Archives

All posts for the month May, 2014

Interview with the Darkly Delightful Wendy Potocki!

Published May 31, 2014 by glgiles

Wendy Potocki lives and writes in NYC. If that isn’t scary enough, she writes in the genre of horror. She feels creating good horror is an art form. She religiously devotes herself to pursuing it over hill and dale — and in the crevices of her keyboard.

Named one of the Top Ten “New” Horror Authors by Horror Novel Reviews, she has seven self-published novels. Book trailers for many of her works may be found on her official website http://www.wendypotocki.com/. Her newest frightmare is THRILL. It’s a non-stop chillfest and has been attracting a lot of attention. Her next planned projects are The Witch’s Stone, The Virgin, and ZaSo, a Gothic tale of horror. Please subscribe to her mailing list for updates and giveaway information.

http://bicameralwriting.wordpress.com/join-my-mailing-list/

In her spare time, she loves to go for long walks, drink Starbucks Apple Chai Lattes, make devotional offerings to her cat named Persephone and be stilled by the grace, beauty and magic of ballet” (Amazon).

 

 

 

 wpotockiuse

 

 

 

 

You recently held a successful event/giveaway on Facebook, et cetera. Please tell readers about it, and do you plan on having another one this year? Or, in 2015?

Yes, I hosted a fantastic event entitled The Danse Macabre Giveaway. Here’s the link to it on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/events/436950353115235/

The event was centered around my paranormal mystery called Black Adagio. The book combines horror and ballet into a scary, suspense-filled thriller.  I had a number of brilliantly insane authors participate and give away free copies of their books. I also gave away book swag, t-shirts and skull necklaces. Since skeletons feature prominently in Black Adagio, skulls fit perfectly into the theme.

Yes, I am planning on hosting a new giveaway come October. It’ll be called Halloweenpalooza II. I hosted Halloweenpalooza I last year, and it was so much fun that I decided to do it again. Last year, the participating authors wrote blogs on their scariest paranormal experience. We got some great stories. This year we’re back with another theme. I’m not going to say any more about it other than Halloweenpalooza II will be bigger and better. Here’s a link to the Halloweenpalooza I blog:

http://halloweenpalooza.blogspot.com/2013/10/halloweenpalooza-31-days-of-halloween.html

And Halloweenpalooza I Official Event page on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/events/164385847097718/

The links will give the readers that didn’t attend a chance to sample what you’re in for if you do join our next party. And please read the blog. Some of the personal experiences with ghosts and the supernatural are mind bending! I had no idea I’d get that kind of response, but the authors were very forthcoming in dishing up true encounters.

I was happy to have been included in your event—with the group of “brilliantly insane authors!” *cue crazy-sauce laughter here* Plus, I know that you and I share a love and respect for felines. My cats are certainly some of my muses. Is your cat, Persephone, one of yours?

Of course! Cats provide the perfect dichotomy needed to write. By that I mean, they’re very grounding, but in giving us sure footing, they allow us to soar. I use this unique combination to my advantage. When writing, I constantly glance over at my Persephone. The sight of her all curled up on the couch or kitty condo (yes, she does have her own carpet-covered home inside the one I provide for her), centers me. It gives me a pleasure that all is right in the world, and the relaxation derived from that sense of well-being is used as momentum to get back to work and stop ogling my beautiful furball.

I do have an upcoming series of books where Persephone comes out of the shadows and onto centerstage, but that’s all I’ll say about it right now. Persephone, honey, I’m gonna make you a star!

Can’t wait to read that series! Please tell readers about the wonderful work that the Golden Paw Society of NY is doing to help rescue animals. And, where can readers go to learn more about the Golden Paw Society?

So happy you asked me about this! *drags over soapbox*

Golden Paw Society of NY is a rescue organization that I’ve come to know through Facebook. The have a unique positioning and I believe their mission statement says it all. It is: www.goldenpawsociety.org — GPS: Helping Shelter Cats Find Their Way Into Forever Homes.

To break that down, it means that every few weeks they perform something called “Shelter Runs.” It involves members of GPS going to municipal shelters and pulling animals that have either been housed there for too long a time or that are at risk in terms of being euthanized or succumbing to untreated health issues.

Can I tell you that these Shelter Runs are my favorite times of the month? I get so delighted and have kicked in a few dollars to aid them in getting these abandoned kitties (and sometimes dogs), out of harm’s way. They always post pictures of the animals rescued on these runs. You can find many those pictured on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/goldenpawsociety/info.

The other thing I love about Golden Paw is that they’re very proactive in posting updates so you can see the before and after shots of these rescues. The difference a little love, nutrition and needed medical treatment make is astonishing. These animals flourish and blossom in such short periods of time. Once the animal reaches a state of good health, they’re put up for adoption … and here’s where the real magic comes in. I simply love, admire and respect the matches Golden Paw makes. I don’t know how they do it, but they do not put the animal through the trauma of giving them to just anyone who asks. The process is way more selective and they seem to weed out those who would only dump the animal after a few weeks. Instead, the matches made are solid, lasting, and, yes, forever! There are tons of updates on the little furballs in their new homes after a few weeks, months and years of arrival! These animals have found safe, loving homes and people who care. For me, that’s what it’s all about!

Four paws up for Golden Paw Society of NY! They’re the best of the bestest!

 

So AWESOME! Please go into more detail about helping our canine friends, too. Please tell readers about the wonderful work that the Big Dog Ranch Rescue is doing. And, where can readers go to learn more about the Big Dog Ranch Rescue?

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is another organization I found through Facebook. Here’s a link to their page:

https://www.facebook.com/bigdogranchrescue

I admire BDRR for the same reasons I do GPS. BDRR is also very transparent. They post pictures of new arrivals as well as after shots of the dog once it’s been cleaned up and fed decent food for a few days. Because you get to bond with the dog in this way, it’s very emotional when they announce the dog has been adopted! It’s always accompanied by a nice picture of the new family with their new four-pawed baby. Often these families will send BDRR photos of how the dog is adjusting to having a home. Usually it’s very well. Who wouldn’t like their own space, tons of love and good food? Then there’s the couch privileges! Pictures of the dogs sprawled out on their doggie bed or going for a walk on the beach for the first time are so precious! I love that BDRR makes such great matches. In fact, I love that GPS and BDR make such successful matches so much so that put together a video that pays tribute to them and all organizations that show compassion and kindness to our four-pawed friends! Here’s the video for those that are interested:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTvgI5xFy78

That’s great…thanks for sharing! Switching gears, when were you named one of the ‘Top Ten New Horror Authors’ by Horror Novel Reviews? Congratulations, by the way!

Thank you! It was quite the honor. I had run across Horror Novel Reviews while web surfing. I loved the site so I read their review policy. I decided to go ahead and send my chiller-diller THE MAN WITH THE BLUE HAT to them, but was unsure if they’d even review it. Believe me, I would have been happy with only that.

Well, a few weeks later, I’m on Twitter and I see a tweet from Matt Molgaard of Horror Novel Reviews and it’s directed at me. I RT’d it. I automatically RT these kind of things so I hadn’t really digested what the tweet was about. I guess I just assumed it was about the review. I went off of Twitter and was opening my email when I did a double take. I’m guessing the morning coffee kicked in at that point! Sometimes it takes a while. Anyway, it was like … duh! What did that tweet say? I scrambled back to Twitter and looked through my Notifications and sure enough, the tweet was something about me being named one the Top Ten New Horror Authors. I was like … wha’?!!! So I punch in the link to Horror Novel Reviews and find the article and … *drum roll* … I’m in it! Yes, there I am named as one of the Ten Best of the 2013. I can’t tell you the thrill that elicited, and the carpet still bears traces of my happy dance.

How many novels have you written? And, are they all classified as horror reads?

I’ve written over ten novels, seven of which can be classified as horror. The others are written under pen names. They include mysteries and fantasy thrillers.

I’d also like to state that although the seven books (THRILL, Black Adagio, The Man with the Blue Hat, Adduné: The Vampire’s Game, Adduné: The House of Cards, The White Lady Murders and The Horns of September) tuck into the horror genre, some do cross over into other categories. For instance, Black Adagio neatly fits into paranormal mystery. Also Black Adagio and my latest frightmare THRILL are suitable for both Adult and YA audience. I don’t write for YA’s, but it just worked out that way.

I know that I’ve been reading a lot about “narrative flow” recently. So, how important do you think it is to good storytelling?

It’s everything. If you don’t have a flow, you don’t have a book—you only have an idea or outline for a book. It’s like comparing a bunch of dots to a drawing where the dots are connected. By drawing that stick figure, the picture begins to emerge. But compare that stick figure to a finished painting.  There’s quite a difference—a depth that adds richness and complexity. It’s in the shading, use of nuances and colors that the true beauty comes into focus and can be considered art and it’s the same with the written word.

I’ve always written to a rhythm that runs through my head when penning a tale. No one told me to do this, it came naturally to me. I don’t know if it’s because of my dance background that this happened, but each story I write has its own unique tempo. Therefore, the way I write each story is different and adheres to this pace.

I experimented with this rhythm in Adduné: The House of Cards. It’s the second book in my vampire trilogy. In one chapter, I literally choreographed the words and action to a song. I must have written that passage over at least thirty or forty times until I got the timing right and the crescendo matched the one in the music.  I was so happy that I nailed it. When I read the final version, I cheered and knew it was worth the effort.

I love that musical connection. So, what’s in the works for the rest of 2014?

Right now, I’m in the midst of editing a new frightmare. It’s called Trillingham and can’t wait to publish it. I hope to have it released this summer. After that, it’s back to working on the third and final entry in the Adduné vampire trilogy. The Reckoning will complete the tale begun with The Vampire’s Game and continued in The House of Cards. The Reckoning has a very complicated storyline and I’m taking my time in getting it right. I am making sure all the questions are answered and that Miranda Perry’s journey into the dark world of vampires leaves readers glad that they were part of the adventure.

Where can readers go to connect with you (social networking sites, blog, et cetera)?

Oh, cheesh! Where can’t they find me? I’m all over social media!

They can twitter me at @WPotocki. They can also find me on Facebook so please show me some love and like my page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wendy-Potocki-Author/100285326834525?ref=hl

I have several blogs:

http://bicameralwriting.wordpress.com/

http://legendofthingsonsticks.wordpress.com/

http://wendypotocki.wordpress.com/

I also have a mailing list that you can join so you won’t miss out on anything.

Subscribe to our newsletter

I love to hear from readers, so don’t be shy. And thank you, Gia, for allowing me this opportunity!

My pleasure! Love what you’re about!

Image

 

Interview with the Stunningly Beautiful and Talented Mary Alexandra Stiefvater!

Published May 28, 2014 by glgiles

 

 

Theo And Juliet 13

Photo Credit:  Theo + Juliet Photography

“Mary Alexandra Stiefvater was born in Chico, California and grew up in Stockton, where she was first introduced to theater and dance at a young age. Educated at The University of California at Los Angeles, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, she also studied French cinema and philosophy abroad at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) and Le Centre Parisien d’Etudes Critiques. After graduation, she moved to England to train at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Five days after graduating from LAMDA, she packed her suitcase for New York to pursue work in theater, film, television and modeling. As well as being a skilled dancer, Mary Alexandra received her stage combat certificate from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. She is trained in a variety of different weapons and unarmed combat.

Her first break came on the The Late Show with David Letterman where she regularly appeared in comedy skits.  At the same time, did motion capture work for the character of Mona Sax in Max Payne 2 with Rockstar Games. The collaboration with Rockstar Games continued on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and The Warriors. 

Later, she moved to Los Angeles, where further success came in television (The Mentalist, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Wedding Bells & Happy Hour). Known mainly for her work in independent films (Supergator, Bear, Speed-Dating, Driving By Braille, Loveless in Los Angeles, The Perfect Boyfriend, Easy Rider: The Ride Back, & Four Lane Highway), she has also appeared in numerous print ads (Verizon, Babies-R-Us, Fera Skiwear, Quenchwear, Cargo magazine, Stuff magazine & The San Francisco Embarcadero Christmas Catalog), commercials (Bud Light, Volvo, Lupus PSA, Red Bull Sugar-free, Style Network, 1-800-Collect & TGIFriday’s) and web-series (Playdate & Rules of the League). 

In order to sustain longevity in the ever-changing entertainment industry, she started producing and writing. In 2006 she produced the award-winning short film, Bad Habits, with the production company she helped found, Habit Forming Films. Stiefvater then produced Wedding for One and 11-44, both directed by Kristina Lloyd. The two met in acting class at UCLA and have collaborated on several projects together. After many years of co-writing, her first, solo, full-length script, Squaw, was nominated for Best Screenplay in two festivals. In 2012, her first books, In My Contrary Garden and Cocoa For Saturdays were published. Her sophomore effort, On The Merry-Go-Round, was released in 2013 with The Sun She Sets and Fair The Rose following in 2014. 

Mary Alexandra continues to work as a producer, actress, model, screenwriter, photographer and poet” (IMDb Bio.). 



You played Alexandra Stevens in Roger Corman’s “Supergator” (2007). Unfortunately, your character meets her untimely demise thanks to the ‘Deinosuchus’. Nonetheless, was it fun filming it?

Yes! We filmed in Hawaii for almost a month and had the best time. Shooting death scenes can be tricky but we had a good laugh filming that one. 

What else have you had loads of fun acting in (films-wise)? 

Each role has its own challenges and benefits but I love playing characters from bygone eras that have their own specific look and costume. I have a lot of fun playing with different accents and physicalities too. It’s a chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes…to understand someone else’s reality. 

Speaking of fun, you regularly appeared in comedy skits on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’. Have you ever tried stand-up comedy? If so, then where? 

No, I have never tried it. Stand-up is incredibly hard and I have profound respect for the comedians that can do it. Who knows, maybe one day….

Are there any comedic genres that are off-limits to you—like Insult Comedy? 

I like “kind” comedy. I don’t care for comedy that purposely hurts people’s feelings. Life is so funny anyway so I think there is lots of humor to pull from everyday situations. I really admire the comedians who are witty and clever and help us find the humor in the paradoxes of life. 

Me, too! Switching gears, what inspired you to write your books (“In My Contrary Garden,” Cocoa For Saturdays,” etc.)? 

I didn’t want to be afraid to try. I have always loved poetry and photography. The writing community has been so gracious and inviting to me. It’s really fun to be part of that global, literary conversation. It also helps me as an actor because understanding how the writer creates a story, helps me figure out how to play a character within the story.

To me, you’re the epitome of a Contemporary Renaissance Woman/Polymath. You wear many hats well! Do you think that being multifaceted is a must for true success in this day and age? And, can it be a hindrance from the branding aspect? 

Wow! Thank you for that lovely compliment! They used to ask, “Are you a triple threat?” Meaning can you dance and act and sing…Nowadays being a triple threat means can you act and write and direct or some variation of how many skills do you have? I like to think about being an actor as a stock portfolio. A smart investor diversifies to prevent risks when one part of the market is slow. So a smart actor invests in his/her skills and learns as many as possible (be it voiceover or writing or modeling or dancing or directing, etc.) so they can work even when the market is slow. In terms of branding; yes, it is important to establish your brand. It’s how the world is first introduced to you. But don’t limit yourself. It will be detrimental and boring if you don’t grow and evolve.

Great advice! Thank you. So, how did you get started as a producer? As a screenwriter? 

I basically told a friend I loved his screenplay and we should make it. From that initial yes, we started the company and went into preproduction. Several meetings and a few months later and we were on set filming. After Bad Habits was done, other offers came in because work begets more work.

As for screenwriting, I think it’s a natural fit for actors. We create backstories for every character we play. Screenwriting and acting are just two halves of the same whole; they are both storytelling. I had some stories I wanted to see on the screen and the only way that could happen was to sit down and commit them to paper. A script is just a story with an internal set of directions that tells the entire production team how we are going to tell this story. From there, the collaboration and fun begins.

Please tell readers more about your award-winning short film entitled “Bad Habits.”

David Accampo and Jeremy Rogers wrote this really cool, edgy script and from the first read, it jumped off the page. They both knew how they wanted to film it so my job was simple; I just facilitated their vision. The story revolves around 4 characters and how their lives intersect on a fateful occasion. The cast was amazing and gave such beautiful performances. I felt privileged to make this film with that fantastic group of people.

What’s in the pipeline for the rest of 2014?

Lots of good things. We have two scripts we are working to bring to the screen. One is my script, about how Squaw Valley ski resort won their bid to host the 1960 Winter Olympics and how those Games almost didn’t happen. The other is a period piece I’m attached to called Where The Eternal Noise Lay by writer Reggie Gill, with Alban Horncastle producing.  I’m also working on my seventh book which will be out soon.

 

***Readers can follow Ms. Stiefvater on Twitter here, check out her Facebook page here, follow her on Goodreads here, follow her on Pinterest here and check out her really cool ‘NEWS & PRESS’ site here!
Image
You can visit here to pick up a copy of “Fair The Rose.”  
Image
You can visit here to pick up a copy of “In My Contrary Garden.”
Image
You can pick up a copy of “The Sun She Sets” here.

Interview with the Founder of Target Audience Magazine: Ellen Eldridge!

Published May 26, 2014 by glgiles

 

Ellen headshots casual 3

Photo Credit:  Rose Riot

Ellen Eldridge embodies the characteristics of a contemporary Renaissance woman by successfully juggling many enterprises with both seeming ease and finesse. She’s a journalist, Editor-in-Chief at Target Audience Magazine (check out the May Issue here ) brand ambassador, writer, a wonderful mother to two small children, a wife, et cetera! To learn more about her and her work, or to contact her, visit her LinkedIn site here and TAM’s Facebook page here.  Besides interviewing and reviewing bands, visual artists, authors, etc., “Target Audience Magazine is a resource for creative entrepreneurs to manage their businesses” (TAM Facebook). 

Besides being the founder (and EIC) of Target Audience Magazine, you’re also EIC at Talon Magazine and the Lifestyle Writer at Cherokee Tribune! Awesome accomplishments! *tips hat* How would you like to see each of these publications grow in the next few years? 

I’ve been building Target Audience Magazine as a marketing magazine for artistic entrepreneurs since 2007, but in 2012 I went back to school for a second bachelor’s degree. I earned a bachelor’s in psychology, but wanted to hone my journalism skills so I started working toward a journalism degree at Kennesaw State University, and I got involved with student media. Talon is the university’s student feature magazine. Additionally, I picked up an internship at Marietta Daily Journal, one of the biggest newspapers in Georgia, for the summer of 2014. So, my vision for TAM remains to continue to service the niche community of artists not only worldwide via the Internet but also to those in north Georgia.

How do you manage being a professional powerhouse AND a great mother? 

I wouldn’t call myself a “professional powerhouse,” but I balance everything carefully and constantly re-evaluate my decisions concerning my priorities. I didn’t have children to have someone else raise them, so the balance between working to provide for their future and their current needs is a constant struggle. The easiest way to answer this question is to make it widely known that without my husband I would be nothing. He works as a guitar teacher in private music stores so his hours involve working in the afternoons to late evenings (and weekends). I generally get the mornings to attend classes. My mother has been helping with the kids more now that I’m working about 32 hours a week at the newspaper. Everything else (writing, running TAM and such) must get done while the kids are with me, so writing can be done, but it’s tough. I often feel like I’m not a great mother, but I do my best.

How has the ‘advanced social media management’ of HootSuite helped you? 

HootSuite is great because I can use it to not only schedule posts but also track campaigns for clients as well as my various accounts. I made great use of HootSuite University, and its lessons helped me become more knowledgeable as a social media manager for private clients. More marketing strategy goes into social media (when done properly) than many people realize. HootSuite recognized my efforts in teaching social media after I won a grant for Society of Professional Journalists to teach social media using HootSuite University, so I am now a “brand ambassador,” meaning I advocate publicly on behalf of the brand.

I know that I like running my blog as a ‘Variety Show’ of sorts—by showcasing artistic works (of all kinds) which I’m naturally attracted to. It seems to me that TAM does much of the same with great musicians, writers and visual artists interviewed, reviewed, et cetera. And, you and your crew also attend and cover many live events, too. Are they live events in and around Atlanta only?   

Target Audience Magazine seeks to help artists both by featuring them and by helping writers and photographers build their resumes. We cover live events mostly in Atlanta, but have covered events nationwide. The issues that we publish contain articles focused on the marketing aspects of being in business as an artist, musician, writer etc. So, yes, we cover all things artistic globally, but seek to inspire locally and grow communities of artists who can network and increase sales.

Where did your appreciation for music, the ‘indie movement’, visual art, literature, etc. begin? 

I’ve been a writer since I was able to hold a pen upright. I’ve been writing stories and learning about the things that make us human as I studied psychology and business. My sister is an illustrator and my husband teaches and plays guitar professionally so I’ve just always been inspired by the arts. My friends have always been artistic. Music, art and literature have gotten me through the darkest of times—both through indulging in music and through writing—I want to inspire artists everywhere to be successful at the business side of being artistic so generations to come will pursue the arts.

I had the pleasure of reviewing your book of poetry titled “Beyond the Eyes” here. Have you had any time to work on your own writing recently? Any future books planned? 

I’ve recently remembered how much I love writing. I’ve been unable to write much of the creative nonfiction genre works that I mean to. I hope now that my kids are a bit older (3 and 1), I can let them play more on their own with legos, crayons and blocks so that I can get back to writing. We’ll see how it goes.  I plan to try to get more essay work published rather than attempt books. If I work with poetry again, it will be a children’s book, where I will invite my sister, Cyan Jenkins, to illustrate.

What’s on the horizon for the rest of 2014?

During the summer, my internship writing for Marietta Daily Journal takes most of the week, but I have a private client for whom I manage a blog and social media. I also plan to publish issues of Target Audience Magazine June 1, August 1 and October 1 this year (we are as of June slowing to once every two months). In addition to that, I plan to publish Talon Magazine mid-July, early August and in October. So, I have a ton on my plate. Not to mention, I’m campaigning for a campus representative position on the national board of Society of Professional Journalists. The election occurs during our Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville Sept. 4-6. Wish me luck, and if you’re a member of SPJ, please vote for me digitally (you don’t have to be at the conference to vote)!

 

beyond-the-eyes-cover

Interview with Author David Scott Pointer!

Published May 4, 2014 by glgiles

Image

David Scott Pointer’s forthcoming horror poetry book is entitled “Beyond Shark Tag Bay,” and it will be sold online at “Blurb Books.” He’s also recently had children’s poems included in a charity anthology entitled “Bleed” which will help raise funds for a children’s cancer ward in New York. Moreover, he’s a frequent contributor to his local homelessness newspaper in Nashville. A paper which lets the vendors keep the profits in order to try and improve their situations. He was also published in “Battlespace,” a military science fiction anthology. The book is sold at Amazon.com to raise funds for the “Warrior Cry Music Project.” Other publications he’s been a part of are: “Tales of the Combat Zone,” “Blue Streak,” “Proud to Be: Writings By American Warriors, Volumes I & II,” “Stone Canoe,” and others. In addition, he’s written social justice/political poetry for many years and was asked to serve on the advisory panel at “Writing For Peace,” in 2012. This group teaches young people 13-19 how to write for world peace. And, recently he’s had pieces accepted at Horrified Press, Thirteen Press, Barbwire Butterfly Press and James Ward Kirk Fiction. It’s been my pleasure following his Facebook posts here.

Q. How have your degrees of Criminal Justice/Psychology and Sociology directly and/or indirectly influenced your work? Please give examples.

A. I arrived in the college creative writing class with a certain worldview already in-place. I was interested in writing about social and economic justice and related topics. So, I noticed the corporate influence or hegemony that had already sanitized poetry and narrowed the definition of what was good or highly awarded literature. I had just finished a tour as a Marine military policeman before entering college, so I wanted to know more about how the world really worked at all levels. The above listed fields of study were just a partial starting point for expanding my complexity horizon about the world. Later I hoped this “expanded vision” could be reduced down to make small pieces of “art.” Here is an example that I feel is representative of the spirit of my work. It appeared in “Dreaded Legacies” anthology published by Editor George Wilhite formerly with “Static Movement” now a founding editor of “Thirteen Press.” Poet Stephanie Hiteshew told me that she thought this poem was my best one.
The Elephant Woman Lovingly Remembered

-Dedicated to Mrs. Virginia
Foster in Memoriam

Look, I didn’t bring you here to remember the
Fine glow on my grandmother’s Mason jars,
Nor do I have any pardon-me dwarf day lilies
To pass out like bottled water after the poem.
The amputated extremities of my well wishers
Are wrapped and refrigerated in the mind’s
Morgue of memory, and so it is with Mrs.
Foster’s unexamined crash file, unautopsied
In images so bleak I can’t measure the
Neurotoxicity in each dreaming night since:
I met the widowed Elephant woman, Mrs.
Foster at 12-B Bradshaw Drive in 1973,
She had swollen purple lollipop fingers
Soothing her children’s daily lives, had
Happy clacker-style clapping hands
When kid’s played housing project baseball
With house fire hot singles and homeruns,
With crowdlessness overcome by her
Generous encouragement. In 1991, I
Learned she had previously adorned
Perfect high school attendance (1948-1952).
And that a silver-plated plaque (retroactive)
Commemorated this iconic school event.
What had those hallway years been for her?
Perhaps, like a horror movies hospitality
Committee her classmates cometh and down
Gauntlets of goodwill she went four years
Club-foot steppingly faster until her diploma
Bloomed with delivery. Had she learned to
Circumnavigate the nonviolence of smiles
Better than the blue heron at Stones River,
Lifting, low still over the gladiator water lilies,
Better than the struggling bank robber’s son
Who would one day shoot for this poem-
Who could come down hills from his own
School faster than a Lakota kid riding winter
On a buffalo-rib sled slicing past the first
Fists of social class exclusion, lifting
Low still over the rocket red larkspur
Her luminous smile rouge-cheek-red
Honoring the children rowdy over bases or
Royal with romp-n-chomp summer recess.
Look, Mrs. Foster’s inner spirit was as the
Moon’s glow on my mother’s favorite music box.

Q. How did you come to be affiliated with “Writing For Peace?”

A. The President and Founder of Writing For Peace, Mrs. Carmel Mawle, sent me an email asking me to consider serving on her advisory panel that teaches young people ages 13-19 how to write for world peace. She has seen some of my work in the small press over time. That was one of the nicest things that ever happened to me. I was also honored to join-in the 10th Anniversary online edition of Poets Against The War that included poets such as Sam Hamill and W.S. Merwin among many fine others.
http://writingforpeace.org/commemorating-ten-years-of-poetic-resistance-paw-post-no-4/

Q. Which of your works was included in the science fiction anthology titled “Battlespace?”

A. Battlespace: A Military Science Fiction Anthology included a micro-fiction story entitled “Special Aptitudes and Space Sensibilities.” This anthology helps to raise funds for the “Warrior Cry Music Project” that pays for musical instruments, lessons, supplies and repairs for veterans involved in the healing process. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615665225/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

Q. Your children’s poems were included in the charity anthology entitled “Bleed.” Which poems and why are they relevant?

A. Two poems were included. This is a “horror anthology” for children. One poem is an untitled Haiku/Senryu style and the other one is entitled “Bumper Car Bandit.” Both poems brought hope or humor. Lori Michele edited this collection that was published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. I’ve heard that the response has been very positive. http://www.amazon.com/Bleed-Lori-Michelle/dp/0988748886/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Q. Please tell us more about “Beyond Shark Tag Bay.” Available in Spanish and English, correct? Will it be available in other languages, too?

A. This was the first time that I had ever received an affirmative response for a collection that included a foreign language. I hope that there will be other collections with different languages in the future. “Beyond Shark Tag Bay” is an attempt to let speculative readers have as much enjoyment as I’ve had in past years. It attempts to go further than a lot of other collections have gone while still being understandable. Once again, I got to work with artist Justin Jackley and I loved the front and back covers of the book. I don’t know yet if anyone will translate it into more languages. http://www.blurb.com/b/5236075-beyond-shark-tag-bay#comments

Q. Switching gears, do you believe that writers should constantly be evolving—even insofar as to challenge oneself by writing in new genres—or that it’s better to just concentrate on one genre ’til one’s work is more or less perfected?

A. I guess every writer will determine that for him/herself? I have known writers who basically write the same poem over and over with the same subject matter. I enjoy many areas and writing about different things. I want to keep evolving and exploring new ground. If familiar terrain pops up at the end of the ink pen that is fine, too.

Q. What’s on the horizon for the rest of 2014?

A. I have a lot of things on the horizon. I have work accepted in “The Great Gatsby” anthology at “Silver Birch Press,” “Blues Form” anthology at “Red Paint Hill Publishing,” multiple anthologies at “James Ward Kirk Publishing,” “Silent Fray” and many others. Also many other places that I am waiting to hear from. I am waiting for the chapbook “Bookmobile” from Crisis Chronicles Press and a re-release of “MPs, Snipers and Crime” from “Writing Knights Press” to be sold on the amazon.com website. I don’t know yet what I will try for next in chapbook or book form beyond that.

Q. Where can readers go to connect with you and your darkly delightful work?

A. My email is dspointer@hotmail.com. I keep a site on Facebook and get on “Twitter” every once in a while. A “Google” search for “David S. Pointer” in quotes should pull up quite a bit of poetry-related information.
I’d like to thank Gia Lee Giles for taking the time to interview me about my work. I’d also like to thank all the editors, publishers and readers. Have a blessed day with a dark speculative vibe if you are that way inclined. All the best in future word worlds.

GLG: Thanks, David! Appreciated. And, Bright Blessings to you!

Photo DSP

***Like a hidden track on a CD, here’s a final poem for your reading pleasure!

My WATER VAMPS (2nd ed.) Is a FREE DOWNLOAD Today!

Published May 1, 2014 by glgiles

My WATER VAMPS (2nd ed.) is a #FREE #DOWNLOAD today (May 1st) through May 5th at the Amazon site:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E26616K/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_gRIytb1Q61JYF

***Please download a free copy of #splashygoodness, if you haven’t already, and please let your friends (and maybe a few ‘Vampy Fiends’ :-) ) know, too. ^V^

Yours in dark delight,

G.L. Giles

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E26616K/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_gRIytb1Q61JYF

 

Water Wrap