Soon.

soon

The check is in the mail.
You’re next in line.
The other light just turned red.
Your order is shipping today.
The curtain is opening.
Your call is important to us.

Thank you for holding.

Your grades will be posted tomorrow.
The timer is ticking down.
Storm clouds are forming.
The bus is one stop away.
The pizza should be getting here.
Your file is downloading.

Buffering.

The grass is growing.
The paint is drying.
The cake is baking.
The dryer is buzzing.
The commercial is shouting.
A secret is waiting.

To be whispered.

The nurse will call your name.
You’re the next patient.
The MRI will be reviewed next week.
We should have your test results in two days.
We will call you if it is serious.
You shouldn’t have to worry.

White knuckles.

I’m going to have to get back to you.
Sign the papers and you’ll have it.
We’re just waiting for clearance.
The judge is in his chambers.
The jury is debating.
And then we will know.

Soon.

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WHY U NO?

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I’ve been trying to contact you
Although I have never said a word
I’ve been typing my thoughts to you
And sending them like prayers out
Into the ether. Never seen, but merely whispers

You have not responded
I must assume you are getting my messages
What do you think when you look down to read them?
Do you think me a fool, an asshole, or misguided?

Your apathy angers me
Your unwillingness to let me in frustrates me
Your disregard for my feelings disturbs me
Why are you so willing to ignore me?

Ignore my thoughts, my feelings, my plans, my needs, my love?
How can you go about your day without a concern.
Without a glance, without a nod, or a we’ll talk soon.
Your lack of response has driven me mad.
I have diminished myself by lurking, stalking.

I see you on your Facebook
Liking a person’s status
Making cute little comments
Posting, posting, posting.

What have you been doing the last two days?
The days that you have been ignoring me?
Let’s look at that timeline and see.
Oh.

You lost your phone in the toilet.

My bad.

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Big Book Giveaway Event – CHECK IT OUT!

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I’m giving away five ebook editions of my novel, Leather to the Corinthians as a part of a mega-contest-giveaway-promotion for fellow author Brian Braden, who’s throwing the shindig to celebrate the release of his new novel, Tears of the Dead.

He’s gathered up a ton of books from a variety of authors and there will be giveaways (print and ebooks and some other surprises) all day long, for the next three days.

All you have to do to have a chance to win is join the event on Facebook, which you can do here:

https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/events/870116096349702/

Winners will be chosen at random and it’s looking like there will be a lot of them — why not you?

And don’t just join the event! Stop by and say hey to all the cool people that will be virtually hanging out. See you there.

Leather to the Corinthians: Now available in every e-book format!

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Hi All,

I’ve recently released my novel from the confines of the Kindle-verse. You can still purchase it on Amazon, but I’ve put out a Smashwords edition and it can now be read on the Nook, Kobo eReader, and iOS devices.

It’s also available through Oyster and Scribd, so those of you with subscriptions to those services can download it as well.

To celebrate, LTTC is only $2.99 for all versions except Kindle, which is holding steady at $3.99.

Leather to the Corinthians on:

Smashwords

Barnes and Noble Nook

Apple (iBooks)

Kobo

Oyster

Scribd

 

Coming Soon!

Overdrive version for libraries

Baker & Taylor Blio

 

Lightning Rides and Other Highs: My Poetry Collection

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I have a small collection of my early poetry that has been available online for almost two years, but I have never bothered to promote it.

Not sure why. Perhaps I wasn’t feeling confident or the fact that it’s only an ebook, or that the platform that sells it was new at the time and I didn’t know if they would make it.

Well, it’s time to let my neglected child see the light of day. So here it is.

It’s only $1.50 and features some of the poems on this site and other early works. As long as you have an e-reader that can handle an ePub file, you’ll be good to go.

Click here to grab a “copy.”

Happy Sunday.

Bang.

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Bang.

A hammer to a nail.
A fist to a door.
The finger to a trigger.

Bang.

The guy overheard at the bar.
Sharing his last conquest.
Banged her, he says.

Bravado, ego, the art of bragging.
I’ve little time for this nonsense.
I’m in the corner booth.
A little off. A bit fuzzy.
Busy analyzing what’s wrong with the world
And the people in it.

A BIG BANG.

PLEASE.

One to bookend the first.
The slam of a fucking huge meteor
Somewhere in the South Pacific
Following by a cleansing wash of sea water
Across it all creation
Drowning us and freeing nature of our tyranny.

BANG.

Save me from having to hear another word
From the douchebag
Holding court
Five yards away.

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My Writing Process: A Blog Hop Stop

Blog Hops are these neat little things where different bloggers build bridges between their worlds and hopefully introduce their readers to someone new. There are all kinds of themes for blog hops. This particular one is about the writing process.

Sidney Williams from Sid is Alive passed the baton my way for this leg of the blog hop. Sid is a friend, colleague, and fantastic horror writer and I recommend that you check him out.

Now on to the questions:

What am I working on?

I have several projects under way. For the past six months I have been working on a manuscript for a horror novel (it’s Trainspotting in a haunted house) and a poetry collection with a friend of mine. I’m also doing a fair bit of copywriting and reporting regularly for GenuineOrlando.com.

And…I recently finished a one-month Bizarro writing workshop on Litreactor.com, hosted by one of the pillars of the genre, Rose O’Keefe (publisher of Eraserhead Press). I managed to crank out three short stories and I am putting together a few pitches for potential bizarro novellas.

This is by far the most exciting thing I am currently working on.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I’d like to think that it has to do with the referential nature of my writing, along with my talent for satire. My first (and currently only) novel, Leather to the Corinthians, is a bit of a genre mash-up that many found hard to describe. Perhaps that is not the best thing for marketing, but hearing someone say that you just HAVE TO READ IT TO UNDERSTAND IT…that feels great to me.

I have also been told that the book is weird, wild, bizarre, etc. I’ll take that too.

I wrote the book I wanted to write.

Why do I write what I do?

To kind of piggyback on that last thing, I write stories that I would want to read. I have experienced so much STORY in my life, through reading, watching, and playing. I am well read. I know formula, trope, and cliché. I am always looking for something original. I try to do that with my own work and present an original voice.

How does my writing process work?

I write every day, M-F. Sometimes on the weekends, but that’s typically only if there is a paycheck involved.

I need quiet. I need isolation. I am now at the point in my life where I have my own home office and that has made me much more productive. I am more creative when I am tired or after exercise, so I try to time my sessions to line up with these.

I can write at any time in the day, but until I do, I feel like I left something on the stove.

Or the water running.

Or that I am being crushed by 1000 pounds of dreams and expectations.

Also, I will listen to music that reinforces the mood of what I am writing. Many of my characters have soundtracks or playlists that help me stay true.

Who’s next on the Blog Hop?

I have chosen two wonderful writers for you.

Dominic and I have been friends since I started blogging. We met through WordPress. I love his stuff. He’s so damn authentic. You can find him here – eternalDomnation.com

Linda is a writer and folk artist, and she is amazing at both. Her blog is relatively new and each post is so very well crafted. Find her at: Lindapuritz.wordpress.com

Creative Writing – Poetry – Short Pieces – News – By Tom Lucas

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