‘Songs from Black Skylark’ Novel No Longer Accessible on Freed Reads, Previous ‘Christmas’ Edition Still Available
Not quite 2 years ago (February 12, 2016) I wrote the following regarding the publication of a new edition of my novel, Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World, now titled Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Player, on the publication streaming site known as #FreedReads:
‘Freed Reads hopes to help combat those problems [associated with illiteracy] by doing for reading what #YouTube and #Netflix have done for viewing. But is such a thing possible? Can books be streamed in a manner that proves satisfactory to #stakeholders at every level? Freed Reads’ founders decided that the idea is worth investing sufficient time, labor, and pioneering technology to find out…” (from Christmas Gets a Valentine’s Day Weekend Reboot)
I also felt the innovation was worth taking time to investigate its possibilities. For me, that meant taking a leap of faith and placing Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player in the Australia-based publisher’s hands.
Bad News, Good News, and More Good News
With the stiff competition that seasoned organizations like Amazon and various retail chain giants always present to newcomers, the venture at first gained some respectable ground. Recently, however, owners decided the operation in its current form would not be able to survive and the website hosting it is now offline.
The good news is that although Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player is no longer available as a “Freed Read,” the original Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World underground classic edition can still be purchased in both copy and digital formats at the following links:
The other upside to recent developments is that the Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Player edition is now available for a traditional publisher to consider its publication and distribution.
On any given day of the week, the creator of Postered Chromatic Poetics and co-author of Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, Aberjhani, may be found wearing any number of hats: historian, visual artist, poet, advocate for compassion, novelist, journalist, photographer, and editor. Having recently completed a book of creative nonfiction on his hometown of Savannah, Georgia (USA) he is currently working on a play about the implications of generational legacies as symbolized by efforts to rename the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge.
All websites are works in progress because they require routine updates to maintain their relevance and continuously attract interest. But they are also works in progress because the ever-evolving techno-verse constantly forces sites and the individuals who manage them to adapt to the trending flow of technological innovation just to remain functional. Therefore, I’m happy to acknowledge the launch of this new version of Bright Skylark Literary Productions as a fun-filled work in progress. I might also refer to it occasionally as The Weebly Experiment for reasons that are pretty obvious.
Visitors familiar with my work from Creative Thinkers International, PEN American Center, Facebook, Twitter, Red Room or elsewhere (shouldn’t leave AuthorsDen or Goodreads out) know I have quite a few projects shaping up already. One of the biggest, I should mention, is the fifth anniversary celebration at Creative Thinkers International. As the dates of different events approach, I will share more about them in the News and Events sections as well as in this particular space.
This website was initially slated to serve as a support vehicle for only one project; namely, the publication of the first U.S. edition of Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black. However, as the flexibility and potential so graciously provided by Weebly became more apparent, it seemed a good idea to widen that limited scope and test a few more possibilities.
Taking a hint from social network friends, I’ve included on this site a collection of quotations from my writings. It also features an illustrated bibliography, list of article links, selection of poetry, and the VISIONARY VIBES BLOG, which you are (hopefully) reading right now. Exactly how far I’m going to be able to take all of this is hard to say, but I’m going to give it my best shot and hope to share some very interesting adventures in the process.
Thank you for visiting,
Contemporary award-winning author of classically-styled works in history, poetry, creative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and journalism.