First, let me thank you for your support. It is your support that will take me into the future and help me find my roots as a poet and a creator. I also think I should thank you all for your patience, I'm not always the best at keeping my content as "weekly" as I am supposed to, but below I will explain why.
Let me also take the time to say this; I hate that I live in an era where I have to beg for cash to create, but (ironically) beggars cannot be choosers.
That is why I am grateful for every dollar and follower I receive. No one has to patronize me, but it helps whenever people decide to.
I am a poet, it is my craft and my trade. It is what I am good at and you can call me old-fashioned, but I was raised to believe that is how you are supposed to make your living, by doing what you are best at for money.
Yet I find it harder and harder to create with each day that passes, as I grow older and see more of how fucked people can be, the weight of my depression slows me down, effectively making it harder to write. This is a problem for me because I owe my patrons something, at the bare minimum I owe it to you to write.
Somehow I manage to work through those dark thoughts, hell by writing this I'm doing it as we speak. But I know that I owe something more.
So, I would like to do two things with this post.
The first thing I want to do is announce that I am working on and will soon self publish my first poetry book. It will be a short chapbook collection of poems and I hope that I can see it sell well in local bookshops and online. And yes, you will be receiving free copies, my dear patrons.
Secondly, as you can imagine, self-publishing will take some capital, which is why I ask that you, my dear patrons, share the word about my work. Interact with my posts, share them far and wide with as many people as you can. When you see a poem or post that resonates with you, share it. Boost it. Trust me, it helps.
I also wouldn't mind if you introduce me to any friends you might have in the book-selling or distribution industries. ;-)
Also, when you receive your two copies of my upcoming chapbook, please share and post about it as much as you can. (James did you say two copies?) Yes, TWO! It is my goal to send each of my patrons not one but two copies of my upcoming book so that they may give their extra copy to one friend who they think will resonate with my work. Sort of a word of mouth of poetry, kind of thing.
You are probably wondering "When is the book coming out?" and "What is the title of this hot new piece?"
The book's release date is TBD, because, well, I have to finish writing the damn thing. Secondly, the book will be titled My Father and Charles Bukowski.
I wish I could give a firm release date for my book, but self-publishing takes a lot of work. Like not just writing it, I have to have people edit the book, I have to pay for a printer which won't be cheap because I will only use union printers (solidarity forever!) and I have to purchase a thing called an ISBN (look it up). That's all the leg work I have to do BEFORE I cozy up to book dealers.
So again, I'm sorry if my posts seem to be lagging or not as long as one might like. It is a challenge to chase your dreams while drudging through the draining experience of mental illness and the need to survive in a cold, capitalist world.