What is Amazon up to?

I know this is a poetry blog.

By a poet, promoting poetry, and business may not be my niche or whatever.

But it is one of my interests, so I’m straying this week.

A few months ago I watched a very interesting video by Nerdwriter on youtube.

He makes a lot of great content, and I’d definitely recommend subscribing to him if you have a chance.

Short version:

Amazon is creating cashless shopping software (think 3D amazon grocery shopping)

With the aim of licensing the software to grocery chains needing to modernize.

Interesting as that is, I stumbled across an article concerning Amazon and their business moves.

You can see it here.

Short version:

Amazon wants to be the “go-to” site.

Customers spend a significant part of their time on social media

In comes “Spark” Amazon’s very own social media platform.

TechCrunch went into detail on the app and its features.

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What do you think about these new ventures for amazon?

Would you use spark?

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Books books books!

I think a vital part of my writing process is reading.

I think its just as important to consume as it is to create

I mentioned it on a previous post about writers block

and i thought I’d go a little deeper and offer a couple recommendations.

No matter your interests there is are plenty of books out there for you.


  • For my poetically inclined I’d recommend my personal favorite

20 love poems and a song of despair by Pablo Neruda

or The Rose that grew from concrete by Tupac

  • For fiction lovers I’d point towards

The Tale of  Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo

or A series of unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket (Actually 13 books)

  • If you’re more into politics or history then I’d urge you to read

The Republic by Plato

or A peoples history of the united states by Howard Zinn


When I first started to get back into reading I didn’t know who to ask for recommendations, and i stumbled across a couple videos by two of my favorite artists I’d also like to share with you

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A sea of content…

I recently watched a great video on how modern artists are getting attention for themselves now that we have an insane amount of content being produced and attention has become more and more scarce. After all, everyone can’t watch everything all the time.

He referenced this article that goes further in depth on the topic.

The main idea is this: With content becoming cheaper and cheaper to produce, almost everyone is creating content. So much so, that attention has become more valuable than content. Cue sponsored posts, outlandish antics, and social media influencers.

My first thought after all this was that as an artist, it is more important now than ever to master your live performance game.

Now I know this isn’t for everybody. But if you’d like to grow your audience and engagement, I think that the live performance is still the best route. Go to a small local open mic, if you’re in the DFW like me, I’ve got a list of great places I still frequent.

It will give you a good chance to be seen, in an environment where you’re not competing with an ever- refreshing news-feed for attention; you are the focus.

Afterwards, stick around and shake some hands, if someone compliments your work be sure to thank them and mention that they can follow you on social media if they’d like to keep up with you.

Someone who has interacted with you in person is much more likely to interact online.

This may seem like common sense, but I see plenty of talented artists do a great job on the mic, then waste the opportunity by not sharing their social media info on stage, or following up after the show.

What do you think?

Are you for or against the live show?

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Critique me 

If I could paint

I’d lock myself within blank walls,

stare at your photograph

That is on the back of my new bookmarks (a recent marketing attempt on my behalf, my social media info is on the other side)

What do you think? 

Is it a poem ? 

Why or why not?

What does it mean?

Does it mean anything?

Is it simplistic ?

Is it lazy?

There’s an eternal debate over the importance of a creative’s intent on the meaning of their creations, and I most definitely know what it means to me, but I don’t intend for it to mean the same (or anything in particular) for you.

Does that make a difference? 

Comment your responses, I’d love to know what you think

Or hit me on social media @sinspokenword

My therapy tour is wrapping up this month so if you’d like to come hear me ask a million questions live I’ll be at 

The Dock Bookshop in Fort Worth TX Tuesday the 2

Franky Diablos in San Antonio TX Sunday the 14

And the Baobab Stage in Las Vegas NV Saturday the 27

Pictures from shows coming soon,

Til next time

Sin.

5 ways to beat writer’s block

What does one do with writers block?

Write about writers block!

If you’re frustrated or stuck in your writing endeavors I’m here to help

Here are a few tips that I think will help you out.

1.Write!

I know it sounds like a smart ass answer but seriously, just wing it !

I’m doing it now, all great artists wing it at some point.

The best advice I ever got was to write something every day, just sit down and write for a few minutes. Without worrying about punctuation or spelling or grammar. Whether you write 5 words or 5 pages the important thing is that you’re writing.

2. Consume

Listen to your favorite music,  read your favorite poetry, watch your favorite movie, all of these things can help get the creative juices flowing.

Bonus points if you go out and give new music, literature and movies a chance! Try going out of your comfort zone, after all if you never consume art you can’t produce any. Everything comes from somewhere! 

3.Exercise

I always find that going for a good walk helps me relax and free my mind a bit, a workout may be beneficial to your creative process. 

Aerobic exercises (fancy word for cardiovascular) like jogging swimming and walking are shown to help relieve stress and many artist swear by them.

Maybe little fresh air could help you get out of that writing rut.

4. Look back on your work

I personally keep all of my old notebooks and read through them from time to time.

Find some of your pre-writing block work and read through it. 

Sometimes re-visiting the past experiences and emotions can help you remember why you do this in the first place, and maybe you’ll see something that needs to be further explored. Maybe you just want to top your past self and re write some things!

5.Take a break

Another cliche, but seriously, if all else fails, take a break! 

Live life, spend some time with people you care about, have new experiences, fall in love, fall on your face, pick yourself up again. You can’t write about the world if you’re never in it!

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And thanks for reading!

How do you, like memorize stuff?

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I often get asked by an artist somewhere “how do you memorize your poetry?”

and I usually reply with a casual “I rehearse the shit out of it”

I realized that’s not very helpful

so i decided to elaborate a bit.

 

A lot of artists have trouble memorizing at first, and there’s no law that says you HAVE to memorize anything, but if you’re looking to up your performance and one day land some paid gigs, memorization is a first step in the right direction.

So here are a couple of tips on memorization, hope it helps.

Repetition

“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”

―Zig Ziglar

You ever catch yourself singing one of your favorite songs word for word?

You weren’t trying to memorize it the last two weeks, you’ve just been playing it because you enjoy the song.

Memorizing  your writing is the same process.

When I’m working on a piece, even if it’s not complete I’ll read it once a day up to the point I left off.

If I think of something I can add to it great,

If not it’s still a good chance to practice.

Find a little time to read your pieces every day.

When you feel like you’ve got it at least partially down,

try it from memory, if you slip up you can turn back to your paper.

Before you know it you’ll have it down!

 

Consistency

It goes without saying that only you can keep yourself going

you get out of the process what you put in.

No one is going to be there along the way to make you rehearse.

But if you’re consistent and work on your craft everyday you’ll get better and better.

When you get to perform your newly sharpened work for an audience

you’ll be able to do it with a great deal more confidence knowing you’ve got this.

Work ethic

You’ve got to want it!

No artist can get far without hard work and determination

I think a great example of this is the rapper Kanye West

in a 2015 interview with Howard Stern, Seth Rogen describes running into Kanye at a hotel and getting to hear him rap an entire album he was working on from memory!

Here’s a clip from the interview:

Those are my tips

I hope it helped!

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