The long-awaited paperback release of Mutants is here! You can get it from Amazon for $11.99!
And for those who like personalized stuff, I'm taking orders on my website for Limited Edition annotated copies, and they're only $15!! I know a couple of you had expressed interest in it, so hurry up and get your order in!
And yes, it's still available for those of you who refuse to use actual books...the Kindle version is on sale for $6.99.
Are you curious to see who you write like? Like, what famous author is coppin' your style? Check this out: This website will compare a few of your paragraphs or whatever to a huge database of I guess famous people? So I submitted my most recent poem, which was a Leonard Cohen-inspired piece, and I got Margaret Atwood. No complaints from me.
Speaking of Mr. Cohen, I'm proud to announce that said piece (which is also a new entry to my book, "World By Design" ), "To The Love(s) I Lost" , has also been accepted for submission into the next Fevers of the Mind compilation. If I was thrilled when they accepted two of my poems earlier this summer, I guess internal me is ecstatic now!
And that also reminds me...I've hardly written anything else this summer. Too busy thinking about Mutants and its upcoming paperback release. But I did write one poem earlier last month which was basically just me trying to get back into the groove of writing again, and it ended up being a thing about not writing: "Doggone Days" .
Finally, it's come to my attention that Leonard Cohen has a posthumous album coming out, and the first single dropped today. It's spare and beautiful and sad and lovely. I'm not gonna say anything more about it cuz I'll run out of room here and might get stupid-silly sad real quick.
I've been good the last couple years about not ramming it down your throats, but suicide is one of the biggest killers of men aged 45 and under. Guys, it's ok to talk about your feelings. Ladies, please let the men in your lives feel free to express theirs too when they're comfortable with opening up. It's a two-way street, and if a man is willing to give you everything, the least you can do is listen. I know it's a fine line to cross with all the other hashtags for concern, but FFS let's take care of each other!
And what I really hardly ever talk about are my own struggles and periods of suicidal ideation, let alone what would be considered attempts. I can barely bring myself to speak publicly (though I have, and it helps) of what I went through as a sibling of someone who suffered; talking about me is another story that I still don't feel 100% on top of being able to share. Maybe someday; it's not the point. I know I'll have to in order to move on, but it's hard when there are days that you can't help yourself from intrusive thoughts while still being a functional person.
A friend of mine posted something on her Facebook author page about WSPD today and I told her it reminded me of something I'd written a few years earlier, when I was still processing the loss of my brother on top of my own thoughts and feelings. I don't care if you read it or not; I don't even know at the time if I had meant it specifically about him but that's how I relate to it now.
What I really want you to know, and I don't care who you are, is that someone's listening and someone can use an ear. It doesn't matter what country you're in; there are suicide helplines in practically every nation and I'll fucking look one up for you if I can't help you myself. My WDC inbox is always open, my DM thing on Twitter is @fivesixer, and if you've got my cell number then use it if life stops feeling like an option. I mean it.
The in-between book, one part continuation of 100, one part preview of its full-blown follow-up, and one part a sprinkling of older and newer material, is here!!
For now, it's only available on Kindle, and you can get it here from Amazon!
A paperback version is coming, so fret not! It's only about 30 pages or so, but when it's ready it'll sell on Amazon for around $10 (I think) and I'll have Limited Edition Annotated Copies on sale at my website for around $15. How exciting!