Free e-book, FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend,

FOREST-EbookFrontPageMy latest novel, FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend, is now available on Amazon as an e-book.

I’m also giving away a limited number of the digital edition on BookLikes, from my website and from this blog – just send me an email at and I’ll send it to you in epub or mobi format.

I’ve just spent all day updating the various sites with the information about the new novel so if you want to know what it’s about click on one of the addresses at the end of this blog.

From my book page, and with a little ingenuity, you can register and establish an account to publicize your own books if you think it’s worthwhile. These sites are all free as in they don’t cost anything and deliver results accordingly.

I have to tell you, it’s a lot easier if you’ve done it before. I’m, of course, talking about self-publishing. If the success of a book is how well it’s written than the success of self-publishing it is how well the original manuscript is formatted. Adhere to the KISS principle, follow directions, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and reach out frequently to those helpful people in Mumbai.

Once you’ve done it, you’ll begin to wonder what an agent or publisher can offer you (at a price) that you can’t do yourself for just an investment of time. I’m not talking about Random House or some high powered, well-connected agent, since neither will give you the time of day, but rather those obscure publishers that are little more than a website, and

all those twenty-something, perky MFA grads.

The last publisher I sent a manuscript to said they would reply within three weeks. Four months later I got an email that asked if I was still looking for a publisher? Why not, I replied. That was a month ago.

The same goes for agents, one of whom asked if I’d consider rewriting the first five chapters of my previous book. I actually took her advice and made the changes and it greatly improved my previous novel The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic.

I resubmitted it to her personally, even followed up, and nothing.

I mean, who are these people?

I have no “writing” goals for 2015, no expectations, nothing that I am aspiring to. That kind of stuff is for the ambitious – the constantly connected, impossibly busy young(er) people. I get tired just watching them. No, I’m not satisfied, never will be, but I’m not going to sweat it.

I wrote this poem a few years ago. At the time I didn’t understand it. Now I think I do, or at least am beginning to. I entitled it, The Widower, not that I am, but in the sense that it is about moving on, stripping down, running clean, leaving behind. About discovering there is no goal, no success, no real purpose, it’s just the experience.

And it’s a mess, but you gotta love it.

Whew. I know I’m going to reread this and be embarrassed, but what the hell.

Here’s those websites and below them the poem.,13016476—love-loss-legend

The Widower

He is not now,

nor has he ever been

the person you think

you know.

What you see is

a complex compromise of demons, dreams, desires,

the blunted spear of passion, the dull edge of intellect,

an over-talked argument, the last guest

at a weary gathering.

Extraneous stuff slips away,

the affairs of friends hold little interest

and the lack of things in common

make conversation the killer

to his preferred silence.

The focus has narrowed, the journey closes,

the lack of purpose becomes


He’s going out there now

to slough off conventions,

become what wind, sun and rain would have him be –

beyond different.

He’s taking with him

something vague and inarticulate,

less than a memory, tinged with warning.

He’ll travel with no expectations

only to be

uncomplicated, uncompromised,




My new novels, FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend and The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic (now in paperback) are available on Amazon

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