As The World Burns Is Now Available!!!

I’m so happy to share that this book has published!! It is such a relevant anthology of the times, showcasing the arduousness of 2020. 114 writers, poets, and artists have contributed to this book filling it with stories of the difficulties and raw emotions in navigating current social, political, and medical travesties. Black Lives Matter, the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump, and the insecurities felt during the upheavals occurring in our nation, and our world is front and center in this anthology. It is a book facing them all head-on, revealing our humanity but also our strength. I would encourage you to get your copy!

If you prefer paperback, click here or Kindle, click here. And remember, I’d be happy to Authorgraph it digitally, if you choose to purchase an electronic version instead. Thank you for your support! πŸ™‚

5 Day Tales Announcement

Sorry to be the bearer of this news…

Due to the ongoing election, lack of sleep, some personal medical issues and, honestly spoken, frayed nerves, Part 5 will not publish at Midnight as usual. Please don’t be worried, I’m ok but feeling under pressure and exercising some self-care right now.

Let me get a good night’s sleep and I will do my best to have this published tomorrow but rather in the late afternoon (or maybe sooner, hopefully!) instead of the wee early hours.

Thanks in advance for understanding. πŸ™‚

Jumping on the Friend Appreciation Train!!

Thanks for the idea, Laleh!! ❀

What an absolutely wonderful idea to help our readers promote their books! Without the loyal show of support of my readers, I wouldn’t be seeing the consistent and continually growth on I Write Her that I am experiencing, so this is my way of saying THANK YOU!! I don’t have as many followers as Laleh but every little bit of recognition and promotion helps! Please consider doing something similar on your page for your readers. πŸ™‚

So, if you have a book or books, please post a link in the comments and I’ll do the rest! I look forward to you seeing your links in the comments!

GET OUT AND VOTE IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY!!

Fun Interview with Lisa Tomey!

Lisa Tomey has been a featured artist on The Short of It as well as a contributor to the Interpretations project which ran during 2019. I’ve also reblogged some of her work from The Prolific Pulse. You can find all her posts here. We had such a lovely conversation recently! It was so wonderful to meet and speak to her about my work, my thoughts and read some of my poetry. Plus it was so nice to brag about my bestie Terry Susi and fellow WordPress bloggers who are so talented, and some which have become cherished friends.

To all my fellow WordPress poets – would you like to be a guest or perhaps promote a book or project? She invites you to reach out to her! Lisa would love to meet you. πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy spending some time with us. Click the link below the image and it will take you straight to the podcast platform. Just hit the play arrow.

The Short Edition Summer Contest Winners!

I want to thank each and every last one of you who voted on my piece – White Washed. It didn’t win but the fact it made the top ten with your help was incredible! The last I saw, it actually reached the top 5. So thank YOU again, for your love and support. It is deeply appreciated. πŸ™‚

Take a moment to check out the winners of the contest – America: Color It In. You can see why they won!

The Importance Of Thoughts

I’m embarrassed to say this; I don’t know who prompted these thoughts as I’ve somehow managed to lose the link where I read their opinion piece. I usually try to be very good about giving a hat-tip to those who have inspired me but not this time. Perhaps, I initially saw the post on WordPress or maybe Facebook, but I can’t remember now. So, if it was one of my readers, please comment below so I can thank you properly for this inspiration, and link them back to your post!

Reviews are honest feedback from the reader’s experience, which allows the writer to benefit from praise and constructive criticism. It also gives those seeking a new book to read to decide whether they would enjoy the book. I can’t tell you enough how important this is for the writer’s psyche but also sales! People who are earnestly reading the reviews want to make sure they aren’t wasting their money and know what they are getting themselves into with their purchase.

The piece I read prompted me to remind everyone about these critical aspects of purchasing a book. The obvious positive is you are creating revenue for the writer, but you are also doing the author (usually your friend too) the kindness of reading their valuable thoughts. It’s a win-win.

But by reading their work and leaving them a review, it’s a win-win-win situation!

Which brings me to my situation; there are two books which I self-published on Amazon – Feeling Human and Every Day I PauseWith heartfelt thanks, many people have purchased the book from me directly or online. But they need some love and attention. So many of those who bought a book never left a review. Maybe it’s because they haven’t read it yet. I can understand as I have a mountain of books to get through myself. It usually takes me a few months to even read it before I can leave a review. But then there are those for whatever reason, bought it, read it, and then didn’t write one. I wonder, are they just too shy to come forward and don’t feel comfortable reporting their opinion publicly? Or maybe they didn’t like it as well as they thought they would and don’t want to hurt my feelings? I don’t know, and perhaps, will never know. But I definitely would like to know what they thought.

So, what I hope to convey to the people who read my blog, please ALWAYS leave a review if you’ve bought someone’s book. They will be very thankful for it. And if you need to convey some issues with it, be diplomatic but be honest. If it’s harsh but something the person still needs to hear, you can, after all, even talk to them directly. Please and thank you.

Ok, now to the shameless plug to sell my books! πŸ™‚

I’m running a special on them if you buy from me directly. You’ll receive them gratefully signed by me in my unique handwriting! AKA as Dr.’s handwriting. LOL

Feeling Human $12 and Every Day I Pause $15 each or BOTH for $25!!
Shipping $5 in the US, $8 International

If this interests you, please send the appropriate amount to my PayPal account – sushibocks@gmail.com

Thank you!

Ps. And if you make a purchase, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW! πŸ˜‰

Reminder – I’M A FINALIST!!!

They will be declaring the winner in the next few days, so if you haven’t voted for my poem yet and you want to, please do it now!!! Thank you, I’ll be eternally grateful! πŸ™‚ ❀

I Write Her

I’m beyond ecstatic! This is the first online voting I’ve been a part of and I made it to the finals. Woot Woot!! So exciting! πŸ™‚

Here is where the magic happens. If you want me to win and deem this poem worthy, please click this link and cast your vote or votes if you are allotted more than one. You’ve gotten me this far, please help to take me over the finish line. Whether I win or not, as always, I’m so happy for your love and support! ❀ xoxo

Let’s do this!! πŸ™‚

View original post

3 Pieces Accepted By Indie Blu(e)!!

Today I received notification that my three pieces – Status Quo, Shame On Us and Emptying will be included in the anthology – As the World Burns!

I am so grateful to the team at Indie Blu(e) – Kindra M. Austin, Candice Louisa Daquin, Christine E. Ray, and Rachel Finch – for selecting this pieces for an important anthology speaking to the times we are facing now. It’s wonderful to have my voice heard but also to share the spotlight with the voices of so many other wonderful writers.

Stay tuned for more information about the release of the book!

Great News – I’M A FINALIST!!!

I’m beyond ecstatic! This is the first online voting I’ve been a part of and I made it to the finals. Woot Woot!! So exciting! πŸ™‚

Here is where the magic happens. If you want me to win and deem this poem worthy, please click this link and cast your vote or votes if you are allotted more than one. You’ve gotten me this far, please help to take me over the finish line. Whether I win or not, as always, I’m so happy for your love and support! ❀ xoxo

Let’s do this!! πŸ™‚

Calling all Female Indian Poets!!

I’m thrilled to share this news from my friend, Candice Louisa Daquin! She has made me aware that she has the pleasure of working with a new publishing company who will be publishing an anthology of Indian Female Poets writing in English beginning later this year. This is in response to the powerful movement toward emancipation and equality by Indian women. And how despite this, they are still having to face issues around inequality, sexual identity, LGBTQ, family violence, overcoming oppression, sexual assault survival and gender identity. This anthology will highlighting the fight for equality Indian women are experiencing, it hopes to help bring awareness to the rest of the world and celebrate the talent of Indian women writing poetry in English.

If you are an Indian female poet and are interested, please email Candice (candicedaquin@gmail.com) There are so many talented female Indian poets I follow on WP, I hope to see you participate! It would be awesome!

Thank you!