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APED: the book

March 15th, 2010 (11:35 pm)

I've been busy with some other things, so this took a while, but it's now official: if you are so inclined, you can now buy my book. It's a collection of all the poems from my descent into madness -- or, as I like to call it, "A Poem Every Day."

For those folks who may have missed it, during the year between January 9, 2009 and January 8, 2010, I wrote a poem every day. The content varied pretty widely. I wrote a lot of poems about monsters, and about mythology, and fairy tales, and history and the news; I wrote songs and bizarre haiku and dirty limericks, and now all of them are collected into absolutely the cheapest 330-page print-on-demand book Lulu would let me sell. I wanted to charge less, but Lulu wouldn't let me. Nor would it let me round the price up a few cents for a rounder number. So, it's $16.20, and if you think that's a) an odd price and b) too much I don't blame you. But they didn't put any restrictions on what price I set for the PDF download, so you can get that for free. (Or if you want to click through the "a poem every day" tag here, you can do that too, of course.) Some of the poems are slightly different in book form than their original, but most of them didn't move at all, or didn't move too far.

If you haven't read any of them, here are a few that I quite liked. (All links to the versions on DW, b/c I crosspost everything and am too lazy to find the links twice.) This gives you an idea of the variety of the selection.

"be careful..."



"why a raven is like a writing-desk"

"show me somebody like me"

"i'll leave the light on in the hall"

"way over yonder"

I'm putting up a link to the book in the sidebar where the OH JOHN RINGO NO shirts used to be. As I said a while back, I'm discontinuing the shirts -- I think pretty much everybody who wants one has one, so they're not selling enough to pay for the Cafe Press store, let alone donate more moolah to the Helen Bamber Society. So this seems like a good time to make the swap.

Thanks again for indulging me with this bizarre experiment. I'm pleased with how well it turned out, all in all. Buy the book if you like, or download the free PDF if you'd rather. I'd really appreciate a review or a rating, too, if you have the time.

I never expected that I'd do something like "A Poem Every Day," or that my first book would be poetry. But I did, and it is, and I found it a pleasant surprise. Hopefully you did too.


Posted by: Elleria (elleria)
Posted at: March 16th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
Yellow Dragon

Am buy book after next payday. :-)

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 16th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)

Am thank you now!

Posted by: Elleria (elleria)
Posted at: April 1st, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Green Dragon

Bought the book, but what I recieved in the mail was not your book. Or rather, it was the cover for your book but the contents are some random book. I'm waiting to hear back from Lulu. Nice cover though.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)

ARG! Thanks for letting me know. Tell me how it goes.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 10th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)

They just shipped it again yesterday, should arrive in 2-5 business days. So sometime next week we'll see if it's the right book this time.

Posted by: Elleria (elleria)
Posted at: April 14th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
Yellow Dragon

It came Saturday and everything is correct. I counted all the poems and everything. :-)

Posted by: sharaith (sharaith)
Posted at: March 16th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)

Congrats! I would buy, except that plus shipping would come out to about half my monthly "salary". :D

I really enjoyed your poems all of last year, and I will certainly shelf file the PDF very prominently on my bookshelf in my ebook folder!

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 16th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)

Thanks muchly! Let me know if the download's spine holds up.

Posted by: 3fgburner (3fgburner)
Posted at: March 16th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)

I had a blast, explaining the T-shirt t'other weekend at StellarCon.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 16th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)

I am delighted that folks wear those out in the world.

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