QSFer Eric Alan Westfall has a new MM poetry book out that includes some spec fic poems:
’m not sure what to say to entice you into buying a collection of mostly gay-themed poems. Some are from my own life, some are not. Some will hopefully give you a joyful smile, and an “Ah, yes.” Others I hope will have a different effect on your emotions.
There are some humorous ones (“quantumchromodynamics”—which is, by the way, a real word), some are happy, some are not, some are fantasies (“the dragon painting,” “dining with the Anhkang king”), and some deal with the real world.
“whispers in a promised land” is my personal favorite, and is unfortunately as true today as when it was written in 2000.
All royalties will be donated to a local LGBTQ organization.
A Mae West Night
“Goodness had nothing to do with it,”
Mae West said over his shoulder
it sure didn’t, I smiled at him,
as he gleefully added “i,” and “a,” and “l”
to make “torrential”
and chortled as he totaled all those points
winter called to us
grinning enticingly beyond the windows
whispering of snow men and snow angels
and spelling contests in the snow
slightly enticed is all we were
with loving laughter drifting higher
in lazy spirals about the room
slashed with spicy smells of hot cider
all of spring bloomed in flickering firelight
Eric does not do well with third person writing, as his own writing mostly attests. Nevertheless, he’s giving it a go again here. Eric is a Midwesterner, and older than dirt. Or as Lady Glenhaven might say, “He’s old enough to have sailed with Noah.” In the real world he writes for a living, with some who would claim what he writes is really fiction. He started reading at five with one of the Andrew Lang books (he thinks it was The Blue Fairy Book) and has been a science fiction/fantasy addict ever since. That’s why, with some exceptions, most of his writing has been and probably will be in those genres.
The exceptions are his Another England (alternate history) series: The Rake, The Rogue and the Roué (Regency novel), Mr. Felcher’s Grand Emporium, or, The Adventures of a Pair of Spares in the Fine Art of Gentlemanly Portraiture (Victorian novel), Banging the Bishop Back (Regency short story paired with RRR), and the forthcoming no way out (Regency novel) and The Serpent Mark (Regency novel).
For one brief and shining moment (on March 5, 2017), Eric’s fantasy novella, Tattooed Wolf and Painted Dragon, was No. 10 in Amazon’s gay fantasy Kindle sales. And it has a really nice five-star review.
Other things in progress are some MM fairy tales: Of Princes False and True (from an Andrew Lang fairy tale); 3 Boars & A Wolf Walk Into A Bar (Eric is sure you can figure this one out), and The Truth About Them Damn Goats (of the gruff variety).
Eric also hopes to finally get A Rollerblade Day, a book of mostly gay and fantasy poetry, released, along with the fairy tales, in the first half of 2017.
Now all he has to do is find the time to write the incomplete stuff! (The real world can be a real pain!)