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2019

2018 is finally done and dusted. It has been quite a year, starting with a relationship break-up in January, followed by the publication of Poetry From The Ashes in March, then hitting rock bottom and hospitalisation at the beginning of July, to ongoing legal issues since October, and a whole range of other highs and lows between those highlights.

To say I am glad to see the back of 2018 is an understatement. But, I was also very glad to see the end of 2016 and 2017 as well. I am hoping the exponential growth and learning of the last three years will stand me in good stead for 2019, and that the year ahead will be one of consolidation, culmination, and manifestation of all things good.

One of the goals I have set myself for the year ahead, is to get back in touch with the roots of my writing. After focusing on poetry for the last few years, I feel it is time to get back in touch with an old love, short stories. As a start, I have committed to participating in a monthly flash fiction competition for the year ahead. My intention is to use that as a springboard to writing other short stories more regularly, and to bring the focus of this blog back to fiction writing, and to use Kel’s Krazy Kaos as my outlet for writing about my experience of life and the world around me.

The only constant in life is change. For far too long, I have spent too much energy resisting the changes life has brought my way. I intend to take a different approach in 2019. This will be the year of not only embracing changing, but actively and consiously seeking it out and exploring it.

Happy New Year!

Releasing My First Book

Along with everything else going on in my crazy life, I am working towards the release of my first book, Poetry From The Ashes. All the hard work is done, I’m just waiting on a release date.

I’ve been talking about writing and publishing a book, for almost 8 years now, so it’s been a long time coming. At first I was focused on writing a novel, then moved to short stories, and have ended up completing a poetry anthology. Talk about a journey!

The writing of this book, was a journey in itself. Expressing emotions and memories – sometimes quite graphically – of recovering from child sexual abuse, was at times quite triggering. Or was it?

Sometimes it wasn’t the content triggering the anxiety, sometimes it was the anxiety triggering the content. While I would tap into the fears, thoughts and feelings I had during a panic attack, and use them to delve into the murky depths of my past, the panic attack itself had an unrelated trigger.

It has taken almost exactly 12 months from when I first decided to change to publishing a poetry anthology, to where I am today. In that time, I have also amassed enough other poems to fill 2 more books – if you would to read some, visit Poetry From The Ashes – so it has been a very productive period. However, the next goal is, at least at this point, to complete my novel.

I will have an announcement soon, about when the book goes on sale, and how you can go about purchasing one.