The Announcement, Gilgamesh, tablets 1-4 Published Online!


It is with a frisson of disbelief that Ampersand Press finally announces the publication of the first part of The Epic of Gilgamesh. The road has been long–12 years–and the moments of doubt many, but here is presented the opening 1,500 lines of Gilgamesh. The book is currently available on-line

Readers will be wondering why they shouldn’t wait for the completed edition of the story., which is due spring to fall of next year. The short answer is: a year is a long time to wait, and since it will in all likelihood be about 4,500 lines long, why not order the first third now and savor the writing?

Just a thought (or maybe even a suggestion). Heck, AP even advises its readers to buy the book. This version, available online at (and in 6 weeks, from Amazon and Barnes & Noble (say, by mid-June), reads continuously and includes material that focuses on the Epic’s hidden theme: the struggle between men and women for power (the Goddess Inanna is a character in the story).

Cool Beans!




good advice…



Now that I’ve got two books under my belt –though I’m by no means an expert– I’ve got some tips to share. Your mileage may vary.

1. Write every week day, as if it’s your job. If you want to ‘be a writer’ then writing is your damn job. Do it after your job that pays the bills. Or get up early and do it before the kids wake up. Turn off the damn television and write!

2. Have a goal for the day. Mine is 500 words. Maybe yours is one scene or five pages or something else. Sit down at your desk and don’t get up until you hit your goal, even if the words aren’t flowing, you’re having an off day or everything you write is shitty.

3. Don’t edit as you go. There will be time. What you need now is keep your mojo going. Write…

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Turn your notes into writing using the Cornell method


Chasing some big ideas for your poem? Here’s some advise about capturing the illusive “thesis” or “big idea” from an expert. AP

(reposted from The Thesis Whisperer)


Turn your notes into writing using the Cornell method.

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