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In the city of Knoxville is a poet of most original language, Austin L Church.  Today we celebrate the release of his new book,  Melting Chocolate Kettles: 7 Ingredients for Meeting Creative Goals and the relaunch of gu.e, which is a blog unifying “Gu.ebers,” or those “people actively involved in rethinking the good life and pursuing authenticity.”

The book is about getting creative people to do their art, “…overcoming inertia and meeting creative goals.”

“If you proactively pursue your art, you stand to gain a great deal of joy, and the world stands to gain a great deal of beauty. No one else can sing your song, and it may be just what someone needs to experience peace, hope, and freedom.”

Austin’s book became available today, it is free, and is downloadable at this instant in PDF and iPad-friendly versions.  All you have to do is go to his blog, here. No strings or email address required.  The book is a gift.

Importantly, we’ll all be reading it together if we begin soon: a great big batch of new gu.ebers, initiating a search of creative rhythm together.  Austin initiated a group of writers a few years ago which became The Walking Tour, meeting to discuss creative work and encourage the completion of projects.  Austin listened to the original idea of the Mason Jar, helping Ashley and I find some of the language behind what was in our minds. He has been on our blogroll from the start ( When we were neighbors, I knew by the smell of pipe smoke from down the avenue that my inner dialogue was being summoned to challenging confabulation.

It is with certainty and excitement that we recommend his new book.  With that said, I am going to download it right now.


A stiff review to follow.


(by Levon who is listening to Twistable, Turnable Man, a Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein)

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