How The High Flying Spoof Got Off The Ground

The High Flying Spoof is one of my favorite poems. Most of my poems just come to me from out of the ether and write themselves effortlessly. Spoof is actually the first poem I ever wrote for which I had a plan. I knew what I wanted to write about and starting sketching out my thoughts in a marble notebook.

Spoof was inspired by the actions of a former co-worker who cared more about enriching himself and ensuring his “job security” than helping others on our team succeed. He was a very experienced manager and a practicing information hoarder. He had been with the company for years and, while he was personally successful, his near-sighted selfishness ultimately stymied the company’s progress.

At that time, I was flying up and down the East Coast 3-4 days a week, so I kept my marble notebook and pencil in my briefcase. I wrote and sketched whenever I had the time.

I still have the notebook. Here are some of the original ideas I had floating around in my head.

I am the first to admit that I’m not an artist. So when the poem was finished and it was time to produce the story for the web I hit a brick wall.

How was I going to change my primitive sketches into something that was presentable?

Enter Aaron Hazouri. Aaron is a storyboard artist and cartoon illustrator from California. His work is absolutely amazing.

Aaron also did the original artwork for the Dirty Little Kids banner.

Dirty Little Kids

Here’s an example of what Aaron did for me on Spoof. He took my rough sketches and turned them into a rendering suitable for the web.

Here's The High Flying Spoof.

Tom Herod

Tom is a 71 year old kid who writes stories and poetry for fun and… hmmm… I think more fun. He has 3 kids and 6 grandkids and his favorite pastime is sitting around thinking about unique ways for all of them to get into trouble. His favorite saying is, “It’s no fun when you’re not having fun!”