Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Little Light Verse

I suppose this blog post would've been more appropriate last month, during National Poetry Month, but I wasn't ready to tell anyone my first book of poems will be ready in June. That's right, after years of writing poetry I finally managed to write enough verse to put the best ones together in a single volume.

The book, Paraphernalia in My Pocket, shares the name with this blog for one very simple reason: in both cases, the things I'm writing are little bits of things that illustrate a point or idea. To be honest, when I started this blog four years ago, I never intended to publish my poems. But times change and the title for the book of poetry is the right one.

I could change the name of the blog, but I don't think that's necessary. I don't think there'll be much -- if any -- confusion.

And more poems keep on coming. No sooner do I complete the edits on Volume 1 than more poems start flying onto the page. So there could easily be a second volume or perhaps a second edition of my poems. Who knows? Whatever happens there it will be years away, I'm sure.

The timing for this book is perfect for the New England Authors Expo in July. I'll be there to try and sell my wares which will now include, one novel, Aure the Topaz, one book of poetry, and one small collection of short stories (left over from my appearance at the Local Authors Day in Chelmsford last year). I'll have more to say about the Expo as the date arrives.

In also looks like I'll be able to participate in the Meet the Author series given by the Weymouth Library. I've contacted them and they now have my name for the fall. Additionally I am trying to get my book into speciality stores like Pandemonium Books in Cambridge. They stock my novel and the owner of the place loved it. I'm now trying to get the book stock in a comic book to see how it does there.

Lastly, I expect to be done with the revision of Book 2 in the Aglaril Cycle by mid-June. At which time, I will contact my publisher to see what interest they have in that book. So a lot of great things are happening. Hope everyone reading this will be good enough to support my efforts.

Keep writing, everyone!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Surprises

I've been having a few unexpected things happening here recently. The first was the other day when I realized that sudden upheavals seem to trigger my desire to write. You see, the husband of a cousin died suddenly and in response I wound up writing some poetry. This isn't the first time that's happened either. Odd that this should be my response. But I guess it is one of the ways in which I deal with the loss.

Then yesterday I found myself doing graphics work again. I've been doing that a lot lately because I create my own covers for my short stories. Sometimes it is hard to find an image or create a cover. In fact sometimes I have to settle for the images I can find so I can release it. Usually this is an occasional task, but recently it has been occurring with more frequency, probably because I'm releasing stories on a regular basis and I've got a poetry collection coming too.

And it is my inability to make the cover I want for my poetry collection which is likely to delay it from releasing. I need a way to create smokey letters and so far that has not happened. I may need to pay to have it done. 

Keep writing everyone.