Dear reader, a word from the author:
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Dear reader, a word from the author:
Be sure to check out The Root of Many Returns Vlog on YouTube.
Hello, dear readers. I hope you are well. I’m dropping in a personal letter, to say hello, thank you for your support, and share a bit of news about my work and upcoming releases. The readership of The Root of Many Returns keeps growing, and trust me, when I say I can’t wait to get to one hundred subscribers, its said with humility and sincerity; there is no room for sarcasm here. It’s been quite some trip we’ve been on it seems. Much poetry, to my surprise, has been published. I’m surprised my engines began running again. I have a few short fiction pieces I’m developing, and I’m grateful to share.
I am happy to create something that one wants to stick around and see what happens. The biggest developments will most likely be in fiction. With the second book in the Nicholas Duke in the works, and the kick off of the fantasy series I’ve harbored for years, I think you’ll be interested if not somewhat shocked at some of the things I have planned for the site. Some may have noted the tag “Max Caufield” on the post of short fiction. This marks the beginning of a brand new series of stories for me to write. While I am gearing these tales to be short fiction ala the vignette, or something five hundred words or less, the story will be about an openly homosexual individual and some of the exploits he faces in dating and sex life. Ultimately, the Max Caufield line of short fiction will address many topics of the LGBTQ and, specifically gay, community. I recommend discretion as these stories will be descriptive in content both sexual and mature.
There is also a planned release of my newest collection of poetry. The last one I published was in 2011, so this is by all means long over due. The collection will be called “The Vanishing Poet” and will contain several dozen poems that were originally published in the Virgogray Press chapbook line of poetry. These chapbooks published more than a decade ago are long gone and rare to the public as print quantity was severely limited. So, for the years these writings were read of the chapbook, these writings were lost, until now. The poems, of course, are not without repair. To cast a glance over the shoulder is to see the errors of the past. As these poems will be relatively new, there may be no note of revision or modification, but for the poems published in literary journal both online and in print, there should be a slight explanation. Some of the poems sucked as was, and are much better now. The choke in the developing voice unhindered by the lack of resources or fear to seize their passions, left creations slightly unpolished, and less than perfect. I am pleased with the new text. And I assure not all were revised. Some only had small editorial misses, and not complete overhauls. I wouldn’t say any poem changed its original meaning from when I first wrote, but definitely clarified them.
As current subscribers to the blog, I’m offering a free advanced copy of my book in exchange for a review, a sketch, or a blurb on what you thought of the work. Just send me a message via the contact page, or comment below and I will get in touch. I may also publish any feedback given in the final edition of the book. In fact, any reader that subscribes to my Patreon account will most likely be included in the acknowledgments page should they remain at least through book’s publication. And lastly, get ready, especially if you’re in Texas, because I will most likely hit the road with this book and see if I can’t do some book readings for support and exposure. It will be fun times. I haven’t toured a book in a long time. I know I could tackle Texas immediately. But perhaps soon I will be able to expand my footprint and tour a book throughout the U.S. All things looking forward, barring some crazy, world altering event, I’d say the only way to look is forward.
I challenge a lot of view points in life, offer some interesting angles, black mirrors to peer into, whether in my writing or my day to day. Sometimes the work is too abstract, and sometimes pretentiously blunt. I’ve been working on the balance of these in a concise and calculated form. To make my words count. It makes me happy to know I will not be alone as I discover the path we make. But know as long as I may dream up a universe, I may dream up the entire existence of what we are now, a piece of cosmic space dust glittering, the distant glow of a central star; and as long as the creativity flows I will form this dust into fully evolved worlds, whether by story or verse. Happy reading.
Good evening, dear readers. I hope you are well. Good news on the internet front. I’ve pretty much completed the overhaul of my Patreon site. Much of the free content is a reflection of what you read on The Root of Many Returns by way of poetry and short fiction. My ultimate goal is to provide readers with more stuff to read, and enough ideas to appeal to many. The idea behind the Patreon site is to give readers the ability to donate to my work if they’d like, but to also get something back in return. I designed this to be cost effective for those wanting to monetarily support my creative efforts.
Granted I’ve just started to gain your favor, and only begun to prove my worthiness as a writer you want to read, this is the main reason I decided on this model. You can show your appreciation by joining my Patreon, and for only $1 you’ll help me grow on a foundation I’ve worked a number of years to create. As a way of saying thanks, I’ll share extra content I won’t necessarily share here on The Root of Many Returns. Stuff like rough drafts, behind the scenes material, original video content (there’s already a lot posted), digital downloads, serialized novels, novel chapters, novel rough drafts, and stuff like that. My goal is to get to where I’m producing at least one book per year. As you can tell, there are several modes I’m looking to explore. I’ll gladly have you along and am happy to have that added dimension to your experience. Check it out. Most things are updated, any poems and some of the fiction for patrons only will be become public once I share them here.
There is a wide selection of original video content available on my Patreon now, as well as behind the scenes material, digital downloads, novel chapters, story artwork, and much more. So, be sure to check it out!
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Greetings, dear readers.
October was a fruitful month for me. I’m surprised at the poetry specifically because I haven’t written new verse in a while and I seemed to overflow with it. For me, anyway, that was a good hoard of new work. And I shared it here first. I hope you enjoyed. I may have mentioned it somewhere in time that I am releasing a new collection of poetry soon. I
need to finish editing a few of the poems, and it’ll be good to go. It would have been nice to have released it this year, but for quality’s sake, I foresee it sometime in 2019. I will also give more specifics about the collection soon, too. Though I can say, some of the poems may appear on this site.
I am debating how far to take you with fiction. I don’t have a pulse for preference lest I were to examine this sites stats. The poetry definitely seems popular, but the fiction? Does one prefer flash-type, micro fiction, or more? I don’t readily have a plan for the fiction I am sharing, though if you follow the tags you may see some stories will be part of a bigger piece. I plan to share plenty more short fiction, to include flash, vignettes, and whatever other mode I may feel like venturing into. I apologize I can’t give you a handle on an exact style. That’s just not my style. The Nicholas Duke series is pure fiction. It strives to be literary fiction, but it is at least that. Fiction. I wouldn’t say my preference is in the magical realism style, but I definitely enjoy taking spins on reality and what we know. I will also be doing a fantasy series. I was previously working on the fourth chapter of the first novel. I will most likely share some short stories from that series. I also have plans for the next installment for the Nicholas Duke titles. I debated regarding a sequel to The Distance to the End, and part of the hold up was realizing that sequel or not, it is not time for that story. There is another Nicholas Duke story you must read. It’ll take him deep into the heart of Texas, it’ll be a wild experience. In the meantime be sure to get a copy of The Distance To The End, the first in the Nicholas Duke novels.
So aside from poetry and short fiction, some other changes occurred. Specifically to the website itself. The blog upgraded to a dot com. The Root of Many Returns dot com. I’ve decided to do away with most of my other extemporaneous sites and to make this site the hub of all my communications. Aside from my Patreon, but that will soon have an overhaul, too. I’ll let everyone know when that is done so you can take a look at my ideas and see if it interests you enough to support.I am not much on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, though you will note I do have accounts. I still tend to post on Instagram and will soon make the account public. I also use my Google accounts and Messenger accounts less and less, if at all. I encourage reaching out through the contact form via the Contact Page.
I can say for sure this month there will be more poetry and, perhaps some short fiction. Be sure to share and like your favorite pieces. Subscribe, and join our community of readers.
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