For those who don’t know, one of the items on my writing goal list for years has been to get some poetry published. Poetry is really hard to get into print. First, it’s a whole literary discipline, including a huge learning curve and new skill sets. Second, not many people buy poetry, so there are few places publishing. Third, a lot of people write it, making it even harder to get into one of the few open spots. Still, I figured if I worked at it off and on over the years, eventually I’d get there… and this year I finally did!
Sibyl’s Scriptorium is the publication of wining entries from a writing contest associated with a local writing conference. It used to be part of LTUE, but recently moved to Fyrecon. So, as I’ve been doing for years, when I saw a place I might have poetry suited to, I submitted. Only this time, I won first place! Winners all get in the book, so I finally landed this goal.
My poem, RED WITCH RUN, was inspired by a piece of art by Alexandria Dior. Posted here with permission.
If you want to see the poem to go with it, you can get it here.
This isn’t the end of my poetry exploration. I intend to write more. And maybe someday I’ll have a book of my work published. Until then, this will do.
In my home city, there’s a group called SLC Nerd. Led by Ben Fuller, it includes a lot of fun and wacky stuff. You should check out the website.
Anyway, one of the features is a video series called Cult Classics vs. Comedians, where funny people talk about lesser known movies loved by loyal fans. One of the features of CCvs.C is a focus in October on Horror movies– of which there are many great old ones– called 31 Screams.
As it happens, I’m not a great comedian, but they decided to overlook that and invited me to do one of these videos. My title choice was a no-brainer: LABYRINTH!
I loved that show when it first came out, I’ve watched it tons of times. I watched it again recently and still find it relevant and fun. Muppets, M.C. Escher, and David Bowie in one story, what’s not to love?
Just out today, the amazing DRAGON ASCENDING by debut author Amy Beatty. Ever since I read this book (some time ago) I couldn’t wait for the release.
Edrik, son of the murdered Drake regent, never gained his dragon magic and cannot shapeshift into his dragon form. Unfit to marry his love, the Princess Lissara, Edrik embarks on a dangerous mission to prove himself worthy. He seeks Lissara’s missing father, the dragon king, before an enemy usurps the throne.
Unfortunately, the search for the king brings Edrik to a dungeon located in human territory. Inside the prison, Edrik discovers the missing king, whose captors are unaware of his true identity. Edrik must rely on a grubby young dungeon keeper to help them escape without disclosing that his companion is the dragon king. But the dungeon keeper has a secret identity as well, one that will change Edrik’s destiny forever.
Amy Beatty grew up in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park as part of an experiment in crossing the genes of a respected research biologist with those of a grammar aficionado. She spent her summers making forts under the sagebrush with her friends and catching garter snakes by the creek to populate elaborate sandbox villages-or holed up in her bunk bed exploring the exotic worlds hidden between the covers of books.
She currently resides in Utah with her husband and two delightfully unconventional children, under the benevolent dictatorship of a toy fox terrier who plans to take over the world as soon as she gets her minions whipped into shape.
To be fair, I’m kind of biased because I acquired this book for Immortal Works Press. Even still, I can’t recommend this book enough. First, I’ve always loved lycanthropes (were-creatures). And though this isn’t exactly the same thing, the whole plot revolves around a race of shape shifters who are essentially were-dragons. How awesome is that?!! The answer is: all the awesome. The characters are strong and engaging. The plot is stimulating. I’m looking forward to the sequel already. But in case you forgot the most important part: WERE-FREAKIN’-DRAGONS!
You can now buy the Z Publishing House anthology, UTAH’S EMERGING WRITERS on Amazon. It’s filled with short stories and excerpts from some of the new up and coming writers in the state. My own contribution is the first part of THUG #1, my superhero themed novel coming out in a few months from Immortal Works Press.
THUG #1 has been done for a long time, but I’ve been searching for an illustrator. I finally found the amazingly talented John Christian Perkins, who does amazing work. So, just to give you an idea of what to expect, here is the illustration that goes with the excerpt in this book. Enjoy!
For a limited time, you can get DIVERGENT FATES, the cyberpunk anthology set in Matthew Cox‘s world, for FREE! This collection features my story, SPECIAL PROJECT, about underground hovercar racing in Korea. Packed with fascinating futuristic tales by an amazing cast of authors, I highly recommend it… and you can’t beat the price. (And I have to say, I really love this new cover.)