Saturday, February 16, 2013

One last call for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer...

2013 has had a rough start for me, but I'm not going to get into the specifics of the personal things. I will say that I do plan to be much more proactive with this blog. You will start to see poetry reviews here, some music reviews and naturally, some musings in between it all. 

Poetry remains a big focus. I haven't written in abundance, but I plan to channel my energies into that more often. I won't force anything, but I will give myself nudges when I'm feeling morose and mopey. MDP is moving right along. Of course, we really could stand to sell more chapbooks, but that's always going to be the case. The only way to sustain the press is to have the sales to do so. One very cool thing is that I have something of a staff now. Since about the middle of 2012, the talented Ryan Bradley has been doing covers for the MDP chapbooks and I've credited him with "artistic direction" at MDP. Just a few weeks ago, my good friend and talented poet Bronwyn Haynes became MDP's assistant editor, which helps me enormously. I've had a few people give their time to help me read manuscripts, but they were short term and tended to get overwhelmed by the influx of submissions. Bronwyn has dived head first into the subs and is doing a bang up job. She and I have similar tastes, so I see this working for the long haul. 

Chantarelle's Notebook is still going strong, though C and I have a bit of submissions to read. As for the poetry group...I think we've decided that it is time for QND to end. We had a nice, long run. Nearly ten years, to be exact. For some of us in the group, it's almost a relief. I know I will not want for poetic projects. There's a lot to be done and though I'll miss doing the readings and getting feedback on my work, I know there will be other avenues for both. I'm already planning readings for MDP.

So...keep an eye out. There's much more to come, including a posting of my first poetry review for Kristina Marie Darling's "Melancholia". "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."...I believe that's how it goes.