OctPoWriMo, The Reverie and a Poem

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YouTube Famous

I thought I knew you.

You’d been there for me.

The relationship was easy.

You talked.

I listened.

But you weren’t really saying anything.

I liked the way your lips moved.

How your head tilted to the side

When you felt really sincere.

We never shared the same space,

But I was with you when (11)

You went to dinner,

When you broke up with your girlfriend.

When you played a joke on your best friend.

I thought we were connected when I

Posted that comment and you replied.

When I wrote that post and you reblogged.

When you asked for my number and

I sent it.

When you asked for nudes

And I sent them. (21)

I thought I knew you.

But these tears flooding my face

Tell me I’m wrong.

And these fears crowding my heart

Tell me I should’ve stayed strong.

I mattered only when I was a number on your screen.

Fame validated.

Can’t keep this secret.

Video recorded.

Truth Revealed


Hey everyone! The Reverie Poetry Journal. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it to you before. Last week was our first link up and it was amazing. We were really pleased with the response. So much talent! This week is to get you in the mood for OctPoWriMo–with the 31 lines of poetry challenge. (Because there’s 31 days in October. You get it.) Here’s more about that prompt here. I wrote this piece in response to that prompt. I can’t enter my link though, but you can enter yours! On Friday, everyone’s poem for the prompt will be linked up and Saturday folks can vote on their favorite. Sunday the winner will be revealed and we will promote the winner.

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There’s also some other things going on at The Reverie Poetry Journal. We have a magazine that will come out twice a year. An anthology on an annual basis. And if you’d like to be featured on our blog on Wednesday, you should definitely let us know. These are all things that are explained over at the blog. You should check it out. If you know who are interested in poetry, send ‘em over. So much going on, so much to share!

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It’s getting closer to October 1st. I’m going to be doing OctPoWriMo this year. What’s that? That’s when I try to write a poem every day for the month of October. I know some of you have been wondering if I’ll ever write poetry again. Yup, I was just concentrating on other things, because I knew this was right around the corner. I’ll be writing a weekly prompt for that challenge as well. I started this month in fact. Here’s a post I wrote about being a spoken word poet.

Thanks for reading, I really appreciate it. I may expand on the poem more as a spoken word piece. Or I may record a video with a piece from my collection. Either way, you’ll be getting a video soon.

Hey are you following me on Twitter? I highly recommend it. I send out links about writing tips n tricks, interesting articles, poetry quotes, basically all the things. You can click over there in the sidebar to follow me if you aren’t yet.

Aloha y’all! 

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The Fault is Not In Our Stars (VIDEO)

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This week is Banned Book Week. Have you heard about it? In the U.S. there are schools all across the country, who challenge or ban books that they feel is inappropriate. It could be that the book has witchcraft in it (Harry Potter) or in the case of the Fault in Our Stars by John Green, he talks about death and teen sex. It seems like a massive measure to coddle that doesn’t serve any real end purpose other than possibly discouraging kids to read. And maybe making adults feel more comfortable. If a book is banned then it can’t be taught, stocked in the library or even accepted as a donation at that school/school district. If you’d like to learn more, check out the ALA (American Library Association) web site. They have all sorts of info on the subject.

I have a few thoughts on this (as I’m sure you’ve already guessed):

What do you think about banning books? For it? Against it? Don’t care either way? Let me know in the comments, because I care about what you think.

Also, if you haven’t already, stop by new work in progress: The Reverie Poetry Journal. I’m working with Laura A. Lord and HastyWords to create a poetry magazine. Each Monday we’ll have a prompt, Friday you can link up your poem, Saturday you can vote and Sunday we’ll pick the winner. This winning poem is is one step closer to being published with us. Check it out. Good times, good times.

Aloha y’all!

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Book Review: My Other Ex

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Around here on Wednesdays, a couple times per month, I’m going to write up a book review. This time around, I’m going to tell you about an anthology that I was delighted to read: My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends.

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Have you ever lost a friend? Was that loss in some ways more painful than the end of a love affair?

There are somany ways that friendships can end, and this book describes 35 of them, from talented and accomplished contributors. At the heart of each essay is the recognition from each writer that she has lost something very real and very personal, a connection that will never be forgotten. Published by The  HerStories Project Press. Editors: Jessica Smock and Stephanie Spranger. Released Sept. 15, 2014

 

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. These women were brutally honest, taking the blame when needed, questioning why or freely admitting to feeling less than admirably toward an ex-friend. There are a multitude of reasons that friends grow apart, and they run the gambit here.

The book is broken up into sections:

  • When We’re Young
  • When We’re Grown Up
  • Motherhood
  • Reconciliations
  • What We Learned

“It’s these soul-connecting friendships that we hope will survive the inevitable physical and emotional separations that happen over time. When they don’t, whether the loss is a slow burnout or a blowout that shatters the seemingly unbreakable bond so completely it can never be repaired, it’s a sort of death, and it’s just the worst, because it’s so damn confusing and incomplete.” from the foreword.

These aren’t stories about the friend gone to soon after a long bout with cancer. These are the friends whose relationships were so strong that it felt like we were sisters. We cried with each other through the triumphs and shed more tears during abject failures. We were positive that this was the friendship that was unshakable, unbreakable. When it did dissolve, it was devastating.

The thing about these stories, is we’ve all lived them. The details and the faces are different, but at some point in life you’ve had a friendship gone awry. You have had a childhood bestie, whom you’ve simply grown apart. The work friend, who you realize you don’t have anything in common with- was she ever truly a friend? Even when the experiences are a stark contrast from your own, the emotions behind the stories are easily relatable. Women can be our biggest support system and rivals all rolled into one.

My Other Ex allows you to explore the complexities of relationships with each other. The Good, The Bad and the sometimes heart wrenching. I definitely recommend reading this collection of true stories. You should buy two copies and send a copy to a friend.

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