My Literary Birthday by Dane Cobain
Hi, folks! My name’s Dane Cobain and I’m a poet and author. My latest release – Former.ly: The Rise and Fall of a Social Network – was released on my 27th birthday (11th June), and my debut novella, No Rest for the Wicked, was released on June 11th of last year.
So with that in mind, I thought that today, I’d tell you a little bit about my literary birthday. It started, of course, with presents. My friends know better than to get books for me – I always feel obliged to read them, even if I don’t enjoy them, and I’d rather pick out books myself. That’s why my mom treated me to an Amazon gift voucher instead – that way, I can choose a few books myself!
For the curious, here’s what I spent my voucher on:
- Stephen King – The Wind Through the Keyhole
- Richard Dawkins – The View from Mount Improbable
- Arianna Huffington – Fanatics and Fools
- Stephen King – The Dark Tower
- Allen Ginsberg – The Gates of Wrath
My mom also got me a smoothie maker, which was accompanied by another gift – Becca gave me a copy of XXX, the only book that I received. It’s all part of a drive to be a little healthier – I’m 27 now, and while I feel my age in terms of my body, I’m still a 17-year-old at heart.
Before I did anything else, I needed to go online to do a few bits and pieces around the book launch. Most of it was pre-prepared, but it still took up a little time. My Thunderclap also went out from around 110 different social media accounts, to give me a little further exposure.
I’d planned to go to the British Museum to have a wander around a few of the exhibits. I’ve been there before, back when they had the original manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road on display, but it’s been a while and so I thought it’d be a good way to spend the day. Unfortunately, by the time that I’d had a pub lunch and mixed up a batch of smoothies, it was too late to get there.
Still, that didn’t stop me from heading into London, where we stopped off for a couple of drinks to catch the football, before continuing on to the Poetry Café in Covent Garden. They were having their monthly Section 1 open mic night, which I’d never been to before – I’d read about it online, and it seemed like a good excuse to check the event out.
It turned out to be a great event, and well worth the £5 entry fee. We heard from all sorts of poets, including Ernie Burns, Gill West and Peter Doolan, and I even bought a copy of Ray Diamond’s book, The Runner of Little Races. There was a lot of talent on show, and I treated myself to a couple of beers while I was there. The atmosphere was great, and it was a pleasure to spend my birthday there.
I performed myself, after the interlude, and it seemed to go down pretty well. In fact, I was asked if I’d be interested in going back as a featured poet, which isn’t bad as it was my first poetry open mic night outside of my native High Wycombe. I performed a poem called ‘Happy Birthday’ while I was there, too!
After that, it was time to head back home, and I was so worn out from the day’s excitement that I was too tired to read my book (currently The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson). But I got a good night’s sleep, and today is the day after my birthday, and so I’m back to writing and being productive.
Ultimately, I’m a book-lover as well as a writer, and so I try to cram in as much literature as possible. Having a birthday was just a good way for me to take that to the next level, by combining things and trying to do stuff that I might not normally do.
I’m looking forward to seeing what I come up with for my next birthday!
Dane Cobain (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK) is an independent poet, musician and storyteller with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not in front of a screen writing stories and poetry, he can be found working on his book review blog or developing his website, www.danecobain.com. His debut novella, No Rest for the Wicked, was released in the summer of 2015.
|No Rest for the Wicked
When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.
Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.
When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.
|Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home
Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted.
“I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press
|Former.ly: The Rise and Fall of a Social Network
When Dan Roberts starts his new job at Former.ly, he has no idea what he’s getting into. The site deals in death – its users share their innermost thoughts, which are stored privately until they die. Then, their posts are shared with the world, often with unexpected consequences.
But something strange is going on, and the site’s two erratic founders share a dark secret. A secret that people are willing to kill for.
- $10 Amazon Gift Card & ecopies