The Journey Back to Earth

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Whew, finally getting around to reviewing some books for #writingwednesday!

First up, Versions of the Self (poetry) by Christy Birmingham.

Linky links:

Amazon

Goodreads

Christy Birmingham’s When Women Inspire blog: https://whenwomeninspire.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/christybis

Review:

I’ve followed Christy Birmingham’s blog for years, and, likewise, she’s been a strong supporter of mine. I think she was one of, if not the first, who purchased my book of poetry when I self-published (Oh, Createspace, how I miss thee!). But this is the space for honest reviews, and, being an honest, ethical, straight-arrow type, with a healthy dose of blunt forthrightness, here goes my honest review. (Please, stick with me to the end of the review.)
I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book, the first time I read through it. I felt somewhat removed from the poems within, and I couldn’t understand why. As a woman, going through what seems a similar journey of self-transformation, why was I feeling unsettled? Why didn’t it grab me straight from the beginning?
It wasn’t until I sat down to write this review that I realised what was giving me this sense of disquiet. I spend a lot of time in other realms. The theme of my own poetry book is all about journeys to other worlds. Alternate dimensions, astral travel, tandem dreaming, visits to fairyland–however you want to classify it, it has very little to do with the “real” world. And my short stories reflect more of the same–fantastical, surreal, spooky, and a little escapist (or so I hope!). I spend so much time up here in my head, or a million miles from it, that I’m not very present. I constantly receive gentle instructions to become more grounded, to visualise coming down into my feet. But it’s not a place where I’m most comfortable. I want the deep vastness of space; of the ocean. Of anywhere but here on Earth.
Christy’s poems reflect exactly that sort of grounded earthiness I’m constantly trying to avoid. Being present, being in the moment. Being real, no matter how much it hurts. Or how confusing it is. From my way-out-there, interdimensional traveller perspective, I see her as a very present poet. And I’m also not used to reading that in poetry.
And it’s a necessary, and lovely, stability in the rareness of the feeling her poetry inspires. With each poem brings another block to lay on the foundation under my feet. As a woman, as a denizen of this planet no matter how much I dream myself otherwise, she connects me back to the Earth under my feet; to my own “Version of Self” that connects with lines of her poems.
“Gliding under Water” reminds me of the simplicity of being a young girl in a pool; a time where my sensory experiences were more immediate. Though her work is titled “Versions of the Self,” I see it more as a stripping away of those versions to achieve a strong core, bringing us along with her as she goes back to basics. To having strong roots. And water, ironically, also helps root the reader in a very real, relatable experience of loss and change, in her poem “Within a Few Feet”. We have no choice to be present right along with the poet, because her pain is ours. It’s a pain that, sadly, lies in most women, and maybe the human race in general.
Lastly, she reminds me that it’s okay to be down here, in the muck and mire that is Earth, to “start at the bottom” (from “Bottom of the Waterway”). Because it’s only from there that we will learn to fly.

Author Giveaway for Star Wars Day!

Chewbacca.

Princess Leia.

Today’s Star Wars Day is tinged with sadness.

So I decided to host a giveaway of my poetry book, Quantum Singularity: A Poetic Voyage through Time and Space, in honor of Star Wars. Or to just take you all out of this dimension for a spell.

I’ll be giving away four copies.

Because, you know, “May the Fourth Be With You”! 

Message me on Twitter (I’ll need your snail mail address to mail the book to you, just FYI) at https://twitter.com/WillowCroft16 , or use the message form on my blog (or post up in the comments if you’re interested and we’ll work out the details).

Important details about the giveaway:

  • I had to rate my book 18+ on Amazon because of language, so the same applies here in the giveaway, just for posterity. I’ll need you to state that you’re 18 and up if you want a copy of the book.
  • I’m only giving away four copies of the book. First four people that express interest will get the freebie book copies, and I’ll make that determination to the best of my ability. (That is, if anyone enters!). It’s open on the blog and on Twitter, so selection will also be prey to a factor of randomness.
  • I see similar blurbs like this for book giveaways, so sending you the book doesn’t mean you are obligated in any way, for anything, whether it’s leaving a review, or…well, I don’t know what else people would think getting a free book would obligate them for, but let this disclaimer cover it, I suppose, or anything else that might make me liable in a court of law. It’s just a book, and a tea sample, that I’ll be sending you.
  • I’ll need your email, but I promise not to spam you, snail mail style. Or sell your mailing address. Or use it to mail you a puffin. Because that would also be illegal.
  • Entering the giveaway is no guarantee you will receive a free copy of the book. 
  •  The contest ends at 11:11 pm MST (United States). I’ll try to notify you by 11:11 pm MST the following day, which will be Sunday, May 5th, if you won a copy of the book. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Green Apples and Greener Grass

It’s been a topsy-turvy, roller coaster of a week.

On the good side, though, things seem to be looking up.

The notable San Francisco bookstore, Green Apple Books, is now carrying my poetry book, Quantum Singularity: A Poetic Voyage Through Time and Space. I am tickled…well, green, in this case! It’s at the Books on the Park  location on 9th Avenue: http://www.greenapplebooks.com/book/9781546682141.

Even more wonderful–green apples are my favourite (accompanied with a nice aged cheddar). How awesome of a synchronicity is that? And it certainly fits in with the theme in the poetry book, in more ways than one. “…I reached for you and caught apples on a string…” (from a poem in the book).

Thanks to Green Apple Books! Don’t forget to support your local bookstore!

Also, Seattle Book Review wrote a lovely review about my poetry book: https://seattlebookreview.com/product/quantum-singularity-a-poetic-voyage-through-time-and-space/.

I took the week off from the current day job for certification training in a different line of work (hence the “greener grass” part). The training for this potential new day job was held at the Hilton Santa Fe. In the letter that was sent around, it stated that lunch would be provided. I was thinking a sandwich tray and chips, so the first day I brought my own lunch (being vegetarian). I was not expecting what was actually provided. In the morning session, there was coffee, tea and pastries and/or muffins laid out. Lunch was a hot buffet with a salad bar, and even dessert. Afternoon? More hot coffee and tea, and a snack. This went on for all five days. Talk about feeling spoiled. (And, yes, there was a period of harsh adjustment when I resumed the current day job this week.) I can’t tell you how much I missed the hour lunch and the delicious meals. So, if I pass the test, I will be certified by the State of New Mexico and able to seek work in a new, up-and-coming field. If I do obtain my certification, I’ll have much pondering and planning to do re: the next stage of my life. And the transition will be an intense one.

For now, though, I’m behind in a lot of things on my to-do list on the business front. Including blog-writing and all kinds of other writing.

Anyone else playing catch-up? A blogger I follow (we’re related somehow, somewhere, sometime along the family tree, I believe) seems to be having a like week month: http://elaineorr.blogspot.com/2018/02/have-you-ever-had-one-of-thosemonths.html.

How’s your week/month/New Year coming along? Productive and enjoyable, I hope!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Voyage Begins…

 

“Quantum Singularity is a voyage through time and space. This poetic journey crosses oceans, traverses other realms, gets lost in the past, and disappears into the future. Choose the right path; the path that leads to the corner of Cosmos and Infinity, and the way will never be lost.”

You are welcome to join me on my voyage through time and space.

Purchase your ticket here:

https://www.createspace.com/7159342

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1546682147

I’ll be planning some visits to the Goodreads realm, as soon as my author page is up.

Hope you enjoy the magic!