Nice, a friend of mine bought a copy of my book from the downtown Powells today. They get one copy in every now and again. It was funny because I had signed the front inside cover to some family with a name I didn’t remember. I signed it ‘Sean’ instead of Ian Avi so i must have known them at some point. I had written a warning about how raw the book gets in parts. The back cover had a number of price tags blacked out by Powells. I could see through the black that one book store had priced it at 2.99. Powells sold it for 4.99. it’s nice to be appreciated.

I’m happy the books are still selling. We went through the entire run. I only have one left for myself here at home. The more I learn in this MFA program the more I realize that a 1,000 copies was a lot to sell. I remember those days when we would go around to all the open mikes around Portland and I would read a chapter between bands playing. People would start to talk over me, but I was loud, and many times a bit too inebriated to read, but I would end up selling 3 to 5 copies a night. I miss that craziness.

I have something in the works. When the Brothers Davis finish this pop art series 2 we will have a live band. We will sell a Hubris Umbrella Fiction Sampler and some T-shirts. I’m back writing what I love, I managed to unlearn just enough to find and maintain my balance, my homeostasis.

I look forward to this next year.

By Sean Davis

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights award for 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the the Ted Talk Book The Misfit’s Manifesto (Simon and Schuster), Forest Avenue Press anthology City of Weird, Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, The Big Smoke, Human the movie, and much more.

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