My 2012 Goals

It’s been over a year now since I’ve last blogged here. Since then I’ve spent six weeks in Europe and Great Britain; Patricia and I have moved into a new home in Portland’s Milepost 5 arts community; we’ve done some vital work in getting Elohi Gadugi and The Habit of Rainy Nights Press on a more solid footing; we’re on the verge of releasing Navigation, a new book of poetry by Brittney Corrigan; and I’ve nearly finished Entanglement, the second novel in the Sweetland Trilogy. All of that is not meant as an excuse for neglecting my blog, however.

I thought, getting back into the blogging game, I would talk a bit about our goals for the coming year.

At the top of the list for The Habit of Rainy Nights Press is launching Brittney Corrigan’s Navigation, which has a street date of April 1st, and an official launch party here at Milepost 5, on Sunday, April 15th. We’ve learned a lot about internet promotion and marketing since our last book in 2010, and we have a new poetry editor, Ger Killeen, on board, to help us give it the push we need. We also have plans to publish a new book of poetry in the fall by Ralph Salisbury, and we are searching for a work of fiction that fits within our criteria.

After a few years of false starts, we want to finally launch Elohi Gadugi Journal this year. We are still in the design phase. Elohi Gadugi Journal, an online literary magazine, tag-lined “Narratives for a New World”, will feature poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, artwork, and editorials. We will have semi-themed quarterly “issues” which will continue to be updated through the duration of the issue. There will be an annual print edition of the best of Elohi Gadugi Journal.

We currently sponsor a monthly reading and open-mic event called Readings@Milepost 5, which occurs every second Tuesday. We hope to take advantage of the theater at Milepost 5 to sponsor author events for poets and writers whose works or presentations fall under our mission.

On the personal front, this is the year I finish Entanglement, and move on the The Uncertainty Principle, the third novel in the Sweetland Trilogy. It’s undoubtedly going to be a full year. Oh, and did I say I plan to blog regularly, again.