this blog. Stops self-deprecation and charges forward.

The book reads like a diary at times. A confessional booth. You know I’m a nosey mofo so a lot of passages really drew me in.

She touches on everything including food, sex, friends, her inner-most thoughts, social maneuvering, depression, loneliness, etc.

It’s 11:11 in Seoul. Make a wish.

Book reminds me of live journal posts. And yeah, that’s a compliment. This is a collection of poetry that doesn’t feel boring or stale as literary/traditional poetry.

Boyle’s kinda sorta associated with alt-lit (I think). Still not sure what to make of the genre. I do know it has to do with technology and internet culture and DIY aesthetic. And I heard alt-lit pretty much imploded last year. So here’s some digital flowers #RIP

This is a bold collection. Boyle invites us to sit on a couch in her pysche. At times it’s uncomfortable, funny, quirky, and all too-human. Relatable resonating swag.

Curious to see what Boyle whips up next. I’m sure one if she writes fictional novel her characters will really stand out. She has this knack for observing people and locking in on certain aspect of them which make humanity terrible and wonderful at the same time.

Fin. End of review.

Do yourself a favor and buy this book here.

 

 

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Flow Episode 1

I just dropped the first episode of Flow on youtube. Check it out above. Think of this as a teaser. I’m cookin up a few more episodes as we speak.

 

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August Levitation Rites

hard at workThere’s been a lot going on this month. August has been fun and exhausting. First and foremost, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Chris Lambert for Red Fez’s Aspirational Writer podcast. I had a great time and this is the most comfortable I’ve felt on a podcast. I talk about my upcoming book Black Gypsies, my origins as a writer, and my thoughts on craft. You can tune in a the links below.

Part 1: https://www.redfez.net/audio/podcast-the-aspiring-writer-9-1-grant-wamack-110

Part 2: https://www.redfez.net/audio/craft-the-aspiring-writer-9-2-grant-wamack-111

Part 3: https://www.redfez.net/audio/craft-the-aspiring-writer-9-3-grant-wamack-112

Lev ArtworkAlso, I dropped a new track called “Levitate” (prod. by Roman Flwrs). It’s the first time I’ve really experimented with autotune and I’m pretty happy with the results. I’ve had a positive response so far. Listen and download here.

The writing is still going strong. I recently started a detox so I can become a little sharper and buckle down on these projects. I’m still trucking along on my book Young World and revisions are going well for God’s Leftovers.

I’m starting to really love Seoul. It’s hard wrapping my head around the language, but I’m picking up words here and there. I love networking and it’s cool mixing it up with ex-pats, teachers, Koreans. You can probably find me strolling down the street with an umbrella and Vince Staples blaring out my earbuds. Until next time…keep it wavy.

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Views from the Hippo

24bcc58fa03a19251e6a7820f6f9943aBenoit Lelievre reviewed my book Notes from the Guts of a Hippo over at Dead Follies. This has to be one of the most insightful reviews I’ve ever received.

“It’s a witty, cunning and cerebral novella that offers multiple layers of enjoyment that challenges the entire foundation of reader/writer relationship.”

Plus, he makes a Kanye comparison so you know I’m beaming.

http://www.deadendfollies.com/blog/book-review-grant-wamack-notes-from-the-guts-of-a-hippo-2013

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Only Bones (Book Review)

Bones-300dpiI like to keep my eye on a lot of writers. When I heard that Daniel Vlasaty was writing a crime fiction novella set in Chicago, I instantly became hyped. I read his first book The Church of TV as God and it was a solid debut in the bizarro genre. However, I’m always curious to see people switch lanes and if they can pull it off.

I cracked open Only Bones before going to bed and burnt through it within a matter of hours. The main character Daniel is a bike messenger who’s life revolves around popping pills and drifting around the Chicago. Addiction is a sonuvabitch. We find out Daniel is in debt to his drug dealer Lawrence and will do anything to keep the pills coming. To pay off his debt, Daniel starts running packages for him, but shit hits the fan. Daniel runs into corrupt cops, rival drug dealers, and a number of other issues.

The prose in Only Bones is just that-bare bones; lean and loaded. There’s not a single scrap of fluff or fat to be found. Each sentence hits like a hard hitting beat. Reminded me of Charlie Huston.

Vlasaty definitely knows Chicago like the back of his hand and describes certain streets and neighborhoods to a T. Plus, the first person narrative really gives you inside look of a pill addict. You feel Daniel’s pain and desperation dripping off every other page.

Only Bones is Daniel Vlasaty’s first foray into crime fiction and well worth your time and money. It shows how sharp and versatile he is. I feel like a fiend because I can’t wait for the next literary rush he offers.

Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Only-Bones-Daniel-Vlasaty-ebook/dp/B01JFQL6VG

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