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I’m So In Love (I Would Have Laughed Before): 52 Songs In 52 Weeks — Song #14

My fourteenth song in my series 52 Songs In 52 Weeks.  I hope you enjoy it.

When they said love was forever
I didn’t know you then
Now when they say love is forever
I’m so glad I let you in

Chorus
Oh now I’m so in love
But I would have laughed before
Oh I — I’m in love
If someone had asked before
Oh now I’m so in love
But I would have laughed before
Oh I — I’m in love
I would have laughed before

Now we build our love together
We keep our word, it grows within

Chorus
Oh now I’m so in love
But I would have laughed before
Oh I — I’m in love
If someone had asked before
Oh now I’m so in love
But I would have laughed before
Oh I — I’m in love
I would have laughed before

A Shared Voice: Finalist for Book of the Year, Short Story Category

I was honored to be asked to create the cover painting for this collection of short stories featuring writers from Texas and the Carolinas. Now the collection is receiving critical notice. See the good news below:

From the press release:
National magazine selects A SHARED VOICE in its search for the best indie books of 2013.

Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd.

A Shared Voice

A SHARED VOICE, the innovative fiction anthology co-edited by USCA English professors Tom Mack and Andrew Geyer and published by Lamar University Press, is a finalist for the 2013
Book of the Year Awards in the short story category. In the next two months, a panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers will determine the winners of these prestigious awards. A celebration of the winners will take place during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas in June.

Alice (Headed For Wonderland)

This is the first song in a series I have optimistically called “52 songs in 52 weeks.” My goal is to write and record a song a week for a year. Each demo will be a free download for a few days, and then available for sale after that.

I wrote “Alice (Headed For Wonderland)” on January 12 and 13.  The recording is from January 13, 2014.

Alice (Headed For Wonderland)
Last time I saw Alice
She was headed for Wonderland
I was between places
Resting my head on the sand

Watching the airships glimmer in the sky
And counting the barges chugging by

She could hold all of summer
She just opened up her hands
She gave me a keepsake
Winking, “I’ll see you when I can.”

Boy, I’m sailing away on a merchant ship
From the harbor soon she and I will slip

Would you care for some company there at sea?
Cause I could come with you wherever that might be
Alice shook her head laughing
Her hair fell long and free
She said this in parting, “I may yet send for thee.”

Now she’s over the waves of the flintlock sea
Headed for Wonderland is she

Subscriptions and Google Reader

A big thanks to you for following along. If you use Google Reader for your RSS feeds, the service will end soon. This article from Lifehacker focuses on the most popular Google Reader alternatives. I’m currently checking out Feedly, which promises to ensure a smooth transition.  You can also export your information from Google Reader using Google Takeout (click for instructions).  Thanks again.  Let’s stay in touch. 2013 is going to be fun.

2012 ASH Insights Art Show and Sale: January 26, 2012

Place: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin, Texas
Date: January 26, 2012
Time: 6-9:00 p.m.

I hope to see you at the 2012 ASH Insights Art Show and Sale!

Purpose: To raise funds to improve the quality of life for patients at the Austin State Hospital (ASH). The ASH Insights Art Show & Sale features works of art produced by patients of the Austin State Hospital. To view patient art available for purchase, click Patient Art.

The ASH insights Art Show & Sale also features works of art donated by professional artists in support of the event and its purpose. To view art works that will be available for purchase at the show’s silent auction, click Art by Professionals. I am contributing the piece below, which is called New Orleans Bookstore.

New Orleans Bookstore