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Lots to tell you folks…

1. Progress on Deadland and Four Elements + Dani’s Art Book

2. Upcoming Events

3. The dreaded move.

4. The Great Houdini


PROGRESS.

So far so good on bringing to life DEADLAND, a comic project that I wrote and Daniele Serra is illustrating. We're working up five complete pages plus a cover to start shopping to publishers. Based on initial reactions from WIP readers, this shouldn't be a hard sell. Meanwhile, I did my final edits to my section of FOUR ELEMENTS, which is a group effort in poetry written by Linda Addison, Charlee Jacob, Marge Simon, and me. We each took an element of nature and wrote about it. Bet you can't guess which element was mine...tee hee. Dani also has a new book of his artwork out, for $12.95. You can order it via the website - it's called Illusions.

EVENTS.

Right. So even though BARFODDER was released a gazillion months ago (ok, not really - but it was mid-January), the belated Happy-Happy Joy-Joy release party will take place a week from today on May 18th, during happy hour (4-8pm) at the Bigfoot Lodge in San Francisco. Books will be available for purchase, though you should really just come for the Poe (a delicious black vodka concoction drafted by Lauren for the occasion). There will be nibbles from Nob Hill Grille, and of course...happy hour booze prices.

On May 31st, I will be the featured poet at the VettedWord monthly Slam, hosted by Olga Rosales. Contact her if you'd like to sign up for the open mic. The place was jam packed last event - so come early for a seat. The cover is $7 and includes delicious appetizers.

Here is a reading I did at the first event they did:



You can't tell, but I tripped over the microphone cord (small space!) and forgot the words to my own poem...but you wouldn't know unless you had your copy of BARFODDER handy, and were following along.

Moving on into June, I'll be presenting this year's Bram Stoker Award for Poetry with Lucy Snyder at the Stoker Awards Weekend in Burbank - preceded by a signing at Dark Delicacies. Hope to see my LA peeps out there.

MOVING SUCKS.

I am now undergoing the dreaded boxing of 6 years worth of accumulated junk at my current apartment, along with a big purge of said junk. Ok, it's not junk - but it's A LOT OF STUFF. Stuff and things. I'm getting rid of the loveseat, George's Chair (for those of you who don't already know, that's my ghost), table, Queen Anne chairs...you name it. If you ever ogled something in my apartment and wished it was yours - now is the time to speak up. Everything must go!

Except, of course, the books.

HOUDINI, THE GREAT.

Houdi is growing into quite the character. Just this weekend, he learned that there is a whole other world that needs exploring on the countertops in the kitchen. He explored his way through 2 Waterford glasses, and a few plates, which we found scattered about the floor when we got home from furniture shopping. Luckily he was not hurt...but we now can't leave glasses to dry on the counter, for sure. Or anything, for that matter.

As you may remember, I taught Houdi to say the word "Ma-ma," and he routinely wakes me up in the morning yelling it into my ear. I have since taught him to say "Hello," and more recently, "I love you." He's only said "I love you" twice, but I'm confident he'll be chattering that phrase soon, too. I caught him sitting in the window one day, nattering on at the birds. "Mama...Mom...Mom-ma! Momma! Mom....Helloooooooooooo! Helloooooooo...hell-OOOOOOO!" I have yet to get this on video, but I'm working on it. He doesn't say the words on que.

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