Category Archives: Media and Downloads

The Final Chapter: AUDIO DOWNLOAD

Here’s another piece from my recent studio work. It’s the reading of the conclusion rant for my novel, Leather to the Corinthians, originally posted here. No music yet, would anyone like to put together some loops or something for this? Let me know via my contact form, I am always looking to collaborate.

Rather read it, man you are so OLD SCHOOL: The Final Chapter

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Come a Little Closer: MUSIC VIDEO

Recently I posted an audio download of my spoken word piece, Come a Little Closer. Since then, I have been messing around a bit with video editing, and I have put together a “music” video version of this piece. If you liked the audio download, then I think you’ll like this. If not, see you next time. I am hoping to do more of these in the future, and if anyone out there is a true video artist and would like to collaborate, please contact me, I am sure you’ll do much better than I did.

And now, the world premiere of Come a Little Closer!

Rather just listen? Here you go: Come a Little Closer: Audio Download

Rather just read it? Hrmm. Fine, here’s Come a Little Closer

Love to know what you think of my first effort. Thanks.

Kurt Vonnegut Rocked. Also, I Have Great News.

Yesterday I had a some fun at the expense of others, and myself. I was set to put a poem up today, but over the course of events in the last 24 hours I will have to push that until tomorrow.

Had quite the breakthrough, I have landed a teaching position in a Creative Writing BFA. The course is centered on guiding students in conducting research for historical and environmental settings, which is pretty much what I have done since age 7, when I needed to know what a Bastard Sword was. I had just started playing Dungeons and Dragons and I needed to buy a good weapon for my fighter, but I wasn’t sure if a Bastard Sword was appropriate. Turns out its great for all occasions.

I have been in education for 8 years now, but have yet to be able to teach what I truly live and die for. UNTIL NOW.

As I am now jammed for the day, with a shitton of work ahead of me, I am just going to share this gem and then it’s into the trenches. Kurt Vonnegut was the first of my literary heroes, and his brief talk on story structure kills me every time. Enjoy…poem tomorrow.

The Re-Cordings of a Deep Writer

Are you a “deep” writer? Perhaps you know one? You know what they are like, now don’t you?

I have spent many hours in the cool kid spots — coffee houses, pubs, behind the garage smoking. I have observed the “deep” writer in their natural environment, and have taken copious notes.

I have bundled all this knowledge together for you, so that you may more readily avoid this particularly devious sub-type, as any encounter with them will most likely send you to the therapist.

Here’s a wacky short story. Feel free to download it from the widget, share it, or blow your nose in it. I’ll post a poem tomorrow to show I am not betraying my people.

On a technical note, I like a lot of what Scribd.com does, but I am wondering if anyone uses something different? I would like to know about other options for sharing PDFs and the like.

 

Come a Little Closer: AUDIO DOWNLOAD

I recently had the opportunity to get into the studio with a good friend of mine and record a number of my spoken word pieces. Here is the first of many I will be making available. Come a Little Closer has always been one of my faves. It was my first posts on this site. Give it a listen, share it, download it and corrupt your iPod. Next week I hope to have a companion video piece for you as well. Later gators…

Rather read it? Man, you are so OLD SCHOOL. Come a Little Closer…

I Wrote my First Book in the Third Grade.

The nature of writing and the process of writing is such that you are forced to spend a lot of time in your head. A lot of time reflecting. Dwelling. Stewing. Imagining….etc.

This is probably why so many great writers had serious chemical dependency issues and more than a few have punched their own ticket. You’re up in your head, with no one to share the madness. And writing is such an isolated process…unless you enjoy taking your notebook to a coffee shop and taking that end stool so everyone can see what a deep, interesting person you are. To hell with that.

Putting this blog together has given me the opportunity to crack open the vault and dig through the piles of scrawlings stored within. There have been some surprises, and material that is downright embarrassing. Last night, as I was mining my genius, I came across my first true effort as an author…and illustrator.

In 1979, I was in the third grade. I had a mean old bag for a teacher, and all the kids secretly hoped for her demise. The power of the group mind is powerful, and for some reason she got sick and left for the remainder of the year. I have no idea what it was, but it was bad enough. This cleared the way for a seriously cool teacher, whose name was Ms. I Have No Friggin’ Clue.

My school hosted “Young Author’s Day,” and I am pretty sure that it is still going on, but maybe not as my school handled it. For a few weeks in the spring, every student in the school (k-6) dropped everything and made a book. Then, they were proudly displayed at reading tables in the gym. It completely rocked, and it was my favorite thing.

And that was the spark, clearly. A lot of kids wrote dumb shit about their pets or their family. NOT ME. I wrote a SCIENCE FICTION EPIC that featured foreshadowing, humor, glitzy high tech, classic space opera, full color illustrations, and a healthy amount of copyright violations. I even had the balls to use cursive script throughout. Looking at it, there’s still quite a bit of that kid hiding in my adult armor, battle-scarred and all.

And now…”THE WAR OF THE WORLDS.”

Is that title public domain now? It is pretty old.