Welcome to the Near Zero Blog. As a creative person, I hope to have something of value to offer to you in an intangible way. I am an illustrator and writer of fiction, and I like to write psychological poetry as a narrative for my fictional characters. If you are interested in contracting me for illustration services, or want to purchase an illustration please send an email to: confessoroflittlefield@gmail.com.

I chose to publish my serial novel, The Confessor of Littlefield on my blogsite because it allows me to continue to interact with it. I can see the history of the post edits, and I can update drawings. It is like a soap opera where the characters continue to live beyond the story. It also allows me to develop other stories  and characters, and alternative scenarios. My poetry is influenced by Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, in tone and in how the poems of the book are each first person presentations of a single character. My serial novel is also more psychological than descriptive. Camus’ The Stranger is an influence on the narrative presentation, while works like Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, The Penal Colony, and The Castle lend style to my short story selections from Confessor, like Baked Potato Cop With Runny Eggs Eyes, and The Node.

My eChapbook Death Anxiety Poems and Art was published by Roaming Snyder Press, in January 2017. The Songs of Barnabas Collins, a chapbook of poems, also from Roaming Snyder Press, 2015. I have produced two Hard Rock CDs under the project name Roaming Snyder. Below is a list of my other media sites. Thanks for browsing!


RJ Hoffman is from West Michigan and authors the art, poetry and fiction blog RoamingSnyder.com..

Yellow Pages for USA and Canada
Roaming Snyder Art/Music/Poetry - Blog Directory OnToplist.com


  1. Hi, I wanted to thank you for the follow! Please be aware that my blog is a bilingual one. So you may get links to some poems in English as well as to some in Italian… Pictures, on the other hand, have no language barriers 😉
    Keep up the good work.

  2. Dear Snyder,

    I hope this email finds your well, happy and enjoying 2017 thus far.

    I’m reaching out on behalf of COG (Links to an external site.) as we’ve secured U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to serve as the final judge for our COG Poetry Awards (January 31, 2017 deadline). The winner will receive:

    A blurb about the winning piece by the U.S. Poet Laureate
    Your work adapted as an animated short film, 2D animation, graphic novel or series of interpretive illustrations by students in the celebrated Digital Art & Animation and Digital Audio Technology programs at Cogswell College
    Publication online and in the print issue, as well as a $1,000 prize.

    Check out the adaptation of last year’s winning COG Poetry Awards entry, The Last Gun, here: http://www.cogzine.com/watch (Links to an external site.)

    The link to our Submittable site: https://cog.submittable.com/submit (Links to an external site.)

    Much respect, and many thanks for considering this invitation to submit work.


    COG’s Editors

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s