Although I embarked on these literary journeys alone and within a sometimes ungovernable state of calamity, I was never alone at the beginning of these travels. I had catalysts that dropped in and out to challenge, build up, break down, and spectate. Because of the nature of this work unfolding within a decade of time, and also to protect the nature and lives of the women involved, the initials listed below are merely a shell of the person they intend to represent.
To the women above: Thank you for igniting the inspiration for these pieces in whatever afflicting and/or commendable way we went about our relationship. It truly helped direct real impetuous and violent acts through a pen and into a notebook instead of through a gun and into the obituaries. I am forever indebted to you.
Also equally important in the molding and shaping of these works are some very influential musicians/friends that have absolutely no idea how much of an influence their musical work had on my tender-footed roots of music, poetry, and overall life.
Azeron and Michael of SIN, EndEver, and Winter Reign
Niko and John of Envy (now Envinity) http://www.envinity.org
You guys seriously have no idea how much of an influence/inspiration you guys were to me at such a young and innocent age. 99.9% of these pieces of work were written while indulged in your music. You were a part of the journey. You were the soundtrack through these journeys. And I will always be grateful for your musical endeavors.