Love Your Work


Love Your Work

we can’t do this without you

you were the first person we thought of

we love your work

your blog is one of the best

you see things is a totally fresh way

a way that we want on our stage

in our magazine

it’s for good cause too

we know you’ll want to help

we know this cause speaks to your heart

as it speaks to the hearts

of millions of others

and you taking part

will let our cause reach out to even more

people will see you support us

they’ll become your fans too

thats how it works

this network of support

of mutual care and admiration

this is why we can’t do this without you

please say you’ll be a part of this

worthwhile and important cause


for free

you’ll do it for free

because you are so generous

you don’t need to pay the rent

besides being a part of this

will bring you untold new fans

they’ll buy your work

they’ll make it worth your while

once they’ve made it worth our while

once you say yes

all you have to do

is invite all your friends to the show

to buy the magazine

they’ll be as eager as you to help

this worthy worthy cause

you’ll gain such respect

for giving it away for free

for being so selfless and generous


oh you’re not interested

who the fuck do you think you are

because if you don’t do it for free

it’s not worth paying for

if you don’t think being seen

is worth your time

then you aren’t worth being seen

21-toy03Law 13: How hard is it to resist an invitation to perform when organizers tell you how much they enjoy your work. It seems they feel flattery is better than cash. Say no and you are ‘full of yourself’. I got tired of performing for free, or even for a share of passing the hat around, when I saw bartenders getting more in tips than performers were getting in the hat.



I’d rather be considered ‘full of myself’ than have to be grateful for an opportunity to pay someone else’s bills. I’ve heard these arguments – be supportive of the community, it’s a good cause, the exposure will do you good, ask your friends to come to make sure we get a full house.

21-toy01At one show I sold chap books and then had the management ask for a cut of my sales for giving me the opportunity to have sales at all. I said no & was never invited back. What I find ironic is that those who are eager to perform don’t quite get why I won’t do it for free, for the exposure. Maybe if the exposure was on a ‘grander’ scale – i.e. people who might actually want to pay you money for publishing you (free copies of the issue I appear in isn’t paying the rent).21-toy04


I’ve been there, done that, and you know something, I’ve rarely gotten as much as a new WordPress follower as the result of a reading. I’ve been in good company, bad company & to be honest I’m just as happy with no company – as least I don’t have to tip anyone for the honour.




January 3 – launch of Lazarus Kiss – here14257567_1162384753819933_3271661288579707843_o
on going 🙂 when new podcast are posted:  Disability after Dark  iTunes

June 9-19-11: attending: Capturing Fire 2017 –


check out these poets from  Capturing Fire 2015 & 2016

August 31-Sept.3


November 1 – 30 Participating NaNoWriMo



Hey! Now you can give me $$$ to defray blog fees & buy coffee in Washington – sweet,eh?

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