Disappear much?

It seems as though I have disappeared.  Fret not, children, for I have yet to truly arrive.

Ok.  I am not sure where that came from, but there you go.  ‘Tis true, however; I have been absent from here.  It really is a two pronged thing.  First, my interwebs in my little disclosed location is not what one would call the best.  I am paying double the price I would at home for what, I am certain, is little better than 56K modem speed.  Ah, the price one pays to stay in contact with loved ones.

Secondly, and most importantly in my humble opinion, is this……I have taken the plunge and published my first book of poetry (poems: a look within, available exclusively on Amazon Kindle for $12.99.)  Shameful self promotion complete. 

I am extremely proud of this book.  I decided to go the self-publishing route as a means to clean my slate.  After nearly two decades of writing, I felt it finally time to do something with all of this.  I know self publishing in a genre with a niche audience can be tricky, but I figured, “what the hell?”  Self-publishing, aside from formatting issues from bouncing between a Linux computer to Windows and back again, is fairly easy in contrast to self-marketing.  That has kicked my ass.  I will prevail, though.  Even if I only sell two copies, I have busted through the door myself.  It has occupied my time, but I have enjoyed it.  In the end, more pride comes from building something yourself.  These poems have been with me for a long time.  I felt it my obligation to get it out there.  And so you have it…the cause of my absenteeism.

I love poetry.  I love reading.  I love reading your poetry, especially if I follow you on here.  I often feel out of my depth with how great most of you are with it. I may not post much right now, but I am here.  You will know when I am catching up because most of you will get rapid fire likes as I read through. 

So, if you’re still reading, thanks for visiting.  Mostly, thank you for all for your support, be it in the form of pressing a Like button or dropping me a comment.  That, alone, kept me going long before I decided to publish. 
Now……one more shameless self promotion.  😉  Good morning…or evening.  I suppose it depends upon which side of the world you are on.

poems:  a look within

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–Shaun Wilkinson–

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