The Primitive Entertainment Workshop is a dedicated repository for stories, art, prose poems, micro-fictions, and other simulated meaningful entertainment experiences. The works presented here belong to The Primitive Entertainment Workshop Group and are protected by The Primitive Entertainment Workshop Mafia, and any attempt to copy, steal, borrow without asking, or in other ways rip off the Primitive Entertainment Workshop will result in nasty things happening to you and your family. Any materials submitted to the P.E.W. remain property of P.E.W. (basically, that’s Richard F. Yates, by the way) and he can use them in any way he wants, including but not limited to publishing on this blog, publishing in print form, and publishing as projected spiritual energy in any dimension or time coordinates the P.E.W. decides would be fun and exciting. Thanks for your time and understanding!
—Richard F. Yates (Commander in Chief, and Lord of All Creation of the Primitive Entertainment Workshop Group)
UPDATE: 27 Dec. 2017
As of December 25th, The Primitive Entertainment Workshop went PREMIUM! That means, for the first time since I started this thing back in December of 2012, we are PAYING to be online. It costs about $100.00 for a year of FANCINESS, but it was an essential move, because we ran out of room for NEW STUFF.
We are now, OFFICIALLY, a DOT COM! Holy Glagnar!!! I don’t even know what fancy thing to do first!!!
If you are a regular reader of the site (and even the artwork has a literary dimension to it—if you don’t believe it let me know, and I’ll write you a PROOF that my doodles are actually thrilling works of fiction in visual form—even the abstracts!)… If you are a regular reader of the site, then you know we post A LOT. We have several regular contributors, and a few “once in a whilers,” and besides that, I’m a compulsive doodler and word compiler. And with the exciting digital technology that my wife keeps acquiring for me, it’s become extremely easy for me to scribble on a napkin or a receipt or a hunk of cardboard, then snap a high rez photo and color the heck out of it with those magical electro-devices and share them with all the humans and A.I. in the digital world! I draw all the time, and I write just about every day (mostly on scraps of paper or old bits of junk—and then I tape everything into my notebooks.) And, of course, a lot of what I create ends up on the P.E.W.!
But after 5 years of compiling stories and poems and photos and drawings and book reviews and all that jazz, we ran out of room. 5,700+ posts in five years. IMPOSSIBLE, now, to read everything we have posted. We needed to EXPAND—to GO PRO, if you will. So we did.
Now for most people, a hundred bucks is probably not that big of a deal. For ME, it’s a serious chunk of cash. Now that I’m PAYING to make this site, I’ve got to focus on trying to make that investment BACK before December of 2018 so that I can re-up for the next year. It’s only going to take me a few weeks to go over the “free” allotted space on this site, so I won’t be able to go BACK to the old plan without causing weird and potentially catastrophic things to happen.
And that’s where you folks come in. I’m going to be working pretty hard over the next year to try and make $101.00 to pay for the next years’ bill. (It only costs $96.00 for the plan, but I figure making an extra five bucks will help pay for the TIME I’ve invested.) If you believe in free expression, in helping the underdogs, in pushing punk creativity and Dada spirit and underground attitude in the MAKING OF THINGS (Richard Brautigan style—unpublished/self-published type stuff), then consider patronizing our PURCHASABLE sections: Books You Can Buy, the Primitive Image Emporium, Postcards from Paradise, and so on. We could sure use your help! It will keep the creativity rolling along, and we’ll be able to keep doing all the wacky things we do: posting new stories and art and poems, self-publishing our books, promoting creative expression in “outsider types” (like most of us at the Workshop), and KEEPING THOSE CONNECTIONS ALIVE!
I’ve had tons of contributors who have helped sweeten the pot here at the Workshop over the years, and I’m extremely grateful to all of them for their efforts. One of these days, I should force myself to look through all the POSTS (a Herculean effort at this point) and write up a contributors’ list, just to make sure everyone gets credit! (But I think that’s a project for a different day.)
One of the BEST things about creating artwork and writing is the SHARING! The collaborations, the art parties, the bouncing off of each other’s ideas… These are the things that I love about this life. OBVIOUSLY, I’m not making any money at this, but I’ve made friends, some I’ve met in person, some that I’ve only ever talked with online. I’ve been influenced by the stories and artwork I’ve seen others make, and I’ve heard people say that I inspired them. (Comments like, “If he can sell THAT shit, anybody can do it!” are pretty common. Good to know I’m helping people understand that ANYONE can do this!) Sitting in the front yard with a bunch of drawings and paints scattered around, during the summer, and selling a $10 drawing to someone is wonderful, and getting to talk to them about how we (as a family) came up with the ideas for doing all this stuff, is even better! There’s also the thrill of seeing someone SMILE when they get one of my visual puns or when they work out the weird little joke I’ve got hidden in some three sentence story—these are great moments. These are worth it.
THE CONNECTIONS! However brief, however seemingly insubstantial, the connections that I make are the reason I keep doing this. It’s also the reason that EVERYONE should be MAKING THINGS THEMSELVES. You don’t have to be a trained artist to love to draw or paint. You don’t have to be a college graduate to write a story or a poem. You just have to be a human. And then to SHARE that work with others, that’s WHY we are alive. It’s not about making money (although now I HAVE to make money to keep the game rolling…), it’s about CONNECTING. Keep making, keep doing, keep connecting, and I’ll keep going, too, until I CAN’T anymore…
—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Grand Hoohaa of The P.E.W.)
UPDATE 18 NOV. 2014
As I write this, the Primitive Entertainment Workshop has 1,745 posts available for perusal by the average citizen with internet access and a bit of time to kill. (That number will become 1,746 as soon as I hit the “Publish” button for this piece.) It would take a new visitor 20 or 30 minutes, maybe more, to scroll down—without stopping to read a single word—and reach the first few posts on this site.
I started this project in December of 2012 as a sort of on-line ZINE, if you will. I love to make little collage zines out of paper, with micro-stories and weird poems and punk attitude sprinkled all over them, but as a POOR artist/writer/editor, I was finding it increasingly difficult to pay for photocopying and postage to distribute the fruits of my efforts, so I turned to the INTERWEBS…
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had other blogs and websites before this one, but most of those were wrapped up in a very clear THEME or focused on a specific medium (ie: PHANTOM CONVERSATION was a blog that basically held digitized copies of my PHANTOM CONVERSATION paper zine, and THE M.A.R.S. PROJECT was primarily about mail art, either that I had created and was sending out or that I had received, or announcements about when and where I was planning to SHOW the mail-art.) In other words, most of my previous blogs were digitized archives of REAL WORLD creations or events. But not here. Not really…
THIS site (somehow) has managed to stay open enough that my horror stories and fake religions and “primitive” art seem right at home with Richard O’Brien’s limericks and political satire, and Josh Erdahl’s snarky philosophy and noir stories, and Scott Sparks’s heart-wrenching poetics and rants, and Randy Long’s nostalgic journalism and homespun tales, and all of the dozens of other photographers and artists and critics and commentators and contributors… We all seem to work together to form a solid (however excruciatingly complex) whole.
I also realize that there is now SO MUCH material here that it would take weeks of dedicated digging for a single viewer to look at and read through it all. (Frankly, I would be SHOCKED to discover that this ever actually happens. If anyone attempts this feat, and succeeds, let me know. I might be able to scrape up some kind of a PRIZE and mail it to you. [Actual cash value of any such prize would undoubtedly be close to ZERO…]) We produce so much STUFF and so quickly that a lot of really great work gets buried in a matter of days (usually under a thick slush-pile of quickly sketched monsters, bunnies, and snakes.)
Still, I think we’ve created something unique with the P.E.W., and I hope to heck that my DOOM & GLOOM nightmares of a complete collapse of the electrical grid and all semblance of social order dissolving don’t come true, because I’d like to imagine that this growing archive of “fictional occurrences” (as it’s described in the banner) will be around for a long time.
Thanks again to all the satirists, freaks, poets, artists, photographers, wives, daughters, uncles, cousins, friends, and grandparents who have contributed to and enlivened the party here at the Workshop! If you are a scholar or archivist trying to make sense of this mess, then GOOD LUCK! (And don’t forget to include all of the OFF-SHOOT blogs about religion, postal art, serialized stories, pillows, etc., etc., etc…) AND if you’re a Conspiracy Theorist thinking that we’re passing along secret messages through the symbols and codes hidden in the images and text, WE ARE! (Keep looking. You’ll find them!)
—Richard F. Yates (Lord High Bunny Priest and Snake Juggler)
18 Nov. 2014