Sean Writer Update

This painting will be used in the marketing of my memoir but will also be our focus piece in our new gallery shows.
This painting will be used in the marketing of my memoir but will also be our focus piece in our new gallery shows.

I finally finished with the second edit for the publisher. 327 pages with about 15,000 new words. Hell, probably 25,000 new words but another 10k cut. I’m proud of this book and that’s a good feeling. I met with the project managers last night and I’m excited with how this book is progressing. They have put in a grant proposal to the National Endowment of the Arts in hopes to get a larger budget to market the book. This is amazing news and I am humbled by their efforts and belief in the book.

More good news: I will be on a panel at the Write to Publish conference with two of my absolute favorite Portland writers – Lidia Yuknavitch and Kevin Sampsell. Wow, right?

Man, so many great things are happening. Kell has been out reaching people and telling them about A Rock or Something and Hubris Press and she got us an interview with KBOO coming up. It’s a non-profit radio station that has always been a staple of Portland. The first two readings were amazing as well. It really brought me back to the reason we started AROS and this anthology. We’re helping veterans and that’s what it’s about.

Keith finished, as much as he can call anything finished, the Einherjar painting and it will be used in the marketing of my book. This is amazing to me, like a dream come true.

So, now I’m on edit 3. I have to change all the names except mine and look over the new words so I don’t leave in any embarassing metaphore or simile. If you can come to our third reading please do and stop and say hi to me. I got a couple messages from people who showed up and didn’t say hi. I’m sorry I was so busy, but I always have time for friends. Let’s tip back some 4 Spirits Bourbon.

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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