Avant-Gardening

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Clients:

San Francisco Bay Guardian

American Artist Magazine

King Features Syndicate cartoon strip “The New Breed.”

Sub-licensed to a New York gardening company for t-shirt.

Those were “first rights.” All rights revert to me.

Different than say from  “Hallmark.”

They buy “ALL RIGHTS”…they own outright.

Only they can do anything with idea/image.

Pay accordingly. $$$ !!!

Besides published pieces…

They bought/own over 100 pieces from me.

Never published.

And will never be published.

They published what they wanted from me.

And then paid to ensure no one else could ever publish

material of a similar nature.

Either, I would be successful with them

or I would not be successful in their industry.

They bought and stock-piled my writing/art for 5-years.

And then didn’t publish it.

They determined at that time it did not fit the demographics

of one of their business units… and they killed it.

They paid a good amount of money to prevent the publication of my work

to any other source for 5 years.

I don’t regret taking the money.

I’m sad that over 100 pieces  of work will never see the commercial light-of-day,

but that’s how the business works.

It’s business.

We do the same thing in the Silicon Valley

with new technologies.

It’s business.

If you don’t have to compete.

You kill the competition.

It’s not personal.

It’s business.

girl tacos

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She serves girl tacos

with beef or chicken

or she lets me fill them

with a meat of my choice

shredded cheese, lettuce, diced tomato are at the table side

she lets me enhance the flavor with oils and such

but sometimes she removes my condiments

when she feels her more intimate touch

will enhance my culinary treat

she makes her own Guacamole

organic and has a flavor that is uniquely hers

got my hot sauce dripping

she likes me to add my sour crème

just the right amount

per her instruction…

How much?

You know how much boy.

Fill me up.

 

http://www.pinktaco.com/

Damn….can’t  remember what I like the most about this or her place…

but last night it was on the tip of my tongue…

 

I’m  thinking how much we might enjoy the “Pink Taco” right now….

For lunch or a casual dinner.  Also, in Las Vegas.

(This has been a paid advertisement from the “Pink Taco.”)

 

 

 

 

Writing Advice from my Poetry Instructor Karl Shapiro

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Although, I majored in Electrical Engineering and U.C.Davis…I minored in Mathematics and English.

I was lucky enough to have Putlitzer Prize Winner Karl Shapiro as a poetry instructor. In our first class meeting he said something along these lines and it really stuck with me and has influenced my explorations in writing, cartooning, as well as other creative endeavors.

And helped enable my making of a full-time living pursuing these things for 10 years,
before becoming an electrical engineer, which gave me the financial freedom to write only what I wanted to write…. and write for that audience of one.

 

It went something like this…Karl Shapiro…

If you are in this class to get published, win a Pultizer Prize in poetry, and to get rich and famous writing poetry, you’re in the wrong class. You don’t write poetry to become famous or make money. You write poetry because you love poetry and the gentle caress of well-chosen words in expressing yourself. Most of you will never be published on substantial basis, so write for an audience of one. You! Write for you! Write with honesty and if you work at it and practice hard enough you may find your voice and find you are able to please that audience of one. If you reach this level, you are a successful poet. If you should find an audience beyond your audience of one, that’s gravy. If you have been able to write something that pleases you, you are already a successful poet.

Thank you Karl.