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Dec 31, 2010

Year in Review

Well what have I done this past year, let's see.  I've written nine poems, two mini-blog essays, one song, and twenty-three blog posts.  That's not too bad.  I hope to write more during the new year coming up.   

Dec 22, 2010

Computer Slaves (New Poem) 12/20/10

What was spoken of somewhere at sometime in the deep and dark past has now come into being.  The future age is here.  Flying cars, no not yet.  Jet packs, no sorry not yet.  Living on the moon....once again no, not yet.  But what then is it? Computers.  Computers.  Computers.  Computers, my friend.  That's what it is in this day and age.  We are slaves to our computers.  Long ago before this modern age if someone said the world would be ruled by computers and other hi-tech devices they would just shake their heads and call you crazy.  But look around.  Just look.  Yes, right now.  Everywhere you look we are either plugged into or logged onto some type of computer.  Is it madness?  No, not yet. 

Dec 9, 2010

Author Interview


Check out the awesome interview from SellingBooks.com featuring poet and writer Charlie Clouse. Click on the link below.  

On Writing A Novel


The ideas are there written down on paper. Plot points, bits of dialog, character names and other stuff. Now all I need to do is write the first sentence to get the novel started. I will work on it this month and the following year coming up. If everything goes according to plan, which it might or might not, we'll just have to wait and see. But if everything does go well I should have the novel or at least a very good rough draft of the novel completed by next year around this time. Then from there I plan to publish it and market it by the year 2012 or if I need more time writing at least by the year 2014.

Nov 29, 2010

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Nov 26, 2010

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Nov 14, 2010

November (New Poem) 11/12/10

Hello November.
Goodbye November.
October took you out for dinner and now
December is going to treat you to dessert.
But somehow you always seem to get the short end of the stick.
You see we are still munching on left over Halloween candy
and even now as we speak we are already thinking of
Christmas and shopping and all that good stuff.
But at least you do have that one day that brings
the whole family together.
As we sit around a big table or in front of the TV
to eat the flesh and other remains of a dead bird.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Oct 31, 2010

Halloween Pics


We all had a great time trick-or-treating. Oh yeah, Mandy went as a zombie ninja....she had a bullet through her head. Enjoy the pictures.








Happy Halloween!


Trick or Treat.
Tonight we're going out to celebrate Halloween.
Right now I'm drinking coffee "Seattle's Best" which so far is the best coffee I've ever tasted.  At the moment Jenny, Mandy (Jenny's friend), and Lucy are watching "Ghostbusters".  We're all going to get dressed up tonight and go trick-or-treating.  David is going to be Death or a grim reaper version of death. David looks creepy and awesome in his make-up and costume and looking all bad ass and evil.  Lucy is going to be Wonder Woman. She looks so cute in her little costume.  Jenny is also going to go as Death but not as in the grim reaper but as the cool goth chic Death in the Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman.  I'm not sure what Mandy is going to be yet.  Charlie (me) is going to be a Jedi knight from Star Wars, complete with a lightsaber (the Force not included).  I'll post some pictures later on tonight.  Happy Halloween everybody.

Oct 19, 2010

Halloween Night (New Poem) 10/16/10

Spooky masks and sweet candy corn treats.  
Hell is unleashed on Earth for one night and for one night only we dress up and become someone else.  
We become vampires and zombies.  
Wookies and Jedi knights.  
Super heroes and creepy psychotic killers.  
A hockey mask.  
A sharp razored glove.  
A white mask with black lifeless eyes.  
Known mostly by their first names that will send chills down your spine.
Jason.  
Freddy.  
Michael.  
Halloween night is the only night that we want to be scared to death, but only if it doesn't really kill us.

A Tribute To Beer (New Poem) 10/10/10

A sip of beer.
A bottle....no wait.
One, two, three or more bottles of beer.
We love beer.
We want beer and it is beer that we shall have.
Our minds are open.
Late at night and letting ourselves go.
Wandering into a world of entertainment and erotic fantasies.
Stumbling into crazy dreams of uncertain but possible realities.
Discovering ourselves for the first, second, or maybe even third time.
Our eyes are closed.
Our hearts are open.
Drifting.
Drifting.
Drifting.
Drifting further and further away off to sleep.
Just sleep.
Just sleep.
Just....ZZZZ....ZZZ....ZZ....Z....zzzz....zzz....zz....z.

Oct 10, 2010

A Question For You

Here's a little question for anyone who reads this blog. I've been thinking of maybe starting a possible poetry newsletter either online or maybe a print version or both. It will feature a one to two page newsletter with poems and other stuff by people who contribute poems, stories, or anything else that they want. I would like to have some kind of feedback if anyone would be interested in this type of newsletter. It will be available for free of course. You can send your comments below. Thank you for your time.

Sep 26, 2010

Washing Dishes and Listening To Rush

Yes, just what the title says I'm actually doing the dishes and listening to Rush.  Oh, by the way in case you don't know RUSH is freaking awesome.

Sep 11, 2010

Why Poetry Matters


A few blog posts back I posted a blog post about Poetry and why it matters. Currently I still believe that Poetry does in fact matter and will continue to matter as the years go by and the days and nights blur into one another. Poetry can sometimes be boring and out of date sometimes. But it can also be fun, exciting, and full of life and so much more. We can find the art of Poetry in the form of music, books, and even in the quiet atmosphere of nature and in the busy streets of the city. Poetry does in fact matter and will continue to matter as long as people keep remembering that it does matter. That's it. That's all I have to say about that. The fact is: Poetry Matters!

Dylan and Hendrix

Okay, I've been drinking a few beers and a White Russian. Head is swimming in that euphoric state of being. Right now l'm listening to Jimi Hendrix, but I think I'll listen to good old Bob Dylan. Well, you know what I mean, not "old" Bob Dylan but I guess "young" Bob Dylan from the album "Highway 61 Revisited". For some reason I like to listen to Dylan when I've been drinking. I listen to other stuff as well such as the Beatles and whatever else is on the radio at the time and so on and so on. Right now the song "Like A Rolling Stone" is playing. Yeah, it sounds so good just like it always does. Cheers!

Aug 28, 2010

Free E-Books Now Available!


Yes, it's true. Three chapbooks that were originally selling for $6.95 are now available for free. A few other up-dates have also been added to the website as well including more names added to the "Thank You" page and awesome covers for the free short story titled "The Secret Of Andrew Miller" and the free epic poem called "October Sun" and also the free song lyrics. Check it out when you get a chance.  Visit the link below:

Aug 15, 2010

Still Summer-time (New Poem) 8/15/10

Don't complain.
Don't worry.
Summer-time is still alive and well.
There's no time for useless
fights and silly arguments.
The hot sun still shines down
and makes us squint our eyes.

Be Fun And Goofy (New Poem) 8/14/10


Again into the past.
Separate but a complete individual.
Crazy info commercials.
Love at every turn.
My girl beside me.
High on this little piece of life.
Also high on other stuff.
Coming down in a calm
and orderly fashion.
A little smile.
A sly, smart, sexy smile.
Waiting for us to be
completely naked.
In a dream?
No, not this time.
Right now, it's for real.
Let go once more.
Be fun and goofy.
Everyone must feel like
this at one time or another.

Crickets (New Poem) 8/14/10

I can't stop laughing.
Our words no longer matter.
Yoda speaks and we understand perfectly.
Time begs us to stop and stand still but we
cover our ears and do not listen.
A few crickets are chirping outside.

Aug 5, 2010

The Job (Mini-Blog Essay)


At the moment I'm on vacation. I just got back from Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. It was great to actually get away for awhile and have a nice relaxing vacation out of state for once. Okay, so here is the mini-blog essay titled "The Job". Over the years I've had several jobs that for the most part I didn't enjoy. My current job so far has been really good and I plan to stay there for awhile. I don't have any complaints and I don't dread going there like other jobs that I've had in the past. My first job which was working at a family owned fast food restaurant called "Wright's Dairy Rite" in Staunton, Virginia. I just turned 17 a week or so before I got the job. From there I learned the art of flipping burgers and making fries. I also started smoking more often. Before that I didn't smoke that much but after I started working there I became a full time smoker (I have since then quit smoking). Also during the weekends some of us would party after work and drink alcohol and hang out. It was fun. My second job was yet again at a fast food place called "Hot n Now", which thank God, closed down. That place for me was pure hell. I hated going there. The only thing that was good about it was well, nothing. After that I vowed never again to work at a fast food restaurant and so far I've kept that promise. Although I've had other jobs where I worked in food service such as working in the kitchen area at Western State Hospital and working in the kitchen department at Bridgewater College but not in a actual fast food restaurant. No McDonald's. No Burger King. Nothing like that. Looking back on my work history I would stay at a job anywhere between six months to a year and then be looking for another job. I would find something better or in some cases I would be fired for showing up late or something like that. In this one case I was fired from Walmart for stealing a bag of chicken tenders. I was working there as a shopping cart attendant. I hardly had any money at the time and the money that I did have went toward bills. So in my head, I thought well, I'll just pay for it later. So a couple of times I would just grab a bag of chicken from the Deli and go on break and eat it. I mean Walmart is such a big company it isn't going to hurt them....right? In my head it made sense but thinking back maybe it didn't make much sense. What I did was wrong. It's still called stealing no matter how much you try to justify it. I was caught and had to do 80 hours of community service at the Salvation Army which wasn't that bad. In fact, I like the Salvation Army. But that was over ten years ago and I'm a much better person for that experience. (An experience that I would not like to repeat I might add) Anyway, I'm getting way off track here. So where was I? The job, yes the job. For about five years I worked at Marshall's Distribution Center in various departments. I worked in the shipping department on the graveyard shift which was from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and at the time it was the perfect job. I could sleep in if I wanted to and still do some stuff at night before I went to work. The work wasn't that bad and I actually liked it. Then they got rid of third shift and that really sucked. I had to go to first or second shift. So I choose to work on first shift, since I already worked on second shift when I first started there. It was alright working on first shift but then I just couldn't take it anymore. First of all the boss I had wasn't the nicest person to work for and I just got burned out. For the first time in my life I was burned out from working. Everything sucked. The low pay rate, working all the time, and putting up with all the bullshit. Although I didn't plan on it I started to use my personal time and sick days. Until one day I used up all my time and they had to let me go. But I was so fed up with it I didn't care anymore. My current job is good. I like my boss and I enjoy working with my co-workers, I have good benefits and the pay is good. Plus the job itself is kind of cool. For 12 hours a day I work around books and being a writer myself it's good to see what's coming out by other authors. I plan to stay there for awhile. Maybe even until retirement. Really, yes, maybe even until retirement. I never thought I'd hear myself say that.

Jul 24, 2010

Like A Kick In The Face (New Poem) 7/20/10


Sometimes time flies by so fast that you don't even see it.
Wam! Bam! Boom! Hi-Yah! Ka-Pow!
What the hell?
What just happened.
I'll tell you.
Time just came by and kicked you right in the face
and you didn't even know it until it was too late.
Yeah, time is sneaky like that.
So watch out and be careful.
It could happen again.

May 28, 2010

Poetic Trash (New Poem) 5/19/10

More blank pages is what you will find inside this tiny little notebook meant for writing down poetry and other important stuff that matters. But look inside, flip through the pages. What do you see? Absolutely nothing. Not a damn word. Why is that you say? Well, it appears that Writer's Block might be here to stay for good this time. But for your sake and mostly mine, I hope not.

No Meat, No Problem

About a month ago my girlfriend Jenny decided to stop eating meat and start eating a vegetarian diet (vegan when possible). I thought that was a good idea so I started to do the same, which is kinda of cool because before we met I was eating a mostly vegetarian diet. Well, almost. At the time I think I was still eating fish and seafood. But I didn't eat any beef, pork, or chicken. I started to eat more vegetarian foods when I stopped smoking in 2000. Then in 2006 I started eating bacon and chicken and even hamburgers again. When Jenny decided to "Go Veg" we watched a few DVDs such as "Meet Your Meat" from PETA which gives you a glimpse of what happens to the animals that we eat, "Food Inc" which was really good and makes you think twice as to what goes on in the food industry, and recently we watched "Earthlings" and it deals with how we get our food kind of like "Food Inc" but it also deals with how animals are being treated for entertainment purposes such as in the circus and zoos and also how animals are made into clothing and also animal testing. After watching it, it really makes you think a lot about how we can reduce animal suffering and so on. "Earthlings" and also "Food Inc" is one of those movies that you just have to see, I would recommend both of those movies to anyone. So the other day I wrote down a little poem well it's really a little song about not eating animals. It's real simple. Here it is below:
Cows (a sing a long) 5/15/10
I'm not going to eat you cow.
Moo. Moo. Moo.
I'm not going to eat you cow.
Moo. Moo. Moo.
I'm not going to eat you chicken.
Bok. Bok. Bok.
I'm not going to eat you chicken.
Bok. Bok. Bok.
I'm not going to eat you fish.
Splash. Splash. Splash.
I'm not going to eat you fish.
Splash. Splash. Splash.
I'm not going to eat you pig.
Oink. Oink. Oink.
I'm not going to eat you pig.
Oink. Oink. Oink.
(repeat once more from the beginning)

Apr 4, 2010

Comic Books


Well, it seems that after a few years of reading comic books I've learned that I read more comic books by DC than I do Marvel. While both comic book companies are great I lean a little bit more toward DC. My current subscriptions are to the following comics below:
1. The Flash (my favorite)
2. The Amazing Spider-man (my second favorite)
3. Batman
4. Green Arrow
5. Iron Man
6. The Justice League Of America
7. Daredevil
I've gone over time and time again on which ones to keep and which ones to set aside for the time being. Although I like Daredevil and Iron Man it seems that I have to let them go for now. My home subscriptions don't run out until a few months but when they complete their subscription cycle I've decided not to renew them. DC comics has started a new comic following the "Blackest Night" comic called the "Brightest Day" which I currently subscribed to. So now when the current subscriptions expire I will subscribe to the following comics below:
1. The Flash
2. The Amazing Spider-man
3. Batman
4. Green Arrow
5. The Justice League of America
6. Brightest Day
So, that' s it for now.
The comic book collection is complete and fine and also happy for now.
So, keep reading.
Keep cool.
Keep doing the things that you're doing.
Rock on, my friends.
Rock on.

Mar 23, 2010

Does Poetry Matter


A simple one word will answer this complicated question. And that answer is yes.  Yes, poetry does matter. Why does it matter? (I will do more on this post or on another blog post soon when I have more time.)  

Pearl Jam


It seems like Pearl Jam releases a new album every two or three years. If you think about it that's very impressive. Plus they've maintained to stay afloat after most "grunge" bands have either broken up or have gone on to other things. Pearl Jam is kind of like the Rolling Stones of this or well, my generation in the fact that they keep on going and going....yes, just like the Energizer Bunny.

Writing Pen


For years I've written stuff down with a "Bic" crystal pen. The other day I was at Walmart. I was looking at office supplies and noticed a "Bic" Round Stic, medium point pen. So I went ahead and bought it. Wow, I like it. It doesn't smear or anything when I write. I'm left handed so sometimes when I write stuff it might smear a little bit, but not with this awesome pen. I've always used a "Bic" pen when I write and that got me thinking on brand loyalty. If I like something I will stick with it. It's the same with what I choose to eat, drink, listen to, watch, read, or whatever it may be. If I like it, then I like it. Simple as that.

Webcam


The other day, Jenny bought a webcam for my computer. I was thinking of doing a possible book trailer type of thing to promote my poetry books and stuff. I'm still undecided, but it sounds like fun and I might do one in the future. I can do other stuff with it and that's cool. I like it.

Mar 1, 2010

Jimi Hendrix


The master of the electric guitar.
The voodoo child of everything that rocks and kicks
freaking ass and other stuff that screams the sound
and vibe of the one and only word that is known as BOOM!

Vodka


Oh My God!!
My new favorite drink is a "White Russian".
Oh, man.
Oh, man.
Oh, man.
It is so GOOD!!
WOW!!
WOW!!
WOW!!
Oh, WOW!!
It is so GOOD!!.
(Did I say it was Good!!. Yes, I think so, it is so GOOD!!)
So GOOD!!

The Bucket List


20 things to do before I turn 40: (in no particular order)
1. Ride on a train.
2. Go skinny dipping.
3. Write and publish a novel.
4. Record a CD of spoken word poetry (or songs).
5. Buy a house.
6. Visit Graceland (Elvis).
7. Get married to Jenny Newman.
8. Watch every "Star Wars" movie in chronological order
(Including the Clone Wars cartoons and stuff).
9. Learn to surf or at least attempt to surf.
10. Go whale watching.
11. Be interviewed by the local paper or other publication.
12. See a cool band such as Pearl Jam with Jenny.
13. Get another tattoo.
14. When my car finally dies, buy a car with four wheel drive
or a newer used Beetle.
15. Finish reading all those unread books on my bookshelf.
16. Visit the Grand Canyon (maybe).
17. Go to a Comic Book or a Sci-Fi Convention.
18. Have a thousand dollars saved in my savings account.
19. Buy a pet cat and dog.
20. Visit Tangier Island (again) or Eastern Shore Virginia or maybe Key West Florida.

More Mini-Blog Essays


I plan to write more mini-blog essays in the next few months. Look for topics such as "Comic Books", "The Job", "Beer", and other stuff.

Feb 28, 2010

A Novel (Mini-Blog Essay)


Someday I'm going to write a novel. Yes, it's a dream that many of us have. But how many of us really do it? I'm sure there are a lot of people that are talented and sit down and write to their hearts content and finally realize their dream and that's great, more power to them and I wish them great success. But there are also a lot of people who say they're going to write a novel but they never start or they start writing but in the end they never finish it. Which one are you? Or does it even matter? It takes a lot of hard work to write. Not everyone has a little office or room where they can sit down drink coffee and start writing the "All American Novel". It may take months or to be more realistic years to finish writing a novel. So what, writing takes time, it's a fact. Just get over it and if you want to write a novel sit down, decide what type of novel that you want to write, and just do what feels natural even if you write one word, one sentence, one paragraph, one page, one chapter, a day or night or whatever. Does it really matter if it takes longer than you originally thought. I don't think so. As long as you start writing it, isn't that the hard part, just getting started. So with that being said, this year I plan to start writing a novel. I've always wanted to ever since I was about sixteen or twenty something. I have a fairly good idea of what it's going to be about. I've already came up with the names of the characters, a cool title, and stuff like that. I have sort of an idea of how to begin the story. I almost have an ending.....well kind of. I just need to think of a decent middle part. But I think all that will work out somehow. I just need to get started on it. Well that's the plan so far. Hopefully I will have it completed and published by the year 2012 and if it takes longer so be it.

Feb 23, 2010

New Computer


Finally, yes finally I got a new computer.  Now I can add stuff to this blog.  Check back soon for up coming mini-blog essays
and poems (that is if I don't have writer's block)

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