At the beginning of April, my Indiegogo campaign ended during National Poetry Month. I’m thankful and excited to announce that thanks to the below people, I was able to raise $700.00 (some came as check and cash donations, apart from the Ingiegogo website), towards my goal of $2,000.00. I will be using the money to order as many copies of my book as I can. Although I didn’t reach my goal, I am committed to making sure that those who chose the donation option of the book will receive a copy.
I would not have been able to complete this goal without the following people’s support. Thank you for being part of this experience. Thank you for believing in me and supporting my poetry. I am very thankful to have you all in my life. I look forward to supporting the many campaigns in your life.
I would like to thank the following people for their unwavering support.
-Mike and Debbie Culver
-Nick and Kendra Covington
I could not have done this without you. Much love and respect!
-Dallas J. Moore
I’m a poet. Most people don’t know that about me. They don’t know that I write poems, poetry, and short stories. I’ve actually been writing them for fourteen years. Collections of notebooks and documents from the years have documented my thoughts and feelings. The moments in my life when I was unsure about the next day, and times I would hope no one would have to go through.
Two years ago, I started writing more regularly. I had a goal of sharing my poetry with family and friends. Some of them are even unaware of my hobby. For whatever reason, it’s time to share it. For a long time, I was worried about how the world would see me, after reading my work. I felt that people would judge me, and instead of asking questions, make assumptions. I quickly decided that I had to get over it. People are going to think or feel whatever they want. I have no control of that.
So, after years of writing, and six months after making the decision, I’ve been making progress. I decided on about sixty poems to include in my first book. I will be self publishing in April/May. I have already started to compile poems for my second book. This project is not something I expect to make a living doing, but would enjoy the opportunity, if that’s what happens. I will continue to write, regardless.
I will be sharing more updates on this project. I plan to have an eBook (Kindle, Nook, and iBooks), as well as hard copy available. You can read some of my poems by visiting my website. Please feel free to post comments or feedback. I would love to learn what I’m doing well, what you like or dislike, and why. Thank you in advance for your support in this project and time in my life. I hope you enjoy my work.
I launched an Indiegogo campaign last night to help me fund my first book. You can view the campaign if you like. I would love the support of sharing this blog, my campaign, or donating. If you know someone who may enjoy what I’m doing, please pass it on. Thank you for your support.
When working with a client, there are some things every professional needs. The tool I get the most value out if is a mind map. I use MindNode, a mind mapping app that I have on my iMac. It allows me to visually organize my thoughts and ideas. This is helpful when working with clients. I can listen for key words, phrases, value, and possible opportunities. From there I can create additional areas where I can branch out. Using a mind map allows for me to think freely and organize as I go.
A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine (who works in IT) told me about these glasses called Gunnar. They are an advanced gaming eyewear company, for hardcore gamers, and people who work on computers often. I took his words of wisdom and checked them out. I loved the look, the idea, the technology, and after thinking about it for a week, I got a pair.
The investment was fair, about $70.00 for the pair I chose. I have a short face, so I needed a pair where the stems don’t fly off my back of my head. Most pairs of sunglasses do that, it looks silly. I’ve found that I wear them almost daily now. They help eye strain, which in turn creates less headaches, and allows me to get more done while I work. Some days, I would have to take breaks, just to give my eyes a rest. I don’t have to do that anymore.
Minus the fact that they look cool, the technology does create a huge difference while working and wearing them. Yet another tool to add to my arsenal when I’m in my riot gear. Thanks Jeremy for the recommendation!
My wife and I have never had a pet together. The first place we had (which we lived at for five years, and five years way too long) didn’t allow pets. I don’t think we could have even had a goldfish, but whatever. After dinner with friends one night, I thought about a cat a little longer than I should have. Mind you, that was under five minutes.
I work up several days later, from a dream where I’m sure I was running in a meadow and flocking with kittens. I wanted a cat or a kitten. I wanted one badly, it was kind of weird. I don’t just wake up wanting things..as random as a cat. Wake up with a hundred ideas, that’s every other day! But a cat, that was new.
I talked with my wife about the whole idea, to which she had her reservations. Mainly, because for a long time, I was anti-cat. The idea was discussed several times, and a few weeks ago, she came home with a heavy intent. “Let’s go today, I want to get a cat.” And so we did.
Say hello to Sammie, our Halloween cat. She’s 10 weeks old, quickly growing and learning, and becoming a great companion for the both of us. Maybe if we have kids some day, this will have been great prep work!
Since moving to Des Moines in August, I’ve been able to spend more time with people. One of my goals with moving was to spend more time with people I care about, build some new relationships (on a personal level), and make more time. These goals seem simple, but can be difficult for a variety of life’s reasons. It is something I work on daily.
A friend of mine once explained the value of friendship in a way I’d never thought about. Without quoting, because it’s been a while, I’ll sum up his thoughts. You can have friends for movies. You can have friends for dinner. You can have guy friends and girl friends, and spend time doing unique and different things with each. Not all friends are going to want to do the same things. It’s okay to have groups of people for certain activities. Honestly, I’d never thought about it that way. Looking at friendship and friends has been much easier after hearing his thoughts.
The above picture was taken while at a pumpkin patch with some new friends (a married couple my wife knows). I had reservations before meeting them, but found them to be highly enjoyable people. I hope the feeling is mutual.