Friday, December 20, 2013

Poems & Progress

Greetings Boys and Girls,
It’s been a pretty interesting time in the life of yours truly. Aside from playing Santa (and successfully knocking it all out without having to maim anybody in the process), I’ve been keeping busy. I’ve been in talks for some new and exciting projects that I’m hoping will take shape soon, and I’ve also gone back and have been doing some serious editing on my poetry manuscript.
For those who don’t know, I released my chapbook Ghosts & Echoes in February of 2009. The book consists of some pieces from my manuscript, and a number of the live poems that have been staples in my sets since around 2003 or 2004. There have been over 100 poems (no jive) written for the project since 2005, but right now, it’s sitting at the 64-page mark, and as of this moment, that’s where it will stay.

It’s taken a lot longer than I initially anticipated to reach this point, where I’m comfortable sending it out for first book contests and the like. Each time I would hit a wall, my mantra would be I have more living to do before I can write more. Since I began banging the poems out, my life has changed tremendously over and over again, so it was interesting for me to see the shifting perspective, insight, and honesty in the poems. I’m really proud of the work, and after the last few bits (again, for the moment) are locked down, I look forward to getting a nice big stack of rejection letters for it. lol. It’s the nature of the beast, and it’s been quite some time since I’ve had any to add to my collection. In any case, I would love to find a home for the manuscript at some point in 2014. We’ll see if I can make it happen.

Switching gears, as the end of the year approaches, I’ve been reviewing who and where I’ve been over the past twelve months. In many ways, this has been my year of acceptance. Some of my close relationships ended, largely over really petty reasons, and I’ve been okay with that, which has been big for me. I’ve really become a better advocate for myself, my needs, and my actions, and I think I’ve done a good job of establishing boundaries and sticking to them, so if something has to fall apart that isn’t necessarily growing my spirit or bettering me, I’m cool with that.

I’m also pleased with the risks I’ve taken. As a result of those risks, I’ve had some extremely cool things happen to me, and some wonderful doors have been opened. I’m really looking forward to taking more chances next year and seeing what happens, and why not? As the kids say, YOLO!

Well gang, that’s all I’ve got right now. Be good, don’t let anyone else’s insecurity, fear, craziness, etc. dim your light, and I’ll talk to you soon.


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