Ever since I can remember, my dad's been doing woodworking projects. When I was a kid, this meant plywood cabinets and funky co-karts, but now he produces awesome beds and tables, bookshelves and cabinets, all in hard wood and hand-planed to perfection. For his birthday (OK for two birthdays) I helped him start to document his projects. Well, now he's got a website! Check it out - www.davidpbiddle.com.
I'd like to take a moment to congratulate Scott Alexander Jones on publishing his second complete book of poetry! I hired Scott as my professional editor for The Atheist's Prayer and without his input the book wouldn't be in the shape it is now. So I have plenty of respect and gratitude, and I expect poetry lovers to gobble up his work.
That finger on your temple is the barrel
of my raygun--
That wretched dull resonance
breaching walls where windows once were, here
at the end of all things
tells us nothing
we haven’t already been told
That eyelid slit of light
beneath the bathroom door at the end of the hallway
yellow & yellowish & yellowing
as deciduous leaves
says one of us remains
awake at this androgynous hour
lighting candles meant to conjure azaleas.
It's pretty exciting to be invited back to Comicazi for another event. Saturday, May 3rd is Free Comic Book Day which I recently learned is a nationally celebrated holiday! I have to admit I am pretty excited (and only somewhat surprised) to find that The Atheist's Prayer seems to fit in quite comfortably among comic books, graphic novels, magic cards and action heroes.
Comicazi, "the home of the bad kids," has been selling comic books in Davis square for over a decade. More than just a comic book shop, Comicazi hosts comedy shows, gaming nights, and author events on a regular basis. I'm thrilled to be a part of this community!
If you want to stop by this Saturday, the event starts at 11:00 AM and ends at 2:00 PM. (although it might run longer if people keep coming!) Comicazi is located at 407 Highland Avenue in Somerville.
Here's the list of creators and creations:
Tony McMillen, Nefarious Twit
Max Papas, Adventures of the GWF
Tonya Ratz, Make Me A Dragon
Amy Biddle, The Atheist’s Prayer
Art O’Callaghan, Rogan
Paul Axel, Legacy
While we're on the subject of comics, I recently found the following image floating around in cyberspace, and it seems like an appropriate time to pay homage to Bill Watterson. Since I read all the Calvin & Hobbes books front-to-back as a kid, I can't help but assume that the following comic was a subconscious inspiration for The Atheist's Prayer. Enjoy.
Life isn't complete without a few thank-you's...
First and foremost, I would like to thank my mother, who has been my toughest critic and loudest cheerleader throughout all of my literary misadventures and, in fact, my entire life. I also owe thanks to my father and brother, not only for the feedback and encouragement they gave me while I was writing this book, but also for the love, support and reality checks that I depend on every day.
Without the help of my online literary colleagues, The Atheist's Prayer would never have been written. I am forever grateful for the critiques and support given to me by my friends from Underground Book Reviews: Brian Braden, Katie French and Kimberly Shursen.
When this book was in its infancy, many early readers slogged through the rough-draft pages. I owe a huge thanks to friends and colleagues, and even a couple of strangers, who took a stab at reading my first novel and provided valuable advice.
And of course, my writing would not be what it is today if it weren’t for my Snakefoot teachers, my high-school and college English teachers, and the friends and family that I couldn’t live without.
A special shout-out goes to the talented people who helped me turn a pile of words into a piece of art. Thanks to Pela Via for her input on structure and Scott Alexander Jones for his thorough copyedit. Emma Myeesha contributed a fantastic piece of art, and Grace DuVal did an outstanding job of turning it into a book cover.
Finally, the team at Perfect Edge Books has been wonderful to work with, and I am proud to be part of such a forward-thinking and talented group of individuals.
CRITIQUE & SUPPORT: Brian Braden, Katie French, Kimberly Shursen, J. Eliott Coleman, V. Mark Covington, Dwight Biddle, Paul Sillence
EDITING: Scott Alexander Jones, Pela Via, Sally Hutcheson, David Biddle
COVER ART: Emma Myeesha
COVER DESIGN: Grace DuVal, Virginia Lloyd-Davies
PRODUCTION & MARKETING: Phil Jourdan, Maria Barry
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