News: Talk about Issue 2 - freebie + contest!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Issue 2 in motionNot logged in lately?  There's a freebie sitting in your account from Issue 2.  Check it out, then check out this contest. :)  With the "subscribe for a chance of getting GUD's Issue 2 Proof" just about wrapped up (we should be shipping early next week!), I figured it was time for something new.  And with Issue 2 being the topic of the day, it's time to get it more talked about.

The contest is simple, I hope.  Go to your account page and download your randomly selected free Single PDF from Issue 2 (any poem or story was fair game for the selection).  Read it, and then make a public post about it somewhere--love it, hate it, or just mention that it recalls to you a childhood memory of lilacs.  Whichwhatever.  We'd appreciate if you linked back to GUD or to the piece, but it's not required.

Then come back here and leave a comment on this post letting us know what you got and where you put your post so we can check it out.

The prize?  Right, there's always a prize.  The prize (for the randomly selected winner) is your choice of a $20 gift certificate at or a complete set of GUD-to-date (print + PDF) for yourself or a friend (that's Issues 0 through 2).

Deadline: by the end of January 2008, US Pacific time.  That gives you just shy of two weeks - Jan 31, 11:59p.

Contest is open to people of all countries, presuming it's legal where you are. :)  No purchase necessary to enter, obviously.

If you want in on the contest but didn't have an account when it was launched, don't worry!  Join now, and a freebie will be waiting in your newly created account. :)

- reddit, digg, facebook, stumbleupon, etc... please! ;)
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Friday, January 18, 2008 / 23:58:40

I wrote my review for "Jamie Hawkins' Muse" by Vanessa Gebbie.

The story is a mix of excellent writing and subtle references to embalming techniques--interesting enough of itself--but combined with the main character's zest and zeal to capture the elusive ane exotic butterfly (in this case, poetry), the story takes on a new meaning. The irony is this: the life of poetry is discovered in the death of the body, and worse, the muse Jamie so ardently seeks is only summoned completely when a 3 yr old victim of asthema shows up. In the death of youth is found the life of the eternal muse that speaks to each of us in time.

The story brings to mind that sometimes life, creativity and our muses are discovered in the unexpected, unimaginable, and most unlikely of places. We'll never know of those places until, like Jamie, we follow our hearts to dead bodies pulsing with creative life.
Sunday, January 20, 2008 / 23:29:14
I left mine at :) I loved it from the title!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 / 07:23:28
I started a thread at Scrawl for discussion of 'The Disappearance of Juliana.'
Monday, January 28, 2008 / 12:59:49
fjohnsharp -- it's appreciated, but Scrawl doesn't count as public for the purposes of the contest (you have to apply for membership, posts aren't publicly visible).
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 / 06:22:17
My freebie was "Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Stage IV" by Samantha Henderson. I posted a review on GUD's entry on You can take a look at it by going to… (The original link was just too long.) While you are there, if you mark the review as helpful, it will actually show up on the main entry for GUD instead of being relegated to a separate page for "All Reviews."

Thanks for letting me read the poem. It is a great one. So good, in fact, that I subscribed to GUD (as you will see from my posting).
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 / 18:17:38
My freebie was "The Festival of Colour". I posted a review at

Thanks for the freebie!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 / 18:51:49
I posted a mini-review of Tina Connolly's "The Salivary Reflex" here:…-salivary-reflex/
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 / 20:59:54

I ordered the PDF of the issue, then saw the contest, read Jam Kacian's "On Watching the Playoffs", and then posted a bit of a review in my blog at myspace.

I'm familiar with Jim's work through the haiku scene, etc., and think that this is an excellent one!

Terrie Leigh Relf….cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=12546582&blogID=352935084
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 / 10:29:48
Thursday, January 31, 2008 / 14:59:36
I reviewed "Freight" by Joseph Love here:…-special-promotion-to-promote-issue.html
Thursday, January 31, 2008 / 15:37:58
I got "Baby Edward" and posted on my blog at

Great idea.
Thursday, January 31, 2008 / 17:38:29
I reviewed Jason Love's story…">Freight, at…_weblog/2008/01/freight-at-gud.html"> Blue Hands and Beasts blog. Nicely executed piece of writing in my mind.
Friday, February 1, 2008 / 17:47:46
Done! Finally...….html
Sunday, February 3, 2008 / 14:30:07
Thank you all for participating! We hope you all enjoyed your freebies on some level, and keep checking back. We're definitely going to run this freebie/contest again with Issue 3. :)

And congratulations to our (randomly selected) winner, danielausema. He's selected for his prize the GUD package, Issues 0-2, so those will be on their way shortly. :)

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