I’m totally exultant! Yesterday I discovered that in July wonderful WordPress has started registering downloads. This is a ginormous deal since for the past five years all I could do was hope (pray and wish) that you folks out there were taking the fabulous stuff I’ve been trying to give away on this website. Now I’m jubilant that you apparently are indeed and may actually have been accepting my gifts in the past. Not to be greedy, but I’d love to get some comments back about my artwork and writing—appreciation, criticism, gratitude, or whatever.
There were some splendid surprises in the first six weeks of download data. I’d been pleased with getting an enormous number of hits (from literally all over the world) on my Aztec materials, and now I find that they’re being downloaded like hotcakes. To my joy, the treatise The Aztec Codices and encyclopedia The Aztec Pantheon seem hugely popular, but even better, the YE GODS! coloring book is flying out the door, both as the collection, The Aztec Icons, and as individual black and white images.
Through Google Image searches, I’d already observed that my earlier four-color images of Aztec deities were being used for various purposes like T-shirt designs and other graphics, and now I see that they’re still being downloaded frequently. As hoped, my art is now truly taking on a life of its own in the wide world—beyond the several exhibitions of icons I’ve managed to organize. The next show will be at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas NM this October.
The other thrill is that folks are also taking my books. No longer do I feel like a writer scribbling invisibly in the wilderness. Folks are downloading my first novel Bat in a Whirlwind, my first memoir There Was a Ship, and the nonfiction books: Remember Native America, Celebrate Native America, and Getting Get. My second novel Divine Debauch is only available through an online publisher, but some have linked to that too. Weirdly, my most popular book seems to be the biography Ms. Yvonne, The Secret Life of My Mother. Go figure.
Now I can even look forward to reports of folks accessing my Pre-Columbian artifact drawings and related Indian Mounds photos, as well as images of my sculptures, photographic art, shorter writings, and my long, fascinating, and sometimes sordid life. Of course, you can also feel free to download my shorter, but still fascinating and sometimes sordid blog posts—like this one.
Now back to work on my next memoir titled “Lord Wind, My Second Coming Out” and on Aztec Icon #18, Xochipilli, Prince of Flowers.