Scrap Iron

On the scale of exciting news, this one ranks pretty darn high

It turns out that Mark Jay Brewin, Jr., star and inspiration of our project, A Witness Carol, doesn’t just act in his friend’s college movie. I know, I know – I couldn’t believe it when I heard either. I thought that he just lived in a dark room near a red phone connected directly to our cell phones waiting for it to ring and to hear the words, “It’s time.” He would jump up, shave his impressive beard and fly down to film A Witness Carol 2: Christmas in July. Alas, this is not the case! No, it turns out he is also a very talented (and successful) poet and author. I mean, just listen to this quote:

Mark Jay Brewin Jr. is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His poems have been featured in Southern Poetry Review, The Los Angeles Review, Poet Lore, Cold Mountain Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. He as been a finalist for the Guy Owen Poetry Prize, the 2011 Third Coast Poetry Prize, and the New Letters Literary Award Contest, won the Yellowwood Poetry Contest at the Yalobusha Review, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Mark is currently the poetry editor for the online publication Saxifrage Press.

That’s right, Mr. Brewin’s award winning(!) book of poetry entitled Scrap Iron is officially available for preorder from The University of Utah Press. It is officially available in a book store near you in mid April.

You can also preorder from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Although it pains me to know that Mark doesn’t just sit in a dark room awaiting my call, both Danielle and I are incredibly proud of him. So let’s all raise a glass (the next time you have one in your hand) and toast. Congratulations to Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.!



Sleep Standing

Here at 23circles we believe in transparency, that’s why it’s important for me to tell you that we have about zero web programming skills – none at all. Our previous website was done in iWeb and this current iteration of the site is a product of wordpress and a custom theme that we bought. Just navigating the admin panel of wordpress is enough to give both Danielle and myself panic attacks.

What we can do well (at least we think we can) is create good content, and Danielle has proven this over the last couple of years with her amazing (to read and taste) blog Yeah, I’d Bake That.

With that in mind, I am proud to announce that Danielle has created a new blog chronicling her sleep mis-adventures called Sleep Standing.

From her about me page:

The purpose of this blog is to chronicle my sleep journeys because as I mentioned, sometimes they are ridiculously funny. Sometimes they’re really scary. My sleeping life has gotten to the point where we need to hide the weapons in the house, where I need to make sure I have room to walk around on my side of the bed, and where I should probably never live in a second floor bedroom.

There is some seriously weird, amazing, funny and scary stuff that goes on in Danielle’s head when she sleeps and we hope that you will follow along as she tries to come to terms with them all. It should make for an interesting ride at the very least. She’ll have posts about her personal trials, quotes about sleeping and transcripts from her sleep talking, like this one:

So go ahead over to to check out Danielle’s blog and another example of our web “programming” and while you’re at it be sure to follow her on twitter.



Our New Site


Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic site. 23circles will be that site. Better than it was before. Better…stronger…faster.  chi chi chi cha cha cha

Alright, so that may be an overstatement but we have rebuilt the site from scratch, hopefully providing a faster and better experience for you, our loyal(?) audience.

This site is a work in progress, so please contact us if you see a problem and let us know. We may try to build the six million dollar site, but we only have about six dollars to do it so feel free to let us know if you see something wrong.