Just wanted to leave a quick note about the promo sale for Hand in Unlovable Hand. The title is now available on Kobo and Google Play. The Kobo listing is currently not showing the promo price, but it should be set shortly.
So in case you need a rundown of every place where you can get the e-book:
Last month, I had a one-act play I’d written produced as part of Frontera Fest, a local theatre event. It was quite an event, and even if we don’t make Best of the Fest next week, I’ll be very happy with how things went. But that’s the subject of a longer post for later. For now, I’m happy to announce that I’ve published an e-book version of the script. (There will be a print run sometime later this month.) And for the duration of Frontera Fest, it will be available for just $0.99!
Hand in Unlovable Hand is currently available at the following online retailers: Amazon Smashwords
Or, you can buy direct from Payhip:
This offer is only good until the 15th. After that, the price goes up. So get it while the getting’s good!
(Note: This play contains mature themes and is not suitable for all readers/audiences.)
It’s interesting how things have changed since I finished that piece. For example, in the last section, I talk about wanting to scatter Reesa’s ashes in New Orleans, but I ended up scattering them in Prague when I was there last month. But I made the conscious decision not to change that part of the essay to note what actually happened. This piece is a reflection of where I was at a certain point in time. I’m satisfied with the way it ends; I didn’t want to change it.
I’m also glad this piece found a home with Trivia; they’ve published my work before, and they’re one of my favorite feminist spaces online, and to share this issue with writers I admire so much.
I’m posting my Pulitzer Remix poems over on the project site, but here’s a roundup of the first week!
The first five days, I created black-out poems. These pieces were all creative stretches for me; I have only created black-out pieces a handful of times. But I’m in a really busy period at work, and black-out poems are portable. I can carry pages around and work on them during breaks in my schedule. When I come home, I re-do the blackout in Photoshop.
I notice that, for the most part, these pieces are more abstract than my usual style. This is neither intention or unintentional; it’s simply what’s happening. I might try to return to more concrete pieces as I move on with the rest of the month. Or I might not.
What I do know is that writing in a voice that’s not my own is thrilling.
I have a villanelle entitled “I hear the thunder” in an anthology entitled Journey to Crone. I’m excited to be placed within this group of amazing poets, and also thrilled to have a villanelle published. It’s a tricky form, and more often than not, mine don’t even make it out for submission.
In preparation for the Pulitzer Remix project, you can read more about my work and my relationship to my source text here.
I keep thinking that April is going to be a less-hectic month, because I’m not traveling, but in fact I’m attending Poetry at Round Top. It’s just that now that I live in Texas, any drive that takes less than 2 hours no longer counts as traveling. There’s also the Austin International Poetry Festival. And my birthday, and a friend’s birthday. And, of course, the Pulitzer Remix project.
(I’ve come to accept that I’m one of those people that just thrives on being busy.)
That’s right! We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are is now available for pre-order. Finishing Line Press is offering a shipping discount for anyone who reserves a copy between now and February 27th.
I’ve spent today pretty much just bouncing off the walls. If I’m this excited now, I can only imagine how hyper I’ll be when the book is actually published in April.
The cover photograph is my own, taken in the Santa Elena canyon in Big Bend about two years ago. I knew for a long time that this would be my first choice for the cover, and I’m glad the good folks at Finishing Line agreed.
This weekend, “A Soul for an Hour” was published in the San Antonio Express-News, appearing both in print and online. This is the first of my twenty-six abecedarian sonnets to be published, and I’m happy to have the series debut in a Texas publication. Thanks to poetry editor Jim LaVilla-Havelin for publishing my work.
(The online formatting turned out a little wonky, but just imagine that none of the lines wrap around. And if you can get a print version, check out that one, because the lines ended up perfect.)
Though this isn’t mentioned in publication, this poem is dedicated to my friend Phoebe. (I’ll be sure to add the dedication when this is included in my next book.)
I’ve been holding onto this news for about two weeks now, but I wanted to wait until the contract had been signed and the release date had been set before I put this out to the entire internet.
I am thrilled to announce that Finishing Line Press has accepted my chapbook, We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are, for publication in 2013. I’m so excited to be working with Finishing Line. They’ve published a number of poets I admire, and I’m honored to be included. The book will be available for preorder on January 15th, and the official release date is set for April 27th.
Now I’m in the process of making sure the manuscript is perfect, selecting potential photographs to use for cover art, and other miscellaneous tasks to get everything ready for publication. It’s a lot of work, but I’m enjoying every moment of it. 2012 has been a great year for my writing; it looks like 2013 is going to start off with a bang as well.
Back in January, I took up the challenge of writing one small stone every day for the entire month. Two of those pieces were selected for A Blackbird Sings, which is now available on Kindle in both the US and the UK. (UK readers can also preorder the paperback here; US paperback coming soon.) I love the little poems in this anthology, and I’m honored to be a part of this book. In addition, editors Fiona and Kaspa have declared November 1st Mindful Writing Day (in addition to being the first day of NaNoWriMo, for those of you keeping track…), and the Kindle edition will be free that day (plus, you have the chance to win a copy by participating in the event).
Older readers might remember that I lost one of my closest friends to cancer on January 12th. I submitted five small stones for the anthology; two of them were written within days of that event. My two grief stones were the ones selected to be published. Despite the fact that ten months have passed and I have come a long way in the process, I admittedly felt vulnerable when I checked the proof copy. Both of my pieces are only three lines each, and yet they bring back the memories of those first few weeks of knowing Reesa was gone from my life.
I’m glad these small stones are out in the world. I hope they’re able to give someone else insight and hope.