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A little update & musical shout out

So, I’ve had oodles of free time lately, but not for any particularly fun reason. It’s really because I got my wisdom teeth removed and felt like crap. I’m feeling marginally less crappy now, and I figure that I need to get back into the routine of writing things , before I get too far gone and never write anything ever again. I do that a lot actually, hehe.

I’ve got a few little things planned out, I’m working on a follow-up to my fascism piece, I’m really looking forward to adding a follow-up to my communism piece (yay for commies ^^) and I’d like to get some stuff going about cooking, of course, that requires me to get back in the kitchen. This last week or so I’ve been subsisting on soup. Don’t get me wrong, I love soup, and I’m not even getting tired of it, the problem is that we’re running out! Last night I had a can of black beans for dinner, that was delicious, and tonight I’m planning to have a can of refried beans. Canned foods just make my heart skip a beat, joy ❤

Now, for my musical shout out: you know Suzanne Vega? Of course you don’t, but you know the only two songs of hers that got any radio play, “Tom’s Diner” (or as I like to call it do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do) and “Luka” (“My name is Luka, I live on the second floor, I’m an abused child, this song is catchy, but you’ll cry when you really listen to my lyrics”) Well! Girlfriend, I know you don’t have her album, you just downloaded those two songs off iTunes, but get that whole album! It’s called Solitude Standing and it’s the greatest thing I’ve heard in pop music in a while. I know, it was released in the late ’80s, but it’s just an amazing listen (plus you can probably find it marked down very cheaply, I got it for 8 bucks). Her lyrics are golden, they do something that I haven’t heard in pop music in such a long time: they actually paint a picture. They’re all narrative pieces, I’m a bit shocked that none of them are actual pieces of poetry, because that’s what they sound like. In particular, I want you to listen to Wooden Horse, it’s about a wooden horse that comes to life, it’s beautifully narrated. The other song I adored from it was Calypso. YES. YES, SHE IS MAKING A REFERENCE TO THE ODYSSEY IN A POP BALLAD. It presents the Odyssey from Calypso’s view. Magical.

Shalom, aloha and all that jazz

How are you? This is my “hello” post, it’s not really an introduction, I’ve already got one of those, but it’s just a sort of explanation of why I’m blogging at you, and what you can expect to be seeing around here.

I’m a writer. I’ve been writing crap for a while, but this last year or so I’ve begun to write less crap, you know, quality stuff. I’ve had poetry and prose published by the Greensilk Journal and Underground Voices Magazine as well as a few zines over the internet and countless things submitted to nonprofit organizations. The big thing about writing, for me, is that, if I don’t force myself to do it, it won’t get done. I love the actual writing process, but I have a lot of trouble motivating myself to pick up my pen or sit down at the keyboard and actually get it out. That’s what this blog is for! I’ve been writing tons in a journal, but what the hell, I want to share it with the world! The idea being that, if other people know that I’m writing things, then I’ll be more motivated to actually say things. I’ve had countless blogs over the years, but most of them were very narrow in scope, this one is big, I’m just going to let it free and write about my interests, whatever they are.

So, if you’re interested in reading, I plan to talk about my big passions. I referenced some of them in the title of the blog, but you’ll primarily be seeing posts about writing, vegetarianism, religion and Judaism, language and linguistics and politics. I’m also working on breeding the little critic inside of me, so I’d like to leave criticisms and reviews of various pieces of music, art, novels and literature I come across. I’d like to share things about books and authors that I’ve read and enjoyed, but especially those of authors that I know personally. If you live in or around the Austin area, I’ll do my best to publicize events, poetry readings, shops, gigs and the like that I hear about or I’ll be visiting.

What you’ll probably not be seeing much of is original poetry or prose by me. You’ll also be seeing very little self-promotion. I’m not using this blog as a way to help myself become more read, or to promote my writing. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not in any way one of those writers who guards their writing like it’s a holy secret, but I just think that this is not the place to do that. I may periodically post a link or something to where you can check out some of my writing if you’d like, but I don’t want to be forcing anyone to look at it. I don’t write for money, I don’t write because I want to be famous. I write because I enjoy it, and I’d like to use it to touch people’s lives or provide entertainment.

If you’re interested in contacting, feel free to hit that “Links” tab at the top and go check out my Facebook and leave me message. I’m not comfortable publishing my email address visibly, but if you ask over a message on Facebook, I’ll gladly give it out.

I hope you have an absolutely wonderful day. I’ll be updating hopefully sometime this week or weekend. :] Shalom, salaam, peace.