Call for Submissions

October 12, 2011

Paidtobenice and T&A Present:

My Bloggy Valentine

Volume One, An Anthology

Call for Submissions

Send us your blogs, short stories about Valentine’s Day– hilarious, romantic-al, horror laden- whatever moves you. Yeah, we’re putting this out now so we have some collection and prep time for a February (of what year we don’t know yet) release.


My Bloggy Valentine is a play on “My Bloody Valentine,” which is both a cult-classic slasher film and the name of a cult-favorite alternative rock band familiar to a hip urban audience. 

My Bloggy Valentine will be an anthology documenting the technological expression of everyone’s favorite emotion, love, as seen through the prism of Valentine’s Day blog entries.

Before and after “V-day” bloggers of all stripes take to their keyboards to recount their experiences and either extoll or lament the annual emotional climax that is February 14. As a holiday both adored and disdained, Valentine’s Day is ripe for conflict, humor and entertainment.

The book’s concept is a box of chocolates, divided into eight chapters representing eight pieces of candy. These treats will range from sweet to bittersweet to bitter, with stories moving from the vomit-inducingly lovey-dovey to the unwholesome or bizarre.

We’ll include all flavors of amoré because we all know that when it’s good, it’s great, but sometimes you get a bad one. And because not everyone’s ready for a relationship, we won’t limit ourselves to love between humans – valentines written to pets, food, products or love itself are fair game.

My Bloggy Valentine will be a collection with a treat for every special or not-so-special someone during the Valentine season, as well a source of entertainment worth reading aloud to friends all year round. It’s a celebration of human heart as it reaches out through the arm and onto the Internet.


Love can be sweet and it can be bitter, and it’s definitely everything in between.

Chapter 1 – White Chocolate with Fudge Filling

This is the best of both worlds, a fun contrast, opposites attract.

In this, we’ll explore everything that’s new and stark. We’re at the puppy love stage here.

Chapter 2 – White Chocolate with Crispy Filling

Snaps, crackles and pops in your mouth. The fireworks begin, but things are still innocent.

Chapter 3 – Milk Chocolate with Bacon

Things are getting salty and sweet at the same time. A touch of grease for the fire smoldering inside all of us.

Chapter 4 – Milk Chocolate with Truffles

Truffles are so grown up, refined. We’ll get stories about adult relationships.

Chapter 5 – Milk Chocolate with Coconut Flakes

We’ll learn that those who seem sweet on the outside can still be disappointing. We’ll hear about getting stood up, being forgotten about when others “flake.”

Chapter 6 – Milk Chocolate with Orange Crème

Sounds like a bizarre combination – citrus and chocolate, but sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes this is the piece that someone takes a bite out of us and puts back in the box. It’s a flavor that’s an acquired taste. Take it or leave it.

Chapter 7 – Dark Chocolate with a Cherry Filling

Yes, darker desires and all and that ooey-gooey, “that sweet, that nasty, that gushy stuff,” as Jay-Z rapped. This is a classic, satisfying flavor, usually poppped all at once into your mouth to be savored, but makes your teeth ache afterwards.

Chapter 8 – Dark Chocolate with Nuts

Dark and nutty – says it all. We’ve been nutty, we’ve been with nutcases. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish who’s who.


Looking forward to reading your stuff.


Young love

January 7, 2010

The postman brought love:

In this day and age of email/evites, etc. I got the snazziest save the date card ever- a hand printed oversized card from friends in New York City who are insane and insanely awesome.

Portrait of a cool bi-coastal couple:

They make each other happy. They make me joyous.

We are getting old- all our friend are getting married!

“Eli and Tamara first crossed paths in the neighborhood of Silverlake Los Angeles. It was the fall of 2005.  He wore old rattlesnake boots held together with duct tape.  He sure thought himself clever. She thought he was strange. Soon after they met again at John Waters Christmas party.  Eli brought a very special Michael Shanker Flying V guitar for a musician friend to play for the evening.  They talked about art and laughed at John Waters set together. That night it was official. Eli was crazy about her. But it would take more to win her over.  It would take manual labor and a few home improvement projects. A couple of weeks later Eli wore gloves and a bandana to carry Tamaras refrigerator up and down two flights of stairs, smiling the whole time. He was on his way. Eli proposed to Tamara on a boat in Manhattan 3 and 1/2 years later.  She called him a jerk, then of course, said yes.  They live in New York with their two (semi) hypoallergenic cats Lemmy and Sasha and are disgustingly in love.”