Fear, Loathing, & DIY

Unemployment Day One, Saturday, Home Alone

May 6, 2017 by Kirby | 0 comments

Great news: I quit my job! It was a terrible situation. Quitting has been a huge weight off my shoulders, my moral shoulders, emotional shoulders, and the regular ones. My back almost feels ok. I am now roaming around the house and yard instead of trolling it up at a desk! That’s a little bit of an exaggeration since it’s only day one, but I do feel good. I feel like there is hope and there isn’t and underlying feeling of dread because I have to go back to an office I hate in two days.

Anyway, it’s day one. K is at work and I’ve had the day to myself. So far I’ve SHOWERED, soaked and scrubbed my feet, gardened, went to Lowes, made stuffed peppers, thought about a to-do list, and made this turmeric mask.

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Faux Bamboo Nightstands

June 30, 2016 by Kirby | 0 comments



I fell in love with the nightstand on the left, but I couldn’t get on board with it’s $1,400+ price tag. So I book marked it with the hope that one day I would see that the price had gone down. However, the longer it sat in my bookmarks bar, the more I wanted it, or something like it, but I couldn’t find anything similar that had it’s narrow proportion. The closest I could find was the classic Chippendale bamboo series, and from an image search they looked pretty good painted. Chippendale is pretty solid furniture, and I knew if I found a set, I could really give it hell.

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Two Panels and a Book Fair this weekend at Writefest

February 22, 2016 by Kirby | 0 comments

I’ll be speaking on two panels at Writefest this Friday in Houston, TX, as well as participating in their book fair with NANO Fiction on Saturday. This is the first year of this festival and it seems very well organized, so I’m super excited to be a part of it.

The panels:

Crossing Boundaries: The Fluidity of Genre(s), Friday, 10.15-11.15 am. Moderator: Tayyba Kanwal, Panelists: Caseyrenée Lopez, founder and editor of Crab Fat Magazine and Kirby Johnson, founding editor of NANO Fiction and former editor of Black Warrior Review. 

Challenges of Running a Literary Journal, Friday Neil Clarke, Moderator: David LaBounty, editor of The First Line and Workers Write! Panelists: publisher and editor of Clarkesworld Magazine; Jordan Bass, executive editor at McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern; Kirby Johnson, founding editor of NANO Fiction; Caseyrenée Lopez, founder and editor-in-chief of Crab Fat Magazine.

And the book fair runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday.

Review: Casper Bed

January 17, 2016 by Kirby | 0 comments


OOO BABBBY! We got a new bed.

Purchasing a bed online wasn’t something we were planning on. We actually went to a Mattress Firm and Goldilocked the hell out of several beds before becoming restless, confused, and frighted at the high price tags. We knew we wanted memory foam with springs, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to bite the bullet and pay for one.

Then came a friend with a Casper who, while very well rested, told me, “Just try it” thus passing a figurative bed-sized joint that would soon allow me to sleep like a precious lil baby.
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2015 was an awful, beautiful year

January 4, 2016 by Kirby | 0 comments

It seems like everyone wants to talk a little, or write a little about 2015 before the new year really starts, and I don’t blame them. There is a value in meditating on the year we just completed before starting the next one, and it feels more important than ever–at least for my self–as 2015 was a particularly hard but amazing year.

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Fancy Fix Vinyl Privacy Film

November 28, 2015 by Kirby | 0 comments

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The windows were completely bare when we moved into the house, and while I knew I would use wood blinds as our base protection from peepers, creepers, and the sun, I didn’t want to use them on the back doors and bathroom window. I wanted something minimal that I never would have to clean.

I’ve also been trying the slow approach to figuring out how the house should look. While we may be making some big steps toward some DIY remodeling–inspired by our plumbing problem, more on that later–I don’t want to rush into any expensive purchases we might not like further down the road. So while we’ve put up blinds, I’m waiting on drapes, and wanted to stick to simple, classic solutions for the other stuff.

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The Before it All Fell Apart House Tour

November 13, 2015 by Kirby | 0 comments

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GUYS, I have not been good at blogging. There is something about having your boo kitty come home from his bro-ployment, then buying a house immediately after, while running a magazine, and also packing up/moving the office you work at that somehow takes up a shit-ton of time. Who would have figured?

Life stuff is how people become so boring. I’m boring! And life is hard! AMERIKA! CELEBRATION! Amen.

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