31 July 2020

Coming Soon ... Cover Reveal for Titan Run volume II


30 July 2020

Episode 014: For Discovery

With the launch of the Mars Perseverance Rover this morning, I read a poem that looks at the end of a storied career for another spaceship, the beloved Space Shuttle Discovery. This ode recalls the time when she came to DC as the 747 carrying her did a victory lap around the district before delivering her to the Air and Space museum at Udvar Hazy.

Hey, I'd love to hear what you think of the podcast, whether it's a specific poem or the format, or whatever's on your mind! Leave a review or a comment in your podcast app, or catch me on Twitter @Lefthandrob.

After listening to the podcast (or while listening), visit one of these sites and donate for the cause, because All Black Lives Matter and my fellow white (and cis) people we need to get in the game:

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The poems will continue to flow, but so must the Justice.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

23 July 2020

Episode 013: In an Old Barn Outside Gettysburg, PA

An ode to old things made new, and where we go to find them. I hope you can feel the remains of snow crunching beneath your inadequate footwear as you read this poem.

Hey, I'd love to hear what you think of the podcast, whether it's a specific poem or the format, or whatever's on your mind! Leave a review or a comment in your podcast app, or catch me on Twitter @Lefthandrob.

After listening to the podcast (or while listening), visit one of these sites and donate for the cause, because All Black Lives Matter and my fellow white (and cis) people we need to get in the game:

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Donate to the Souther Poverty Law Center

Donate to the Equal Justice Initiative

Transgender Law Center

The poems will continue to flow, but so must the Justice.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

22 July 2020

Titan Run volume II Beta Read Program

     I recently completed a third draft of the sequel to my first SciFi novel, "Breaking Orbit (volume I of the Titan Run Trilogy)." I plan to release this sequel ("volume II,") in the Fall of 2020. Before I do that, I want to make sure the book is ready for publication. This means I need some additional brains to process what I've written. As an independent author, I'm doing it all by myself (writing, editing, formatting, cover art, publishing, etc.) which is cool, because I like doing all those things. The only thing I can't do myself is the part where I need someone else to look at the book before it's published. Until someone perfects and clears all the ethical problems with human cloning, or someone perfects the creation of an AI clone. Frankly I'd prefer the latter because electricity and disk space are cheaper than feeding another me.

     That's where you come in. Not by feeding me, but by being a part of the Beta Read program for volume II. The upshot you get to read the story for free before the rest of the world! What's the catch, you ask? Well, in short: I need you to provide me with feedback on the book.

     Most of us know what a 'beta' is these days. It usually means software that's just about ready to be released but still needs one more round of testing to make sure all the bugs get caught. Beta reading is basically the same idea, only you get to read a book instead of poking at a computer program. What I'm asking you to look for are any logical / textual inconsistencies (do I call someone by the wrong name, e.g.?), plot holes, or what feel like missing pieces of the story. I'm so close to the story that I might either just miss these things or have them in my head. Because of this, when I read the text I might automatically insert missing content/context that isn't apparent to someone reading the book for the first time. And publishing a book like that would be embarrassing.

     Ultimately, the depth of the feedback is up to you. If you want to provide a list of every typo I still haven't caught, then go right ahead (cue the scene in "Hamilton" where the itemized list of grievances is handed over). But I'm not asking for a copy edit per se. What I need is for you to help me make this the best book it can be before it hits Amazon's shelves.

     Still with me? Great! 

     Here's how this works:


  1. Comment on this post with the email address where you'd like me to send the link to access the book.
  2. Once I have 5 people expressing interest, I email you a time-limited link to the book so you can read it in your web browser.
  3. After reading the book you come back to this post and comment again with your feedback.
  4. I look through your feedback and make any changes that the book needs.
    1. Those changes include thanking you in the acknowledgments section of the book.


     If you're still with me, go ahead and add your email (or any questions you might have) in the comments* below. Again, I'll send out the email with the link once I have five (5) people participating, and thanks for your interest!

*NOTE: If you're having trouble using the comments field below, 
you can DM me on Twitter (@Lefthandrob
or message me via my Facebook page (Robert C. Murray Author).

16 July 2020

Episode 012: Hunger

"Hunger" is another dip into the weirdness of my imagination from my book "Blue." We're talking iced animal crackers weird. Literally.

Hey, I'd love to hear what you think of the podcast, whether it's a specific poem or the format, or whatever's on your mind! Leave a review or a comment in your podcast app, or catch me on Twitter @Lefthandrob.

After listening to the podcast (or while listening), visit one of these sites and donate for the cause, because All Black Lives Matter and my fellow white (and cis) people we need to get in the game:

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Donate to the Souther Poverty Law Center

Donate to the Equal Justice Initiative

Transgender Law Center

The poems will continue to flow, but so must the Justice.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

09 July 2020

Episode 011: En Tempus Amemoria

Some more earnestness this week with my poem "En Tempus Amemoria," a story that wonders at why dolphins help us so often when we're stranded at sea. It's from my first book of poetry "Stand Right, Walk Left."

Hey, I'd love to hear what you think of the podcast, whether it's a specific poem or the format, or whatever's on your mind! Leave a review or a comment in your podcast app, or catch me on Twitter @Lefthandrob.

After listening to the podcast (or while listening), visit one of these sites and donate for the cause, because All Black Lives Matter and my fellow white (and cis) people we need to get in the game:

Donate to Black Lives Matter

Donate to the Souther Poverty Law Center

Donate to the Equal Justice Initiative

Transgender Law Center

The poems will continue to flow, but so must the Justice.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

Hey - July 2020

Hi y'all,

What a world we're living in.
This blog was getting super-dusty until I recently resurrected it as another place where you can consume my poetry podcast (hopefully you're enjoying it!).

In the process of preparing for this resurrection, I looked through the archives and culled approximately 98% of that content from this site. Inane commentary, poorly composed statements on pop culture, and the minutiae of my past life -- not so much a time capsule as it was ridiculousness (and at time embarrassing!). Of course, I'm sure the Way Back Machine has it all archived, so if you're so inclined, you've been warned: it's dumb.

The blog will continue to mostly serve as a place to post podcast episodes and a jumping-off point to check out my books (look to the right column). If I have anything that I think is worth saying, I'll post it here, but I have no illusions of keeping to any sort of schedule or coming up with content to throw into the void. That's what the podcast is for.

Thanks, as always, for reading / listening, and stick around, I may do something interesting.

02 July 2020

Episode 010: Mina and Penny

This week's offering is an ode to a wonderful pair of pups that belong to some great friends of mine, "Mina and Penny." As I say in the episode, it's been a minute since I've seen them (my friends and the dogs!) due to social distancing and frankly the busy-ness of every day life. This one's for you, ladies.

Hey, I'd love to hear what you think of the podcast, whether it's a specific poem or the format, or whatever's on your mind! Leave a review or a comment in your podcast app, or catch me on Twitter @Lefthandrob.

After listening to the podcast (or while listening), visit one of these sites and donate for the cause, because All Black Lives Matter and my fellow white (and cis) people we need to get in the game:

Donate to Black Lives Matter

Donate to the Souther Poverty Law Center

Donate to the Equal Justice Initiative

Transgender Law Center

The poems will continue to flow, but so must the Justice.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

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