Friday, December 10, 2010

‘Tis the Season

Happy Friday!  I’m sorry that I’ve been unable to post a new installment in the Music Theory for Poets series.  This week has been crazy, as I’ve been finishing up a recording project (for hire, not personal stuff) that took up much of the past few months.  Also, as some of you know, things on a personal front have been undergoing a sea-change.

However, I did want to take a moment to remind everyone that in this season of manic shopping, perhaps we could remember the artistic products produced by our blog comrades.  If you look at the Support Independent Artists links list in the right-hand column you can find everything from poetry to t-shirts & artwork, from music to comics & calendars.  The past few years, since entering the blog world, I’ve ensured that every year I purchase at least one or two gifts from fellow bloggers.  Not only are the gifts very good quality, but I know the money is going, at least in part, to someone I know (virtually at any rate!)

You can't go wrong with any of the selections in that list, & that’s only a small sample.  There’s a lot of great creative work being done by people in the blogosphere & twitterverse.  So while I can recommend anybody’s work that’s listed, I’d like to single out a few people who’ve given special support to The Spring Ghazals:

Aaron Wilson, fiction writer: his fiction appears in Cifiscape, vol. 1.  Looking for some good dystopian sci-fi?  Look no further!

Jacqueline T Lynch, fiction writer: Have someone on your list who’s looking for stories to fill her Kindle?  How about Ms Lynch’s excellent comic novel, Meet Me In Nuthatch? It’s available here.

Jessica Fox-Wilson, poet: her first volume of poems, Blameless Mouth is hot off the press!  You can buy it here, on Lulu.  The excerpts I've read are very good, & my own copy is on its way!

Kat Mortensen, poet: her first volume of poetry, shadowstalking, is available for purchase here, & it's a wonderful collection.  Know someone who likes witty rhymed poems?  This is just the ticket!

Sheila Graham-Smith/Tangerine Tree Press: Speaking of hot off the press, Tangerine Tree Press is right on the verge of issuing their first book, The Alchemy of Chance by Peter S. Brooks.  Check it out here.

& of course, I commend my own book to you.  If you have a poetry lover on your list, or if you yourself love poetry & are looking for a gift for yourself, please consider purchasing The Spring Ghazals.  It’s available on Lulu here, as well as on Amazon or at this link & this link.

I hope to have a new installment in Music Theory for Poets posted before the weekend is over.  In the meantime: Happy shopping!


  1. What a great post, John! Thank you so much for the plug. By the way, anyone who is interested can get 20% off my book if they order this month.

    Love the photo; winter always adds an extra layer of beauty, don't you think?


  2. Thanks Kat! Winter adds beauty in photos. 'Nuff said.

  3. Thank you so much for the plug, John! I appreciate your help in spreading the word. :)

  4. Hi Jessica: You're very welcome. Hope the Blameless Mouth launch is going well.