Do you want the book released for Christmas?

I hate to use the word neglectful again in regards to the blog (and to you), but that's exactly what I've been. I think about it daily and I know it just takes a few moments, but you'd be surprised how intimidated I can be by this writing though I've been doing it since 2001. It's stupid and it keeps me from being in touch with you. I really want this to be the official end of that.

I've been planning to finally at long last put my poetry book out for Christmas, but I've avoided blogging for so long that I just don't know how many of you are out there and interested enough to buy it. I feel like I should put more work into building something solid here, or rebuilding it, before I haphazardly shove a book out there into the world. It's all but ready, but the audience isn't. If I'm wrong about this, let me know in the comments or write to me @poeticonic on Twitter...

But I really think there are only a few of you listening right now. I appreciate you endlessly and individually, you know that! But we've got to build up our ranks a little bit so we can make things happen here. We'll get there but I cannot do it alone. You guys are the spirit and the force behind it all. If the poems and the music are ever going to reach the world, we've got to do it together. The dream is far from dead, and it's far from being a solo project. Make no mistake, it's US all the way. It's never ever been just about me, and the ultimate objective is YOUR enjoyment, YOUR healing, YOUR fun.

If I hear from more than 20 people who want the book now, I will release it for Christmas. And that's a promise. If not, we've got to push it back a little bit. It's up to you, so let me know if you're out there.

Brand new poem coming on Monday for you guys! And I'm going to get back to blogging 2-3x per week, period. Let's build this! Just stick with me and let me know you're still there. Love you guys always!!! Xo

Poem: You Wanted Me to Feel My Own Joy

Mom and I, October 1982