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When you're feeling overwhelmed
And the world is crashing down.
Remember these words,
To turn things around.

Someone loves you.
Why? I'm not sure.
Who? I don't know.
But their motives are pure.

Someone loves you.
That should be enough,
To get you through the day,
And past all the negative stuff.

Someone loves you.
Let it be a mystery.
Someone loves you...
Hey, don't look at me!

Max M. Power

You Call Me Crazy

You Call Me Crazy

You call me crazy,
But that’s not fair.
You don’t know the terror I feel,
When frustrated I grab and pull my hair.

When anxiety sets in,
All the voices get loud.
I can barely breathe,
I am so ashamed, never proud.

On the outside
I am chipper and happy.
On the inside
I’m screaming but no one can hear me.

I live in constant fear,
Afraid of what the world will do.
Will they lock me up and throw away the key?
Or will they laugh and call me crazy, like you?

You call me crazy,
But you do not know the real me.
Frighten and insecure,
This is not the way I will my life to be.

Max M. Power

Dragon Warrior

I need a woman's opinion. You're an alien hunter hunting reptilians. You have dragon armour. As a woman do you wear the one that covers your boobs or shows them off?

Not So Happy Holidays

With the holidays approaching fast, things all around us are changing.  Despite what we tell ourselves it's not all for the better.  This is the most stressful time of the year and we do it to ourselves, on purpose.  While everyone is spreading cheer, there are those that are suffering in silence, more than usual, this time of year.  I use to be one of those people.  For those, this poem is for you.

Not So Happy Holidays

It’s that time of year,
Where I have to paint a smile on my face,
Everyone is faking,
Being kind to the Human race.

Everything is so festive,
Colors are so bright,
Everyone is so Merry,
Pft, yea right.

With every well wishes
I want to gag,
Knowing the rest of the year,
They act like an old hag.

Nothing is genuine,
Nothing is real.
Lies upon lies
As everyone gathers for the two big meals.

But a fake smile,
I too, shall wear.
I hate this holiday season,
I sit alone in despair.

Max M. Power

Just Another Friend

Thank you to my fans. Last night I noticed the song I co wrote, Just Another Friend, has received over a 1,000 views. While this may not seem like a lot it's a very big deal to me. If you have not seen it, here is the link.

More Free Ebooks

Those that know me know I LOVE to read.  I am grateful to everyone in my life growing up who read to me, gave me money to buy my own books, or sent me books to help build my personal library.  I grew up in public libraries, by choice, and to this day, I can not walk into a library without inhaling deeply, breathing in that sweet smell of ink on paper.

With books dying, giving way to ebooks, things are changing.  Don’t get me wrong, I will ALWAYS pick a paper book or ebook if given the choice but ebooks is the way of the future.  My personal library has tripled thanks to ebooks.

Even though I self publish, and if I want to get paid I have to sell my work, I have always believed that books, in any format, should be allowed to be shared freely with anyone willing to read it.  While this puts me in direct competition with myself I do not mind if it means someone gets to enjoy the story I am trying to tell.

When I trying to build a fan base it was suggested to me to post my work on  Since I made a pledge to allow all my ebooks free until 2013 I uploaded what I had.  The response I received from their readers was amazing.  At times I was discouraged as a writer and ready to quit then I would receive an email from a reader of the site telling me how they enjoyed my work.  They helped to keep me going, giving me encouragement when I needed it the most.

To say thank you I am permanently adding a link to their website on my blog.  You can always find a copy of my ebooks on their site and download it, for FREE.  Here is a little bit about Obooko and I hope you will visit their site.  There is a LOT of great talent out there just waiting to be discovered.  Enjoy.
Since its conception in 2009, Obooko has  established itself as the go-to website for contemporary fiction and non-fiction ebooks. Downloads are free of charge to anyone, anywhere, regardless of means. 

With hundreds of titles in more than 30 genres, the site is a virtual treasure trove of literary gems. There are fiction books to suit every taste, from contemporary romance, crime, action and mystery to horror and science fiction. A bulging non-fiction section includes books on arts, travel, spirituality, computing and business management. 

While the majority of free ebooks on Obooko are by independent (Indie) authors, the site also offers fans titles from favourites such as best selling thriller writer, Stephen Leather and the New York Times bestselling romance author, Sylvia Day. There are also six books by Paulo Coelho. 

Almost 100% of Obooko’s digital inventory is contemporary fiction and non-fiction, rather than the out-of-copyright and classic books some competitor sites favour. The site is funded by advertising alone and is entirely free to use, with no joining, membership or download fees. Users wanting to download a free ebook simply register their details such as age and email address. This measure helps the site to comply with COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. 

All books are provided in common file types such as PDF, ePub and Kindle formats and all are legally distributed. Obooko has a strict policy of upholding Copyright law and only distributes work with the author's written consent. People cannot ‘post’ books on the site; authors are invited to publish on Obooko, which means users can be confident that every book they download is a legal copy and that they are not associated with or supporting digital piracy. caught lying to the public has just really pissed me off.  They seem to think that we, the American people, are stupid. They think that we can not count or do simple math, yet they advocate that they want to help drop outs.  Let me ask you this, my readers, how much can you trust an organization who lies to you from the beginning?

When someone wants to pull the wool over your eyes, wants to get you to do something without you actually thinking about it, they use big numbers to scare you.  THEY LIE!!! LIES!!!

One poster says that 7,000 students drop out of school every day. That’s a big scary number, if it was actually true.  But the point IS to scare you into helping them.

Another poster says that a student drops out of school every 26 seconds.  Another number that sounds like a lot but let’s do the math here shall we. Let’s just round up from 26 seconds to 30 seconds, that’s 2 students per minute.  At 60 minutes in an hour we are looking at 120 students per hour.  Now are we thinking just in an eight hour school day or a full 24 hours?  At an eight hour school day that brings us to 960 students in a school day.  At a full 24 hour day we are looking at 2,880 students dropping out.  What happened to the other 4,120 students?

On average, a school year is 180 days.  So let’s keep going with the math.  In an average school year, 7,000 students a day equals 1,260,000 students.  But do they mean an average school year or the full 365 day calendar?  A full year is 2,555,000 students at 7,000 a DAY!!!

At the 26 seconds number, the average school year, 8 hours in the day, equals 176,400 students.  At the 24 hour day that’s 518,400 students.  Using the full calendar 8 hours equal 350,400 students and the full 24 hour day is 1,051,200 students.

I’m sorry but that’s a HUGE difference from the numbers they post.  What’s the true number of drop outs?  I wish I knew but I DO know it’s not the LIES is trying to shove down our throats.

Please share this in any form you can with everyone.  Let’s spread TRUTH not LIES!!!

Max M. Power

The Farm

The long awaited second book in the Jonathan McGregor Trilogy is now available for download. Free to the first 100 readers. Use code BB66S at check out. Enjoy.

My App Barcode

Scan this barcode to down my app. For Android users only right now.

My New App

I am moving up in the world. I now have my own app. Please forgive any repeat messages you may see today about this as I am testing the connections and promotions. It's still a work in progress but check it out: Writing With Power -

Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day: "The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done." ~ Allard Lowenstein

Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day: If someone ever says to you, "Expect the unexpected." Smack them upside the head and say, "Did you EXPECT THAT!"

Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day: I'm not evil. Slightly bent and VERY twisted but not evil. Okay, maybe a little evil.

Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day: When saying how much your child is such an Angel remember the Devil is still an Angel too.

Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day: I'm afraid of a world run by adults who were never spanked as kids and got trophies just for participating. It's closer than you think.

Question of the Day

Question of the Day: Why are the women who make the worst mothers also the ones who are the most fertile?

Question of the Day

Question of the Day: Shouldn't you have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check since I have to pass one to EARN it for you?

Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day: Doctors say that each piece of bacon you eat takes 9 minutes off of your life. Based on that math I should never have been born.

Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day: Laugh until your belly hurts. Then laugh just a little more. You will live a happier life if you do.

Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day: NEVER piss off the person that cooks your dinner

Review of Glide Video Texting

I am pretty tech savvy, well enough to get by.  I try to keep up with new phones, more specifically, what they can do.  I have to admit, its fun to play with a new toy, so when I was asked to write a review on this new app I figured why not.
We live in a busy time.  A time where we keep things short and sweet, I mean Twitter has trained us to keep it under 140 characters to the point people say, “Give me the Twitter version.”
Texting has become HUGE, and I mean huge.  It’s gotten to the point that there are campaigns to NOT text while doing other things so that no one gets hurt.  Because of this the need for alternative texting is growing.
One alternative, if the person does not want or can not call is Voxer. I love this app.  You can leave a voice or text for someone, turning your phone into a walkie talkie.  If you do not have this app I highly recommend you download it.
However, the app I was asked to review is not Voxer.  It’s called Glide Video Texting.  I get the concept of this app. It’s a good concept, however it’s kind of useless if no one else has it.
We as humans need interaction; we are hard wired that way.  It’s a must.  Glide is a way to bring the HUMAN element back into our tech interactions.  You record a short video and your contact replies back with a video. You don’t have to be connected at the time you send the video, so it’s not like Facetime or Skype.  You can watch whenever you want and however many times you want.
Like I said, I like the concept of the app but sadly I can not use it, I have no one in my contacts who have it.  Maybe I can revisit this review in a few months if I get more friends to use it.  So if you have an Android here is the link.  Apple users you will have to look for it in the itunes store.
See you in a video text.

Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day: Don't try figuring me out, even I don't understand me.

Question of the Day

Question of the Day: What happens when The Story Teller no longer has a story to tell?

Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day: Nothing cuts and wounds deeper than the cut given from a child.

Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day: When you ask for all your dreams to come true just remember nightmares are dreams too.

Exciting News

I have some exciting news for all you Apple users out there. I found out today that my books, with the exception of Beautifully Crazy, are now available for download in the ibooks store. Search Max M. Power to find them.
Sorry Kindle users, still no love from Amazon. The boycott continues.


I have been trying to write this poem for 20yrs now. It's hard to believe it's taken this long to get it out of my head. Here it is.


“Let us dance,
You and I.”
“What the hell,
It’s worth a try.”

I’ve done this dance,
Since the day I was born.
But for everyone else,
I have to mourn.

With all his tricks,
Has yet to take me,
I am still full of kicks.

We tango,
Us two.
But he will not touch me,
Afraid, maybe, of what I might do.

Every morning I wake,
With a long and heavy sigh.
So I challenge Death,
“Let us dance, you and I!”

Max M. Power

Least Favorite Things

Least Favorite Things

My heartache,
My pain,
The insanity it brings,
These are a few of my least favorite things.

The coldness,
The dark,
The loneliness it brings,
These are a few of my least favorite things.

The loss of you,
You’re gone,
The memories it brings,
These are a few of my least favorite things.

Max M. Power

Why I Write

This is what I'm going to answer from now on when people ask me why I write. It makes total sense.


I feel a DARK period coming on. All I can do is ride it out. This is the first result of this latest DARK period.


I sit.
Because into your world I do not fit.

Even with you there.
It just isn't fair.

As I hug myself tight.
So I cry silently late into the night.

I don't know what to do.
All I want is attention from you.

Max M. Power

How to save big money at Walmart

Dear Walmart Customers,

How would you like to start saving a lot of money at Walmart and have THEM pay the difference?
This started one morning a while back when I was buying lunch for work.  Hot Pockets at the time were $1.98 for the two pack.  Well someone last stock person saw an opening and shoved all the 12pk Hot Pockets under the $1.98 slot, with the price in large numbers on the isle.
Being the nice guy that I am, I took a picture of it and found a manager, showing them the mistake.  I said I was bringing it to his attention because I know it was wrong and he might want to fix it.  For trying to help I received a lot of attitude. I said screw it, and since I already had a picture, and he wasn’t in a hurry to fix the problem I bought the box and made them MATCH the price listed.
I see this all the time at numerous Walmarts all over the city.  Walmart continues to hire people too lazy to do their jobs.  I had one manager tell me that’s why they have price check machines for, if it’s in the wrong spot, go check the price yourself. Really?  That’s the response you want to go with?
The final straw for me was two weeks ago when I needed to buy dog food.  I always buy the 40lb or 50lb bag, which ever they have.  I know what the regular 50lb bag cost and when they have it I like to buy the Meaty Chunks & Gravy.  I figure if a 20lb bag cost $10.98 then the 40lb bag should be less than $20 because it gets cheaper in bulk.
I saw they had three bags of the 40lb bags in stock so I look at the price and it was $17.98 so naturally I grabbed it and off I went.  Dumbass me didn’t watch the price as it rang up and when I got home I looked over the receipt and saw it cost me $31.98.
This morning I needed to get a few more items for my dog.  This time, armed with my camera phone I took pictures off the products I wanted.  One picture was of the entire area and the other was of the price where it was listed before I grabbed the item.  At the register is where my plan of action came into play.
Two items, that I already know the price of and the listed price was WAY off the mark.  Let’s start with the dog toys.  The pigs you see in the picture cost about $5 total with tax.  Clearly you can see more than one in the picture in a bin marked $1.97.  I got two of the four in the picture shown.  There were actually a total of eight in the bin.
Next is the metal post that screws into the ground.  That post alone is about $8.  Add the cable that comes with it and the cost is $11.  Clearly you can see it’s thrown under a price of $3.50.  There are more than one visible on that hanger.  On a hanger above it and to the left side of that hanger is more post with cables under price tags of $3.50.
At check out the manager told me that I would have to pay regular price because someone clearly put the items in the wrong place.  My response, “That’s the advertised price.  If it was just one item in the wrong spot I might say a customer put it there but CLEARLY this was your employee’s laziness that did this.”
He said he could not give it to me for the price in the pictures.  I offered to sue for false advertising and since Walmart is considered “DEEP POCKETS” by most lawyers I’m sure I could find one to take my case.  That changed his mind in a heartbeat.
It’s time Walmart starts taking responsibility for the actions of their employees.  If they wish to hire people who refuse to do their jobs properly then it’s time my frustration ends.  As a consumer I should NOT have to look up my own prices if the item is marked wrong.  So all of you with a smart phone, arm yourselves, when you see something you want CLEARLY marked wrong or thrown in the wrong spot take a picture and demand you get the product at the listed lower rate.  Walmart just lost $20 to me this morning and that $20 feels good in my account.

Q&A Session

I've decided to do a Q&A session?  Here's your chance to ask anything you've ever wanted to know. No personal questions about my family please. Anything else is fair game. So what would you like to know?

Poetry Give Away

Calling all poetry lovers!  In honor of our Nation’s Birthday I am giving away the ebook, Beautifully Crazy.  Go to and use offer code CM94L, at checked out.  Offer ends on July 4th.


I love books, thanks to my upbringing, I have never gone without when it came to having something to read.  For this I am grateful.  I just want to remind others to help young people to read and give them something to read, that's why I started Please Read To Me.
On another note, for those of you who have or use Goodreads I am now on the site. Join me at and feel free to add me as a friend. Feel free to ask me anything about my books or characters.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sears FAIL!!!!!!!!!

On April 27 I had to get two new tires for my personal truck.  Against my better judgment and advise from co workers I took my truck to Sears because I did not want to risk a blow out, which I was close to having, and they are at the same location where I work.
What should have only taken me less than ten minutes took me over forty-five, just for the paperwork.  I told the guy that I needed TWO tires, both for the front.  He proceeds to show how one tire is showing cable, which would cause a blow out.  That’s why I was there in the first place, I told HIM that in the beginning.  He then went to the other side and told me it was bald and needed a new one.  Well NO SHIT, maybe that’s why I’m buying TWO tires and said both front tires needed to be replaced.
My confidence in this man’s knowledge of what he was doing kept shrinking when he had to go check to see if they had the tires in stock, not once, not twice, but THREE times.  I had to pay upfront because I might have to send someone else to pick up my truck and he looked like I was speaking a foreign language to him.  After I left I tweeted this:

Don't buy tires unless you have no choice. Bunch of idiots here. (at @Sears)
"Auto Center sucks. Bunch of idiots working the front desk" @ Sears: #foursquare
To which I received this twitter message:
@MaxMPower Sorry our customer service let U down. Plz DM contact info and we will contact you about ur experience. Thanks, Dianne cc:@Sears.
I sent the information requested of me and the next day received this message:
@MaxMPower Thank you! A case manager will be with you as soon as one becomes available. Thanks, Misty
Then I received this email:

Sears Social Media Customer Service

Apr 29

to me
Dear Mr. Max M. Power, 

My name is Gabriel A; I work for Sears Executive office and would like to speak with you regarding your experience with one of our Sears Automotive center. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss the issue in depth. My persona contact information has been provided below along with my business hours. The reference number that was created on your issue is 1388833. I look forward to speaking with you soon. 

Gabriel A.
Social Media Support - Case Manager
Sears Holdings Corporation   
Phone: 888-266-4043 extension 92  
Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (CST)  

I called that same day and had to leave a voice message.  Then on May 1 I received the EXACT email as above, word for word.  Trying to get this resolved, since they contacted me I called back.  The next contact I received was this:
Sears Social Media Customer Service

May 3

to me
Dear Mr. Max M. Power, 

Please be assured that we understand your frustration, and apologize for any inconveniences you may have experienced in this matter. We would like the opportunity to speak to you directly; however, we have been unable to contact you to discuss the issue further. At this time we will be closing your case as we have been unable to reach you by phone or email. If you still need our services, now or in the future, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at or 800-573-8431, at your earliest convenience.

Gabriel A. 
Social Media Support - Case Manager
Sears Holdings Corporation  
Phone: 800-573-8431 
Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM (CST)  

To which my reply was:

Considering I DID call and have yet to receive any return contact until now AND its to say you're closing the issue I'm calling bullshit. I will however now take this issue to social media and to the public and will show how NOTHING but a form email was sent and nothing but voicemail when calling back.
Thank you for nothing.

It took them another four days before I got this:

Sears Social Media Customer Service

May 7

to me
Dear Mr. Max M. Powers, 

Thank you for your response, I have re-opened your case and would like to still address you concern and help to resolve it. Please response to this email wtih a direct phone number. I will then call you on this phone number. My personal contact information has benn provided below. The case number that we referenece is 1388833. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Gabriel A.
Social Media Support - Case Manager
Sears Holdings Corporation   
Phone: 888-266-4043 extension 92  
Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (CST)  

I sent my reply with my direct number within the hour, well before the end of the business day and I am STILL waiting for a reply.  Well SEARS here is MY reply:

SCREW YOU!!!  I now know how you view your customers.  You don’t want any bad press out there but oh well, now there is.  I would personally rather take my chances with my vehicle blowing a tire than to ever use you guys again.  It’s a shame too considering that when I ran a fleet of vehicles I used you and ONLY you to work on our vehicles.  Let me remind you that it was YOU who contacted me, NOT the other way around.

Never again a customer,

Max M. Power

All contacts have been copied and pasted directly from their sources.  I have not changed any wording in any way.

New Project

Okay I am testing a new product that is being presented to me for publication.  I'm going to start with some of my darker poetry as the first project.  What do you think of this as the blurp. Would you read on after reading this?

"Darkness resides in us all. It's one of the strongest emotions we posses as humans.  This is the darkness that once resided in me."

My Popcast

I started a podcast a few weeks ago. It has a little bit of something for everyone. Enjoy.

Gay Marriage

These past few days I have heard more about gay marriage than I have in the past year. I have to ask the question, WHO CARES?
For all of you that are scared of letting gays get married, and lets be honest here, it IS fear guiding you, answer me this, why?
Do NOT give me the poor excuse of “The Bible Says,” because if that is your only argument then you need to sit down and shut up until you can stop being a sheep and think for yourself.
There is NO logical reason why two people who are of sound mind and body, are of legal age, and are in love can not get married. Everyone deserves to be happy and LOVE is the biggest contributor to this happiness.
Okay now back to you Bible thumpers.  I’m going to do what you do, take things out of context and twist it so it makes my argument. Here goes.
“Faith, Hope, and Love. And the greatest of these is Love.” – This one I hear all the time in religious weddings. God has given us these three things to live our lives. Faith in our fellow man, Hope that all things will be good, and Love for one another as God has loved us. Love conquers all, does it not?
Didn’t Jesus himself say to love your enemy and hold him closer to you than your brother? God makes it rain on the righteous and unrighteous alike. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Are you saying that you know better than Jesus?
The Ten Commandments says NOTHING about homosexuals. There is only one place, ONE where the Bible having relations between two men should be punished with death but don’t get too excited because there are a LOT of things listed that you should be put to death for. If you’re going to quote Leviticus Chapter 20 then by all means PLEASE read the entire chapter so we can all be put to death together.
I could go on but I think you get the point, there is no use in beating a dead horse further. It’s not marriage you should support but LOVE. If two people love each other than who are YOU in stand in their way?
What God has put together let no man pull apart.”
Make no mistake about it, if two people are in love, God has put them together.

Ten Rules To Dating My Daughter

As much as I hate to admit it, I know I don’t have much say in the matter. My daughter is getting older and soon dating will come into play. I DO, however, have a few rules that are going to be nonnegotiable, at least until she’s an adult and out on her own, but I have a feeling these rules will still apply.

1. You MUST have a legal job and your own transportation, something with 4 wheels and a full cover frame. If you want to date my daughter then you must be able to pay for the date. I am not going to pay you to take my daughter out nor will I be your chauffeur.

2. You have to know how to handle a firearm properly, as well as hit your target. Be it pistol, rifle, or shotgun, you must know how to use them. As a man it’s your job to be able to protect my daughter not her protect you. If she can hit the bulls eye then why can’t you?

3. Criminals need not apply. I’m a firm believer in second chances but if you are a thug or mostly a “wanna be” thug then thug on down the road. I promise you will not last long around me because this is one subject I will not play games with, period.

4. You must like Star Wars. There may be some leeway with this but not much. If you can’t get the references she will make to Star Wars then there really is not much point to keeping you around.

5. Seafood is a must. You personally do not have to like it but do not try to deny her or it will get ugly.  This is a girl who loves her seafood and has no problem catching it herself.

6. You will have to like Hockey.  She loves going to see a Hockey game and if you wish to date her then you must be willing to take her to a game or two.

7. Embrace your inner nerd. Your love for Sci-Fi must show. You have to have an open mind. This applies to a multitude of things. Reading books, comic books, science fiction, or any subject along the lines of science. If you don’t like to read or can not carry on a conversation I can promise you there will be clashing.

8. You have to be a Movie Buff because my daughter loves movies. She has a routine when it comes to movies and I do not see it slowing down anytime soon. This is where your love of Sci-Fi will come in handy.

9. Music is a major part of her life so it must play a major part in your life as well. Trying to fight this fact is like trying to cap a volcano; it’s never going to happen. If you do not like music you will have to keep on with your boring self.

10. Vampires are real. This is where your open mind comes in because my daughter is a vampire.  No she does not drink blood so get that out of your mind. You must be willing to embrace the fact that she is a paranormal creature, like her father, and that she is drawn to the Supernatural. 

These thoughts come from her own way of thinking and I have nothing to do with it. She likes what she likes and you have to accept it, I have.

Free Ebook Giveaway

My birthday is coming up and YOU my readers are getting the present. From now until my birthday, April 13, you can download The Fluffer for free. Click here and enter code SV53L

Thank You For The Ride

Cost of living is up and on the rise while the cost TO live remains where it has been for years. Sadly, due to this fact, Writing With Power is shutting it’s doors for good. I can no longer continue to compete with major publishing corporations.
I did not come to this decision lightly but I can no longer throw good money after bad. I love reading, I love to write, and I love the fans, the good friends I’ve made over the years due to my writing.  What has been printed will be what’s left of my work. I have a few projects that I will finish as promised.
The ONLY place I will write anything will be on my blog,, the ebooks that I have will remain but that is the best I can do. To continue doing what I’m doing I would have to pay 3x’s the cost of what I did last year, a product of Big Brother.
I gave it my all but sometimes your all is not enough. I had a great run and enjoyed the ride but I am not completely gone. I thank all of you who have supported me over the years.

Max M. Power