Brian Thedell

Inaugural Reading For The 2014-2015 San Diego Poetry Annual

The first of a series of readings from this year’s poetry annual was tonight at the Point Loma public library (Point Loma is a beach community in San Diego).

I also got to finally pick up a copy of the annual; I’m on page 10! :D

My Poem "Moisture" In The 2014-2015 Annual

My Poem “Moisture” In The 2014-2015 Annual

Published in another anthology!

The San Diego Poetry Annual publishes a yearly anthology representing San Diego area poets. For their 2014-2015 anthology, they accepted my poem, “Moisture.” Copies of the annual are donated to various libraries around the county, so I’m officially going to be a small part of San Diego literary history. Interested? You can pick up a copy here.

I had frankly held off announcing the publication here until the last minute; there was some question as to if my poem was actually accepted. Happily, all the confusion cleared, and I will indeed be in the anthology. I’m hoping to make some of the anthology readings that the organization hosts throughout the year.

I’m also hoping to submit to a magazine soon—an honest-to-goodness magazine! But *knockOnWood* I’m not announcing where just yet… ;)

New audio coming soon!

I know I made some “promises” about reading my poems aloud and making those readings available online. Frankly, though, I was unhappy with the equipment I was using. A better audio interface improved things somewhat, but the dynamic microphone I was using was still better suited for rugged performance, not studio recording. Recently, I got a USB condenser microphone, but I couldn’t use it until today because it needs a “pop” filter—a screen to suppress the little gust-of-wind noises that come from speaking directly into a sensitive microphone.

So I’ll be redoing the poem I already put up here, and I’ll finally be reading more of my poems for online listening. In the meantime, you can check out a preview by listening to me read Shakespeare’s Sonnet #30 on dropBrian.

DMCA? You don’t say?

I try to give credit to everything I post on my social media; still, if someone really wants something taken down, down it goes. I respect artistic authorship.

That image associated with this post? It’s mine. Find it here.

Some really just don’t understand about making art, I guess. I hope I won’t need a restraining order; from what I understand, that was necessary at one point.

Still avidly converting oxygen into carbon dioxide…

…as in, I’m still alive. And still recovering from the immuno-suppressant-induced coma from last year (!)… I didn’t feel so self conscious about my leg braces, until Cyanide and Happiness did a short where a beautiful woman revealed to have squeaky leg braces is the first in a series of “the saddest things the comic author could conceive of.”

So, in addition to dealing with disability, it’s the Christmas season and whatnot; I probably won’t have any new poems until the new year. I might go ahead and try to record some poems and put up the mp3s or Soundcloud them or something.

Also, I need to attend to my dropBrian Tumblr, which is growing weeds it’s so neglected. I actually am really happy with that Tumblr; while I don’t have many regular followers, I get lots of random people on Tumblr liking my poems, which is gratifying. Before, when I just published here, I’m pretty sure my only reader was this bitter old hater who is obsessed that I’m writing about her—I’m not. Also, don’t ACTUAL victims of stalking and rape usually AVOID enthusiastically dating their stalker-rapist? But I forgot, her life is essentially a bad Friday night drama that’s burned through its premise…