Welcome to ‘me’. This is a quick look into the real Steve. What you see is what you get. No frills, just plain old me. Now, let’s celebrate.
My name is Steven Humphreys and I am really happy you dropped by to read my poetry. All my poems and quotes are original, written by yours truly.
According to the ‘Myers Briggs type indicator’, (I took in college to try to find my job niche in life, at age 19 had no clue salaried poet jobs didn’t exist!)
I am the ‘INFJ’ personality. This means I’m as much an ‘Introvert’ as anyone can be… from what I hear, apparently the perfect personality for writers. Yep, that’s me. Pure introvert, but no shrinking violet.
I would feel OK giving a speech to a large audience, but I prefer not to. Not my cup of tea. Maybe, I’d like an interview about a book or two I’ve written (in front of an audience, instead.) After all, I am a published author. Example, my sci-fi novel Meet Duff.
You will find me about town dressed casually in short pants, baseball hat, tee-shirt and flip-flops. I am a down to earth homebody who likes watching ‘B’ horror and corny movies.
Writing keeps me sane…
At an early age, I got inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘Annabel Lee’ and Henry David Thoreau’s notes on how he spent his time (two years) at ‘Walden Pond’. I so much wanted to be like them.
Within the last few years, I enjoyed reading J.D. Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye’. For some reason, I didn’t read it in high school like so many of my peers.
I found Salinger’s book in the bottom of a ‘storage box’ my wife’s kids left in our garage. And, as for ‘Bukowski’, I have absolutely no idea how I stumbled upon him. I am sure grateful I had though, because he has influenced me. I enjoyed reading his ‘Ham on Rye’ online at Southern California Digital Library.
I was moved to stay up all night one Saturday evening (@ fifteen years old) writing over fifty poems. Unfortunately, they are gone… I do vaguely remember one about rats!
I created this site to share my poems with whomever is willing to read them. This is why I added the ‘Google translator’ widget. It makes no difference whether you are Chinese or Indian, no problem. And, I noticed someone from Germany seems to visit my site once in a while.
Some of what I’ve written may be considered somewhat ‘off key’, but that’s how I do it. Poetry can be dark, weird and strange (or, even normal.) I won’t please everyone, but I hope you like reading my ‘stuff’…
To conclude, you could be curious about how to publish your own book of poetry or how to write a ‘how-to book’ or even novel? Maybe, I might have a few suggestions that might help get you started being I have self published a few books myself. Check out my page about self publishing.
It’s possible something you write may actually change someone’s path in life. There could be ‘an individual’ out there who is just waiting to read what you are passionate about writing.
‘If you want to create new things for this world, never listen to anybody. You have to suck your wisdom, all the knowledge from your thumb’ ~ Stanisław Szukalski, Polish painter and sculptor
In parting, listen to your ‘gut’ over any criticism of your work. For encouragement, try reading this article I coined ‘How to Cope with Ups’ and Downs’ of Publisher Reviews as Writers’.