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January 20th, 2011

A couple cool updates: 
The full band and I, "Fourth and Conley", will be playing this year's 100.1 "the Buzz" Bandamonium, which is a regional Battle of the Band's contest for a shot at some money to record with.  We've been on hiatus for almost six months now, but luckily they're all very talented and can carry my sorry butt through while I get really drunk and mumble into the microphone.
The other awesome thing to blog about is that I got an awesome e-mail last night from the New Mexico Poetry Review editor saying that she wanted to publish one of my poems in this April's issue.  Then, just a few minutes later, she sends me another e-mail.  I'll admit I got a little nervous and thought maybe she had made a mistake and wanted to change her mind, but instead, she said that she read through my poems one more time and wants to publish another one also.  TWO POEMS!!! gets better.....
So then, I e-mailed my good friend, and my first poetry teacher from a few years back who suggested I submit to them in the first place, and he e-mails back and says that we're going to be published in the same issue.  That is some "cool beans".
I feel so blessed to have come so far.  For almost two years I had nothing but rejection letters, and then, just this last November I got my first publication and all of these other acceptances are happening.  To go from nothing to being published beside a mentor and personal hero is "mind blowing" to me.
I'm starting to feel that anything is possible, even this memoir that is consuming me.  Or maybe it's the two cups of coffee I just drank that's giving me that feeling.  Anyways, I'm going to kick 2011 right in the ass.

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