Jilted Lover

11 05 2015

Jilted Lover, I’m quite certain that’s how my blog feels right about now. I’ve not made an update since my November trip to Beaufort (which went wonderfully by the way). So I should probably catch you up on the writerly things going on…

I have successfully finished my first year of graduate school and am passing with a 4.0 (all that writing/studying is why I’ve been so distant lately, sorry bloggers). It feels great to be back in school though I do admit it has completely taken over my life. In other news, I will be teaching English Composition 101 to my very own class of college freshmen next semester.

I have been writing like crazy: flash fiction, short fiction, lengthy memoir pieces, and of course, poetry. I have several pieces sent out to journals across the nation… still waiting to hear back from them though.

The newest editions of the Birmingham Poetry Review and PoemMemoirStory are out and available for your reading pleasure. These are two publications that I am on staff with. So you should go read those things considering how much time I and my colleagues spent on them. Wonderful publications.

Tonight I got to sit with several published writers and listen to their journey down the publishing path. It seems very complicated and daunting, but I’m up for the challenge. I guess I have to actually finish something first don’t I? I have been working on my illustrations and hope to have several more lino cuts done by the end of summer (actually I hope to have all of them done.) Here’s a peek at the most recent one I’ve finished.

hashimotoI still feel like I have forever to go. Just chewing through it one bit at a time.

oh and I did just get back from Monroeville (the literary capital of Alabama). Some pretty exciting things happened on that trip but that’s another blog posts. Don’t worry I promise I’ll post it soon! anyway, hope things are well in your world!

~Cheers for now!

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Here We Go Again…

19 11 2014

Hey Guys!

I know it’s been a minute but I just wanted to pop in here and dash off a quick post. In about an hour I will be well on my way to Beaufort North Carolina to do some research for a novel I’m working on. My Momma has decided to team up and come along. I consider this her contribution to the literary world (you know, aside from birthing me and all).

Anyway, we are both very excited and cannot wait to find the pule of this little town. I’ll check back in with y’all sometime soon. Hope life is going well for you!

Cheers!





Grad school doth be no joke

7 10 2014

Just kidding. So, I’m in graduate school now and it’s great. I’m a grad assistant so the college has basically decided to pay me to go to school. I think I’ve officially become a professional student. But we all knew that was gonna happen, right? By contract I had to give up all my other jobs, 3 or 4 of them. I think. I stopped counting a very long time ago. I actually don’t get out of bed before 8am now. WHO KNEW SLEEPING IN WAS A THING? And yes, 8am is sleeping in. I’ve also seen more of my family in the last 6 weeks than I have in the last 8 months and it is glorious. It’s amazing the things I now have time for. family, friends, sleeping, writing, HIKING, and thinking. I have certainly missed just being able to sit and ponder things.

I am now also a member of the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. But I may have told you that already. I don’t remember. Anyway, I’m looking forward to getting some of my picture book ideas peer reviewed and hopefully will find an agent for them. There are so many possibilities swimming around and I’m very excited about it all.

Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say hey. If any of you are working on something new, feel free to share in the comments box. I love making new friends and sharing ideas!

~Cheers





Sneak Peaks

15 06 2013

Hey you guys!

I write this not from the inconsistent bulge of the fitness ball (they took that away from me.) But from the edge of a 20 gallon trash can. I live for adaptation. (though to be honest the rim is sort of cutting into my thighs; I cannot feel my toes.)

Alright well time to follow through on some promises and share with you some synopsis of the works I’ve been laboring over. Sarah’s gonna kill me that I’m working on so many at one time. But she’s in Hawaii so what’s she gonna do? (um, that’s just a joke. She would find a way.)

I have two primary works that take up the majority of my efforts and then a third which just keeps hanging out:

Tabitha (working title but it may stick for good): I’m going all Lord of the Rings on this one. It’s a fantasy novel set in a world of Celtic Mythology. So it’s all about fairies, dragons and so forth. The story line is very complex so it would take a while to explain it all. But summed up Tabitha is the princess of the Fae realm and has to figure out how to save her world before the Terrors destroy everything. It already checks in at over 70,000 words and counting. The story line keeps expanding though so there is a great possibility that this will wind up as a trilogy.

Joshua Burnam and the Killer Cereal: This is a middle grade novel that I’ve been working on since the age of 12 or 13. I just finished the first draft of it last July. (I sure did take my sweet time didn’t I?) Anyway I have been working on the revisions and my goal is to have an agent ready manuscript by December. I’m over halfway done with the edits and still have 6 months left so I think I can do it. The book is about Joshua Burnam who is the world’s best detective. He is head strong, prideful and gets into unending amounts of trouble. Thankfully Manafred his trusty assistant is always there to help him out of a pinch. Told from Josh’s point of view, the story follows these two blokes in their quest to save the world from an evil genius who is trying to take over the world through the use of mind controlling cereal. Note: comes complimentary with lots of laughs and a healthy suspicion of what really resides in your breakfast. Runs around 40,000 words

le Madame: oh boy. Ok, so here I tell the story of a prostitute in 19th century Europe who wants to be a writer but whom  no one wants to publish because of her shady profession. Tides turn when a Christian publishing firm contacts her about possible publication and the stipulations it involves. This is a story of  autonomy, temptation, and forgiveness for loved ones who have had damaging influences. I’m only a few chapters in but am loving the character development and the situational stresses they are enduring.

 

Anyway, mix that awesomeness up with all my jobs and school and you have one busy chikie. And that’s not even including the host of poems, memoirs and short fiction I’ve been working away on. One day all this effort will pay off. But right now I’m enjoying the journey. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go rub the life back into the lower half of my body so that I can get back to work.

Cheers!





Appalling Literature or a Children’s Book?

7 09 2012

So in my many jobs that I have held I find myself again working with children. Which with my sights set on being a children’s author this is pretty well okie dokie by me. What I’m not fine with is having an adorable little tyke trot up to me and deposit a book in my lap. The issue isn’t in that they want me to read the book, I absolutely love verbal storytelling. My problem comes in that of all the books they had to pick this one…

Oh sure it was all cute and nice to begin with. The illustrations are well done and the story line is relatable and engaging. I began to read this book aloud when I came to THIS…

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The bully character in this book is named Micky Badazz… yup that’s right Badazz….Now this book is marketed as an appropriate book to read to your lovely innocent four year old. Alright, ok, since when is it acceptable to include thinly veiled adult language in a book that is geared for children barley older than toddlers? In my opinion it’s never ok to do this. As a matter of fact I find it down right appalling, contemptible and find the author to be in bad taste. For shame on you Damon Burnard! I was so irked by his blatant disregard for his audience that I immediately started flipping through the book to find out what other hazardous material I would have to watch out for. The name appeared two or three more times but that was it. Poor little tyke looked up at me while I was skimming the rest of the story and proceeded to inform me that “I can’t hear it when you’re not reading the story.” Sorry bub… just keeping your best interests at heart.

It is because of ridiculous junk like this that my mission to be a children’s author is impressed even more upon me. If there is one thing I cannot stand its people who find it amusing to callous the innocent to mature things. Sure you might think that I’m over reacting. Its only one word right? Well what happens after that one word? I’ll tell you what happens… the next thing you know it will be larger more life altering issues, not just creating filthy vocabularies… no it will be sex, drugs, money, power, greed… once the misuse these things is made acceptable it leads to the break down of social structure and to moral decay. Look what’s already being presented to your teenagers on TV…. Look what’s starting to creep its way into your 4 year old’s books…..








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