Monday, May 12, 2014

e pluribus haiku 2014

finished eph 2014 and began the process of pushing it through createspace and amazon. it should be available in a few days. it has 875 haiku; each state has at least a dozen; i was fairly aggressive about omitting repetitive ones and ones i didn't care for anymore. it's a constant process of renewing, updating, using new 'rules' about what constitutes 5-7-5 and how to show what 5-7-5 i intend the reader to hear. i had become impatient with the 2013 version and am now proud that that one is relegated to the historical backfile that will show the development but will ultimately pass into oblivion. each state now has at least a dozen; there is less imbalance and better representation. i am not sure it is completely up to my increasingly higher standards, but hey, there's always next year.

here is an overview of my upcoming projects. it is a quick window, where i am just out of school, while the children still have it for about three weeks. this is part of what i'd like to accomplish:

eph 2014 should be marketed, taken to lubbock public library and hastings, so that folks around town know that i have a good book of poetry going. i could read from it; i wouldn't be ashamed to sell it at readings. it is now complete enough, that i'm proud to distribute it.

unloading: the original copy was never made available to the public, really, except by emailing me and hoping i see my e-mail. increasingly, i don't. i'd like this one on createspace/amazon too, and am willing to add a few random stories to the series which need to be unloaded, so to speak. ideally it would have had several others, that have already been prematurely unloaded. i'm thinking of having a permanent "unloading" collection where i just publish stories that don't go in other collections.

to be estar, running title of a collection of esl essays about language and language acquisition. if i'm not going to finish the book on language as a self-organizing system, i can at least publish what i've written about it, so that it doesn't become permanent google-doc, where it seems nobody will ever read it. i'm enjoying the self-publishing racket, if for no other reason, i always have christmas presents to give away. they're getting around, too. people read them. i'm not sure that people can't put them down; they do put them down, but slowly, i become better, and what i write becomes slightly more professional.

just passing through which is an autobiography and collection of travel stories on this very blog (see template) and constantly needs to be added to, updated, pored over, etc. until i can't stand it anymore. my life is at the perfect point to publish it, but, that's always true, and besides, the minute i do, something else crazy will happen and i'll wish i could put it in. i think i need something to pound on the table, though. it's time to push this one through the system. i'm hoping, sometime 2014, i'll have something to show for it. i did enter it into the aarp/huffpost contest, not that that mattered. they are like ted talks; as far as i can tell, they never even noticed that i entered it. maybe people think that the siu e-mail is spam, and they routinely dump it. but in any case, if i want it published, i'm on my own.

interference, my novel, is stalled in the water, but it's almost done, and it's going up too. i'm pushing it through createspace/amazon, and pretty soon i'll have a book to pound you over the head with. i have to finish it though. stop messing around, get it off the table, and push it through the mill. it's on its way, i promise.

marketingi could be marketing this stuff. i know how to do it. i could be spending a few cents on google ads, or even making banners, and pointing my websites to my work. it's not beyond my capability. it'll happen, i hope. stay tuned!

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