Our Facebook Page Is Up!

As you probably noticed, we’ve been kinda quiet after our first writing competition concluded. The reason was that, before rolling out another project, we wanted to make sure to analyze our first project and make any necessary changes.

One of the first issues we decided to address was the way WordPress.com (our current-but-not-for-long host) handled comments and “Like”s. To solve the issue we created our own Facebook page – duh, ha?! Unfortunately, to integrate the Facebook page with pixelhose.com we need to change hosts which is a bit of work still ahead for us. Once completed however, your readers will be able to vote for your work and post comments directly on our Facebook page. There are more changes coming shortly that, collectively, will make pixelhose easier to use, a better destination to showcase your talent, and a more effective partner to contribute to your success.

In the meantime, please like our Facebook page on http://www.facebook.com/pixelhose.To make the page a bit interesting, we posted most of the pixelhose.com page header photos; now you don’t have keep reloading the page to see all the header photos!

Best,

Bob Dourandish
Publisher

 

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Winners of the pixelhose.com First Writing Competition

We are pleased to announce the winners of our first writing competition.

Before sharing the list, however, all of us here want to take a moment to thank everyone for participating – for your submissions, for reading the posts, and for the great comments – that made the pixelhose contest unique, lively, and fun. Secondly, we need to stress the difficulty of selecting form amongst such wonderful pieces. At the end, our selection was influenced with a combination of the writing, the story or message, and of course, reader reaction. With that in mind, the selected pieces are:
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Writing Competition Short Lists

We are excited to release the short list of candidates for our writing competition. There are two lists, one for Fiction and one for Non-Fiction entries. They are listed below in alphabetical order by author.

This was an unusually difficult selection for us because of the large number of high quality submissions. At the end, 34 Fiction and 15 Non-Fiction pieces stood out for us, creating a rather strong and unique combination of narratives to eventually choose winners from.  As per the process posted here, after the contest concludes we plan to publish a brief comment on all the published pieces. At that point, the authors will have a better idea as to why their entry may or may not have been included in the short list.

Winners for each category will be announced on Tuesday February 7, 2012. This will give authors two more weeks to promote your work and encourage your readers to post comments on your piece.

The Fiction Short List (Alphabetical by Title)

Title Author
A Dime in the Dew Curtis James McConnell
Along the Canal and Forever Dalton Fischer Linnett
Buggy Ruthie’s Sandwich Brenda Sargent
Chicken Shit and Candy Rachel Burger
Cicadas Lucille Bellucci
Dawn in the Everglades Joyce Frohn
Dimples Monda Mahmoud
Even The Pure Intentions Fail Lisa Hill Newman
Fall into Me Brianna Soloski
Fallen Awake L. Vera
Father Kilharmy Bruce Teifer
Floating House in the Fleeting World Kirsty Logan
Inventing The Real H. C. Turk
Just One Cut J.C. Martin
Loss Srikanth Tirupattur Ramamurthy
Multi-colored Spandex Megan Massaro
One Of My Ears Is Missing John Malone
Peg Bellakentuky
Peter’s Story Idore Anschell
Premonition Jon Batson
Rich Guy and Poor Guy Abeille Amore
Sex Slave Mike Berger
Shadows of the Wind David W. Moore III
Suicide Is Painless Andrew Campbell-Kearsey
The Beggar’s Blessing Richard W. Aites
The dog, the cows and the girl in the woods Sean-paul Thomas
The Girl in the Picture Eva Bell
The Life and Times of Emmy Calhoun Annie Boreson
The Look on His Face Dahlia Eissa
The Lunch on Good Friday Sylva Nze Ifedigbo
The Stray J.R.Poulter
The Tenement Barbara Bixon
The Woods Sarah Wallenfang
Watch the grass grow Mohamed Osman

Non-Fiction Short List (Alphabetical by Title)

A Tale of Two Mothers Diana Ng
Address Unknown Lisa Clark
Amazing Grace Donna L. Kuust
Charlie Vandy Gibson
Drive, She Said Lyra Halprin
Food Robin Devereaux-Nelson
Hope and other childhood things Caroline Callahan
How I Quit Ballet Hayley Huntley
Learning To Be Cold Barbara Walker
Leaving Well Christine Riehl
Pop Amy Hildreth Duncan
Saving Anabelle Lisa Morris
The Mustached Murderers Tara Parian
The Trifecta of the Charming Man K.T. Walsh
The Brotherhood Ashley Woodmender

Congress’s brinksmanship with new media.

  By: Steve Patterson

Congress’s brinksmanship with new media (pixelhose.com)At lunchtime today I stopped by the San Francisco Civic center to listen to some talented people speak out against SOPA and PIPA. Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, legend venture investor Ron Conway, Craig’s lists founder Craig Newmark and MC Hammer all took the microphone and condemned the legislation for its violations of law, common sense and economic good. Continue Reading

SOPA Protest Report

SOPA Protest, San Francisco (pixelhose.com)

SOPA Protest, San Francisco (pixelhose.com)

In addition to going dark, pixelhose staff participated in the San Francisco SOPA protest. Yes! We did show up in person – an odd feeling, like, oh, reading a paper book nowadays!

We are happy, no, make that ELATED to report that the “after-action” data are extremely positive. Here are some highlights, gleaned from various news sources:

  • Three US senators, including senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) withdrew his
    support for SOPA/PIPA. Given the senator’s stature within the GOP, this is a
    major blow to these incredibly, uh…, dumb is the only word that comes to
    mind, bills.
  • The conservative Heritage Foundation announced its opposition to the
    bills.
  • Google said 4.5 MILLION people signed the anti-SOPA petition today
  • Last week only three senators opposed PIPA. As of this writing, 35
    senators are publicly opposing the bill(s). The “magic number” – the number of
    opposing votes needed to kill the bill in the US Senate – is 41.

These are all of course great first-time-out results for a community that had never come together for a political cause. But the SOPA problem is far from solved.

Next week, US Senate will try a floor vote on PIPA. We’ll of course will have multiple posts before then, hoping to give everyone more good reason to keep signing those online petitions and calling their US senators, PARTICULARLY senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) who is one of the bill’s co-sponsors and, so far, has refused to acknowledge the error of his ways.

In the meantime, we want to THANK everyone who supported the protest day, particularly those of you who also took time to send us emails expressing your support.

Let’s do this!

Bob Dourandish
Publisher

pixelhose Will Join the SOPA/PIPA Strike on Wed January 18, 2012

As all of you probably are aware of, US Congress is considering two uniquely evil bills, SOPA (House) and PIPA (Senate), that make Chinese or Iranian censorship practices seem benevolent by comparison.

If these bills become law, they will not only summarily destroy free exchange of ideas on the net, but are likely to force a new, severely limiting, net-scale, information tracking architecture by immediately placing sites like Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and  WordPress in the cross-hairs of lawyers for the five largest Hollywood studios, the Recording Industry Association of America, and a handful of multinational media conglomerates – the primary forces behind these bills. One of the biggest proponents of these bills is Rupert Murdoch whose media organization, as well as his own personal role in the recent illegal phone hacking scandal is under investigation in both US and UK.

Hello? Kettle? This is pot…

To make sure our voices are heard over the katching-katching of money being poured into politicians’ campaigns by lobbyists, many of the web’s biggest destinations, such as Wikipedia, will go dark for 12 hours on Wed January 18th, 2012. While we are not quite the size of some of these big boys (well, not for a couple more years anyway) pixelhose.com will also join the strike and go dark that day.

PLEASE TAKE A QUICK MINUTE to make your voice heard. The web site AmericanCensorship.org will do all of the work for you! All you have to do is fill a form and they’ll take it from there. They’ve written up a template text, so all you have to do is scroll down the home page, fill out one of the two forms and hit “send”.

There is a form for those in the US – text will be forwarded to your representative based on your zip code.

There is ALSO a form for those NOT in the US – text will be forwarded to the US State Department.

For additional information on SOPA/PIPA see:

PLEASE HELP GET THE WORD OUT. SHARE THIS POST.

All Qualified Contest Entries Have Been Posted

The next step in the process is for us to put together a short list for each category. We are working on that and plan to post it on Monday January 23rd. If you don’t remember all the details of the contest process, please read this post.

We’ve double checked to make sure that nothing fell behind the couch. Just the same, if you’ve sent a submission and have not heard back, one way or another, please contact us by emailing pixelhose@live.com. Immediately! Please note that we won’t be able to fix the problem after the short lists are released.

****IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTICE****

Contests are often targets of various scams, in particular, though probably not exclusively, the Phishing, and Check Cashing Scam. Please note the following:

  • All Winners will be announced on the site ON A SPECIFIC DATE. That date is announced once the short lists are released. So if you get an email that you’ve won, check the site.
  • WE WILL NEVER email you to ask for ANY banking or credit card information to
    remit prize payments.
  • WE WILL NEVER remit the prize in a form that you have to refund back a
    portion of it. This is a very popular scam and you should generally question
    anyone who pays you more than they have to. Particularly if the sender requests the refund via wire transfer.
  • If we pay you a prize by mistake, IT IS LEGALLY YOURS TO KEEP. This is another popular scam. You should question any payment that you did not expect, even if it is a registered or cashier’s check and, particularly if the sender requests the refund via wire transfer.

If you have any questions please contact us via email or call us at 209-487-5648.

A Message from pixelhose.com Publisher

The first pixelhose.com writing competition is now officially closed. On behalf of everyone here, I want to thank every author for your participation.

As you can easily see from our format, pixelhose is an entirely new approach to writing contests. So it should not be a surprise that what happens next is also different from other competitions. Here is what you should expect:

a) We will continue to post qualified entries on pixelhose.com until all of them have appeared on the site for at least a week. Given the submission volume, and our current rate of rejection, we expect this to complete before Mid January 2012.

b) We expect to release our short list of winning candidates about the end of January, 2012. There will be a list for each category. We will then allow two weeks so people can (re)read the candidate pieces and comment.

c) Winners will be announced in late February, 2012.

d) pixelhose.com staff comments will be posted for each qualified entry by the end of February, 2012.

Note that the dates are approximate as of this writing. We will of course keep everyone posted about our progress. Please don’t hesitate to comment on this post, or email us, if you have any questions – now, or at any time.

Wishing each and every one of you success in your writing career,

Bob Dourandish
Publisher