New Album at The Decorative Writer

Hi guys,

I’m happy to have my buddy Carie Juettner over at The Decorative Writer with  photos of her adorable home office (dog included)! I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out her album and read her captions; it’s such fun to get a peek into someone else’s work space. I especially love the ‘clotheslines’ of postcards she has above her desk. That’s a really clever DIY idea! Crafters take note: that’d be a cinch to personalize with different types of string/clips/hangings.

That’s it for me this week; comments are closed here. Enjoy the album!


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Even MOAR Things!

I know, I know. It’s nothing or everything all at once. Apparently this “month off” is my month of “everything that needs to be shared.” But that’s the way I like it!

So, two more things for your perusing pleasure:

My latest Twitter column is up at Writer Unboxed! If you’re on Twitter – especially writers – I’d love for you to stop by my post “Twitter Etiquette 101.” It covers Twitter faux-pas like hooking up your outside accounts, overdoing #FollowFriday, and flooding the timeline.

Also! I am BEYOND honored to be one of less than 40 poets included in the Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase! I’m truly thrilled to have my poem “Light and Liquor” published here. The e-book is available now for $2.99 on Amazon! Here’s a little sneak peak from the introduction by Peter Salomon:

“The poetry of horror and the horror of poetry are intertwined. [...] And in the scares, in the fears, in the chills and the bumps in the night there is the ancient knowledge that the darkest of poetry shines a light on the greatest truth.”

I’m proud to be a part of this chapbook, and I hope you’ll grab a copy, huddle up on a dark night, and dig into what the HWA has to offer.

I’m closing comments here because, dang it, it’s still my time off from the blog, and I want you guys to feel free to browse at your leisure and/or, like, go outside and swallow some sunshine! Have a great week,


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More Things!

I wasn’t planning to drop another post on you guys just yet, but, well, there are more things! _o/ All the things! \o_

First of all, I am incredibly touched that talented voice artist Xe Sands found my poem “Missing Pieces” and connected with it so much that she wanted to record it. Of course I said yes, because that’s what poetry is all about. Her reading is absolutely beautiful. You can listen to it for free here, and you can find Xe on Twitter @xesands. (Original text here, if you like to read along.) My deepest thanks to Xe for finding my poem, for responding to it, and for performing it with such passion. This is really special to me.

Next, some good news! My poem “The Hadal Zone” has placed 3rd in one of the national contests this year, so it will appear in the 2014 prize anthology Encore by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies! Yay! That will be coming in 2015.

Speaking of which, the 2013 version is out now if you want to order it. The website is slightly behind, but you can use the order form on this page to order 2013′s Encore. My poem “Picnic” appears in this edition.

Also available since I last gave updates: the Texas Poetry Calendar 2015 by Dos Gatos Press! I’ve already received mine in the mail, and they’re simply gorgeous. Don’t wait until December to order your copy; they might be sold out by then!

Also out since last time: my dark poem “The Comedian” at even darker lit mag Infernal Ink. You can order the July issue in paper at Lulu or as an ebook on Amazon!

And last but not least, the paperback version of A Texas Garden of Verses – the summer conference anthology of the Poetry Society of Texas — is now available to order! Great news for those who like their books the old-fashioned way. I have two poems in this collection. You can order a copy at Amazon right now. (Mine is already on its way!)

Have a great week,


[Note: Comments are closed here in hopes that you feel free to browse these at your leisure. This is my no-pressure summer! But there's been a bit of confusion, so as always, please feel free to share, shoot me an email, or comment elsewhere. Love you guys!]


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Updates + New at The Decorative Writer

Hi guys!

You may have noticed that my posting schedule has slowed down a bit this summer. It’s not your imagination; I’m taking more time away from social media and enjoying the sunshine. But never fear! I’m still here, and I’ll continue to pop in now and then when I have something worth saying. ;) I imagine that weekly posts will come back to play as autumn nears.

Until then, there are always ways we can keep in touch! At the top of that list is my rejuvenation of The Decorative Writer! This is a feature of my site I’ve always loved, but I’ve struggled to get it into a functional format. After trying out about three dozen photo album plugins (only exaggerating slightly), I’ve finally settled on one I can live with. The result? The Decorative Writer has a sweet makeover, and to kick things off I have my first new guest in a while! Please stop by and check out the gorgeous, stately home office of author R. Flowers Rivera!

Also, please note that many of the comments on older albums got swiped in the format shift, so if you’d like to revisit some of the early guests and leave a note of support, I’m sure the office owners would appreciate it. :)

So that’s about it for me this week! I love connecting with you guys elsewhere, so please follow me on Twitter, like me on Facebook, and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out my latest work. Also, did you know you can ask me anything? Go ahead; you know you want to!

Love, hugs, and billy goats,


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