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Nerds Are in the Air

Me and Death, post Comic-Con

It’s July in San Diego, which means Comic-Con descends upon downtown and the air is filled with the sound of Nerdist live podcasting. It’s truly a beautiful time for us geek chic wannabes. I love that, these days, the ones who were once uninvited to the table of cool kids are instead having kickass lunches on hovercrafts and space station bridges, enthusiastically inviting all around them to attend. I heart the nerds.

A few months ago, I had the privilege of being interviewed by one Barbra Dillon of Fanboy Comics, a Comic-Con uber-presence, which to me meant that creepy little death poems had officially achieved a brand new amazing level of cool. Be sure to check out Fanboy at Comic-Con if you are in town for the week and enjoy all of the yub nub!

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fanboyBarbra J. Dillon, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor: Just over a year ago, you released your first poetry collection, Creepy Little Death Poems. What inspired you to take on this subject matter, and do you feel that the creative process of writing the collection impacted you as the project took shape?

TT: Joan Didion said, “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.” For me, writing the poems was a transformative experience, one that helped me unpack and cope with a really dark time. Depression can be mysterious. It’s intangible and tangible at the same time, because, for me at least, I would feel it emotionally as well as physically. I think that’s why the image of the Grim Reaper, or, to be more accurate, the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come from A Muppet Christmas Carol (because I’m a total holiday nerd), made so much sense to me…READ MORE AT FANBOY.

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Mysterious Amazingness

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Day of the Dead at Mysterious Galaxy!

Yay for indie bookstores!

Special thanks to the amazing Maryelizabeth Hart and the crew at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego for supporting local writers and always hosting spectacular events, including the monthly local authors events and the recent Day of the Dead reading and signing. Death and I were able to hang out with some amazing HWA writers and heard some truly fantastical stories (some of which were a little scary for Death and me, but we got through it!)

See below for a sneak peak at the reading!

 

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Tiffany, death poems and Maryelizabeth, aka indie bookstore guru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beth Accomando and me

KPBS horror geek Beth Accomando snagging a copy of death poems’ for her mom’s birthday. Yes, I just said that.

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Local authors event in July. (Death poems require humorous delivery.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tiffany Joins a Panel of San Diego Indie Writers!

Tuesday July 8

San Diego Writers, Ink has graciously invited us to host an event on indie publishing on Tuesday, July 8 at 7 pm. Join us for an evening of book signings, readings and publishing discussions.

The Ink Spot Gallery Space in Liberty Station
2730 Historic Decatur Rd.
Barracks 16, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92106

This free event is hosted by:

Tiffany Tang, author of the recently published creepy little death poems

Dominic Carrillo, author of Americano Abroad, 2014 SD Book Award Finalist for Travel Writing

Laura Preble, author of OUT, 2014 SD Book Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction.

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…introducing ‘creepy little death poems,’ the book!

creepy little death poems picAs most of you will recall, in September of 2012, I wrote a blog entry entitled “Write Out the Dark Spots” about the transformative power of writing. It was a vulnerable post, exposing my struggles with overcoming depression. However, it was also a necessary post. In order to mine my creative worth, I had to explore the obstacles. In this post, I introduced my “creepy little death poems.”

The response was quite supportive, and people sort of became fans of the poetry. It was dark. It was funny – at least I thought so. People were probably surprised. As I mentioned in the post, I’m not someone who typically walks around talking about death…

Because the response to this blog post was so positive, I decided to take advantage of National Poetry Month in April of 2013 to post 30 days of “creepy little death poems” on Facebook – mostly on a dare. What followed was a month of humor and darkness that got everyone around me giggling. Well, most everyone. My mother was worried about me. Peripheral Facebook connections were either hesitant about commenting on my page or over the moon about the poems.

But mostly, people really dug them. I was happy. I dug them, too.

Early in 2014, I was cast in a production of “Macbeth” at Intrepid Shakespeare Company, where I was handed a challenge: find an illustrator, create a book and we will sell your ‘death poems’ in the lobby.

Challenge accepted.

I found a ‘death poem’ kindred spirit in Lizzie Silverman’s clever artwork and together we created this compilation. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that people want to have this on their bookshelves.

What started as a very awkward step towards uncovering the darkness has turned into thousands of points of light and I am grateful to have people around me who say they believe – in me, in the amazingness of creating work, and in the idea that when we support each other’s artistic pursuits, we all benefit.

Thank you!

Grab a copy of “creepy little death poems” here.

 

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