Am I Reading This Right??

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1,000? What? This really is a huge, huge deal to me. I cannot believe that anyone would take time out of their day to read a word of mine, nonetheless, over 1,000 people reading my poetry. This is crazy. You all are crazy. I’m crazy.
Thank you so much for following, commenting, liking, and reading. Your encouragement and support means the world to me and I deeply appreciate each and every one of you! 🙂

Stop the 2015 Yulin Festival

Animals are more compassionate than most humans. How anyone could do this to these poor creatures, I will never understand. The animals in meat processing plants were born and bred specifically for that purpose, and they are treated much more humanely than these dogs are. No living creature should be tortured and forced to suffer just for any “festival.” Their lives are much more precious than the meat off their bones.

Please, please, please take a few moments and sign the petition to help save these animals: https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-people-s-republic-of-china-stop-the-yulin-dog-meat-eating-festival

I Just Want to Brag for a Moment…

I don’t usually praise myself for doing well in things- I always talk myself into believing that it was a mistake, but this time, I really am proud of myself.

I wrote my poem, What are You Thinking for a contest on the site, All Poetry. I just wrote this on a whim, and it was the first contest I entered on that site. Well, 590 people entered that contest, and I ended up being one of the top 8 who were chosen as winners. Considering that I have basically no poetry background and that I was going up against long-time poets, I really do think this is an accomplishment. It inspires me to continue doing what I’m doing. Maybe I have some sort of a knack for it? Who knows, but right now, I’m feeling pretty good.

Here’s the results:
http://allpoetry.com/contest/2647603-New-Member-Contest—May-2015

This is also a great time to thank everyone who has supported me, reads my poetry, and follows my blog. If I didn’t have you, I don’t know if I would have continued to write. And if I didn’t keep writing, I don’t know where I would be. It is my solace and constant. It keeps me sane and helps me through tough times. So thank you all for always being there and holding faith in me. 🙂

Publishing??

It has been so long since I have been able to post and I apologize. I am half-way finished with my grueling summer class schedule and am hopeful that I will have time to write and post more than I’ve had the chance to this past month.

I have a question for anyone who may be able answer.

I have written a simple, short chapbook and would like to attempt to get it published, or figure out how to self-publish it and sell it (for a very minimal cost) just to see if there really is any potential market for my writing. My question is: Do you know of any publishers that are currently accepting submissions for poetry? And, if not, do you know how I could self-publish and sell a pdf version on my blog?

I’ve been researching this and have had no luck whatsoever. If you have any advice or knowledge about this, please share! I would really appreciate your help 🙂

The Liebster Award

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Shubhada, Julia, and Ayushi nominated me for the Liebster Award!

Thank you, Shubhada, Julia, and Ayushi it really means a lot to me that you considered me for this blog award. 🙂 If you haven’t, check them out:

Shubhada: https://loveexpressing.wordpress.com/
Julia: https://myredpage.wordpress.com/
Ayushi: https://fourwindsinajar.wordpress.com/


Here are the rules of the award (I didn’t follow most of them):

– Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.

– Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.

– Nominate other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award.

– Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.

– Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make ten questions of your own for your nominees.

– Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.


Since I’m late doing this and have three to do, I’m just going to choose three of each of their questions.

Here are the questions I chose that were asked by Shubhada:

1. Where would your dream house be situated? And what would it be? (A cottage, a bungalow, a flat, a caravan, anything!)

Actually, I have always dreamed of living in a little cottage, in the middle of the woods. Surrounded by nothing but solitude and nature. But with wifi and cell service, of course.

2. Which character from a novel are you similar to?

I haven’t had much time to read many novels lately (school and work overload), the last one I finished was Paper Towns by John Green, and I saw quite a bit of myself in the main character, Q. He had a problem accepting people for who they were, wishing for them to be the way he wanted them to be. I have this same habit. There were other small quirks he had that matched my personality and habits, but I can’t remember specifially.

3. Are you more of an extrovert or an introvert?

I am an introverted extrovert. I love to keep to myself, I hate group gatherings and parties, but I LOVE talking to people.


Now, for Julia’s questions:

1. Why do you blog?

I blog simply because I felt like I had something to say and no one to share it with. I wanted to share my thoughts with the world, see if anyone maybe feels the same, grow as a writer, and meet new people.

2. What is the simplest thing that makes you smile?

Cats. I love, love, love any and all things cats.

3. Best compliment you’ve received?

One of the best compliments I think I’ve received, recently at least, was honestly from Danica, who has compared my writing to Emily Dickinson. I actually hadn’t ever looked at her work until after she made that comparison, but since, I have fallen in love with her writing and I take that as the highest compliment.


Last but not least, Ayushi’s questions:

1. Any two things about yourself you are proud of.

I am proud of myself for the grades I keep in college considering I work full time and take full course loads. I work really hard and it’s one of the few things in life that I really pride myself in. Another thing I am proud of is who I am as a person and the beliefs and morals I hold and stand by. I rarely let myself down, and that’s a big deal to me.

2. One of your favorite writing of your own.

Definitely my poem, “The Storm.” It was one of the first that I wrote, I didn’t post it on here until fairly recently though. It was an experiment, I just thought “I’ll write the alphabet and see what happens.” As I was writing it, there was no meaning at all, I was just putting words and making it rhyme and I wrote it in about 10 minutes with no revisions. When I went back through and read it though, I couldn’t believe that it made any sense at all. It has been my favorite piece ever since. I don’t know if I’ll ever measure up to that again, haha.

3. One thing you want to change about this world.

I want to change the way people look at other people- the way they think about other people. I feel as if everyone goes through life believing that other people are just capsules of air and blood- that have no spirit. I want people to look at other’s and see the person, not just the body.


And the nominees are…..

https://sasha1587.wordpress.com/

https://wordsbyjustincase.wordpress.com/

https://stephaniecardozo.wordpress.com/

https://burningrock408.wordpress.com/

https://thoughtsofagirlnamedvierareign.wordpress.com/


Now for my questions:

1. Do you ever plan to write/do you already write anything beyond your blog? (Novels, chapbooks, journalism, etc.)

2. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

3. What is your biggest pet peeve?

4. Where is your favorite place on earth?

5. Who is your role model?

6. Do you have any weird or secret talents?

7. What inspired or provoked you to begin your blog?

8. Who is your favorite movie character?

9. If you could chose a color to symbolize yourself, what color would it be and why?

10. Do you prefer hand writing or typing your writing/poetry?


I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to respond to this. I have a lot going on with school, I’ve had several interviews for a new job (keeping my fingers crossed!), my current job, and some family/personal stress. Please don’t take my delay in posting as a sign of ungratefulness, I really am thankful for your support of my writing and my blog and for the nominations 🙂

My First Chapbook

Well, this is daunting.
I have decided I want to publish a chapbook. I’m just trying to get started, so I’m considering creating a pdf and selling it on here. Then move into bigger markets if possible.
I don’t know what I’m doing, and each time I search the internet for advice, I see hundreds upon hundreds of people striving for the same thing I am.
What makes me any different from all of them?
Why do I think I have a chance at succeeding?
How do I know if my poetry is even worth paying a cent for?
Who would read it… nonetheless, who would buy it?
Where do I sell and promote it?
All of these questions and worries keep ringing in my mind. But I’m determined to do this. Even if it doesn’t sell at all, I can say I finished a book. And that’s an achievement in itself.
So, I have my theme, I have a few poems, and I have the drive and desire. Now, I just need the confidence to actually do this.

WOW!

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All I can say is WOW! Thank you! Today was an eventful day for me and my blog! I never imagined reaching over 600 followers AND over 100 likes on one of my poems AND doing it on the same day! I’m so thankful for all of you who have put your time toward reading/liking/commenting on my pieces and my blog.
I’m still growing as a writer and poet and I’m entirely grateful for those of you who have and continue to support me along the way.
Thank you!

Reading/Writing Poetry

Does poetry need to be obscure?

I read a large amount of poetry on this site, and many poems I come across are so difficult to decipher. Using vague terms and strange allusions- forcing the reader to either analyze the writing or move on from it.

This poses a question to me.

Is it me, disinterested in the poem or not favoring the style or language presented? Or, is it simply poor writing?

Then, I am faced with another wondering.

I know I come across a number of these posts/poems a day. So, how many people have read one of mine and thought to themselves, “wow that was bad” or have just stopped reading several lines in?

Personally, word choice is a big aspect of poetry to me-more than the actual subject of the piece. If someone crams nothing but academic language, gargon, and “big words” into their poems, I, most likely, won’t enjoy it. Each word serves it’s own purpose. And no two words mean the exact same thing, so I think it is crucial to find the word that precisely suits the tone and emotion of the piece.

As writers, we can be our own worst critcs, but we also know more about our writing than anyone else, so it can be hard determining whether someone outside of our exact realm of knowledge would be able to accurately grasp the concept being expressed throughout our works.

So, I have some general questions:
Is there a particular aspect of poetry you find more important than others?
What do you find the most difficult about writing/reading poetry?

And a more personal one:
Is there something about my poetry that you would suggest I work on or consider changing?

Hopefully Soon

I just wanted to quickly thank everyone for being patient with me. I haven’t had much time to post or give much notice to other blogs lately, and I apologize for that.

This is my last week of this semester, then I have one week without school before I begin my summer classes. However, I hope I will have time throughout the summer to post and respond more.

The stress of school is starting to get to me, but I only have 2 more tests and 2 more big assignments to finish, then this semester’s stressors will finally be over! Just in time for next semesters to start. Anyway… hopefully I can get back to my routine and start writing more often than time had allowed this month.

Thank you again for sticking around for me:)