It is complete. My Punkalullaby. I coined the term Punkalullaby in the mid 1980s. I had a little creative section in Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine where I included fictional stories and later came the poetry.
The history of getting this book published is a long one. First I published it like a fanzine, In my little home computer publishing room. I sold them through Paypal. I also sold them at speaking events. During this time, before and after, I approached four publishers, talked to other punks and had the help from a master editor. Yet the only thing I got from publishers were comments like,
“It has to be action packed filled with excitement!”
One Santa Monica publisher declined me. Years later this same publisher wanted to include my story in a hodgepodge of other punk women. No offer of royalties or compensation either. Written by a woman that had no experience with the punk scene at all. She turned out to be the usual user. Yes, I have met a lot of them over the years too.
So, I finally figured it out for myself. The punk or Flipside Fanzine way. We never asked for help in how or what we published. We did it ourselves and in our own way. So, my punk opus is completed the punk Flipside Fanzine way.
My Punkalullaby does not countian action ball packed adventure or embellished fictions. The truth is that for me the punk scene was about supporting a growing punk scene. I did this with my whole heart. It was a great deal of work prompting a scene. I did not love every second of it, but I did learn a lot of skills along the way. Made some good long-time buddies and lost a few as well.
My Punkalullaby is a story about a young punk rocker who co-edited and published a fanzine called Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine. Hudley Flipside is a pivotal character a motif of that early punk scene.
It was a scene that I still look for although it is not there anymore. It echoes in me as a constant call. Hopefully finishing this book will help that haunting call to wane away.
Cheers to twenty years of Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine and to the underground growing punk scene. This is my ten years about it 1979 to 1989.
To Pooch, Nate, Kat, Keith and others for your encouragement and support… you know who you are! My loving family included! John, Johnfred~ Sara and family, and Shayne.
A Big thanks to
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
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My Punkalullaby, eBook and Paperback , are entered in the Kindle Storyteller UK contest… wish me luck.