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A Note of Encouragement


All hail the teenaged Weston Keller who drew this!

My new album project "The Streets of San Miguel" has officially been turned down by all the major contests and festivals I entered it in. My four most recent books, every one, got the snub as well. I have no idea how many awards and whatnot I entered those in.

I needed to start with that information, because... otherwise... what I say next would sound very terrible. Which would be this:

I am as proud of the work I've done in the last two years as any work I've put out to date. Ever. My newest book, "100 Years," represents a hell of a lot of research, logistics, and editing. And it is So fun to read from in performances.

I don't know what is going on in the literary world or the music business either one these days. But, if I cared very much, I would've quit a long time ago. So, whatever you're working on right now. . . whatever you're in the trenches for. . . do it! Bring it! But make sure you give it absolutely everything you've got. The world now requires that we do no less than that, if we're going to have a chance to break through the noise. And, quite a bit of noise there is...


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