more writing opportunities

As I mentioned in my last post, where I talked about the open call for submissions to the fathers’ words to their children charitable project (which you still have time to be a part of), that crazy awesome little publishing company, Silver Star Labs, is also going to be doing two more anthologies for charity.

We (the wonderful blogging authors and authoring bloggers at SSL) are now also accepting submissions for a Letters of Loss anthology.  We’ve all experienced loss and we’ve all learned that there is no one right way to say goodbye, move on, hang on, mourn, remember, cherish, … all of it.  100% of the proceeds from the book will go to a charity that focuses on helping people with their grief.  For full details and to submit, CLICK HERE.

And, we are now also accepting submissions for a Letters from Pets anthology.  We fully expect this one to have a lighter spirit than the other two anthologies, but that certainly doesn’t mean your poem, prose, or other art can’t be serious.  What would your pet say to you?  You know you’ve thought about it before and now is your chance to write it out and have it included in a published work.  All proceeds from this book will go to a charity that works on the care and safety of animals.  For full details and to submit, CLICK HERE.

That’s three different chances to get your name associated with a published book.  That’s three different chances to help get some money to a worthy charity, to help with a good cause.  That’s three different projects you can do.  There’s no limit.  Do one, two, or all three.  We’d love to see your words and include them in the final publication.

As always, I’m (and we are) here to help.  Questions, comments, concerns?  Let me know.  Let’s do this thing!  Let’s make some great books!

Words from fathers to their children…

So, you may have heard rumors (or more than rumors) about some of us blogging/author types creating a little publishing company of our own…

I’m here, as the Jester, to tell you…

It’s true. It’s all true.

And, as we are working on figuring out what that means and how we can use this shiny new toy best, for ourselves and for all of you other blogging/author types, we are embarking on a philanthropic adventure that we believe many of you might be interested in taking part in as well.

Here are the details:

Silver Star Laboratory is seeking submissions for an anthology of contemporary poetry, prose, and short essays.

The topic: FATHERHOOD.

With 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity, the theme of the book is “…fathers’ words to their children, in the now…and the now yet to come”.

We are accepting both new and previously published work, as long as the rights to that work belong to the authors. The submission deadline is April 15th, with the book scheduled for release on Father’s Day, June 17, 2018.

Guidelines for submission are as follows:

Poetry, prose or essay, 0 to 400 words, maximum.
One submission per author.
The theme is “… fathers, words to their children, in the now… and the now yet to come”.

As mentioned, above, 100 percent of the proceeds generated in the writing, publishing, sales, and distribution of the book go to charity. No authors or publishers will be compensated for their work.

How does that sound? Pretty darn awesome, right?

So, how do you join in?


Submissions should be sent to Silver Star Laboratory at:


And, if you are thinking to yourself, “WOW, that sounds awesome, but I’m not a father…,” don’t fret because we have two more anthologies coming up we will be looking for submissions for as well. That will be communicated shortly. That’s a Jester promise.

And, if you are thinking, “Wow, that sounds awesome, but I don’t know what to write…,” reach out to myself or any of the other wonderful folks at Silver Star Labs, and we will help you get started. That is also a Jester promise.

On The Edge

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Anthony walked to the front and thanked everyone for coming, did a brief introduction of what was going to transpire and then welcomed Bill Friday to the stage.  Bill talked for a minute, or two, because that’s what he does.  Then he flipped through A Death on Skunk Street before settling in and sharing three of his poems.

At this point I should say, read this book, A Death on Skunk Street.  You will find something you connect with in its poems.  If you’ve been a father, a driver, a worker, an observer of life, you will read something within this collection and have a “Yes.  This.” moment.

Bill finished with a bow, and Anthony returned to the front to make the next introduction.  In his hand was a copy of The Erratic Sun (written by myself and my most trusted Knight of the Matticus Kingdom, Revis)…

I don’t do a lot of public speaking.  I’m not sure I’ve ever read something I wrote in front of an audience.  I was nervous.  But, Anthony called my name and I walked to the front all the same.

I introduced the piece I was going to share with a bit of back story on why I had written it in the first place, what Ra had asked me to have ready for the event, and how I had managed to bring the two purposes together in my mind and then in the words on the papers I held.  The pages shook slightly as I moved down the pages, mindful of the notes I’d made for myself, mindful of the eyes watching me and the ears listening, and mindful of the experiences and emotions that had crafted the words in the first place.  It felt good to read.  It felt good to have read, bowed, and relinquished the spotlight once again to Anthony.

Ra came forward next and spoke in her style of confident truths, of love for all things not because it is how we should live but because it is the only way she knows.  She shared three poems from Sack Nasty.  They were brave and powerful.

Again, at this point, I should say, read this book, Sack Nasty.  It is full of truth, and love, and pain, and courage, and beauty, and all the frightfully wondrous things that make us human.  You will learn something about the world.  You will learn something about yourself.

Ra finished too soon.  She has a charisma that takes hold and demands your attention, and once she has that you never want to relinquish it.  She could talk about dust bunnies and her passion and choice of words would have you believe to your very core that nothing is more essential or beautiful.  Until, that is, she takes a tangent and changes the subject before you realize the conversation has turned.

But, she exited and Anthony once again came to the front.  This time he introduced the final speaker, Joseph Gardner.  Joe is part of The Last Sunday, a monthly poetry reading event/group and he also shared three poems.  Two were from a book he has already published, In the Shadow of the Bomb.  The third was from a new collection of poems he is working on.  All three resonated in his powerful voice and I, for one, am certainly going to be picking up a copy of his book as soon as I can.

After the readings, there was a short break for mingling, and then this bit of awesome happened:

To all those who attended, in person, online, in thought or spirit, thank you for the support.  You are all amazing.  You are all loved.