Virtual Ownership?!

I saw a few calls recently for a return to physical ownership of products instead of the virtual ownership of media that we all believe we “own" with a purchase. It’s probably just a matter of time before some corporate overlord decides to block us all from accessing whatever stuff we thought we’d bought. After all, isn’t that the unwritten promise of late-stage Capitalism?

It’s hard to overstate the convenience of streaming, of digital downloads of movies, books, and music. We can carry entire libraries in our pockets. I get that…and I’m not opposed to it.

And yet, fail to update a dying machine or lose your back-up drive — and even without the shareholders voting ‘to hell with the customer base’ — what did our money get us?

What is actually ever ours?

These are just a few of the gorgeous, handmade books I’ve been lucky enough to have out. They often come with extras and freebies — from temporary tattoos and stickers to broadsides to original collage covers and laser-etched flasks. They are all things that, should you own one, won’t just up and disappear in the night.

I talk about it only because I have such admiration for the artists behind such creations — folks kind enough to share their tremendous talents with my humble projects. To me, this remains the most amazing thing about the small press — that together we can do things like this.

Yes, there aren’t massive print runs or enough sales to ever rub two nickels together.

No, this stuff is never covered by the powerful promotional engines behind big publishers, or mention much across bookish social media. That’s too bad…because there are those few people and places out there who still do care about such things.

Anyhow, this was just a way to say — if you are one of the people that support such things — thank you. Keep supporting these publishers and people who try harder to go the extra mile.

I promise I’ll keep trying to make the coolest stuff I can.

Until then, I guess all this will remain our little secret…

Underground Lovers

Abbie Foxton and her friend Russ Daum had an expansive and insightful discussion about Chinese Gucci over at Underground Lovers. It’s a great way to dive a little deeper into the book, considering characters, themes, and choices throughout the book, and they both read the book and its intentions well. Of course, as a writer, it’s really a gift to get to see your book and characters discussed in such a meaningful way…so my deepest thanks to them both for taking the time to put this together.

Are You Free Tuesday?

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Remember to mark your calendars folks — next Tuesday is the shindig.

Here is a peek at just a few of the above average prizes that await you!


The Official Chinese Gucci Thank You Party

19th February 2019
5pm

Slate Street Cafe
Wine Loft
515 Slate Ave NW

Light Appetizers + Beer and Wine
Prize Pinata

The Official Chinese Gucci Thank You Party

You all helped make my first novel a truly rewarding experience for me, so -- if you’ll be anywhere near Albuquerque on February 19th, 2019 -- feel free to drop in to celebrate the release of Chinese Gucci.

Slate Street Cafe
Wine Loft
19 February 2019
5PM


Light Appetizers + Beer & Wine

 

Life Day...

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So, today is the official release date for Chinese Gucci.

That’s not, however, the most important thing about this date for me.

It was no accident that I chose today to release the book, and no accident that the book is dedicated to my mom’s doctor from many years ago, Dr. Francisco Amprero. All those years ago, my mom was given a diagnosis of cervical cancer and a 15% chance of living.

She did.

One of the things at work in the book is just what happens (or could’ve happened, in my case) when a family loses its lynchpin. I thought a lot about what kind of kid I could’ve been had things worked out worse for me. Suffice it to say, I am forever grateful that they didn’t break that way.

So today, as my mom runs off to the casino to gamble and will later get drunk on cheap champagne, I feel lucky for my life, lucky to have this chance to chase my humble dreams, and to do so with the love and support of so many who’ve helped me along the way.

Happy Life Day.