Further to yesterday’s blackout poetry fun, I thought I’d do another. Took a while to find a book I was willing to let go off, but finally settled on one.
It’s been weeks since the sponge absorbed the moisture,
soaked up all of it so the area had no trace of being wet.
But then it was left on a shelf, forgotten,
and by the time it was needed again, it was all dried out.
Once, they were white roots that spread
from the heart of the world,
seeping life while chanting song.
The song of the earth, the song of the people,
connected, one. Sprouts no matter the ground.
But then the heart was trampled, torn
from what it loved
to hold up what it despised.
Shadows crept into it, whispers of malice
disguised as pure intent, and it was too gullible not to see.
The roots morphed into bulging veins
filled with poison, and there they bled out.
After finishing my latest draft a few weeks ago, I’m taking a mini-break from writing fiction to catch up on my TBR pile and generally chill out, as I’ve had a lot of stuff going on lately.
Some of the more exciting things that have happened are:
Unofficial Detective, book one in my Half-Wizard Thordric trilogy, having now been released as an audiobook (link here).
A Book For Pandora, my full length poetry collection, also now available as an audiobook (which surprised me when my publisher suggested it, but I now think is a great idea, especially for those who find it hard to read poetry — sometimes a different medium makes all the difference — and you can find it here.)
The cover for my YA speculative fiction, The Origin Stone, being entered into All Author’s cover competition (you can vote for it here – thank you kindly!)
Poetry uploads will continue as normal, and there may even be a book review or two coming up too.
As always, thank you for reading my humble blog.
words flow like mania blood
gained turning the page.
It’s been a while since the spark of my mind
and the images it carves in the grain of my imagination
have wanted to come freely out through my fingertips
and drip into inky life on the page.
Usually, I have to drag them. Wrap my hands around their horns and heave
to get them moving. But of course, that only makes them more stubborn.
I show them pictures of the tumbleweed rolling across my notebook,
pick up handfuls of dry soil
so they can see how barren it’s become.
Guilt-tripping them all the way until they grumble into a slow shuffle
one by one, and cause ink blots everywhere as they do so.
But today they danced out to a waltz,
a festival of colours and gowns and painted masks
because I chose to let them take control of my fingers
and make the shapes they wanted to,
and not force them to bend into mine.
Hello everyone, as you probably guessed from the title, my first young adult book, The Origin Stone, was released today!
After some hassle with Youtube, I managed to upload the Q&A video I promised, which also contains a bit of background info on how the book came to be, and a reading of the first chapter.
I’d be thrilled if you could check it out and share it with anyone you think might enjoy the book.
Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is0-mc8O5Sk&t=1s
The book is available in paperback and as an ebook from the following:
As The Origin Stone’s release day draws ever closer, I wanted to invite you all to ask questions that I can answer in a Q&A video on publication day – March 31st.
I’m running it alongside giveaways for the paperback on both Facebook and Twitter, which are open internationally. Check out my pinned posts on each platform for the full rules (they’re simple).
I am treating them as two separate competitions, so if you’re on both platforms, technically you can enter twice. If the same person initially wins on both, then I’ll draw another name so that there’s still two winners.
Also, if you don’t want to be in the giveaway but do want to ask a question, feel free to do so here.
Each page is a breath, a moment of absorption
opening that hole in a tree trunk
leading you to another realm.
Life will try to follow, but the lignin
will always spur you on
to follow the printed path.
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