April is National Poetry Month. An entire month dedicated to poems and poetry bringing attention to and bring appreciation toward poets of all styles and types. Napowrimo is a challenge for poets with the hashtag #30poemsin30days, similar to Nanowrimo which focuses on completing a book in a month (I finished and won last year).
I came across this last year and fell in love with this entire concept. I love anything that can inspire and challenge me. Since it begins tomorrow, April 1st, I decided to begin with a small post letting those that may not know aware the time is upon us.
Head to the official website of Napowrimo to read and catch up. They give prompts to help those that may need some inspiration. They also provide resources to poets.
Are you going to take part in this month of poetry? Why?Why not? Let’s talk about it!
May 21st, 2020 the re-release of The Blasphemer Series is happening with the release of book one, Maxwell Demon. I’m thrilled that this is coming out again. This series of mine has been a product of many years and seems to be the underdog that never gives up.
The ups and downs I’ve had just getting this series out would be more than enough to make any author give up. From narrators becoming ill to them no longer wanting to take part in the audio book process. I’ve struggled to write the books and even struggled finding the right way to present them to readers with beautiful formatting, first by myself and then by staff of Three Furies Press, my publisher. Whatever has knocked my little series down has only encouraged me to pick back up and keep going with them.
Why? Why not give up? Maybe it’s my stubbornness or perhaps its my passion for this project. I really truly believe that others will enjoy the books as much as I’ve enjoyed researching and writing them. With all of that said, I have learned some things while writing the series.
The series isn’t complete yet, but 2020 will bring you both book one, Maxwell Demon, and book two, Harvest later this year.
What have I learned?
I have learned that I still love my characters and the books I’ve written.
This is the series that with simple character development as a kid, as a result I can relate the most to the characters int his series.
I have learned giving up really isn’t apart of who I am as a person.
Self-care is so very important. This includes standing up for myself and what I want with my own work.
With the compliments I’ve gotten over my ‘battle scenes’ I learned that I may be alright at it. These were the scenes I worried the most about written throughout all the books.
Anne Rice’s advice I came across long ago is true. I wrote what I loved and found readers along the way.
I admit, I didn’t read this book until after the movies were all fully released. I was curious about the original books because of the movies. They gripped me so greatly and being such a big fan of books I wanted to see what the books had to say with their voice, what the author’s voice had to say while saying the story.
It is heartbreaking with the life Katniss’ lives. How her father passed and how it forced her into more responsibilities since her mother became depressed. She is strong; I don’t know many that would take a stand like this girl did. She’s not even an adult and able to realize without someone going out and hunting people would die she loves, including herself.
I had many questions, but ultimately realized this is all she knew. This brutal world is all she’s know, Katniss. I felt for her; I wanted her to win.
I got to a certain part in the book, while the children were already murdering each other where I thought of the gladiator games. I couldn’t help but think, “Are they not entertained?” They weren’t. They wouldn’t be fully until one stood above all others.
It’s an emotional rollercoaster of a book. I can see why it was made into a movie. I can see what it’s popular. I can see why so many have loved it despite the morbid factor of children killing each other. That is one thing about books I love. They can take you anywhere. From the magical world of Mr. Potter to the brutality of The Hunger Games.
This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.
As everyone knows, The Blasphemer Series has been picked up by the publisher, Three Furies Press. This is causing the books to be re-touched and re-released. An ARC (advanced reader copy) of the digital ebook is up for grabs on the website Booksprout.
This is a great way to find new books, be available for advanced reader copies of books before they release, and to review!