Saturday, January 28, 2012

For My Dad On His Birthday

I could bring you a broken car
and you can turn out a hunk of gold
From worn down sheet metal.
Your old school hands
Are large and calloused
But nimble and full of colorful memory,
Baseball games, tinkering with everything,
Conjuring whittled and sanded treasures
From gnarled burl or an old tabletop.

You're my dad, you're the miracle man.
I remember you on the day I was hit by a car,
So many faces staring down at me,
and I saw yours first.
Your mustache was the stuff of legend,
Your trucks were tireless soldiers
Rusting away in an industrial war,
and their seat covers deflected the chemical fog
Which tickled me on morning rides to school
As you chuckled and rolled up your window.
In a sacred archive sits a tape recording you made
Reading "Jack and the Beanstalk" to me at bedtime
On nights you had to work.
I could fall asleep to it even now.

I love my Dad.
Happy Birthday.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Support Your Local Author!

I know that in a lot of my posts, I give you the latest coupon codes for Lulu.com. Trust me, I know as well as anyone here that times are tough financially, and that if you are looking to buy a copy of my books, you may find better deals on Amazon or other book sites. That is why I try to go the extra mile so you will hopefully decide to buy directly from the source instead of going elsewhere. I don't make very much money selling my books, but that's not the real reason why I write. I write because I love to. I write because it's in my blood. It's my greatest passion in life. I choose to sell my books online because I want to share my words with the world in tangible ways, besides writing a blog.

I'm not the only one, either.

For everyone who has helped support my writing financially and otherwise over the years, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. For those of you who are thinking about it, please consider first and foremost the place where you choose to buy my books from. By buying directly from Lulu.com, you are not only choosing to support me the most as an artist, but you also support my publisher too. Your help allows them to continue their great work helping independent writers and artists sell their products, many at no cost to the authors themselves. By buying from places like Amazon, fellow Lulu authors such as myself will only make $2.21 for a paperback book retailing at $14.95, before taxes. If you buy at Lulu, the author will make almost three times that amount. The rest goes towards the production of the book itself and Lulu takes a small commission...which honestly is a small price to pay considering the services they provide for writers who otherwise might never get published. Where else can an aspiring writer have COMPLETE control over their book, inside and out?

Click on the following links to browse books by two of my good friends (and fellow Lulu poets), Amanda Waley and Crystal Clemons:

Amanda Waley's Official Bookstore
Author Spotlight: Crystal A. Clemons

Their bookstores will also be permalinked to my blog, along with Matthew Nolan's website, my friend Mary's blog "Where the Ravens Fly," and my friend Tiffiany's food blog "Lafayette Food Junkie," as part of my personal effort to help plug the works of my equally (and more) talented friends, who have done the same thing for me in the past. Friends who write together, stay together ;)

P.S. Don't forget to take 25% off your order at Lulu.com, for a maximum savings of $50
Coupon Code: LULUBOOK305
Coupon expires January 31, 2012

P.S.S. Book buying can be a rich experience! Seek out your local book fairs, visit with the authors themselves, buy a book and have them autograph it for you!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New video: Retaliation

Posted another video tonight...this time I read the poem "Retaliation" from my book "Scrambled Egg: Poems and Other Confessions"

Please view, like, comment and share the crap out of it!

Friday, January 13, 2012

New video: Me with the Nibbler Bird!

This is obviously a departure from my usual stuff.

I thought I would play around with Windows Movie Maker with two videos I shot tonight with my cockatiel, T.J. Nibbler. It mostly consists of me blowing gently on him, which causes him to fluff and preen like he's getting a shower. He also shows you why he earned the name Nibbler!

It's not Oscar-worthy, but I hope you enjoy it.

The song used in this video is "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, from the album "Lynyrd Skynyrd [Pronounced Len-Nerd Skin-Nerd]"