Are writers crazy?

Lots of really good thoughts about writers and artists in general.


A Baseball And Shards Of Glass

This is a poem I wrote for an online class I am taking. I have learned a lot from the class and I feel like this poem shows how I am growing as a poet. Please take a moment to read and comment.

A baseball and shards of glass lay on the just installed carpet.
Becky stands over them like a queen inspecting her guard.
Was this deliberate, she wonders.
She has seen the neighbors huddled together, talking and pointing to their house.
Their house ; the two words stopped her thoughts as if they had brakes on them.
Mine and hers; Hers and mine.
Two women married to each other
Still caused people to whisper behind their hands.
Becky was used to that, used to people talking over their coffee about her.
She had come to expect it , maybe even depend on it.
And, like a poison, it infects and hurts the young quickly.
Negativity sticks with you when you’re young.
Sticks with you enough to throw a ball through a window.

Why I Can’t Agree With the Bible: 1 Chronicles: Part 1


I don’t have a lot to say about 1 Chronicles 1-9, since it’s just an overview of what has already been discussed. It’s mostly an overview of the earlier chronologies that have been discussed. Most of the people named are never discussed in any detail, so I see no reason to care about them. Those that are mentioned in greater detail have already been discussed.
The one thing I thought worth mentioning was this: Shaharaim divorced two wives before having his children. What is the implication of this? And was he married to them at the same time? It kind of sounded like he was. If so, was he already married to the woman/women that he had his children with? It’s funny to hear people claiming that gay marriage will redefine marriage when marriage in the Bible changes so much throughout the Bible, and there are some very obvious differences…

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Take Responsibility; Lesson From Kids

A very good message that I think a lot of us need to hear.

Hope Nwosu

If there is any body in the world that is not afraid of taking responsibility for his/her actions, it’s a kid. Ask him hours later (as much as he can remember) who did this or that and he is not afraid to say ‘it’s I’ even though he stands to be punished.

It’s either kids don’t want to be afraid or that it’s in their nature not to be afraid. They accept their actions or inactions in good faith without saying it’s this or that person that made them to do what they did.

Kids just tell you the whole truth not minding the consequences. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons it’s easier to correct a kid than an adult. Adults try to find an excuse to almost everything that goes wrong. For instance, an unsuccessful businessman might want to blame his woe on the scarcity of clients or…

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New Releases – 9/9/14



The Inaugural Pick of the BookPeople Trust Fall:Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Elizabeth says:
“I didn’t want this book to end! Emily St. John Mandel has created an entirely plausible apocalypse and placed her fully realized characters right at the center of it. She effortlessly winds their seemingly unrelated stories together – I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to her characters. It’s a post-apocalyptic novel with heart.”

MysteryPeople New Release Pick of the Day:Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman
It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York city hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and…

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New Releases – 9/2/14

I love book new releases !



the bone clocksBen and Raul‘s New Release Pick of the Day:The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
(Note to collectors: They are signed tip ins.)

Raul says: “Mitchell has a marvelous way of describing characters who are willing to risk everything for friendship and love. His writing will grab your attention for its emotional complexity and imaginative play on what is and what could be. Holly Sykes’s story shows that despite the ravages of the world, both real and supernatural, a person can be true to oneself and bloom into someone better…”

Ben says: “I will fight someone if this book doesn’t win the Man Booker.”

personalScott’s MysteryPeople New Release Picks of the Day:Personal by Lee Child
Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was…

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Run Your Race!

Very good blog post with an inspiring message. Everyone take a couple of minutes and read it.

R. A. Douglas

I took part in a lot of fun activities while growing up and I loved everything I did, but undeniable, running outdid them all. Running taught me some hidden truths about life. It was my first love. It was my meditation and my therapy. I don’t believe I cared half as much about the competitive aspect of track and field, as I did the way it felt during and after a race/work out; breaking through friction, running past what I thought was my limit, the feel of the rubber track under my spikes, the hot air surrounding my flushed face at the end of each set, lactic acid to turn overs, and the love/hate relationship with mega twos. Most of all, it came with discipline and lessons that could be carried into every area of life. 
It was never about the competition, the medals, t-shirts, or prize at the end…

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Self Love Is…

A few months ago a friend sent me a poem. It was something that I needed at that moment. A push to get me out of the state of mind that I was in at the time. She ended up putting it on her blog and you can read it here.
The poem was written by Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday and it talks about different things. But the part that is most important to me is the part about self love. I have a hard time loving myself sometimes. Most of the time actually. But I can feel a shift in my attitudes about myself and I can say that I have days that I can honestly say I love myself.
Anyway, the Chaplin poem inspired me to write the following poem. It’s about a few realizations I’ve had over the last few months and how I’m starting to feel about myself.

Self Love Is …

Self love is paying attention to yourself when you need it.
Self love is standing in your authentic truth.
Self love is total acceptance of you.
Self love is not wishing you were something or someone else.
Self love is putting that second candy bar down.
Self love is getting up everyday with a grateful heart.
Self love is not letting other people tell you what is right for you.
Self love is not giving away your own power.
Self love is sometimes telling the world to fuck off.
Self love is full of forgiveness for everyone and especially yourself.
Self love is hard.
Self love is from the heart not the head.
Self love is compassion. a poem

Fall 2014 Book Preview – Part Two

Looks like some very good reads.


Here it is, as promised, the second half of our look at some of our most highly anticipated books of the Fall 2014 season. Check out Part One right over here. All books are now available to pre-order via

More Books To Look For In The Final Quarter Of 2014:

our secret life in movies 2

Our Secret Life in the Movies by Michael McGriff & J. M. Tyree
On Sale 11/4

Our friends at local press A Strange Object are putting out their third book in November. McGriff and Tyree watched movies in the Criterion Collection and wrote pieces of fiction after each viewing. The result is both a dual narrative of two boys growing up in the 1980s and an examination of the influence of cinema on our cultural lives.

101 two letter words

101 Two-Letter Words by Stephin Merritt; illustrated by Roz Chast
On Sale 9/29

We’ve had this one on our radar for a while now and…

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