Poetry Pact Blog Hop Continues

Hey gang! Remember today continues the Poetry Pact Blog Hop. If you haven’t seen everyone’s posts about secret clubs they’ve been in, be sure to check ’em out today. HERE’s the linky link.

The proceeds to purchasing the anthology goes to Direct Relief International, a non-profit organization committed to helping those suffering from poverty, civil unrest, and disasters. The paperback is available at Amazon for $4.50 and the Kindle version for $2.99.

SO, do you guys write poetry? What do you like or dislike about it?

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Have a great weekend, everyone! 🙂

Poetry Pact Blog Hop

Today starts the Poetry Pact Bloghop where participants share a story or anecdote of a secret pact they participated in.

You can read posts today and Friday, June 29th. Blog hop participants HERE.

Be sure to check out the Poetry Pact collection of poems by several members of the Poetry Pact. Remember, the proceeds to purchasing the anthology goes to Direct Relief International, a non-profit organization committed to helping those suffering from poverty, civil unrest, and disasters. The paperback is available at Amazon for $4.50 and the Kindle version for $2.99. (Thanks, Lydia, for this info!)

I don’t have any exciting secret memberships to share, so I’m going to let Nickie, the MC of my YA shapeshifter novel, SHIFTING PRIDE, share her secret.

Hi gang!

Laura asked me to help her out today by sharing a secret. It’s kind of strange to put this out there, because I’ve had to keep it quiet for so long, but here goes.

*deep breath*

Okay, my secret:

I can transform into a panther. Yup. Freaky, right? I know. The crappy thing is, I didn’t find out I could shapeshift until I was 16. As if figuring out school, and boys, and studying lines for Drama Club wasn’t hard enough. Geez.

Anyway, there it is. My secret.

How about you? What kind of secret clubs have you been in?

Taking a Break…

Hey gang.

I’m taking a  blogging break this week. I’ll return on Wednesday, June 27 to participate in The Poetry Pact Bloghop.

Click here, to see Lydia’s post on the topic and to sign up.

The Poetry Pact book is a compilation (at the behest of Angela Felsted and Richard Merrill) of poems from a group of UBER-TALENTED poets. All proceeds are being donated to Direct Relief International, a non-profit organization committed to helping those suffering from poverty, civil unrest, and disasters.

See you guys then!

(Amazon link)

Twisted Velvet Chains by Jessica Bell–A Review

I’m so honored to present to you my thoughts of author, blogger, and musician, Jessica Bell’s poetry collection, Twisted Velvet Chains!

I “met” Jessica through her blog, The Alliterative Allomorph. I’m continually blown away (in a good way) by her insights, humor, and talent for writing. (And musicians are just cool, right?) 😉

Anyway, while reading Twisted Velvet Chains, I was struck by the picture Jessica paints with words and phrases. In a lot of ways, I could feel myself falling into the emotions, thoughts, and turmoil of the poems. Watching the progression from childhood to adulthood evoked anger, tension, a sense of injustice, and sorrow in me.

I don’t write this to turn you away from the book, not at all! I point it out because very few things strike me so strongly. When it happens, I recognize it for what it is: a sign of incredible talent, bravery in the face of vulnerability (it takes a hell of a lot of guts to expose yourself on paper for all to see), and the mind of someone who’s been through a lot, but continues to strive and survive.

Here’s a blurb I found on Jessica’s webpage (really, it’s so accurate, that I can’t say it better myself!):

Twisted Velvet Chains is a collection of poems which follows the experiences of one woman growing up with a bipolar, drug addicted, gothic musician mother. Each poem represents specific moments of their life that embrace vivid rich imagery, and illustrate the turmoil of emotions both experience while together. The collection is divided into four parts that flow one into the other from childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and post-death.

Thanks, Jessica for sharing this work. Definitely worth the read!

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget to check out Sarah’s response to Deb’s question about the muse, personified!

Flake-out Friday–Trying Something New

On January 1st, I joined a group of writers and poets who committed to sharing poetry with one another throughout the year. Some ponied up and vowed to write a poem daily, while others opted to share a poem once a month. I took the moderate road, and promised to post one poem a week.

It’s been SO much fun! And let me tell you, these people are *Talented* with a capital T.

Confession: I’ve read some poetry over the years, but do not claim to be an expert, and let me tell you, writing it is challenging! I feel like a newbie writer all over again, LOL!

And I use humor to deal with feelings of inadequacy, so…

 

Savage Chickens - Love Poem

(I’m pretty much waiting for one of the other group members to give me this response. LOL!)