THE GOOD KILL – A Review by Gina Rae Mitchell

I would like to sincerely thank Ms. Gina Rae Mitchell for taking the time to read The Good Kill and write such a fantastic review for it.

I could tell when first visiting Gina’s website packed full of book reviews, author interviews, and all kinds of other interesting information from gardening tips to tasty recipes that hers was a platform I would love to get my book profiled on. So, as you can imagine, I was very grateful when she responded in the affirmative to my review request.

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As the Ch-ch-ch-change settles into the N-n-n-norm…

Hello Friends,

As the dust stirred from the confusion of change settles and the realigned way begins to come clear, I find I’ve little time for the all the mindless but pleasurable (to me) blathering on that I used to subject this blog to. So, instead of having the subtle worry of having to post to it looming over me by its presence on the menu, I’m taking it down for a brief respite.

Out of site, out of (my) mind… and all that.

Anything substantial I have to pass on will still be posted to the blog; but anything short of, up to, and beyond that of substance I foresee I’ll mostly be passing on from time to time and less than occasionally via our Newsletter Love (which I’ve just realized it’s been over a year since its last release so… now I have that less than subtle worry of dormancy looming over me).

Anyway…

Despite and/or because of my lack of mindless but pleasurable (to me) blathering blogging flourish, as the ol’ Willie Nelson so less than elegantly but still magically croons…

You are always on my mind…

#prayforthatofsubstance
#peace

So, about that newsletter of mine…

Have you had a chance to check out what’s going on with Newsletter Love lately? We recently announced that we will be sending out 2015 in style, meaning me sharing your poetry and other writing via the newsletter on New Year’s Eve and with a selected few being published right here on the blog as my first post for 2016.

So check it out, subscribe, and help us send 2015 out in poetic style.

Right on?

Write on!

 
 

Haiku You, Haiku Me – A Newsletter Love Contest of Sort Selection and Guest Author Presentation

Icy white mountain
Snowflakes gust to azure sky-
singing flock of doves.

As announced in Newsletter Love 004-15, this visually beautiful and flowing haiku is our selection for what came to be known as the inaugural (which suggests there may be more) Newsletter Love Haiku Challenge, formally entitled Haiku You, Haiku Me ~ A Contest of Sort.

Our contest of sort had seven participants, each submitting their work in an effort to fulfill the spirit of the contest, which was to “write a haiku that focuses on the temporal nature of all things material.” This challenge was met effortlessly by all the participants, their haiku transcendent and unique each in their own special way.

While all participants easily met the spirit of the challenge, Shmatala, Esq. with her visually beautiful and flowing haiku was able to conjure within me “that same sense of connection to the Elements, to the Earth, to the Universe, as I [feel] when I walk my country roads during the cold, when the snow swirls across the fields like tornadoes in miniature and with the sky so blue in its surreality. And I hear those same singing doves come spring. It is in both the morning and the evening that their song of mourning calls.” Consequently, it is her haiku I was compelled to select.

There is so much I would like to say about each haiku entry, but, as I am eager to introduce Shmatala, Esq. and her moving essay, I will simply say to all participants, thank you from the bottom of my heart. What joy and inspiration you all have brought to our little salon-like space of a newsletter full of love, and to me.


Shmatala, Esq. is a self-described quintessential Canadian, who over the past decade has went from Halifax to Vancouver and, now, back to her hometown of Montreal. She is a lawyer by profession but had to give it up for the time being to care for her father – and his business, which is in the “rag” trade or “shmata” in Yiddish. As is evidenced by her website’s powerful and socially aware haiku and other poetic reflections, we take her completely at her word when she tells us that “I am doing my darndest to bring some light into this world any way I can.”

It is my pleasure to present to you more of the flowing power and grace with which Shmatala, Esq. is lighting up our world.
 

SUBLIMATION
Shmatala, Esq.

All things are temporary. Eventually we will loose everything: all the immovable and movable property that we collect, everyone we know, and ourselves. The only certainty is change but many, on a fool’s errand, try to resist or avoid change in pursuit of certainty. We try to convince ourselves that we have some form of permanence by collecting as much as possible, imagining that our existence will extend if only we collect enough money, notoriety or Facebook friends. We hold on to everything tightly, convinced that we can control everything and some how guide change (or maybe stop it altogether) through our stuff. Ironically, ceasing to change is, literally, to cease to exist.

We can see this struggle in our political landscape. We so fear the flow of change that we have managed to keep the same people in power, the wealth in the same pockets, and the poor, mentally ill and destitute in their place and generally out of sight. We do not trust that tomorrow will still come, that there will be more (at this point, we have enough resources on the planet so that everyone can eat and become educated), but we are afraid to pull the trigger, afraid of loosing, afraid of what’s next and that we might be left behind.

Existence in a cycle of sequential endings and beginnings: Constant change. One thing must end to give rise to the next. Winter turns to Spring, the solid mountains of snow and ice will melt into the earth, nourishing new seeds. Shorter days will become longer, new life will come. One period must end for the next to begin. At the end, when we cast off our physical forms, we will all fly away, singing our freedom, cascading over a cold morning sky, redeemed: a flock of singing doves.
 

Please visit with and follow Shmatala, Esq. at
writofrags.com

 
 

The Lowdown for the Showdown…

Well, I wouldn’t actually call my review for the IABS&R Volume 2 selection a showdown, but lowdown and IABS&R just doesn’t have the same ring to it as does lowdown and showdown…

Can you dig?

However, since I’m still a long way off from finishing the selection, which, by way of reminder, is The Wild Horses of Hiroshima by Paul Xylinides (see sidebar), a lot can happen by the time I finish it so…you never know. The review just may as well end up as a showdown.

But I wouldn’t bet on it. In fact, I strongly recommend you visit Paul’s site and check out some of things he’s got going on there. Quite interesting… As a way of introduction to his work, I strong recommend this.

And, however again, even though I am still a long way off from finishing the book, I am going to boldly announce that my review for it will be published next week at 8:00PM (EST) Friday, January 9, 2015.

Nothing like a hard and fast drop dead date (Don’t get alarmed…in the military, that’s how deadlines are referred to) to bring one to focus, if you know what I mean.

As far as the way forward for the IABS&R… Well, seeing how I am keen on putting together a short story collection, as well as many other projects I have lined up for the year (and as discussed in the latest Newsletter Love issue (which is further discussed below)), we’re going to do something a bit different for the IABS&R Volume 3. Seeing how so many of you email me requests for me to review your books, if you have a book – that is not an Erotica or Romance novel – that is well written and with a compelling story, mail me a copy of your print edition – ebooks will not be considered – and if I find one that compels me to read it even during all the other things I have going on, then I will declare it the selection for Volume 3. I’ll send out a formal announcement soon to detail it all a bit more, but consider this the kick off and go ahead and mail me your book, if you’re so inclined. My snail mail mailing address can be found at the Contact page.

So…that’s the lowdown on that.

Let’s see…what else is going on around here?

Oh yeah…the subscription rate to our Newsletter Love has picked up dramatically lately. Thank you very much to all of you who subscribe and willingly invest even more of yourself into this little thing we got going here. I am humbled by your support. I sent out a new edition… yesterday? …day before? sheesh, time just scoots right along so fast that I can’t even keep up with it anymore. Anyway, whenever it was doesn’t really matter because you can check it out at the Archives page if you’re interested (see sidebar). In it, along with my typical jibbering and a jabbering, and even more of my exasperated musings about time and its inexhaustible pace, you’ll find a little insight into my drawing/photo graphic design process. But the most important thing you’ll find in the issue, in my view, is a profile of OneBigPoet’s poem The Diner, which hails from the RELATING TO HUMANS Race Issues feature. It’s a pretty powerful piece, it is. I’m not sure when the next issue will be released but I already have something literary and interactive ideas in mind for it so you just might want to join our little salon-like space to see what’s what.

Okay…so that’s that. What else we got?

Oh yeah…speaking of the RELATING TO HUMANS feature, have you checked out what’s going on there lately? Wow, there are some mighty fine bodies of work up there. The place is booming. Once again, thank you all for investing some of yourself here. Like, Write On! And also a big thank you to all of you who have taken the time to check it out and offer up your feedback and a “Like” or two here and there. Most awesome. So keep on submitting your work and I’ll do my best to profile the best of it here and in the newsletter. We should be having a profile of one of the submissions on the blog soon, as well as a guest post by the artist involved. I’m pretty excited about it to tell you the truth… Well, everything I’ve said so far in this post has been the truth…honest.

So much cool stuff going on here…and so much more to come. Once again, thank you for your amazing support. And for the last time this year – Happy New Year! – 2015 is going to be fantastically fabulous! And that truly is the truth!

And that, my friends, is a wrap to this lowdown of a showdown.

Wait a minute…

Is it lowdown or down low?

I always get those two confused…

Wink, wink

 
 

A Little Newsletter Love (002-14)

This current edition of love in the form of a newsletter provides a WEW recap of the week past, which includes links to most of my articles and photographs, as well as my musings of what I expect in the week, and days thereafter even, to come.

But more importantly, this edition includes links to the past week’s submissions to the Relating to Humans and IABS&R Volume 2 features. And these are:

Relating to Humans submissions:

TOTAL WAR OR TOTAL PEACE by Paul Xylinides, Political Issues

how it was by Gifford MacShane, Poetry

IABS&R Volume 2 submissions:

My GRL by John W. Howell

The Wild Horses of Hiroshima by Paul Xylinides

The 14th Mansion by Robert Mitchell

While Mitchell’s submission didn’t come in until after the Newsletter was already published, I figured, what the hay, I might as well include it here since we’re already discussing the topic of submissions…or something like that.

You can read edition 002-14 of newsletter love by clicking here.

And you can subscribe to receive future editions by clicking here.

Enjoy!


Look, I get it, okay. I understand that the primary reason to have a newsletter is to discuss things outside of the happenings of the website and to not redundantly post what’s going on with the newsletter on the website (was that redundant?). Unfortunately, the subscriber-ship to the newsletter is, let’s just say, not where I would like it to be. Which is why I’m harassing you about it here, and, more importantly, which is why I didn’t profile any subscribers’s websites or work in this edition – when I do I want to make sure the profiles are receiving their proper do with as many eyeballs as possible reading them. So, I’m considering holding off on any additional profiles until we reach 500 subscribers. We’re almost there, which is a good thing, and it would a be great thing if you would subscribe to help me reach that easily achievable goal.

Geez, did that sound as much like an annoying public radio membership drive plea to you as it did to me?

Sorry about that…

Anyway, hook and brother up and just go ahead and subscribe, will ya?

Right on?

Write on!

A little NEWSLETTER LOVE is in your inbox…

If you’re a Subscriber, that is.

My oh my, I have been meaning to get this little ol’ Newsletter thing launched for I have no idea how long it’s been now.

But it’s been a long time, that I’m sure.

And now, finally, I finally done went and done did it.

Or is it did done it?

Anyway, the inaugural edition is now resting and waiting just for you in the comfort of your own cozy inbox.

What you’ll find in this first of the first is…

A little introduction to what I hope to accomplish with the newsletters.
A profile of and a poem from Jaffa Kintigh, the very first subscriber to the newsletter.
An overview (well, just pictures for most) of the main features of this website:
– Poem Man
– Literary Zen
– The Happily Disgruntled Writer
– #notestoself
– And a little bit more, just a bit, than an overview of the IABS&R
– And Relating to Humans, where we have links to the two Women’s Issues submissions that were profiled on the Blog.
– And, to close the newsletter, we profile a selection from the Poetry feature. A beautiful, powerful poem by Gravis Kartweeler entitled Oenomaus.

Yeah, quite a little bit packed in that little bit more than a bit of a newsletter.

And I couldn’t be happier.

If you aren’t a subscriber, you can read the newsletter here.
And if you feel so inclined, you can subscribe here.

I hope to be sending one of these out weekly. And each week, I hope to profile someone special.

It just may be you.