Blogging

Is My Blog Dead?

I’m trying to blog again after I didn’t post that much in December. I fell off my habits. But new year, new me, right?

I will be making a few changes, hopefully positive ones. I don’t plan to stop blogging, but I probably won’t post every day.

Near the end of 2018, I wasn’t at my best. I’m determined to make 2019 better. I have so many ideas in my mind that I hope to manifest in real life. I’m looking forward to the next 365 days.

Last year, I didn’t love my creative process, and in turn, I didn’t love some of the content I created. I’ll learn from my past mistakes. Now I have a better idea of what worked and what didn’t.

Going forward, I want to write and blog without overthinking every little thing. I think way too much, and sometimes my thoughts paralyze me from creating.

I started this blog out of the blue one random evening after school almost six years ago. I never looked back, and I don’t plan to anytime soon. I intend to continue posting book reviews and poems.

For now, I want to focus on enjoying the journey instead of always rushing. I love roses, so I will stop and smell them. Besides, there is no end goal or end game with my blog. I don’t have a specific destination in mind.

Thank you all for an amazing 2018. Thanks in advance for an awesome 2019.

All this to say, my blog isn’t dead. My blog will die when I die.

Writing

I’m Submitting My Writing Again

It’s about time.

As a 21-year-old, I’m not a teenager anymore. So I’ve become ineligible for a lot of contests I’ve submitted to before. But I don’t feel like an adult either. I’m not a professional writer.

I have a ton of poems I’d like to get published somewhere. Hopefully, something works out.

In addition to my creative writing, I’ll try to write an essay every now and then for scholarships. I’m still a student. I graduate next year though, which kind of freaks me out.

I love but also hate not knowing what tomorrow will bring. Nevertheless, I’m excited to see what’s in store.

These days, I feel more motivated. I want to do more and do better.

If I want to have something to show the world, first I need to show up.

Blogging

What Should I Do With My Blog?

I don’t know what to do with my blog. I’m trying to figure out the kind of content I want to create going forward.

I’m also wondering when and how often I’ll be blogging. When I first started, I set the goal of posting every day. But some days, I consider scaling it back.

I enjoy writing personal posts and poems. I’m in a poetry phase. I also haven’t been writing much prose lately. I don’t love the short stories I’ve written in the past.

Also, some of my favourite post to read and write are lists.

I plan on continuing with book reviews. I’d like to do more bookish posts, but I haven’t gotten around to following through with my ideas.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, let me know in the comments below.

I’m thinking about bringing back posts I’ve done in the past. Maybe doing a part two or something similar.

Still, I’d like to challenge myself to create better content.

I want to feel excited when blogging, but I don’t know what excites me anymore.

I won’t quit anytime soon. That being said, I may take a break or blog every other day in the future.

Reading

Drowning In Wheat – John Kinsella | A Book Review

Drowning In Wheat - John Kinsella

Title: Drowning In Wheat

Author: John Kinsella

Genre: Poetry

About the book: It’s a collection of selected poems. I received a copy from Publishers Group Canada.

First impressions: Even early on, I was amazed at all the techniques used by the poet. Kinsella explores environmental issues related to land and animals. That being said, he often addresses specific issues that apply to his home country, Australia. I probably should’ve looked up the references I didn’t understand. Also, the book is longer than I expected at about 400 pages.

Quote:

“you associate with those
you love most”

Writing: Some words and phrases seem like Aussie slang. I’d have an even greater appreciation for his work if I knew more about the issues Kinsella writes about. His poems touch upon important topics though. The collection opened my eyes to many ecological concerns.

Final thoughts: I loved a couple poems at the end. The book feels quite unified without being too repetitive. Overall, I liked both the form and content.

I’d recommend Drowning In Wheat to those interested in ecopoetry. Perhaps Kinsella’s work isn’t the most accessible or the easiest for beginners, but it provides a fun challenge nonetheless.


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Reading

Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong | A Book Review

Night Sky with Exit Wounds - Ocean Vuong

Title: Night Sky With Exit Wounds

Author: Ocean Vuong

Genre: Poetry

About the book: It’s an anthology of poems. I received a copy from the lovely folks at Publishers Group Canada.

First impressions: I read more prose than I do poetry, so I was excited to expand my horizons. To begin with, I love the title. I think it captures the essence of the collection. I especially enjoyed the poems at the beginning.

Quote:

“Everyone can forget us—as long as you remember.”

Writing: The writing is elegant but accessible. If you love enjambment, you’re in luck. There’s plenty of imagery as well. Vuong plays with a variety of forms and styles.

I wish the anthology was longer because it’s quite short. That said, reading this collection has inspired me to experiment more with my own poetry. Vuong addresses real, serious issues in an honest way. He writes about family, love, war, etc. The subject matter for some pieces are a bit more mature though.

Final thoughts: I highly recommend Night Sky With Exit Wounds even if you don’t read much poetry.


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Blogging

What I’m Doing With My Blog

I haven’t given too much thought to my blog lately. But now is as good a time as ever to think about what I want to do and where I want to go.

I’m happy blogging for myself and no one else. That being said, I always want to change for the better. If you have any suggestions as to how I can improve, feel free to let me know.

I know I’m not being too specific, but vagueness is my weakness. I’ve had people call me out for being too general. I can’t help it. I like hoarding secrets.

I also don’t want to promise anything yet not deliver on my promises. Safe to say, I have plenty of ideas I want to explore and stories I need to share. Storytelling is a basic need.

In 2013, I created this blog on a limb. I want to make it a fun place for me and for all of you. I’ll update it as often as possible. I’m 99.9 percent sure I haven’t gone two days in a row without posting something. I’d like to keep that streak alive.

In terms of content, I’ll continue to read and review books. I post my reviews on WordPress and on Goodreads.

I’ve been making blog graphics for a while now. I like how they look, so they won’t change much. Visual interest is never a bad thing.

For a number of reasons, I love sharing poetry on here. Going forward, I would love to experiment more with different styles.

If and when I publish something somewhere else, you best believe I’m letting all of you know. Key word being if.

I also love lists. So expect to see more of them from me this year.

I haven’t posted a short story in the longest time. Maybe I will once every blue moon. I tend to submit to contests or competitions first.

Please don’t hesitate to comment and speak your mind. Constructive criticism is always welcome.

Creative Writing

World Poetry Day

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I wrote today

How about you?

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Roses are red

Violet are blue

It’s World Poetry Day

Go write a poem or two

Writing

Poetry Contests 2016

In honour of National Poetry Month, whip up a poem and send it out!

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Title of contest: 2016 CBC Poetry Prize

Type of entry: 400-600 words; unpublished and original obviously

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Fee (if any): $25 CAD

Prize (if applicable): $6,000 if win it all, publication, writing residency

Qualifications/Restrictions: Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents

Additional notes: They also host a short story and creative nonfiction competition every year

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Title of contest: Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Type of entry: Under 50 lines

Deadline: May 31st, 2016

Fee (if any): £4

Prize (if applicable): £200.00

Qualifications/Restrictions: Your poem shouldn’t be considered for publication elsewhere or accepted either

Additional notes: Ensure you haven’t published the piece on your blog

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Title of contest: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Type of entry: 250 lines or less; published or unpublished

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Fee (if any): $10 USD per poem

Prize (if applicable): $1,500, publication

Qualifications/Restrictions: None, really

Additional notes: Tom Howard accepts any style or genre; Margaret Reid accepts a poem that rhymes or follows a traditional style

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Review the complete rules and guidelines if you plan on submitting. Remember that dates, fees, and prizes are subject to change.

I have no control over anything. If I did I would shower all writers with bills and books. Although the latter might hurt a little.