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Contribute to My "Nightmarriage" Indie-Go-Go Fundraiser!

Contribute to My “Nightmarriage” Indie-Go-Go Fundraiser!

To Boldly Go Where “Nightmarriage” Has Never Gone Before Today marks the one-year anniversary of the release of Nightmarriage. (I know. My mind is blown, too!) To commemorate the occasion, I launched a 40-day fundraiser on Indie-Go-Go today in hopes of raising $1500 for advertising on NoiseTrade.com and Facebook. I intend to give Nightmarriage...
CTJ Designs Jennifer Luitwieler's "Seven Days in May" Book Cover

CTJ Designs Jennifer Luitwieler’s “Seven Days in May” Book Cover

In February, I designed the cover of Jennifer Luitwieler’s new book, a novel titled Seven Days in May. Unfortunately, I did not draw the marvelous map of Tulsa that adorns the cover. That’s an authentic work from 1918. My biased review of the book is up at Amazon here. Buy...
CTJ Designs "Building a Life Out of Words" Book Cover

CTJ Designs “Building a Life Out of Words” Book Cover

Just finished my first ever paying book cover design! It’s nice when dead presidents can validate your meager attempts at art. Thanks to Shawn Smucker for giving me a chance. It was a pleasure, despite the fact that it took me around 30 hours to create from start to finish. I began...
Rubblebucket Tours for "Omega La La" LP, Sings Omega Lullabye for Evie

Rubblebucket Tours for “Omega La La” LP, Sings Omega Lullabye for Evie

I was already off work this week, attempting to help the wife keep our almost 3-week-old daughter from sabotaging sanity and sleep alike, but it was Rubblebucket that really made my week. It’s one thing to take perverse joy in the knowledge that your coworkers are handling all the “TPS...
CTJ Lands Publication in "FrontMatter" With Article on eBooks & Scholarly Publishing

CTJ Lands Publication in “FrontMatter” With Article on eBooks & Scholarly Publishing

I wrote an article for Allen Press‘ publication FrontMatter, and it appeared in the newly published volume 16 issue yesterday. It is available for reading here. The article is titled “eManifest Destiny: Implications of the eBook Frontier for Scholarly Publishing.” Most shocking of all about this piece is the fact...
Nobody Wants to Be the Stinky Kid: CTJ Creates Planetary Recycling Poster for Allen Press, Inc.

Nobody Wants to Be the Stinky Kid: CTJ Creates Planetary Recycling Poster for Allen Press, Inc.

I created the above poster (click on it to enlarge it) for Allen Press, Inc., my place of employment here in Lawrence, KS. First, I sketched the shapes and facial expressions for each planet. Then I used GIMP, a freeware raster graphics alternative to Adobe Photoshop, to “ink” the images....
Buy My T-Shirts. Give Baby Evie a Future. You Know Writers Make Bupkis.

Buy My T-Shirts. Give Baby Evie a Future. You Know Writers Make Bupkis.

http://www.cafepress.com/ChadThomasJohnston The madness begins now (now now now … sinister echo). Most of my drawerings are too low-res for Café Press’s guidelines, but I am making sure all of my new ones lend themselves handy creations such as this nifty marshmallow sandwich totebag. You’re capitalists, so I don’t have to...
CTJ Creates Cover Art for Author Dwain Smith's New Book "Bullheaded"

CTJ Creates Cover Art for Author Dwain Smith’s New Book “Bullheaded”

In February, one of my contacts on Twitter, Claudia Hall Christian (@ClaudiaC), indirectly introduced me to Washington D. C.-based author Dwain Smith (@DwainSmith). She informed her followers that I was interested in creating book art, as I love drawing (in addition to writing). But I gave Claudia a little extra...
My Honorable Mention Essay Entry in Belle & Sebastian's "Write About Love" Contest

My Honorable Mention Essay Entry in Belle & Sebastian’s “Write About Love” Contest

Today I received notification from Matador Records that I have been awarded honorable mention in Belle & Sebastian’s Write About Love essay contest. We were limited to 300 words, and I did the best I could with what time I had.  We honorable mention essay writers will receive an autographed...
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Download the First Third of "Nightmarriage" FREE from NoiseTrade Books

Download the First Third of “Nightmarriage” FREE from NoiseTrade Books

Download the “To ‘Halve’ and to Hold” excerpt of Nightmarriage from NoiseTrade.com. It’s the first third of the book, folks! If you like it, there are plenty of instructions in the front and back matter about buying e-book and print copies, so don’t worry. I made it easy for you, I promise.  
"Nightmarriage": Information, Critical Acclaim, Published Excerpts, Free Audiobook MP3s & More

“Nightmarriage”: Information, Critical Acclaim, Published Excerpts, Free Audiobook MP3s & More

Buy CTJ’s”Nightmarriage” NOW! Buy the Print Edition Here for $14.99 Buy the E-book Edition Here for $4.99 Buy the Color Edition Here for $34.99 Chad Thomas Johnston’s Nightmarriage is a whimsical memoir that explores the terrors of marriage and the perils of parenthood. Adapted from Johnston’s blog series of the same name, Nightmarriage proves that, when two people marry, their...

Protected: The Adventures of Animated Snortie, #1

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An Animated GIF Mother's Day Card for Becki, from Evie and Me

An Animated GIF Mother’s Day Card for Becki, from Evie and Me

Mama, I love you t-h-i-i-i-s-s-s much! You gave birth to me, so I know I’ll always be your little stinker. (Remember when I practiced my disco skunk moves before trick ‘r’ treating with Emma and Logan back in October?) You give me a place to live. Although I sometime act like I would rather live...
Book Review: Elizabeth Esther's "Girl at the End of the World"

Book Review: Elizabeth Esther’s “Girl at the End of the World”

I read this book in two days. I never read anything in two days—not ever. I am a tortoise of a reader, trudging along the highway with innumerable hares haranguing me as they hurry past me. Most books take me weeks or months to mull over. As a writer, I am also pretty pokey. But...
CTJ Contributes Essay to Andi Cumbo's "Our Best 10 Tips for Writers"

CTJ Contributes Essay to Andi Cumbo’s “Our Best 10 Tips for Writers”

My Latest Essay My latest essay, “Writing is for the Birds (So I Should Probably Build Myself a Nest),” appears in Andi Cumbo’s e-book, Our Best 10 Tips for Writers alongside pieces by Gayle Brandeis, Andi Cumbo-Floyd, Karrie Higgins, Sonny Lemmons, Jennifer Luitwieler, Gwyn McVay, and Alexandra Moffett-Bateau. “Like” my Facebook page, and the download...
Image Journal Blog Essay: "The Afflicter of the Comforted"

Image Journal Blog Essay: “The Afflicter of the Comforted”

My latest essay for Image Journal‘s “Good Letters” blog appears today. It may be my favorite short-essay I’ve ever written. I had a blast working on it. It’s called “The Afflicter of the Comfortable.” It is a loving tribute to my dear friend, Mr. Timothy P. Herndon, whose elbow is well acquainted with my ribs. Please...
"Nightmarriage" + Namedrop in Lawrence Magazine

“Nightmarriage” + Namedrop in Lawrence Magazine

Lawrence local author Pam Grout mentioned Nightmarriage and my name in the Winter 2013 issue of Lawrence Magazine. Read the complete issue here. Either Pam or the folks at the magazine decided my name was not long enough, however, and added an “e” to the end of Johnston. So now I have a pen name:...
My Review of Daniel Amos's "Dig Here Said the Angel"

My Review of Daniel Amos’s “Dig Here Said the Angel”

IMAGE Journal‘s “Good Letters” blog published my review of Daniel Amos’s excellent Dig Here Said the Angel album today. Read and share. Also, at the beginning of the essay, I issue a public challenge to Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. In September in an interview with CNN, he challenged Christians to make “better music.” In my...
"Nightmarriage" Awarded Honorable Mention in Great Midwest Book Festival

“Nightmarriage” Awarded Honorable Mention in Great Midwest Book Festival

This just in: Nightmarriage has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Great Midwest Book Festival in the General Non-Fiction category. Which is pretty much what the screen capture below would tell you. Buy my book for all of your loved ones and nemeses this forthcoming holiday season! http://www.greatmidwestbookfestival.com/ On November 1st, I find out if...
New IN TOUCH Magazine Essay: "Kill and Eat: A Story of Life, Death, and Crawfish"

New IN TOUCH Magazine Essay: “Kill and Eat: A Story of Life, Death, and Crawfish”

KILL AND EAT: A STORY OF LIFE, DEATH, AND CRAWFISH My latest essay, “Kill and Eat: A Story of Life, Death, and Crawfish,” published through In Touch Magazine Online today. Enjoy the read, or listen to Jeff Gregory’s streamable audio narration of it! Thanks to Shane Schenkel for letting me interview him about his family’s...
NEW Image Journal Blog Essays + A Free "Haunted Sports Musical"

NEW Image Journal Blog Essays + A Free “Haunted Sports Musical”

My Two Latest Image Journal Blog Essays My latest essay for IMAGE Journal’s “Good Letters” blog—a piece titled “Why Should Darkness Seem Truer Than Light?”—published today. If you like it, please share it via the usual social media channels. Also, be sure to check out Jan Vallone’s excellent book, Pieces of Someday, which you can...
Denison Witmer Sings Evie to Sleep

Denison Witmer Sings Evie to Sleep

I have been listening to Denison Witmer since I discovered his Safe Away album in 2001, which was a very lonely year for me. I was in graduate school, girlfriendless, and vocationally clueless. I soothed myself by listening to Safe Away and a few other albums I mention here in my essay, “The Flowering Dark,“...