You heard it here first!

A Song for All Seasons, my latest poetry book, is now available for pre-order at Amazon and Smashwords!

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A Song for All Seasons is my second poetry book and features poems on the beauty of the world around me, as well as a few musings on life, love, and everything in between.  A print version is also in the works, and I’ve set March 13 for the release day.

I’m pretty excited, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading these poems as much as I enjoy writing them. 🙂

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Writing 201: Poetry Potluck

Saturday brought with it a special challenge from the good people at the Daily Post: Share one of your favorite poems, written by someone other than yourself.  Being a lover of poetry, that’s a tall order for me, but I finally settled on Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee”:

It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

The poet speaks

callumWith me today is Callum McLaughlin, author of The VesselFalse Awakening, and Seeking Solace.  He’s graciously agreed to talk poetry with me, and I hope you’ll have as much fun reading about his work as I did. 🙂

KK: So, how long have you been writing poetry?

CM: I’ve been writing in virtually every capacity since childhood. My earliest memory specifically associated with poetry is when I won a school competition aged 10 and I’ve been interested in the art form ever since. The poems included in Seeking Solace were written throughout the last couple of years, which is when I’d say I started really taking it seriously and falling more and more in love with it.

KK: We have something in common there – I wrote my first poem at age ten for a summer homework assignment. 🙂  What got you interested in poetry?

Seeking Solace

Seeking SolaceLast October, I was fortunate to host Callum McLaughlin, a wonderful writer who was publishing a new novel.  Well, today he’s back, this time with a poetry book called Seeking Solace:

Seeking Solace is a collection of sixty poems that span a variety of topics and touch on universal aspects of modern life, from nature and war to friendship, love and grief, with many others in between.

From the very air we breathe to the wholly make-believe, regardless of whether inspiration has come from the world around us or the most whimsical of dreams, the one common thread that unites them all is a desire to create poetry that is both approachable and relatable.

Seeking Solace released earlier this week, and it looks fantastic.  I love reading poetry as much as I love writing it, and this book makes me want to hold on and not let go.  And I haven’t even read it yet!  But how could you not love a book with such a beautiful cover?

Besides, I’ve got an amazing excerpt:

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I could stare at this image all day (and indeed, I just might).  But where can you get your copy?  So glad you asked!  Seeking Solace is available from Amazon and Amazon UK, and you can also find it on Goodreads.  And stay tuned, because I’ll be interviewing the author himself in a future post!

Have a great weekend, and enjoy Seeking Solace! 🙂

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I’ve got a guest!

Today I’m happy to have a poem by the lovely Tokoni O. Uti, a fellow poet from just across the way:

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Photo credit: @inspiredfashio1

 

And here’s Tokoni to tell us a little more about herself:

I am a Nigerian Student and Poet. I grew up in Lagos and began writing when I was 11. I am currently a student at Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria. I have been published on the Huffington Post, San Diego Free Press, S Magazine, Op-Ed News, Space Bar Magazine, The Brooklyn Reader, Collective Lifestyle Media and the Portsmouth Daily Times.

You can find more of her great poetry and other things over on her blog, Beautiful Insanity.  Stop by and look around, yeah?  She’s got some neat things on display.

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Photo 365 #180

Some of my new pencils and my current WIP, an experiment in narrative poetry commissioned by Miss Tadpole:

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I’m having a lot of fun with this project, though I suspect I’d be having more fun if I didn’t feel like my head was stuffed with cotton balls.  Go away, cold!  No one wants you!

Now, where did I put that VapoRub?

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Authors to Watch

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If you haven’t heard of it already, Authors to Watch is a fantastic blog run by the lovely and talented Tricia Drammeh. She features author interviews, book recommendations, and all sorts of other writerly awesomeness. And today she’s featuring me!

We talk about poetry, writing, and inspirations, and I’d love it if you’d head on over and check it out. But don’t just read my interview – check out the others as well! Tricia’s interviewed loads of brilliant authors, and I’m sure she – and they – would love it if you stopped by. Who knows? You might find a new favorite book or a new favorite author! 🙂

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Photo 365 #175

Last night, the sun set on my thirtieth year.  And what a glorious sunset it was!

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See?  Toldja it was pretty. 🙂

It’s been a great birthday today, even if it has left me thinking a lot about my mom.  I’m now the same age she was when she died (or at least I will be come August), and it’s got me thoughtful.  Luckily, I’ve got some great friends who’ve done a fantastic job of keeping my spirits high today, and I want to share the happy with you all.

So!  I’m running a special on Tuesday Daydreams.  From now through Monday, you can pick up a copy (if you don’t have one already) for $1.50 (regular price is $2.99).  Just go to Smashwords and enter coupon code FE67Z at checkout.  You can also pick up a copy at Amazon.

I hope you all have a fabulous Thursday.  See ya back here tomorrow! 🙂

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Why do I write what I write?

Jenny at readsbyredriverbanks asked me to take part in the Writer’s Blog Tour last weekend, and I’ve finally taken a few minutes to sit down and type up a post.  I did a post on the same topic back in May, when the ever-lovely Tricia Drammeh asked me to take part.  That time I answered the questions with more of a focus on my fiction writing, but this time I decided to focus a bit more on my poetry.

TDSWWhy do I write what I do?
I write poetry because it’s something I’ve always enjoyed reading.  I remember as a kid I spent a whole afternoon in one of the trees out at my grandparents’ place writing poems about my summer vacation as a school project.  I used to really like free verse, and sometimes I still write a bit of it, but I’ve found haiku to be an interesting challenge, and it’s really quite satisfying to be able to cram a world of emotion into 17 syllables.

What am I working on?
I’m still working on…

Authors to Watch features Tuesday Daydreams!

TDSWAuthors to Watch is a great blog run by my good friend Tricia Drammeh that features books and authors of all stripes. Today, she featured Tuesday Daydreams: A Journal in Verse!  You can check out her post here.

But she’s not the only one who’s been talking about Tuesday Daydreams lately – Joleene Naylor and DM Yates have, as well.  Joleene’s post is here and Donna’s is here.

All three of these ladies are talented authors in their own right and you should be sure to check out their books as well as mine.  Tricia’s books include the Spellbringers series and Better Than Perfect, among others.  Joleene writes the Amaranthine books, where vampires and glitter don’t mix.  DM Yates writes fantasy novels and poetry, and you can find out more about her books here.

Make sure to spread the love, and check out all of these wonderful books today!

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