I know I swore off romance altogether a very long time ago, but this opportunity approached me from across a smoky bar with all its assets bared and jiggling. I simply couldn’t say “no.” I mean, who could? I am only human.
Now, as writers, we have a few priorities. These obviously depend heavily on the individual, but we all share a commonality: we endeavor to expose our work to as many eyes as this planet can produce. Personally, I write for myself—I also write to be read. Lonely words don’t always have meaning.
What value does a thing possess if one keeps it wrapped up and covered under a heavy cotton drape? It’s like buying a comfy dual-recliner sofa, then entombing it in thick, translucent plastic (I’m looking at you, grandparents). What’s the purpose of holding onto a beautiful thing if no one has leave to enjoy it in every intended way?
Therefore, I have decided to join the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective. I’m quite honored, if we’re getting everything out in the open. It is a home for poetry and a resting point on the writer’s road. Sudden Denouement has some wonderfully talented, creative contributors, and I confess that I do feel a bit alien among them. However, I received an invitation and grabbed at it with my grabby little hands.
I’m not one to throw in my lot with just any ragtag group of rascals, vagabonds, and misfits. I have standards for my rascals, vagabonds, and misfits. These folks fit the bill. Their writers are overflowing with passion and fresh perspectives. I am happy to relinquish myself to the Collective, as it were.
You can probably expect to see maybe one or two of my poems per month published exclusively by Sudden Denouement. I’ll obviously let you know when this happens and provide hyperlinks to those pieces. And, this doesn’t mean I’ll stop posting on The Dirty Limerick. Not at all. If anything, I hope the additional readers inspire me to write even more.
Here’s to a new beginning. Raise a glass of champagne, beer, rotgut, or lemon-lime soda (if you’re a dirty non-drinker, like me) and let’s hope for the best.