Hello, Faithful Readers!
As some of you may know, I was adopted at birth and only met my real father a little over ten years ago. Over that time, he and I have built a strong bond, though I still don’t get to see him nearly enough. Because of this bond, and my desire to honor my father and his family, who have been so accepting and supportive of me, I have decided to change my last name to match his: Spurlock.
Hence, from now on, all publications will be under the name Neal Alan Spurlock instead of Neal Jansons, and my wife and I will be pursuing the legal side of the name change over time. I will eventually purchase a new domain name, and simply point it at this same site. No links should be broken.
And Speaking of Writing…
One of my newer poems is called “Sigh”, and was conceived as an answer to Ginsberg’s seminal Beat poem “Howl”. It clocks in at 427 massive lines of free verse which wends into and out of different rhymes, semi-rhymes, and meters, much like the original. Several early readers have considered it the best poem I have ever produced, and after having left it alone to get some distance, I read through it last night, revised it a bit, and think they may be right.
Now the issue is to find someone who actually wants to publish a 427 line poem. Sometimes I really feel I would have done better had I been born a century or two earlier. I recently reread the first volume of “Lyrical Ballads” by Coleridge and Wordsworth, and it made me think about how hard it would be to publish “The Ancient Mariner” today…and it made me sad.
So anyone out there interested in publishing a poem on that sort of scale? If you are, or know someone who might be, please let me know.
I Am Officially A Grown-Up…Sort of.
As some of you know already, last month I turned 35. This has always been, to me, a very symbolic age. It’s when the “young man” becomes just a “man”, and as such, I have reassessed my career, and feel as committed as ever to my writing, despite my health problems. I have several projects going on right now, and hope to have something new for you folks to read before long.
A Little Appreciation For You All…
It’s been a rough couple of years. Not only did I go from reasonably healthy to crippled for life in a very short time, but my wife has had more health issues as well. I also have had two long-term, close friends–people I had known since my teenage years–die, and two of our beloved cats have also died from diseases that were horrific and unfair.
But at the same time, I’ve also enjoyed more support from my fans, readers, and fellow scribblers than ever before. So many of you have been so helpful and gracious, and that has made all the difference in the world to me, and I want to thank you all. If not for some of you, I couldn’t have gotten through the last two years, and I am very grateful.
So going forward into the next year–and with some truly unique and interesting projects to hopefully bring to you all–I want to tell you all thank you…and stay tuned for new publications and announcements in the future!