Sunday, September 25, 2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Went to the State Fair last Friday. Saw more dead bugs on pins than I'd seen in a coon's age.
At the fair, I posed as a Specimen Author for the Nebraska Writers' Guild booth which was staffed by poet Charlene Neely. The other Specimen Author was raconteur Steve Bruttig, selling his book, First and Foremost: The Book of Origins and Controversies. If you meet him, get him to tell you his story about condoms at a kiddie's party.
My latest book, Thieves, Rascals & Sore Losers, sold like hot cakes at the fair. I've been hearing good things about the book. The best thing is that folks laugh a lot when they read Thieves.
Here's what reviewer Bonnye Reed Fry wrote:
"Thieves Rascals & Sore Losers.is an honest, intimate, enlightening review of the folks who settled and populated that part of the Louisiana Purchase that became the great state of Nebraska.
"I laughed till I cried, it is in places that funny.
"And, truthfully, it is joyous to read of an American state population who can top New Mexico in the fiercely independent populous and dirty tricks government men. I now feel a kinship with the cornhusker state."
Thursday, September 1, 2016
My Jack Loscutoff would be so proud! He and I just won a Pewter Award from the Gold Ink Awards, a prestigious national print competition. We won the Pewter for our JackJack & JuneBug book. You may remember it; It featured lustful play between two "older" poets who can't keep their hands off each other.
But this Gold Ink Award was not just for our splendid writing. This award was given to the book as a whole, including the gifted Paula Wallace for her marvelous water color illustrations, the inventive Rachel Moore for her design, resourceful Lisa Pelto who printed the book in Concierge Marketing offices using carefully selected paper with the help of Heather at #FieldPaper in Omaha, NE.
Pewter winners are awarded a certificate. Winning pieces are also featured in Printing Impressions magazine and GoldInk.com.
(If you see Jack, give him the good news.)