if they are hungry

Don’t really have anything to say, but I wanted to share this maybe poem with everyone. It’s powerful.

It was written by Layli Long Soldier and published at Mud City Journal. It looks like she has a book coming out from Graywolf Press in 2017, which is all kinds of awesome.

Anyrate, you should just read it.

A quick excerpt:

One trader named Andrew Myrick is famous for his refusal to provide credit to Dakotas by saying, “If they are hungry, let them eat grass.”

There are variations of Myrick’s words, but they are all something to that effect.

When settlers and traders were killed during the Sioux Uprising, one of the first to be executed by the Dakota was Andrew Myrick.

When Myrick’s body was found,

his mouth was stuffed with grass.

I am inclined to call this act by the Dakota warriors a poem.

Read the whole thing here.

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revenge of the scammed

Lots to update everyone on. I’ll start out with posting the interviews I’ve published in the last month:

Fish Bites Cops! by David James Keaton. Interview published 4/12/2013 at Monkeybicycle.

Understories by Tim Horvath. Interview published 27/11/2013 at Monkeybicycle.

My Pet Serial Killer and The Laughter of Strangers by Michael J Seidlinger. Interview published 21/11/2013 at Monkeybicycle.

The House Enters the Street by Gretchen Henderson. Interview published 16/11/2013 at Monkeybicycle.

The Shape of Blue by Liz Scheid. Interview published 6/11/2013 at Monkeybicycle.

Can’t believe it’s been so long since I updated, especially since I planned on doing it every day during November.

Anyrate, as many of you know, I’ve been defrauded. Nate Tower and so many others have helped me organise a very cool campaign to try to recoup my losses. I’m out $2,000 and I’ll write a proper post about the whole thing later. Maybe this weekend. But, for now, just check out the indiegogo campaign.

So check out The Revenge of the Scammed Anthology.

More than just helping me recoup my losses, it’s full of very cool content. The Anthology is going to be killer and then people like Ryan W Bradley, Charles Spitzack, J David Osborne, and so many others are providing amazing things for backers.

Here’s a list of the anthology contributors:

  • Jesus Angel Garcia
  • David S. Atkinson
  • Allie Marini Batts
  • Ryan W Bradley
  • Paul D Brazil
  • Darlene Campos
  • Garrett Cook
  • Sandy Barrett Ebner
  • Rory Fleming
  • Susan Gibb
  • Michael Gonzalez
  • Amanda Gowin
  • Douglas Hackle
  • Sally Heymann
  • Don Lawson
  • William Lemon
  • h. l. nelson
  • J David Osborne
  • Alex Pruteanu
  • Stephen V Ramey
  • Matt Rowan
  • Robyn Ryle
  • Michael J. Seidlinger
  • Grergory Sherl
  • Ryan Shoemaker
  • Sam Snoek-Brown
  • Ben Tanzer
  • Susan Tepper
  • Refe Tuma
  • Richard Thomas
  • Nathaniel Tower
  • Robert Vaughan

And, if you’re a fan of me doing things, there are all sorts of things I’m personally offering, such as my first novel, Ash Cinema, drawings, paintings, videos of me singing, personal biographies and novellas, and even my editing skills.

So, for this holiday season, help a poor wild ydde out and he’ll repay you in content!

It really means so much to me that this has been put together. I can’t explain how grateful I am and I’ll never be able to thank everyone enough.

So just know I love you and appreciate all you’ve ever done for me.

people and emails

My interview with Ytasha L Womack at Monkeybicycle.

She’s amazing and be sure to check out her site.

Wrote about 20,000 words of short stories this last week and I’m working on getting them all in final form, which I think I completed this morning. Doing a bunch of submissions tonight, probably. Also got an email from China Mieville telling me he can’t blurb my book but he’ll be looking for it when it comes out, which is pretty cool news. Also got an email from a publisher interested in the poetry collection I wrote earlier this month, which is pretty nifty. Hopefully it works out.

Going to try to write a poetry chapbook right now, hopefully have it ready for tomorrow.

What else? Oh, some good stuff on the freelancing front, but I did a bunch of edits for this novel I’m working on, and for whatever reason they didn’t save properly in the file, so I need to restart. And editing something twice is the opposite of fun. But, that’s the job. Should work out fine, but now I’m on a quicker deadline than expected.

Also, digitally going to Blizzcon next weekend to write about Heroes of the Storm.

Anyrate, Chelsea’s birthday went well and I go to see her in a few hours.

 

friday so shutup

devastating

autumnal wind through trees

driving alone

The haiku ran through my head as I drove down the streets that grow familiar the longer I live here. It’s quite nice, finding a new place to live, learning how to live there. It becomes a new home and it’s weird to drive a car here, owing to how often I’m busing.

Anyrate, just wanted to share a haiku, which is pretty much the only form of poetry I really write, though I’ve been reading a lot lately. Of poetry, I mean. My Black Ocean subscription arrived all at once, which is awesome, as I’ve had books to pour through. Also, Ocean Vuong is maybe my new favorite poet. He’s utterly amazing, and reading him for the first time last week reminded me of when I discovered Rimbaud, though maybe that’s too high of praise.

But, yes, weekend begins and it should be a relaxing one. Chelsea and I are seeing Don Jon tonight, finally, and then tomorrow’s the Twin Cities Book Festival, which should be amazing, because how could it not be?

Oh, also, finally finding some freelancing jobs. Not so much yet, so I’ll likely still get a part time job, but it feels good to see the work paying off again.

Till next time.

things be brewing

First, I’ll start off with my interview with Lindsay Hunter at Monkeybicycle. It seems like those are the only updates I’ve been making lately. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of posting. Got some more exciting things to post here.

I wrote another poetry collection of tanka, ryuka, and haiku. 125 poems over three days to go with the poetry collection I wrote this spring which was about 120 poems. It’s weird for me to write poetry, and I think I’ll only ever write this kind of poetry, though I don’t know if I’ll ever take it that seriously. I mean, I take it seriously enough to write it all out, but I don’t know what to do with it now that it’s finished.

I’ll figure something out.

Been stalled super hard on the YA novella because of Time and stuff. Freelancing is going not so great as I can’t seem to find new jobs. If I don’t find something by the end of this week I’m going to start really looking for a part time job, just to make sure money continues to flow in and I don’t end up with a big mess on my hands.

What else? Chelsea’s birthday approaches, as does our 18 month anniversary. I have a surprise in mind, but she can’t know, so shut up your face. I need to finally write my nephews a book too, which I’ve owed them for almost two years! Being a bad uncle on that front.

Probably some other things too. I want to write a post about Breaking Bad now that it’s done, and I still need to write about the last two seasons of Lost, now that I’m done watching that weird show. Also, started watching a new show I want to talk about but that’s for later.

That’s all for now. Till next time, Starchild.