The Method of Proxy Sea

Some thought to non-diminishment
Some challenges for the Faeries
Tools for reworking the world
Rebuilding in a new image
Some thought to privacy
“The stealthiest forefinger is a proxy sea” -@tribalephemeral
The method of wordpress
The method of facebook
The method of twitter
The method of tumblr
The method of minds contacting each other in dreams
The method of amplification
The method of email
The method of bitly
The method of the sidewalk chalk and bulletin boards
The method of word of mouth
To each his own
But I take all of these in
I use what is at my disposal
The oxygen catastrophe
Must not occur
So saith I
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Book Samples:

Free again
But in fear for my life
I remembered
Men were creatures to fear
http://amzn.to/1Osm1R2 #poetry #ebook #modern

We tear the bleating away
We tear the tears away
We tear the mothers away
We shift into gear
http://bit.ly/1Klzoyz #ebook #ziggomatickeys

Project: http://bit.ly/1PBwQxZ
micropoetry http://twitter.com/tribalephemeral
$1 a month perks http://patreon.com/lostinmist
Nifty web art + words project: http://bit.ly/1RPkhFG
Book sample: http://bit.ly/1RNLB73
Book: http://amzn.to/1Klzoyz “Ziggomatic Keys” #poetry
For the audiophile: http://bit.ly/1RNLxnS
Book: http://amzn.to/1Osm1R2 “The Driftwood of Our Live Washed Up on Some Foreign Shore” #poetry
Drawings: http://tribalephemeral.tumblr.com

New Postcard Site Added!

I haven’t added content yet, but I’ve added a new site where I’ll be uploading the text of the poetic postcards I send and a few of the other postcards. Occasional project updates will still appear here (and there). The new site will be limited to 3 posts per day rather than a post for every card. The address is http://poeticpostcards.wordpress.com . Starting with #252 (there are actually a few more due to number duplication and a handful of unnumbered cards, but I’m sticking with it) (Thanks http://mlewisredford.wordpress.com for the encouragement!) See the “Project” link below for more details. Also the blank postcards are now available for sale at http://www.zazzle.com/psychic_fugue_studio*

Book Samples:

Collapsing
A series of fires
A nod to the angels
A truckful of illusions
http://1Osm1R2 #poetry #ebook

I was a crust of mind
Drifting on a stream
Soon to become waterlogged, and sink
Oh, to be a mote in black oblivion
http://bit.ly/1Osm1R2

Project: http://bit.ly/1PBwQxZ
micropoetry http://twitter.com/tribalephemeral
$1 a month perks http://patreon.com/lostinmist
Nifty web art + words project: http://bit.ly/1RPkhFG
Book sample: http://bit.ly/1RNLB73
Book: http://amzn.to/1Klzoyz “Ziggomatic Keys” #poetry
For the audiophile: http://bit.ly/1RNLxnS
Book: http://amzn.to/1Osm1R2 “The Driftwood of Our Live Washed Up on Some Foreign Shore” #poetry

DXM (Diminishment of Terms)

Also posting to erowid and facebook and twitter and tumbler and scriggler

even after fifty
trip limit. still
mildly psychedelic
with meditation
300 mg level
15-16 years of use
withe technology work
and text messaging
I can assess the line
breaks when i get
back
short pages
still having coherent
verbal thought forms
in and out of meditation
last time i submitted
15 years ago (no less
but i feel like it
typing not yet
poet by trade
suspected us government
technology project
experience with psychosi
at least four times although
only out of hospital
once for seven days
dream telepathy
scientific studies in the
paranormal
dont need long pages
hanwrite
don’t need typing
thought break
although sick
just barely
beta glucan
no aniracetam today
climate change project
postcards social media
diminishment of terms
easy to spell non immersive
psychedelic
some dissociative
no real visuals
meditation timer just
went off
is the size of notebooks
changing or jus me?
didnt check today at
drug store
fast response climate change
punk rock poetry pitches
at bar with climate
change project
no money no plastic
long time
art school
later design arts technology
can assess line breaks when
get back
visions many in dreams
vocoders officedepot
military transcription
visual synaesthesia
dreams
nonstandard spelling or
wrong
diminishment of terms
itemize
keep spelling focus
poetry
vision declining
not dream telepathy
riff
dice
loss of keys
not remembering where
dreams wake up burning of libraries
advanced consciousness
just put pen cap on
legalize all drugs
not a radical agenda
MSDS
What have you
Phamaceutical advisoryes
Do most people need advice
from pharmacist?
Not me
Assess line breaks later
Uncertain location
Bignotebook
Stolen
one less empty
what have you writer
alcoholism
diminishment of terms
no three hoooked m
on keyboard
eyes blur
Though break
No
Vocoders
Painful auditory buzz
goto blog and erowid
blog password changed!
fought
phone internet fail
the moth story slam louisville
sick
a bit
chop
chae
august moon
nocoders rocoders
friends mail server attacked
beaten to death
ok now i think check phon
uncertain t+
text to mom
attempt text line breaks
break check research chems

slightly off center press
does erowid take .doc
or internet text or
both?

if anyone is looking
to start in network
bookstores only carmichaels
and others no
paranoid mail checks
or postcards yet
government conspiracy
theory office depot
remotes to phones
diminishment of terms
move to table no mom
texts of feelys
emotion even
slipping in and out of
dissociatis
5 mine medittion timer
off
spinflips switchflips
“as you disintegrate”
rational trip
dissociative motion
vocooders
vocoders
decision to keep in
psychedelic poetry
use drug names
in school text
high school
college
availability
of lsd psilocybin visuals
mescaline ayahuasca
native american church findable online
travel costs
host a white person?
visions
no black market
sad me pot only
check research chemicals
get first paycheck
trust fund
down to 48k
parent control
neat handwriting
question pens
do diaGNOSIS
no, schizophrenia diagnosis
diagnosis not
keep addictive drugs
away
DXM addiction?
No
Just alcoholism cigarettes
penheindbut phenibut
coffee
either alcohol or phenibut
not both no money
need sharpies
should have three
Joe kid 20 thief
notebook and cds or just maybe?
No not so crazy
nothing gone up my nose
lo these many
dont recall any
dont recall coke
opiates high school
oth
noted
psychedelic lightweight
no many years gone
give me 2cb
research chemical
understand how to proceed
psychedelic schizophrenia
dont write that
no studies ongoing
who doctors or me?
I say I no schizo
doctor say twice
water salaries maps
make the call
blog post erowid
see visions first poet
many called such
no difficulty finding things
preponderance of spoons votes
hard disc in the radio
visions of death?
Not net yet
Climate rage. diminishment
of terms to facebook,
also wordpress
also tumblr twitter but not posted
psychedelic dxm poetry and
medittion hat no secretsbut
dream telepathy
remeditate short page trip
report verse later erowid dxm
no sick

Questions, Your Thoughts?

Pondering some things, the oracle suggests that I reach out for help to friends…. I would love to discuss your answers if you would like to share thoughts on the questions below or any other thoughts.

1. How can I reach a wider audience? This question has multiple parts.
—- So far I have sold 8 copies of my ebook and only managed to give away five during the 5 KDP free days I’m allotted during each 90 day period. This despite giving away pretty cards with the title, sidewalk chalk, Google Adwords, Facebook announces, amazon ads, a couple open mics, WordPress announces, my website, and beginning to be active on twitter. I think all the paid ones have been family. I may have some reviews forthcoming from contacts made through bookreviewdirectory.wordpress.com (think I’ve got that right), but they are not out yet, and with my experiences so far it is hard to think about real success. There were no conversions from any of my plugs on WordPress, btw. (Looking for amazon reviews! be the first!). Also should I cancel Kindle Select so I can go to other marketplaces and platforms?
— I suppose more ads in combination with existing reviews may help.
— So that is one part of the question. How do I sell people on poetry ebooks?
—- How can I reach a wider audience? It just occurred to me a few minutes ago that I could more effectively use advertising by advertising for example my twitter, and then plugging my book regularly while keeping people interested with my twitter poems. I have been steadily adding followers (from a base of two, up to I’m not sure but perhaps 14) on twitter and going up and down by one on here (having taken 3 years to reach the current 317)… I don’t want to puff up my Facebook friend list. I like it how it is and don’t want to go adding all the people from high school, middle school, acquaintances etc. I was off it for four years for a reason. I don’t currently have anything in the bank for more advertising, though…
— What ideas do you have to expand my followings faster?

2. Thoughts on my work. Strengths, weaknesses, eccentricities, places where it gets monotonous? I will of course not take your word as gospel, but I will listen to and consider all critiques. What am I doing well? What grabs you about my work? What is limiting my appeal and is it something I ought to change, or just part of being different?

3. A friend tells me some of my work ought to be submitted to European surrealists presses (in particular As You Disintegrate). Does anyone have names of any of these, as she has so far not deigned to give me any?

4. It is exhausting looking at the online samples of literary journals to see if I would be a good fit, which the experts say you ought to do before submitting, particularly when I do not fit most of the ones I look at as far as I can tell. Any recommendations?

5. Since I am saving a lot of my work to keep offline and use for submissions now, there is little going up here (although I have been doing twitter poems @tribalephemeral). I suppose I should post a bit more regularly, but it’s hard to let go of things I have just written out of nowhere, so I will now ask for any requests for prompts or topics you’d like to see, and those ones will go up on here for sure, and I’ll leave a note on your most recent post letting you know when yours is up (odd how wordpress.com has no private message feature, is it not?)

That is all I can think of for now. I’ll put a condensed version of my questions on facebook and twitter too. Also, please follow my facebook page, Lostinmist! And if anyone is a Tumblr, I’m at Tribal Ephemeral and have no Tumblr followers yet! I look forward to any and all answers or other comments and suggestions and observations. Have a nice night.

Change of Course: One Major Insight

It has come to my attention that continuing to post a lot of material to this blog will interfere with my career goals, in several ways. One, there is the time. Two, there is the inability to use previously published material in most(?) literary journals/magazines. On the other hand, it is nice to have my stuff out there and being read and liked. But I have other necessary career goals, too, like finding a paying job, starting, completing, and going live with a website for a friend (also paying), improving my web design skills and portfolio, getting an A+  certification and perhaps other certs, writing more carefully written and less repetitive poetry, and doing sites and development for louisvillepoetry.net and louisvilleliteracy.net (and trying to sell louisvilleventurefund.com).

So. I will be posting much less poetry, though perhaps more other stuff. I may stop posting poetry altogether, as if it is good enough for me to put out there for 314 (pi!) people to see, perhaps I should consider submitting it to a literary journal, since, unlike contests, they don’t charge reading fees, and I can’t write an unlimited number of awesome poems to submit to so many journals. I have recently found the ways to do this, the traditional way to break into the literary world (which can happen even without a degree thankfully; but I AM going back to finish my degree in liberal studies, which is not what I started in, either time. But I graduate in one semester). As follows:
Ultimate guide to getting published in literary magazines
Top 50 Literary Magazines
These have really showed me what I need to do to begin to build a career and audience, instead of all the shortcuts and cut corners and internet jiggery pokery I’ve been trying. Also, you should submit not only to the top fifty but to smaller magazines that are more of a ‘fit’ for you (less competition, but potentially no money. but you get a credential and may connect to the audience more). It will be time consuming to find what is perhaps a good fit for me, and I have not begun yet. And some of these things still require snail mail (cuts down on the slush pile, I imagine).
All that said, my first book is still available on Amazon as a kindle file: The Driftwood of Our Lives Washed Up on Some Foreign Shore, and if it actually started selling, I might release another that way.
And I will pursue Patreon for a while My Still Rough Pitch Page and you don’t have to give the $7 per month that it is auto filled with. That level has a special reward, which is subject to change. All donors will get free electronic files of Unreal Demonoids and the Tale of We the Many or something like that I’m not sure if I changed the wording of the title, when polishing is finished, which I would be more inclined to do if I had at least one donor, but I suppose since I’m offering it as a reward, I should get on it so people can get it right away. One more reason I can’t blog much anymore.
And I may set other goals on Patreon, such as a goal for 250 print-on-demand copies of a manuscript, like the one I submitted to the Tupelo Press Sunken Garden chapbook contest. The monthly donations I have my Patreon account set up for (not a per ‘thing’ payment, as I think that might charge people every time I post there) can be canceled anytime, and with people who do charge per ‘thing’ you can set a limit on how much you spend on each of them each month.
Also there will be patron only posts, if things begin to go right.

And I hate to add to my competition, but I came across this thing on twitter today, a poetry contest with no reading fee, from Amazon:
Amazon Little a Poetry Contest

So. I have to apply to some jobs (what hopeless drudgery) and do some code for Mack today (what interesting drudgery!) and have a lot of work ahead of me preparing to begin submitting to magazines. And possibly clearing a bunch of stuff off this blog so I can submit it (no one will know it was out there before, muahahaha. I think).
There will be less poetry here but there will be some non-poetry. And I suppose I’ll keep you posted on my progress on this venture.

In closing, a poem from this morning (not a facebook poem, a paper poem) (which was preceded by some freewriting, which I have not done much at all in a long time):

One Major Insight
The check is in the mail
The dividends you will reap
All the plays of the poetry
And now metamorphosing into work
No more shortcuts
Look for smaller literary magazines, too
2 hrs looking for a job
2 hrs working for Mack
4 hrs looking into literary magazines
And selecting pieces to send
Or more
20 minutes clearing email
Take your pills
All the coffee you need
Remember to eat
And shop for food
Day 1 no cigarettes
And I am free
A little too early, still
To look for girls
But we’ll see what happens
pen

Gravatars & Images

faces

Note to everyone:

Your image in comments and likes is your Gravatar.  Since the Automattic team built Gravatar’s to be for all sites, and to your preferences, not just for WordPress, your links to your blogs are not in there unless you add them.  I am annoyed by the number of people who clerly have posted text about their blogs to Gravatar and then failed to link them.  You will get a smidgen more views if you add that to the {Gravatar} profile.

Images are big.  The included image is under 5kB.  The original from flickr was 300k and photoshop says it was 350kB.  You can squash the free with GIMP, the ‘Save for Web’ entry in the ‘File’ menu.  This is good for your cell phone readers who have to pay, dial up readers (Photoshop tells me the included image takes 2 seconds on a 56.6kb modem, imagine a page filled with 300-1000kB images?), readers who aren’t in rich world countries, you get the picture.  Yes, people do still have dial-up, particularly in rural areas.  You want to be able to reach those people, don’t you?

Also:  JPEGs handle smooth color transitions well with low amounts of data (e.g. photos) [disregard the included picture.  it is squashed to quality 5 of 100].  PNGs and GIFs are appropriate for images with flat colors, e.g. digital illustration.  Also if you want to reduce a JPEG to a small number of colors to get an interesting effect, but those ones will not shrink and may even expand.

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Photo:

CC BY-NC 2.0

flickr: Kathryn (♥KatB Photography♥)

“Day 305: Ever Changing Mood” : greatly reduced

 

Election Day Resolution

My resolution: Next year I will be well enough informed to vote other than a straight party ticket in local elections.

Also: I think I’ll try that post a day thing.

And: I will finally make those things I have been planning to sell.

 

Will be posting later, its not coming together at the moment.