I haven’t been writing much on this site lately. For that, my apologies. I tend to use my website for more reflective pieces, and lately it has been “promotion time” due to the release of my new book, Voices in the Stones, and Steven Simpson’s film adaptation of Neither Wolf nor Dog.
I am no lover of promotion, either as a participatory experience or as a necessary component of the creative life. I am a writer; I like to stay back and observe, then bring forth my observations between the pages of a book. The tap dancing and dog and pony shows necessary to get works known has always been something I preferred to leave to others.
But the times are what they are.
A marketing savvy person I know once said, “You need to spend one month writing and eleven months promoting.” Another pr type told me, “You need to start promoting something the second you get the idea, at least a year before it is ever produced.”
All ye young-uns who want to go into the arts, consider those words carefully. The way of the world these days is that your willingness and ability to promote your art is more important than your capacity to make your art. I’m just saying. . .
Anyway, two alerts in this regard:
First, I will be reading at the downtown Powell’s Bookstore in Portland on the 14th of March. Powell’s is a phenomenon. It is the centerpiece of downtown Portland and the defining element of Portland’s cultural identity. It takes up an entire city block and is a destination for everyone who comes to this city. To get a reading there is no small thing. I need to beat the hustings to get folks to attend. Consider this message as one of those beatings. I hope to see you there if you live nearby.
Second, Steven’s film adaptation, which is really quite amazing in its own right, is doing well on unsteady legs as he tries single handedly to promote it into theaters. I’m attaching an interview that I did with my dear friend Katie Carter back in my ex-home town in northern Minnesota. Because she was a friend, it has a certain authenticity to it that I appreciate. Promotion ain’t so bad when you get to do it with friends. Here’s a link to the interview:
I’ll try to write more in the future, including some information on my new writing project for the UK publisher, Canongate, and my self-publishing effort to get my dearly beloved A Haunting Reverence back into print, now to be published under the title of Native Echoes: Listening to the Spirit of the Land.
Well, this is enough for now. Thanks for reading, and I’ll try not to be so much of a stranger.