The Shop is Live

Today is the day! The Online Store for all things me is up and running. This is exciting for me because I feel like I’m one step closer to my dream of becoming a full-time writer. I’ll be able to afford all my expenses and can spend every day doing nothing but writing new stories and poetry. This isn’t just a dream for me. This is a calling. I honestly believe I struggle with so many things in life because I’m not doing what I was created to do. I was put on this planet to write and writing is what I will do.

What are some of the fun things you can find in my online store? For starters, this is the only place to acquire signed copies of all my paperback books. Not only that but they are discounted compared to costs on Amazon with a few minor exceptions. If you purchase from my store and request shipping, the costs are about the same, but it takes longer for you to get it in the mail. Why bother? Buying from me means you are directly supporting the author and you copy will have my signature inside. Totally worth it.

I also have a few options for commissioning custom poetry. For a cheap price ($1, $5, $10) you can pay me to write you a poem or your choice in any style. I am not commissioning fiction as even the shortest stories require more time to complete. Poetry doesn’t take nearly as long and it’s something I’ve been doing for over 15 years. I maintain all rights to these poems, but we can discuss purchasing of the intellectual property. Before you ask, yes it will be expensive. But that is not something I’m prepared for at the moment.

Prints of poems are also available. These are my original poems as 11×17 posters. Words can be visual art too. Only a handful are currently available, but I hope to add more if sales support that. My favorite part of this store are the T-Shirts. That’s right! I have shirts available with different titles of my poems printed on them. For the moment they are around $30 mostly because I don’t have any in stock and will have to order them one at a time as orders come in. I hope to lower the price once I have steady inventory.

If you wish to order any items in bulk, please send me an email or contact me through my Contact Page and we can work out a discounted price for the items. If you want to support me without spending money, you can always write a review on my Facebook Page, review one of my books on Amazon or on Goodreads, or tell your friends about me. Support me on social media and talk about what you enjoy. You can even send me an email saying nice things that I can use as a testimonial. Happy shopping!

Throwback Thursday Poetry: Steps to Insanity

the time has come to say goodbye
i am no longer able to cry
this life has been a wild ride
somehow i have lost my pride

it will be rough as i glide
to the underworld after i die
Satan will laugh as i try
to escape from the Hives

do not ask how or why
it has gone before my eyes
i must now try to decide
to make it right or lose my mind

Early poetry from James. From the poetry collection Pariah Bound: The Lonesome Poetry.

I am a Writer

I have been writing for almost fifteen years.  I really feel this is one of my strongest skills.  I believe I am good at many things.  When it comes to writing, I feel great.  Have I been professionally published?  No.  Have I sold lots of stories and made money from my writing?  Not really.  Have I self-published and sold a few to people who were not friends or family?  Kind of I guess.  It is not an easy market to jump into but I believe I have been writing long enough and have acquired enough knowledge and skill to really change the world through writing.

If you are reading this than I have already succeeded in one small way.  Who knew that was all it took?  It does not matter how much money one makes, or how many times one is published.  That is the business of writing, yes, but that is not what makes a great writer.  I can insert a couple of popular contemporary writers who are simply terrible.  I do not think this is the fault of the writer but more of the editor and the agent for not working to make the writing better.  That is the purpose of agents and editors, to make the story or book marketable and profitable.  That is all.

So, with the marketable/profitable angle, I am in no way successful.  From the artist perspective, I have made a small impact on a few people.  That is the purpose for any artist; to make people feel something.  It does not matter what it is if the person has some feeling from the artist’s work.  It could be anger, happiness, melancholy, ambivalence, whatever…  I recently realized this was, on a small scale, the purpose of human interaction.  We are here to make each other fell something.

People have spent centuries trying to discover what it all means.  I think the poets, painters, sculptures, writers, and any other artists are closer than anyone else.  The purpose of life is to create and to feel.  Unfortunately, everyone just wants to be numb and destroy everything.  Now more than ever does the world need painters and poets and any other artists.  Now more than ever does the world need to create and to feel.  It is in emotions that we are reminded of our humanity.  It is creation that brings out the best in everyone.  So, I write.

When I feel something strongly, I write.  When I cannot find the words, I write.  I do not always write about what has transpired but when I write something, when I create something, it brings out the best I have and makes me feel like I have a purpose.  While I don’t know what it is exactly, I have a divine life purpose.  I have a soul mission.  I have a reason for being and I think it involves writing.  Maybe most of you will not read this.  Maybe most of you in the world will ignore anything I can offer.  That will never stop me from writing because sometimes writing is the only thing I have.