“State of the Workshop Address – The End of 2017” by Richard F. Yates

The holiday smoke still hangs heavy in the air, and the lingering flavor of left-over relatives and burnt expectation crawls across the carpet looking for scraps. As the accursed year of 2017 slithers off into the oblivion of amnesia and revisionism, we hope beyond reason that the future can be contained—with proper motivation, perhaps it can even be controlled!

Flipping a switch, I finally went “PREMIUM” on the Primitive Entertainment Workshop, as of yesterday. I now have one year to make $101 (to prove to myself that PAYING to be PRIMITIVE is worthwhile.)

Meanwhile, I got some great books for Xmas that I’ll be reviewing in the next few months. Still having a ball reading and doing reviews, and I’ve had a few people comment that I’ve introduced them to materials they wouldn’t have otherwise found. USEFUL! I also can’t seem to STOP myself from drawing pictures—it’s hardwired, I guess—and working very hard to make myself write more. (Writing is HARD. I love it, but it’s hard.)

Moving on from here, I’m still planning on attending the LongCon convention in February with Primitive author, Randy Long, at the Longview Public Library in Longview, Washington, USA. We’re going to be hocking books and artwork, and trying to make some human connections. I’m also still planning on compiling Randy’s “Bigfoot” story into book form (with some extra goodies) for people to consume, and my Allen Tombes still needs a paperback release, as well. I’ve also got a second issue of SOMAT(IC) in mind, a book of art manifestos, and a collection of short plays… Hey, with 5,785 posts to sort through on the site, I’ve got a lot of material to craft and mold into various weird shapes. And my wack-a-doo brain never stops spinning… (Maybe I should take up drugs or booze or something to help make the whirlwinds stop!)

Let’s keep trying to progress (despite the OFFICIAL position against progression…)

I’ve got to update a few things on the page: the “About,” the “Books You Can Buy,” etc., and then I’m going to start working on my STRATEGIES. I’m thinking, with Snake and Bunny’s help, we can probably take over the entire world by 2029. Once mankind is enslaved (benevolently, of course), we’ll make education much more effective (brainwashing), push humanities and literature and art and music, and we’ll teach kids to draw pictures and write stories and sing poetry—until they’re old and gray! (PRODUCE more than you CONSUME!)

Until then, keep those magic lanterns polished and your dancin’ shoes by the door in case a spontaneous disco party breaks out! (It don’t always have to make sense—and you shouldn’t expect it to. Just try to have a good time.)

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Grand Hoohaa of The P.E.W.)


About richardfyates

Compulsive creator of the bizarre and absurd. (Artist, writer, poet, provocateur...)
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