This is a work in progress, but I already love it. what do you think?
I’ve been thinking a lot about my upbringing and the trouble I had in school and how I was treated at home because of that trouble. The song above has always spoken volumes to me. It hits home every time I hear it and I’m so grateful now that children are less frequently subjected to abuse for being “stupid” or “stubborn” or whatever those labels used to be. It sucked and was painful and still affects me to this day. Those scars stay with you, no matter how old you get. But now we know more about learning disabilities and hopefully parents are better informed and equipped to handle such things. Lord knows my parents were not.
Anyway, here is what Eddie Vedder said about the song “Daughter”:
” The child in that song obviously has a learning difficulty. And it’s only in the last few years that they’ve actually been able to diagnose these learning disabilities that before were looked at as misbehavior, as just outright rebelliousness. But no one knew what it was. And these kids, because they seemed unable or reluctant to learn, they’d end up getting the shit beaten outta them. The song ends, you know, with this idea of the shades going down—so that the neighbors can’t see what happens next. What hurts about shit like that is that it ends up defining peoples’ lives. They have to live with that abuse for the rest of their lives. Good, creative people are just fucking destroyed.”
Some people just learn differently than others and despite all that happened back then, I consider myself a success. My favorite line of the song is also the title of this post.
I’ll probably talk more about this in future posts as it’s become an important topic to me. Feel free to skip them if you like.
Thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great week.
Howdy, howdy, howdy! How’s everyone doing this evening? Well, it’s evening for me anyway and I’m kinda pooped. Been a busy day, working on all new projects, but that is not what I’m here to talk about right now.
I’m here to let everyone know that you can now buy my “first” novel, the crazy Chemical Gardens, for $2.99 on Kindle. It has all-new spectacular cover art by the ever-amazing artist Gary McClusky, who also did the cover art for Praise the Dead. He’s not only a great artist, but a great guy as well. Super-easy to work with. If you have any art needs, I HIGHLY recommend getting in contact with him. He’s awesome.
Also, the trade paperback might not be out for a while yet, so I want to now share with you the entire, unlettered piece. It’s crazy cool and will give you an idea of just how insane the book is. It’s probably my weirdest, funniest story and I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to just go nuts again with a book, so I hope you check it out and tell all your friends. This is the book that wears the happy pants. 🙂
Thanks all! ❤
In case you missed it, I’m extremely excited to announce that May will see the release of my brand new novella Unearthed in a limited edition from Delirium Books. As a long-time fan of this press, it has been a dream of mine to work with them-a dream I didn’t think I’d ever realize, but WEEEEEE- it happened. I’m so happy. 🙂
I hope you guys all snag a copy as soon as it becomes available. I think we’re keeping the story itself on the down low for now but in the meantime, check out this awesome cover art by Daniele Serra.