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Wordsmith Wednesday

Today I’m hallmarking wordsmiths…kicking this post off with my most sold, and highly favored epic poem Atlóta, first self-published through iUniverse 2003… ahem… when the fee to have work printed and sold everywhere was only $159!

A few pronounced facts about Atlóta.

At over 1100 words, Atlóta only took a couple of days to complete, or let’s rephrase that. It took a couple of days to cloak, or wordsmith, because it had taken years to write this piece encapsulated of clips taken from a journal I had been keeping.

To my satisfaction, and surprise, after finishing Atlóta I discovered five distinct premises in the prose.

As the story goes, I originally wanted to do something with my journal, but knowing I couldn’t share it openly as it was, I decided to cloak (or wordsmith) portions of it…thus, by default, birthing an annotated memoir in freestyle form. It however, was by masking the prose that I unintentionally created an epic piece, wherein my argument in general, and quarrel with thi…

Title Tuesday

If not for sake of celebrating today's meme and droning home a point, then as a to test my recall, or rather, to prove how well I know my work, I'm treating us all to the backstory on my list of published titles.

My Blackberry (pub 2002) is a collection of essays and poetry written for my mother who as a child used to be referred to by her complexion… 'black gal,' which I spiced up to title ‘My Blackberry’.

Atlóta (pub 2003) is a collection of poetry inspired by and dedicated to an 11th grade English teacher who challenged students in a duel of words by assigning these ‘all be damned’ vocabulary tests. The title itself, pronounced (At-Low-Ta) is an acronym for; All The Letters Of The Alphabet – which speaks to an incident associated with one of these ‘all be damned’ vocabulary tests. (Now, the real backstory to be gotten is what's behind 'all the letters of the alphabet'… haha!)

Medieval Monday

I still receive quite a few requests to read ebooks, which I often cursorily pass on for more reasons than my reluctance to read full-length stories on screen. Today I’m visiting book production, from past to present, to explain why I do not read ebooks EXCEPT first, to address a few debates on electronic books, let's be clear:
I believe ebooks will be with us for a while, if not forever. Ebooks are also overwhelmingly convenient for avid readers uninterested in building libraries or owning print book products. I, as well, do not believe that the mere reading books on electronic devices will dumb us down.

The Benefits of Reading Diverse Books

To sentiments abject on living in the past I recall this well-known phrase. 'Live long enough and you’ll see that times haven’t changed.’

A string of recent encounters encouraged that universal phrase, and this post.—1. Alex Tizon’s Big Little Man memoir… 2. A comment on one of my dated posts I happened to come across… 3. Several comments and postings on various online social networks… 4. a Tweet I caught… and 5. A string of commentaries made by prize journalists, and followed by many supporters adhering to old customs and beliefs, evidenced by events that persist to this day.

My argument however, is not to advocate that ‘things change’, even if for peace’s sake change might not be an altogether bad thing. My challenge is wrangling over reading and writing generalizations that persists.

Promises, Promises, Promises

Just beneath, or above, committing the most egregious offense there is, has to be making promises and not keeping them. If I make a promise, I want to keep that promise because breaking promises are like missed opportunities... the loss mostly all on the offender's end.

So today, after reading (A Boy From Down East) written by Larry B. Gray who promised a relaxing read, and delivered on that promise, I’m inspired to create a Top Ten Thursday. Never mind if this day actually falls on Sunday, or Friday, or on every day but Thursday. Today, over here at OEBooks, it falls on today.

Obviously I cannot read the numerous book review requests I receive. I can’t even keep up with replying to all of the requests I receive, but I can pitch 10 ways to catch my attention and not only get a reply, but have the book read as well.

Making Waves

It is subjects like the one I'm about to broach that often has me rethinking the whole notion of taking myself, or anyone else for that matter, seriously. But I'll skirt all around that cargo to weigh in on three comments I’ve heard… a lot, in regards to my writing.

First there’s the question, “am I still writing?” This is both a good and bad question with an obvious answer. The good is at least not everyone thinks I'm always shoved in a corner writing. although it's not the greatest newsflash that an untapped audience like this does not know I am still writing.