#behindthescenes What’s fueling: All of my Every Things?

Who doesn’t like some backstory to the creation of a project? I decided to do just that, share some of this collection more in-depth. Let’s start with that this project marks a first for me. I’m known for my horror and dark fantasy series The Blasphemer Series and my bestselling and award-winning short story Human Ouija. Both of these works were picked up by the publishing house Burning Willow Press, LLC after their self-publications. I’ve been included in many anthologies still writing horror or darker materials.

So, with all that why go poetry if I’ve established myself as a darker author? The answer to that is so simple, it’s time. Behind-the-scenes for years I’ve worked on things that I either never finished or put on a back burner waiting for the time to come. Poetry filled notebooks and then was forgotten about, some even found places on old accounts on art websites or profiles.

Last year, a very old poem of mine found itself included in Southern Fried Autopsies Anthology. It’s a darker poem, but not as dark as I have gotten in the past or even in the present, but it felt right to include that one in that project. Poetry is very personal to me. I can write fiction all day, but non-fiction is harder for me to be willing to release in the world as I’m a private person.

I never considered myself a poet even though I’ve been called that, I just write, and that’s what I call myself…a writer or author in reference toward published works. Poetry is non-fiction for me, it’s all inspired by raw emotions, events, situations, and people I know. With this project, you will be given the closest thing to a memoir or an autobiography I can give at this point in time.

I have planned a memoir and still working on one. This memoir is very hard for me to write because of the topic it covers and a very dark period in my life, but it’s a story that needs to be shared and will be shared when…you guessed it…it’s time.

Poems in this collection will cover topics that included but are not limited to:

  • Dying
  • Love
  • Loss
  • Mortality
  • Inspiration
  • Suffering
  • Life

But with all art, I believe, though these are the topics that inspired different poems included I hope that whoever reads them take away something for themselves. They’re up for interpretation!

28 DoBR: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

I’m sure like many of you, this book came into your world, like mine, through school requiring you to read it. I was never one to be told what to read throughout my time in school, but something about this one made me do just that. It was interesting, to say the least. I didn’t become aware it was apart of a trilogy until later years and because of that, I have chosen to only recommend the first one instead of all three.

The illustrations were educational, but I wouldn’t have told my teacher that. They taught me how to make many things, like hooks! I felt for the main character and his want to run away from home, it was something I had considered back in the day, but never actually attempted. I would’ve in no way survived the way the main character did. I had tried to read this to my own kiddo and he never seemed interested. He’s much like me in that way, he just likes what he likes.

This is one of my very few copies I kept from my childhood or sought out to gain again from my childhood it was just that powerful to me. I loved it then and still, love it now.

Synopsis:

“Should appeal to all rugged individualists who dream of escape to the forest.”—The New York Times Book Review

Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods—all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

 “An extraordinary book . . . It will be read year after year.”
—The Horn Book