sylvia plath, submissions & camp updates

Note: This is an update from my Patreon, it’s a few days old but I liked it so I thought I’d republish it here. 

Last night I finished reading the Journals of Sylvia Plath. It was a long read and at times hard, but it was also very interesting because I found myself relating to her so much. It was like looking into a mirror. Like Plath I’m also married to a writer, like her I have depression and anxiety, I write poetry and want to be known as a writer. I loved reading her honesty, it was somehow comforting to know that even a well known writer like Plath could get writer’s block and fall into depression after rejections came in. I loved her life and vitality, I loved her love of people. It was such a great experience to read her journals, I recommend it to you all.

Because I was reading about Sylvia Plath I was inspired to write a few poems this week, and I even sent two into a magazine. Fingers crossed! I hope that at least one of them gets in. It’s been awhile since I’ve sent poetry out, but I have hope that my writing is getting better.

Camp NaNo is now in it’s 5th day.  This weekend has been crazy. I had no time to write, save a few hundred here and there. It was kind of depressing, but at the same time I was too busy to be bemoan it too much. I am now at 18k, and I have high hopes that I’ll make it to 20 before the week is done.

Sometimes It’s Hard For Me To Speak – A Poem

i’ve just got back from a weekend camping trip. it was was great but now i’m tired. i just can’t stop staring at my documents in google drive, wanting to put words on them but not remembering how.


my friends are all wonderful, encouraging, adorable people. i wish i could write poems for all of them, something that summarizes my gratefulness to them for putting up with me. i wish i could say what’s on my mind without falling back to writing them out on paper and never showing anyone.

sometimes it’s hard for me to speak.

today, i’m going to see my family. it’s been months since last we were together. but i am tired and i wish i wasn’t.  i wish i had hoards of energy just waiting below my surface. i wish had handfuls of joy that i could pop into my mouth and become another, happier person. i feel i owe it to you to always be on my best behavior.

my family are wonderful people, encouraging, helpful people. i wish i could write more poems for them, something that tells them how much i love them. how much i truly, truly am grateful that anyone puts up with me. something that doesn’t feel like a copout, just a truth.

sometimes it’s hard for me to speak.

tonight, i’ll fall into bed. maybe i’ll feel like this time i said everything right. i wasn’t stupid, i didn’t say any of the wrong things. i’ll feel like i’ve said all that i wanted to, didn’t leave anything out for fear of offending someone. maybe, tonight, i’ll feel like speaking words is easier than writing them.

or maybe, tonight, it won’t matter. maybe i’ll just try to keep speaking, but mostly just listen. maybe i’ll stop faulting myself. and, for once maybe everything will just be okay.

 

A Mad Woman’s Voice Cover Reveal

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Today I’m showing off my cover for my poetry book A Mad Woman’s Voice. Isn’t it beautiful!? This is probably my best cover ever. I mean I’m not the best in this area so I’m super proud of how this one turned out.

Synopsis: A Mad Woman’s Voice is just over 40 pages, and filled with the work of over 2 years of writing.  This volume explores the act of finding one’s voice and realizing the ability to speak one’s truth. From coming out to exploring the death of loved ones, A Mad Woman’s Voice is a tiny peek into my life. 

Anyway just a reminder the publishing date for this is August 10th!  The collection will first be available to my patrons, and then later for everyone else. Check out my Patreon here.  Also be on the lookout for details of my blog tour that will be coming out soon.

Promoting Creativity – June Edition

This month I’m very pleased to be promoting Keri Karandrakis! Hope you all enjoy reading this, and please stop by her website!
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1) Tell us a little bit about what you do.
I’m a writer first and a freelance editor close second. I primarily work on novel manuscripts–I’ve written probably 10 different ones since I was 13, almost all of which never made it off my laptop–but since those take so long and I have a short attention span, I also write short stories. My latest thing is flash fiction, because I’m taking a course on it as part of my Creative Writing undergrad studies. I like the lack of commitment that short stories require, since I have trouble maintaining interest in writing a novel.
With editing, my speciality is developmental editing, which focuses on plot, characters, and other story elements. I started beta reading when I was about 13, learning to analyze what makes a story successful or not and what could make it better. I finally started demanding payment in exchange for it a couple years ago. Usually I edit novels, but I’ve also worked on short fiction and even poetry.
2) When and why did you start writing?
I don’t remember. That’s not to say I have a poor memory, although some close to me would say I do, but rather I have been writing for such a long time that I don’t know when or where it started. It probably started once I learned to physically write, as in draw the shapes of the letters in a coherent order. I can guess at the why. I was homeschooled and lived a fairly isolated childhood, so I had a lot of free time and few friends. Those things coupled with a wild imagination created the perfect storm in which to birth a little writer.
The first story I remember writing beyond just a storyboard concept was a copycat version of Read It and Weep, a Disney Channel movie from my preteen years. I inserted myself and some mean girls from my church into the plot and created a revenge fantasy. I don’t think I ever finished it. After that, I got into fan fiction. It was fun enough, but I really liked the freedom of creating my own characters, so when I was 13 I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time. I wrote a 50,000-word mystery novel about a serial killer who was erasing their victims’ information from federal databases, as though they never existed. I don’t remember much about that because it was so long ago, except that the serial killer ended up being a woman.
3) Tell us about a project that you are currently working on that has you really excited.
My current novel project is a YA fantasy about a fire-wielder who’s imprisoned in a remote savannah town. She thinks it’s not so bad at first, since she was expecting a harsh prison, but once people start dying, she finds out about this big conspiracy. I’ve always wanted to write something with elementals, so this is me finally fulfilling that.
4) What are some of your goals for the future?
Well, I want to publish a novel. That’s always been my goal, really. I certainly have a better chance of it now than I did 8 years ago. The key to that, of course, is actually finishing something. So I guess my first goal is to get this story finished and polished. Some other goals I have are getting my degree and growing my editing clientele.
5) How can we support you?
You can hire me to edit something for you! I do all kinds of fiction, working on everything from structural issues to grammar. When I get around to submitting things again, I’ll have links to them on my site, too.
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Keri’s website is https://kerikarandrakis.com/.  You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook & Linkedin.

The King, The Advisor & The Peasant – Published!

As of June 24th I officially published The King, The Advisor & The Peasant.  You can now find it on Payhip.  The link can be found here:  https://payhip.com/b/pcYs

The King, The Advisor & The Peasant is a satirical short story, following a peasant through an audience with a King who may or may not be a donkey.  The story goes downhill very quickly, The King is insane, the Advisor greedy, and the Peasant dead. Long live the King. 

Thanks to all my patrons this story is completely free!  To receive first access to all that I publish, check out my Patreon.