In light of the recent pandemic, I think it would be remiss of me to not write a poem about the coronavirus. Or in this case, a parody of the Kinks', "My Sharona" (which, apparently, "was going too far" for Weird Al, according to the New York Post. However, many others have taken up the… Continue reading “Why, Corona?” A parody
A lot has changed in four months, and yet, I still stand by most of my answers in this interview (the only thing I would change is that, obviously, I did publish some more books of poetry this year, and I am planning to self-publish The Blame Game).
Thanks again to Dave for sharing my thoughts with the world 🙂
This past year, I’ve made the decision to self-publish The Dark Queen of Darkness. I met with a local graphic artist/cover designer to start that process going and he offered up a tremendous amount of really good advice. This is my first time to this rodeo, so there’s a hell of a lot I don’t know, which isn’t really a surprise to me, but it leaves me with huge, icy snowdrifts of work. One of the things he pointed out was that I needed to start thinking about a publishing platform. It seems to me that everyone uses Amazon Create Space, which is what I was sort of expecting to do. However, he presented a really good argument about using a different platform so I’ve got additional avenues for advertising and marketing.
With all this in mind, I’m going to try to do a series of ‘interview-style’ blog posts…
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The results of my book buying survey (shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) are in, and: ...people don't buy poetry. Of the 104 people who have participated in the survey so far (primarily my Facebook friends and friends of friends), 82% said they would buy a work of fiction because they knew and liked the… Continue reading Book buying survey results
This week, I self-published four books: Songs from the Underground; Ever Unknown, Ever Misunderstood; Uneven Lanes; and Wabi-Sabi World: An Artist's Search. The first three are available as eBooks on Smashwords, and the last is available on Blurb in softcover and hardback. But that's not what this post is about (really). I hadn't intended to self publish. I admit… Continue reading So…self publishing
Yesterday, I set my alarm for 5:20 a.m., 10 minutes earlier than usual. A student had made plans to meet with me at 6:50 to do make-up work and discuss his grade. I didn't actually get out of bed at 5:20, though, and after a shower I considered my options: Make a PB&J and grind… Continue reading A Day in the Life
By now you've probably heard the basics: At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Friday, November 30th, 2018, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Southcentral Alaska. No deaths, no serious injuries, not much structural damage, but significant road damage. Of course, there's always more to the story. This post's featured photo, from the Associated Press, was taken 2.1 miles… Continue reading Let’s talk about that earthquake
You could say I'm inspired, at the moment, which is why I'm breaking my blogger silence before anything "big" has happened. I'm talking about publishing, of course. I'm still working on beginning that journey, doing more than dipping my toe in that vast ocean of chance. But I write to whoever is out there now… Continue reading Well it is NaNoWriMo, after all…