Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sorry for the Delay!

We had targeted a 3/15 publication date for Issue 3. Computer access issues are putting that closer to a late this evening 3/16 release. All the same, some exciting offerings coming at you this evening. Excellent work from Hugh Fox, J.A. Tyler, Indira Chandrasekhar and Matt Dennison should be hitting eyeballs before midnight!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Spreading the Word. Fall Frontal Assault.

We're amping up our shameless shill quotient this week, in an attempt to get our authors read by as many people as possible.

With this in mind, we're asking any and all readers to mention us wherever possible. Facebook, Twitter, Below Top Secret, MySpace, /b/, Friendster, LiveJournal, private and public blogs, it matters not to us. Cafe, coffeeshops, diners, student union buildings. If you have read Loquacious Placemat, and think that even one sentence is worth people reading, let the people know.

This link:
will take people straight to our issues and downloads page where they can read issues one and two of Loquacious Placemat. Spread the word and change the world! (or at the very least give some unsuspecting readers the opportunity to discover some talented new writers.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Issue 2 Available for Download!

Loquacious Placemat Issue 2 is now available online and brings us another international line-up of talent. We kick things off with a peek under Leah Ebdon's keyboard. Vanessa Gebbie introduces us to Ed's Wife and Other Creatures with three surreal bits of microfiction. T.R. Healy gives us new insights into the inner lives of opera extras and Niall Boyce provides a tale of time travel run amok.

Our regional hard copies will be hitting the streets over the next 2 weeks. With this issue, we also introduce new formatting which allows anyone with access to a printer and "legal" sized paper (8.5" x 14") can become part of the Loquacious Placemat family by printing and distributing the 'mat.

If you have the means and the interest to become a part of this new initiative, drop us a note at TwistedThistleProductions[at]gmail[dot]com. Give us your info and the locations you'll be leaving the 'mat and we'll put the info on our website to help spread the word.

This offer is open to businesses who think their customers would dig us as well as rogue readers looking to put interesting words in strangers' hands.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Exciting things coming . . .

Issue 2 is packed to the gills with some amazing work and will be ready to roll in all it's surreal glory by mid-January.

Issue 3 is also taking shape with a level of submissions that continue to delight and amaze us.

In exciting business news, we have recently abandoned the search for sponsors/advertisers. It seems that while the Loquacious Placemat manifesto and mission is serving as a clarion call for an international array of creative minds, it does not yet loosen pursestrings in this trying economy.

Fortunately, here at Loquacious Placemat, we look at the positives. Since we have no need to reserve ad space, we have more room for interesting words and thoughts to hurl into the public arena. We are now free to be just a little bit weirder than we were before. What's more, we will be stepping further outside the box when it comes to getting the 'Mat into the streets.

We're still outlining the new plan, but we will say this: Break out the bananas and camouflage we're going guerrilla .

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Re-Affirmation. The Posting of the LP Manifesto.

Loquacious Placemat is here to resuscitate
the lost traditions of the broadsheet, the
pamphlet, the scribble and the screed. The
central idea is to get writing off of the shelves,
out of the drawers and into the streets.

We want to give literary fiction the power
to ambush the public. We want our stories to
be read by as broad a range of people as
possible. If this means that it is read through a
haze of cigarette smoke, gets splashed with
coffee or stained with whiskey, then so much
the better!

Our words can live long, healthy and quiet
lives nestled away in the literary corners of the
internet; they deserve to be lovingly bound in
traditional journals and stored on the shelves
of connoisseurs and academics. But, they need
to get out every once in a while. We want to
give the works published in Loquacious
Placemat the opportunity to get tattered
around the edges, folded in fourths and stuffed
in someone's back pocket.

Loquacious Placemat is here to put strange
words in front of those who would not
otherwise seek them out. Online, we will be a
concise and tidy journal. Out in the world, we
will be something not so easily defined;
something a little strange put out there with
the hopes that our strangeness will rub off on
the world

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Re-evaluating and Gearing Up.

So the first issue of Loquacious Placemat was definitely an artistic success. With excellent submissions from around the world, we exceeded our own expectations for the premiere issue. That is, when it comes to form and content of the thing.

Our business model is, however, taking a little more kick-starting than originally anticipated. As such, we are taking a slower approach as we prepare Issue 2. At this point, we are looking at a January/February 2010 release.

Between now and then we will be rolling out a new and improved web site as well as new advertising options for interested sponsors. This new model will allow us to maintain our current one ad per copy mantra, while opening up to a broader range of sponsors. If you are interested in advertising with Loquacious Placemat feel free to contact us at TwistedThistleProductions[at]gmail{dot}com. Opportunities start as low as $50.

We are also accepting submissions for Issue 2.

--Loquacious Placemat Staff

Saturday, July 18, 2009


For those of you who have already downloaded a .PDF copy of Loqacious Placemat Issue 1, there was a typo in one of our URLs for Mathew Klickstein. The correct link is: www.youtube.com/profklickberg. This error has been corrected in the currently available online version as well as the upcoming print edition.

Be sure to check out the link for a look at some amazing people an outstanding program.. From the site:

Following in the footsteps of Outsider Artists Florence Foster Jenkins, Langley Schools Project, and Wesley Willis, the Kids of Widney High are a group of young adults with developmental disabilities who make their own music. The Kids have four albums out, and have been covered by bands such as: the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Aquabats, and Osaka Popstar (made up of members of the Misfits, Black Flag, and the Ramones). They have also worked closely with such musical luminaries as Mike Patton and Jackson Browne.