A. L. Buehrer What I Write and Why

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Songs from the Small Hours is LIVE!


I remember the Hale-Bopp comet. I don’t really know why. I wasn’t even three yet in Spring of ‘97. But I remember Mom picking me up and pointing it out through the bathroom window facing west. It was surreal, even to my very young mind—like a shooting star that had been stopped.

We haven’t had a comet like Hale-Bopp since. I’ve spent most of my life anticipating the next “Great Comet.” We’re overdue for one. So, in 201X, I was paying close attention when I found out a massive comet called Ison was passing the orbit of Jupiter, inbound.

Ison was predicted to be “the Comet of the Century.” But there was a certain degree of uncertainty. It didn’t take too long for scientists to recognize Ison as both a highly unstable body and what they call a sundiver—perhaps a self-explanatory term.

You may or may not remember how the story ended, but I think it was on Thanksgiving night Earth got word that Ison was a goner. I saw the time-lapse on TV. It swung around the far-side of Sol and a brilliant spray of vaporized material spewed out the other side. The nucleus was gone.

But that was after I wrote the poem “I Dreamed of Ison.” I mixed the metaphors of the grandiose promises of comet Ison with the quiet childhood story of a stray cat, “Comet” who eventually disappeared again. It’s kind of odd reading it in retrospect knowing the details of Ison’s star-crossed meeting with the sun.

“I Dreamed of Ison” is one of the 31 poems included in my long-in-coming poetry book Songs from the Small Hours. The illustrated chapbook is finally available to the public via Amazon. (And via me, personally, shortly. I just ordered a box of 50 of those things to hand-sell.)

One thing though. I haven’t released it as an ebook. I just thought I should say that before you asked. I might or might not later, but I personally think it lends itself to paperback quite a bit more, and you would be cheating yourself buying it in electronic format—I might change my mind later. Depends on how many people yell at me that they would get it if it were an ebook, but have no interest in paperback, and throw smoke-bombs through my windows.

Honestly, I don’t know how many people actually read poetry—I mean once they get out of school. But if you’re one of those rare people, or would like to be, you can read my book. Here’s the link for it. You might enjoy it. There are poems about insomnia and butterflies and graffiti and windchimes and things like that.
You can buy Songs from the Small Hours here.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year! Goals, giveaways, etc.

Well, here it is. I can't believe we're now in the last year before the 20's roar back around. It's going to get weird, you know. We have such strong images of what the 20's 30's 40's etc. represent that I don't think anybody alive is really ready to adjust to the new millennium and a whole new round of decades by the same names. Or am I the only one who freaks out about things like that?

But anyway. This is going to be kind of a quick mishmash post. I'm just typing it up after work here at the library. Might as well. I've got a giveaway to publicize and I thought I might announce some semi-formal-ish reading and writing goals for 2019.

My artistic goals are really ambitious and I'm not going to write them all out here. Crazy stuff even outside of my writing life. Things involving producing two or three tin whistle CDs and learning digital art. I'll be pretty excited if I even get half of this stuff done.

But first off...

Reading goals:

  •  Read 50 books. I didn't set a number last year, and I ended up kind of wishing I would have. I got kind of lazy. But 50 sounds doable this year...provided I read some fiction and shorter books now and then. *rents a 550 page biography of Einstein from the library*
  • At least 12 books on astronomy/cosmology/astrophysics/space exploration. This shouldn't be hard for me. That's my second language. I'm a major space nerd. Also, this biography totally counts.
  • At least 8 books on the craft of writing. I don't intend to stop growing, and writing and reading about writing are some of the best ways to do that.
  • read certain classics that have been on my to-read list for way too long. Yeah. Got to do that eventually.
  • Read some non-fiction on subjects I've never read about before. I love exploring new fields and I'm going to make that a priority this year.
  • And fiction is apparently also a thing. So I'm aiming to try some novels. Maybe some mystery, maybe some sci-fi, maybe some dystopia...maybe even...*shudders*...some YA.

And...

Writing Goals:
  • PUBLISH SONGS FROM THE SMALL HOURS! Literally any day now. Just waiting on my final page proof. 
  • PUBLISH LIGHTWASTE! Also very soon. I promise. 
  • Edit and publish Dronefall Three, Rainchill. The first draft is complete. (It was my NaNoWriMo project.) It's going to come out this Spring. I won't make you wait.
  • Write, edit and publish Dronefall Four. I'm really excited to get the book four. The plot isn't on paper yet, but I've got a cool and slightly creepy concept ready, and there are dual storylines...it's gonna be fun.
  • Write and edit Dronefall Five. Yes, I actually intend to finish the Dronefall quintet this year. Kind of crazy. I highly doubt that Five will hit the press until 2020, though. I won't push it that hard.
  • Publish a collection of short-stories. I've written several short stories and short story ideas breed like tribbles in my head. I might as well do it.
  • Publish a second book of poetry in the Fall. Are you counting? Yeah, I want to publish five books this year. Told you I was going crazy. 
Anyway. I'm sure you're exhausted just reading all this. Don't get too tired. You've got a lot to d yourself this year and we've only just started. What better way to start than to enter a book giveaway? I mean, getting more books is prerequisite to reading more books, right? So, I just thought I'd like you to the giveaway celebrating the launch of Reveries Co., which includes a paperback copy of Dronefall among the loot. 

Here it is. To The Giveaway! Happy 2019!