Making a home video

Hi everone,

I’ve finished two videos and am working on how to share them with folks who want them. Here’s a picture from the one of me reading from AFTER DARK, POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS.

I think it turned out okay, maybe not as good as the videos taken with Mary Jo Fresch when we were in a professional recording studio in California, but still not too bad for a home video.

But things aren’t always what they seem so I thought I should share the back story of my videos, in case kids might want to make some videos of their own during these weeks when they are being schooled at home. Here is me practicing in my “sound booth.”

Ozarks Literacy Council

Hi everyone,

One of the book signings that had to be postponed until a later date was at Barnes & Noble on March 21. I was to sign copies of AFTER DARK and extend the signing time to allow for a Book Fair to raise money for Ozarks Literacy Council. Executive Director of the organization, Amy Jardell, had been working hard in the background to help make the event successful and I hope we can still draw from her planning when the Book Fair takes place later in the year.

If you aren’t familiar with the work of OLC, here’s a link to their homepage: https://www.ozarksliteracy.org/ and here’s how to reach Amy if you have questions about volunteering, donating, or both. It’s a wonderful organization that works with people of all ages to improve literacy skills and brighten futures. Amy J Jardell MA, Executive Director, 417-616-0551 wk, 417-631-2454 cell.

Living alone together

Hi everyone,

Here’s the flight Jeff was on going back to Portland yesterday. Just surreal.
I had a lunch meeting set with two others to discuss a cancelled event where I was scheduled to speak. We’ve had to cancel the lunch because restaurants are only serving carryout. Instead we’ll meet at the home of one of the guys and he’ll prepare the meal.

Yesterday I received a rejection on one manuscript but also heard potentially fun news about AND THE BULLFROGS SING. More about that if and when it develops. Still waiting for the first reader reviews of AFTER DARK. I sent off a new proposal and started a new poem. Good week so far. I went into Walgreens to pick up a prescription and was met by a flow of people coming out with toilet paper. I guess a new supply had just gone on the shelves. I bought some too. What the heck. What I really needed was coffee. Forgot that.

A good first outing for AFTER DARK

Hi everyone,

I had a nice time signing yesterday at Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida. They were out of the titles from the last time I was there but they had a fresh stock of AFTER DARK and it sold well. This was my first signing since it came out on February 25 and I was pleased with its reception.

The next three signings are set in Springfield: March 21 at Barnes & Noble, March 31 at The Library Center, and May 16 at Pagination Books. Open to booking a few others.

Meet me at Sundog

Hi everyone,

If you happen to be in the vicinity of Seaside, Florida today, I’m signing copies of AFTER DARK at Sundog Books from 10:00 for a couple of hours. The pictures were taken last year when I was there.The Farmers’ Market will be going on across the street from the book store so there’s always a steady stream of people moving back and forth. I love the store and always meet interesting folks from all over the country as I sit on the front porch, pen in hand.