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Newsletter 10/1/23

1. Papa Roach & Shinedown 2. The Interrupters & Dropkick Murphy

Since my first concert in 2006 (Motley Crue), I've had a love for seeing my favorite bands live. This passion has brought me up and down the East coast to venues I'd never heard of and introduced me to more music than I ever imagined. If you've never been to a concert, consider adding it to your bucket list. The energy is fantastic, as is the fandom.

I've been to a great many shows and seen some of my favorite bands a few times. This was actually the second time my wife and I saw Shinedown and it was worth it both times. I could complain about the prices of both tickets and merch, but I won't bore you with the details. And heaven forbid you want to have a drink at the venue, might as well put a second mortgage on your house. Prices aside, concerts are completely worthwhile.

The music sounded great, Shinedown had a flying piano, which you can see in the picture above. It also had some LED lights on it, which changed colors. They also covered "The middle" by Jimmy Eat World for a touch of nostalgia. Both Papa Roach and Shinedown mentioned mental health issues, including a PSA in the middle of the Papa Roach set about suicide awareness, which almost made me cry.

The Interrupters also did an unusual cover "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish and brought their own unique sound to that song, which came out fantastic. I would highly recommend seeing any of these bands if you get the chance.

Now, on with our regularly scheduled program.

Bangor Comic & Toy Con

Oct 13th-15th I will have a table at Bangor Comic and Toy con where I will be selling and signing books. To say that I'm nervous is an absolute understatement. Those of you who know me in person, know that I'm a relatively shy person. I'm an introvert, so dealing with people is tricky and often overwhelming for me. Needless to say, I've always wanted to do something like this, so it's a double edged sword for me. If you plan on going to the con, please drop by my table and say hello.

New releases

My short story Without You was featured in an anthology called Paramnesia earlier this year. Well, that anthology is now available on Audible.

Damn Ernie, my comedy novella is also now available on Audible, narrated by the wonderful Todd Waites.

Regretful Reproach, one of the stories from my collection "The Rejected Ones" will be available on our podcast 8Sparks Stories soon, narrated by the talented Danielle Muething.

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