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John Berbrich: The World Boneblog #16

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on April 25, 2014 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (3)

Hey, faithful friends & fans, we are back.  Just sent out our latest issue of Barbaric Yawp, January 2014, volume 17, number 1.  Mailed it out in April, sure, but at least it's done.  2013 was a meltdown.  Working on the April 2014 issue now, which I expect to have out in May.  By July I expect to be fully caught up.  Then we'll see about chapbooks. 

Thanks to everyone who has stuck by us.  We plan to do more on the website, including text, video, & who knows what else.  Oh, radio--more on that later.  I'm signing off right now.  Check back soon.  I will.



weather: cloudy

sonic: the occasional passing car

beverage: coffee

miscellaneous: Peter Tieryas Liu / Wallace Stevens

for fun & adventure, contact John at

John Berbrich: The World Boneblog #15

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on August 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Well, faithful friends & followers, I have an announcement to make.  As of this moment, August 26th, 2013, @ precisely 7:41 in the evening, EST, Barbaric Yawp--in fact, all of BoneWorld--is officially on hiatus, until at least January 1st, 2014.  We've been on a sort of unofficial hiatus for awhile, but now it is official.

What does this mean?

Well, it means that no new magazines or chapbooks will be published by BoneWorld Publishing in 2013, a year I am calling The Lost Year.  We expect to return gloriously in January.  We will however continue to receive manuscripts & hope to catch up w/ our reading pretty soon.  This also means that we will honor every subscription & every purchase of additional copies w/ future publications.  All authors whose work has been accepted will appear in the next Yawp--again, due out in January.   

This action is regrettable but necessary.  Thanks to all for your patience & good will.  We fully expect to carry on for many years, decades in fact. I promise to keep in touch.

soundtrack 1: rain falling on the metal roof outside my window.

soundtrack 2: Nancy's dance-pop thumping upstairs.

weather: rain, like I said.

Miscellaneous: Hermann Hesse

For fun, adventure, & plain old dialogue, contact John at

Gone Too Long!

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on May 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (3)

    It's been such a long time, I don't know where to begin! When we had our awesome intern last summer, we actually got caught up on The Yawp! Too bad, we didn't keep it up...but alas we are behind AGAIN! And, I can't even think about all the chaps we have promised outstanding authors and haven't gotten to...summer is here, and I should actually have some time to devote to BoneWorld...except over dinner John and I discussed another creative project we are interested in...Flailing Skeleton videos. How do we get ourselves into these things!

    In fact, weekend before last that awesome intern was graduated! And, last weekend, we attended her wedding! Congrats to her!

   The last three months we've been up to our necks in drywall dust that made it into every inch of BoneWorld including my studio which was closed off and up two floors! Tonight we put the last calking around the sink in the kitchen and all that's left is staining and urethane (when the pollen clears and I can get my windows open...nasty smelling stuff). Oh, and upper cupboards...

   Right now, we're working on trying to keep ahead of our lawn, planting our gardens, and getting our bees off to a good spring start. It's been pretty cold with a hard frost a couple of nights ago, but we did not get the three foot of snow they got on Whiteface (not so far from here)...that's just wrong!

   Thanks for your patience. I'll try to keep you posted...


A Boneblog from the Intern (Numero Dos)

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on June 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Well, this will be my second attempt at this blog entry.

Oh, the joys of traveling. An hours worth of work just gone!

Now that I have some icecream in my stomach I think that I have the patience to reattempt, so enjoy! :-)

Here is me in D.C. ... only moments away from the Rock the Mall event!

Yesterday was a long day needless to say. I think I walked about ten miles yesterday, now my knees are swollen and my feet, oh and my back is not feeling to hot either, but enough complaining! Let me tell you about some of the cool things we did.

During the event the girls favorite part was the SWAPS. SWAPS are Special Whatchamicallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere, there was tons of cute things. A lot of them were made about the area they are from, some birthday oriented, some just cool things. I made pink glittery stars that say "Girl Scouts Makes Stars" (cause we do! I'm a living example :-D) After you have made a whole bunch you take them and trade them with people. Some of the adults also participated in a Quilt Swap, we spent a lot of time making sqaures that all looked the same that we could "swap" with others.

After all that it was pretty hot for the girls, we are from Northern NY! I am pretty sure I am the only one who enjoyed the heat. I never realized that I missed it after moving back to NY a year ago. Kind of makes me wonder about my grad school goals... In Alaska!

We also went to a couple of the museums. The girls favorite was the Museum of Natural History where we were able to go into a butterfly atrium.

There were so many butterflies that were so amazing. They were so colorful I wish I could post all the pictures that I have but there is just so many! All the girls were amazed that they were so close to the butterflies. Some were even landing on us! My mother absolutely loves butterflies and she had two of them on her hat at one point... Here's a pic of me with one on my shirt! SO COOL!

The little bugger didn't want to leave me! But, he had to, we needed to get the girls to a nice shady location so my mother and I could do some more walking to Hard Rock Cafe to get everyone's dinners. At first I was a little bummed, my feet didn't want to be in my shoes anymore but, once I got there it was SO worth it because...


I almost died of a mild heart attack, my heart palpitated quite a bit, woooo, I <3 Prince so much.

I will definitely get into more music in later blogs... I know you have some really good concert stories!

If you were in D.C. yesterday you definitely saw a lot of Girl Scouts of all ages, young and old.

When I took this I was standing near the Washington Monument, there was this amount of people from every direction. It was breathtaking how many people there was! Right after I took this I then laid down to take one of my favorite photographs I took!

I hope that everyone had a great weekend like all these girls did!

And don't forget the Challenge, email me all of your Girl Scout stories ( I want to hear all the good and the bad ones, gritty, or not! Send them my way!


The Intern - Erica K.


A Boneblog from the Intern (Her First Entry)

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on June 8, 2012 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Well Good Evening BoneWorld!

As John has introduced me as enthusiastic, and a hater of cabbage... that hate is more like a passion of despise. I seriously HATE cabbage. But anyways, he also did state that I get around. As we speak I am sitting in the car at a Girl Scout camp somewhere in Maryland. I have my IPOD cranked, a converter with my laptop plugged in as well as a wireless box. I guess you can't really call that camping but about 15 yards away are 29 other Girl Scouts sleeping on the wooden floors of old cabins with their sleeping bags and flash lights after a long but exciting day. A really LONG day.

We left Northern NY today around 6am with quite a few stops for my likings but what do you expect when 22 of those girls are from Kindergarten to Senior in highschool? One of the girls in the vehicle that I am helping drive is actually a puker as well... Not the best thing. Our first stop was at Indian Echo Caverns in Pennsylvania near Hersey Park. Although I have seen some gorgeous caverns and in my opinion these were not the best but we did hear some interesting stories. Whose heard of the "Pennsylvania Hermit" before? I can say I am extremely interested in reading up about this man who actually made the caverns his home!

This is one of the photos from the caverns, this is one of the lakes within the cavern. The water was SO clear, nondrinkable but absolutely gorgeous.

This picture is of starting from the left... My beautiful neice, she is on her first year of Daisies, then me, I am a Daisy Leader at the moment but on my eigtheenth year of scouting, and last my amazing mother who made this possible. Including her years as a Guide in Canada and a Junior Leader in the States she has twenty-five years of scouting this year! We are part of the now NYPENN Pathways Council, formerly part of the Thousand Islands Council.

I should probably tell you about why we have embarked on this three day journey shouldn't I? Do we have any fellow or former Girl Scouts out there? 2012 is the 100th Birthday of Girl Scouting, so my mother planned a trip to Washington D.C. to attend the Rock the Mall Sing-A-Long Event. All over Washington will be tons of different things tomorrow so if you are in the area check it out. I am one of the few whose been to this area so I am extremely excited to show these girls of all ages all the sites of our capital and hopefully some museums as well as the singing events.

So can I give you all a challenge? I want to hear some Girl Scout Stories... what is your favorite Girl Scout memory, or maybe the worst? Tell me some stories (email to: Make sure you include what council you were/are apart of and how many years of scouting you have done. I want to make a blog of my favorite three stories!

Have a great weekend! I am sure I will have more to share tomorrow after spending the day in D.C.!

John Berbrich: The World Boneblog #14

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on June 6, 2012 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey friends & BoneWorlders!  Summer's going along smoothly, although we've had to crank up the woodstove the last few days.  Our summer intern, Erica Kelso, has been working w/ us for the past two weeks, & I'm pleased to say that she brings enthusiasm & good literary sense to our meetings.  Plus she hates cabbage.  Although I like cabbage I don't hold this against her. 

For the remainder of the summer, it appears that Erica will handle the blogging aspects of BoneWorld communication.  And she gets around, so expect the unexpected.  All kidding aside, I expect this added boost to our editorial staff will help us to catch up on some dreadfully lingering projects. 

That's it for now.  Reading Philip K. Dick.  Be nice to Erica.


-John /

John Berbrich: the World Boneblog #13

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on April 22, 2012 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Well, it's good to be back on the web.  I'm listening to old Who right now, so the world is lively & full of mischief.  No, not the doctor w/ the Tardis & all those scarves; I mean the one w/ the big nose who plays his guitar w/ a windmill roundhouse flail.  Yeah, that guy.  Anyway....

Thaddeus Rutkowski, one of our MuscleHead chapbook ( White and Wong, 2007) authors, had a story published in The New York Times.  "Mountain Man" appeared in that publication's austere & august pages on March 11th, 2012.  Congratulations Thaddeus!  

To everyone waiting for chapbooks, April is a tough month, being National Poetry Month.  Looks like we might have a college intern working w/ us this summer, so we should be able to catch up on all our responsibilities.  Thanks for all your patience.

I'm drinking water tonight, don't know why.  Contact me at for further discussion.  Bye.

Nancy Berbrich: the World Boneblog 12

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on February 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (2)

I see John hasn't been here in awhile, so I guess I'll drop a word or two. It's been busy around here, but I just uploaded our newest offerings from MuscleHead, Earth Bound by Gregory Liffick and the latest tomB Baby (with Hot Robert Toddy) by CEE. Both are really cool and worth checking out. John's favorite subject the last couple of posts has been the radio show. We did one yesterday and had a blast! Valentines Day and Cheesemonkeys...don't ask...We've got lots of things coming up in BoneWorld. If John doesn't keep you posted, I'll be back...

John Berbrich: the World Boneblog #11

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on June 24, 2011 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Okay, it looks as though the studio is back in order, which means that tomorrow we return to live radio.  Listen to the Howie & the Wolfman Show--w/ Spice!--tomorrow, June 25th, 2011, @ 11:00 a.m.  Listen at 91.1 FM if you're in the Potsdam, New York area.  Otherwise you can check us out online at   We play requests.  Obviously, I am th Wolfman & Nancy is Spice!  Howie?  Well that's a whole nuther story.

Seriously, check it out.


John Berbrich: The World BoneBlog #10

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on May 22, 2011 at 2:14 PM Comments comments (0)

Just a note.  In the February issue of Barbaric Yawp, only recently mailed out to all contributors & subscribers, I included at the end of my introduction information regarding a radio show Nancy & I have the privilege of conducting on Saturday mornings, the Howie & the Wolfman Show.  Well, at present the building in which the studio is housed is undergoing some major renovations, & it looks as though we won't be back spinning discs until early July.  So if you've checked online for our dazzling barrage of sonic grooves, there's a good reason why you didn't find them.  More on this as I find out more about our next potential broadcast date.

Also, it appears we've survived May 21st, the Rapture or whatever it was.  I can't tell if we've been taken or not.  Everything seems pretty much the same, except the weather is a little drier. And they let us bring our dogs, which I thought was nice.

Also also: to anyone commenting on these BoneBlogs--for some reason I am unable to open the "comments," although it seems that comments have indeed been left.  So please direct comments, queries, observations directly to me at my e-mail address:

Sounds like Joe Satriani shredding his gee-tar upstairs.  Bye.  -John