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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Kick It!

Oh, I forgot to mention that I tested for my Orange Belt at Apollo’s Karate on Thursday night. Yep, I’m moving up in the ranks at my dojo. In a strange coincidence an offhand comment by the instructor in charge of the testing made me realize that I actually went to high school with him for a year. It’s a small world…

Yesterday was just a gorgeous day, temps in the 70s and little of no wind. What else could I do? I called up a few friends, picked up about thirty pounds of meat and proceeded to throw an impromptu cookout. It was a good time indeed.

I know this is short, but I have a ton of catch-up stuff to get to today, so I’ll leave you with a poem from my archives.

A Writer's Journey
I answer the call
From my inner voice.
When the muse tickles my ear,
I have no choice,
But to put pen to paper, fingers to keys.
And so, the journey begins
With eyes so bright.
Innocence abounds
As my imagination takes flight.
The masterpiece takes shape
And my mind reaches for the stars.
I envision interviews with Leno
And my poetry read in bars.
The book is complete.
I hold it up with trembling hands.
The only thing left
Is for it to find its way to the fans.
I drop queries in the mail
And hope for the best.
My patience and resolve,
Will soon be put to the test.
Still the fantasy remains.
I will be the next big thing.
My fame will surpass
Anne Rice or even Stephen King.
Days, weeks, and months go by
Without so much as a word.
At last, I receive a letter
Address, written in my hand.
It is addressed to dear author
And they're not buying.
Well, what do they know?
Perhaps an agent is what I need.
I answer an ad in a magazine.
They like my work and for a small fee,
I will be published in no time,
Just you wait and see.
They had the speed,
I will give them that.
I had a dozen rejections,
In no time flat.
Don't let it get you down kid,
You've written a best seller.
We just have to find it a home,
Get it in front of the right feller.
Just send me more money
And we will be on our way.
I have a question or two
Before we proceed.
I've read through your list of publishers,
And I have to say,
You, sir, are a hack, a swindler, and a cheat.
If I had more than P.O. Box
With which to find you,
Your ass, I would beat.
My innocence has been replaced
With apprehension.
My sleep is still filled,
With the first timers dreams.
My words will be read
And hearts will be moved,
Emotions will be stirred.
With a single book,
I could change the world.
Someone, somewhere will read my words
And will be inspired to do great things.
I dream of a series of books,
crossing all genres.
I dream of books on tape
And book signings,
With throngs of people waiting
For a signature or at least a glimpse.
I dream of an adoring public
That falls so hard for my characters,
They become a household name.
All of this and more I dream.
No matter what happens,
I will always have my dreams.
My dreams are not goals,
They are fantasies and as such,
They will never be crushed.
I am a slave to the muse,
A whore for her voice.
I am a man that hears voices.
I argue with myself
And put it on paper.
I am a visionary,
A dreamer,
A fiend for the written word.
I am a writer.

Have a great weekend!


At 8:29 AM, Blogger lime said...

congrats on the orange belt. the cookout sounds like a fun time. sometimes impromptu....no, most times....is more fun than the ones planned to death.

and i am glad you listen to the muse. i enjoy reading you. i've been reading DOP and enjoying it. feedback to follow midterms sidetracked me a bit. just wanted to let you know.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Thanks, Lime. Yes, we had a blast. It's a shame you live so far away, i'd invite you guys to one of these sometime.

No worries on the DOP, midterms far outweigh anything else. I hope they went well.

At 12:51 PM, Blogger lime said...

aced the exams (woohoo), still waiting for word on the project.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Breazy said...

have a good weekend yourself!

At 1:58 AM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

I know it's silly, but I love that you call it a cook-out.

Isn't that a fancified word for barbecue?

Still, sounds like a lot of fun!

At 6:42 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

congrats, Lime!

Thanks, Breazy.

Sandra, it is the same, but is it still a barbecue, if I didn't use any barbecue sauce? :P

It was a good time though.

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