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The process and my iPhone.

What is the process of writing? Is there good or bad form to this topic? I’ve been thinking a lot about this, as I try to settle down from the recent release of “The Last Spelling Bee” and concentrate a little on the future. But I suppose I need a bit of reflection, too. So, pardon me if I ramble for a little bit.

Little known fact: almost every single poem in my latest collection was written on my iPhone while in bed, late at night, my wife sleeping next to me and my cat perched on my chest. I wrote like this because it was the easiest way to fit writing into my schedule. I’d scribble thoughts into the WordPress app, sync it with a WordPress blog (I will keep it’s location secret, so that people still think I have a gift for writing), turn it off and grab some shuteye. This allowed me to write a poem a day for several months, and also allowed me to look at what I had written on a full-fledged computer monitor in the morning.

So I suppose my answer is no. I don’t think there’s a wrong way to write. Back in Junior High and High School, I’d keep a thesaurus by my side constantly while writing. I also wrote the most stilted and uncomfortable language ever. I’ve since really tried to write conversationally, to mixed effect.

My advice: write. It doesn’t matter if you have pen or pencil, keyboard or touchscreen, typewriter or hammer and chisel. It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or sleep-time. If you want to write, JUST DO IT. You’ll be glad you did.

Kevin Toqe – Love Is

I can’t believe I haven’t yet written about this, but my good friend Kevin Toqe recorded a magnificent E.P. this summer, and it’s exciting to me for three reasons:

  1. It’s really quite good.
  2. He’s released it for free on his website.
  3. I designed the packaging and liner notes for it.

So, whatever you do, I highly recommend you at least stop by his site (KevinToqe.com) and give it a listen. There’s a media player at the top of every page that plays the songs in their entirety, or you can download the entire album, including a PDF of the liner notes.

It’s interesting to note, though, that neither the digital booklet nor the actual physical cd (when it’s produced) will have the complete packaging. The digital download has all the lyrics, while, in the interests of space, the physical cd has no lyrics, but does have the tray art, of which you’ll see the inside of the tray card above.

I highly recommend the song “Keep the Faith” which is track numero uno. It’s super catchy; I find myself singing it in the shower almost on a daily basis.