Friday, August 31, 2007
Once I finish the book of the first spell completely, it'll go up on lulu.com - I have the cover art and everything already in mind. It's just a matter of putting in the time to finish the writing.
If you know anyone that enjoys fantasy fiction, please don't hesitate to send this on.
*Note: This is the opening chapter, in part, of a full-length fiction novel I will be writing. The Grymwyre of Atlantean Spells will consist of a series of spells followed by a short story of its usage. This novel will set the stage for a series of fantasy novels set in various time periods. I will be blogging and podcasting teasers at http://grymwyre2.blogspot.com/
- with for-sale e-book, print book, and audio book versions available at lulu.com - I will sell each chapter as it is completed at a low cost and then the full novel once complete.*
The first spell is entitled The Blood Rose of Atlantis and features the prehistory of Vampires - in Atlantis, of course!
The podcast feed URL is http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheGrymwyreOfAtlanteanSpells
You should be able to search the podcast if you have iTunes or any podcast player software.
Hope all of you are doing great!!
Wordslingers Poetry On the Radio Sunday night 9/2/07 8-9pm 88.7 fm WLUW & streaming live www.wluw.org
M.C. Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It’s the Labor Day weekend. Which means what? Once you get past the smell of barbeque, or manage not get smash mangled during an alcohol juiced stock car road trip to ratsville or swallow copious amounts of aspirin and despair because your dream version of labor has little to do with what you actually do for a living, the September future resembles a long road of compromised hygiene and retrofitted reasons for self medication. Or writing angst poems.
Any way this Sunday night on Wordslingers 9/2//07 8pm-9 pm 88.7 fm WLUW and streaming live on www.wluw.org
He’s been performing his work in
years, featuring at many venues in
such as The Café, Pontiac Produce, The Oak Park Library, The
Skokie Public Library, The DVA Gallery, and Big Horse. He produced a
series of poet-band concerts at The Bop Shop and several suburban
locations. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications,
including: After Hours, Ink, U-Direct, and The Columbia Chronicle. He’s edited two editions of the "Anti-Mensch Anthology", and the short-lived magazine Big Pen. He has published two books with the Puddin'head Press "The Laundromat Girl" and "Eight Dollars An Hour".
anthologies, including Skylark, Rockford Review, The Lucid Stone,
Rambunctious Review, and Rhino. She has performed her work at all the major
poetry venues in the
recipient of the Joanne Hirshfield Memorial Prize for Poetry. She is a long
time member of The Poets' Club of Chicago. Sandy Goldsmith's new book is called "
David Gecic is the editor in chief of The Puddin'head Press, one of
David Gecic has hosted poetry readings at many locations including The Oak Park Library, The Skokie Library, The Alsip Library, The Bartlett Library, The Worth Library, Estelles, The Gallery Cabaret, The Bop Shop, The Waukegan Yacht Club, The Chesterton IN Book Fair, The Printer's Row Book Fair, and the Harold Washington Library, His work has appeared in several magazines and journals including After Hours and Hammer Magazine. He’ currently a member of Neutral
Turf, a not-for-profit organization that promotes teen poetry. He is one of
the founding members of the Red Path Theater Company.
Wordslingers airs on the 1st and 3rd Sunday nights from 8pm to 9pm live from the campus of
Now approaching it's 8th year, Wordslingers is all about poetry; no hype, no hustle, just the word, the rhythm, the vibe and the vision of poetic perception in the pulse between the power and the page!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
UPCOMING CHICAGO AREA EVENTS
**Tue Aug 28: The Cafe, 5115 N. Lincoln Ave,
presents an open mic. with featured poet Mike
Menges, 8 PM sharp.
**Fri Aug 31 Mercury Cafe Poetry Open Mic, 1505 W.
Chicago Ave, hosted by Vito Carli, features Dave
Gecic and Larry Janowski, 7 to 9 PM sharp, free.
**Tue Sept 4: The Cafe, 5115 N. Lincoln Ave,
presents an open mic. with featured poet Joe
Roarty, 8 PM sharp.
**Fri Sept 7: DvA Gallery, 2568 N. Lincoln Ave,
presents a reading by The Poetry Club of Chicago,
featuring Nancy Carrigan, Maureen Flannery, Chris
Gallinari, Pat Gangas, Glenna Holloway, Larry
Janowski, Wayne Allen Jones, Carol Kanter, C. J.
Laity, William Marr, Robert Mills, Charlie Newman,
Donna Pucciani, Tom Roby, and Charlie Rossiter, 8
PM sharp, free.
**Mon Sept 10: Molly Malone's, , 7652 W. Madison
St., Forest Park, IL, presents an open mic. with
featured poet Ron Offen, 7 PM, $3 - $5.
**Mon Sept 10: The Red Lion Pub, 2446 N. Lincoln,
presents a fiction open mic, bring your stories to
read, 7:30 PM.
**Tue Sept 11: The Cafe, 5115 N. Lincoln Ave,
presents an open mic. with featured poet CJ Laity
reading from Disco Hypnotic, 8 PM sharp.
**Mon Sept 17: Waiting 4 the Bus at Jaks Tap, 901
W. Jackson, featuring an open mic. with featured
guest Nina Corwin, 7:30 PM, free.
**Thur Sept 20: Jesse Oaks Bar and Grill, 18490 W
Old Gages Lake Rd, Gages Lake, IL, presents a open
mic. and poetry slam featuring poetry and music by
Francis Mai-Ling, 7 PM, $5 to compete, winner
takes the pot.
**Fri Sept 21 Mercury Cafe Poetry Open Mic, 1505
W. Chicago Ave, hosted by Vito Carli, features
Bromin Shumway , 7 to 9 PM sharp, free.
**Mon Oct 1: Waiting 4 the Bus at Jaks Tap, 901 W.
Jackson, featuring an open mic. with featured
guest Omniphonic with Tom and Lem Roby, 7:30 PM,
**Sat Oct 6: Heartland Cafe, 7000 North Glenwood,
presents a fund raiser for World Bicycle Relief,
featuring poetry by MARCH/Abrazo Authors, also
featuring films and photography, more details to
**Thur Oct 18: Jesse Oaks Bar and Grill, 18490 W
Old Gages Lake Rd, Gages Lake, IL, presents a open
mic. and poetry slam Capital K, 7 PM, $5 to
compete, winner takes the pot.
LOOKING FOR POETS
Saturday, August 18, 2007
It's on Poetry Days such as these that I turn to putting in more energy online into poetry. Writing, promoting, whatever I can do to connect to the spirit of what these three hours are for.
I gave Jillmarie of Green Leaf Coffee House and invitation to become a guest contributor to Word Whizzyrds - free reign to post notices of ALL the open mic events and music that Green Leaf does. They are really becoming a great asset to the local community and it's inspiring to see it.
So on that note, after reading several poets work online, I wrote this new one today that I'll leave you with. I'm looking forward to days when more of you can come out, but days limke this have their nice points too. I hope everything is going wonderfiully for all of you out there in the Western Chicago 'Burbs.
Who Will Fill This World?
I sit in the grey rainlight wondering,
Amidst clouds of pillowed steel,
Reading my peers and feeling,
I breathe in the angst like burned steel in this air,
Feeling a tentative green ghost waiting to be born,
A future we might yet bear to fruition,
A whiff of hope drifting up from my cup,
Of ginger-peach iced tea.
When you remember everything good in life,
Isn't it the moment someone you cherished cradled you,
Stroked your hair or hummed gently holding your hand?
What I know is that using anger like a tool burns you,
From the inside out it eats you alive,
It doesn't matter if you're an entire culture or a lonely heart,
It will make you its breakfast lunch and dinner,
As surely as this world spins 'round the sun -
I've seen it happen with my own two eyes.
We were great as a nation and as a people,
At those moments we were most filled with these things -
Dreams, hope, inspiration, compassion, vision.
What I know is that love fills you,
Feeds you and nourishes you and gently guides you,
And if you want to revere the past and those who went before,
Let their angers subside and yours as well,
Get closer to your ghosts in the memory of those moments that glow,
When they dreamed and loved and accomplished,
Give your ghosts a real future -
By dreaming and loving and accomplishing.
Tearing down takes moments,
Building up is always the real work.
What is it you birth?
Who will fill this world?
By: Daniel A. Stafford
Words are the mind's bridge - it's connection to all the universe.
Love is the heart's bridge - it's connection to all other souls.
Loving words can work miracles.
Monday, August 6, 2007
We had poets from Write Way Writers' Group of Joliet, Writers from Ottawa Writers Group, Windy City Romance Writers Group, Seneca, directly across the street, Plainfield, (Myself & Big Russ Pergram, of course) and more.
We also got some photos taken, so take a peek: