Monthly Date (Blog Content, Announcement and a Question)

Will you guys agree with me that time is in a rush? Geez. One year’s now down to four months! Too fast!

So before August ends, let us have some coffee, or maybe tea. But hey! It’s A Reading Writer’s 2nd birthday so we have wines and beers and cocktails around. Cheers!!!

Come, let’s start!

A Bit Calmer August

A Reading Writer has a bit calm August! Yeah, believe it or not. 😀  

Looking back, I was able to:

  • Resume writing for:
  1. Wednesday – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writer
  2. Thursday – Three Line Tales
  3. Friday – Friday Fictioneers
  • Publish the free verse poems I have written and stocked in a Google doc since February!

But I was not able to:

  • Post 2016 Reading Challenge update and Book Reviews. (I have 18 pending reviews. Geez.)

So… here comes a…

Throwback September

Why throwback? It’s because…

  • A Reading Writer just turned two and I want to look back on what I have posted last year! 😀
  • I started blogging with book reviews, so I’ll try to do it again. 😉

This means this month… my posts will be:

  • Throwback posts! 😀 (Yes!)
  • Book reviews! (I’m keeping my fingers-crossed).
  • And prompt-takes! 😀

Announcements

Aside from the editorial calendar, I would also want to let you know that A Reading Writer is now on Instagram too!!!

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My IG gallery has a combination of old and new poems and it will be a great delight if we can connect there, too. (Just in case you are in IG, too!) 😉

Question!

Before we make a final toast I would like to ask you something! 😀 (I asked this to Mandi, already! <3)

I told you last time that I am done writing the 100 poems for my debut poetry book. 🙂 As I plan on how to move forward with it, with little agonized steps, I would like to know which type of book do you usually buy. Is it print or the kindle/ebook version?

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Your thoughts will mean a lot to me, guys! 🙂 (Note: This is not a debate guys. 😀 More of a survey!)

Thank you!!!

Here’s to a splendid September! 🙂

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A Reading Writer’s 2-Year Journey

WARNING: This is a loooong post!

It has been eight years since I dreamed of having a blog. Something I can call my own. Honestly, I have fears of bashers and grammar Nazis. People who might critique my write-ups. People who might oppose my opinions. Yes, it took me those long years to have the courage to publish my thoughts, my views and my what-not’s. Now it will be all available for the viewing and reading netizens. I am now ready for either praises or rejections, for either wow! or boo!, for anything that this blogosphere has in store for A Reading Writer like me.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Now my agony has ended.

Two years ago, the post above titled Agony had been the first published piece in A Reading Writer. Looking back, I was like a brave, excited child dipping her toes in a cool yet fun swimming pool for the first time. Months after I posted several book reviews, knew some book bloggers, the excitement waned. After posting 36 posts in September 2014, the following months were almost left in vain.

Why?

Maybe because life happened. Or maybe because I lost the first splash of joy. Maybe like a tireless child blogging seemed not the wonderland that I thought it was. Instead of making it a regular hobby, I posted every now and then. Right until its first anniversary, I only have 100 followers!

Maybe because A Reading Writer for its first year existed, but it is not breathing yet.

Then came September 2015 which has been the turning point of this blog, and my writer life.

Turning Point

It was September 07, 2016. Writing 101’s first day asked: Why Do I Write? And my answer is:

Writing is like breathing with words.

Since then, that line has been engraved in my heart and mind. And Writing 101 made me embrace it, tight.

Because of Writing 101, I wrote my FIRST EVER flash fiction titled Seasons. I was in high school when I used to write stories through scripts, but after that, I forgot doing it and then! Geez. The excited kid in me was jumping up and down after I wrote that piece. 🙂

And I think it served as a wake-up call for me that, hey, I think I can write, creatively!

Seasons was followed by I think three or more fictions and it was all because of the support of these bloggers (SHOUT-OUT to my former W101 classmates!) :

My first Writing 101 has been AWESOME so I joined again the following month! 😀

And I am glad I did! Not just because I was able to practice writing but most of all because I met mooooore GREAT writers like:

BUT most especially… it was October 2015 when I met some special writers who have been my CONSTANT supporters and my DEAREST friends: 

(So October will be our first year anniversary guys! 😀

Road to Poetry

The first two Writing 101 courses have opened the doors of flash fictions for me. So because my writing fingers were jittery, I followed it up with Writing 201: Poetry and another Writing 101: Poetry!

I have come across several talented, encouraging and inspiring writers which include:

I have written poetic love letters (blushing) when I was in college but I bid goodbye to my poetic pen since I graduated. Real-life is harsh. But slowly, beginning October 2016, my poetic pen and my freshly awaken writer-self had a reunion. (And they never parted since then.)

People Behind The Blog

Some might think that just because I am the writer of this blog means I am the sole person behind its two-year journey. But I am not. Yes, I write and schedule posts. But behind A Reading Writer is a group of people who’ve been the keys on who A Reading Writer have become.

I know this is a looong post already but I don’t want to close this without mentioning again those who remained.

The writers I admire who take time to comment and read my work:

Most especially… my ever-CONSTANT readers who try to read each and every post. Those who never fail to tell me what is right and what is wrong. My own little circle of the most talented writers/poets who I am proud to call my PERSONAL bestfriends and sisters and brother…

…you guys are just the most beautiful souls!

I admire your works but more so your souls.

YOU are the reason why I write.

You are like the carbon dioxide that I inhale to create my oxygen-words.

I love you from the bottom of my chubby heart. ❤

On Ending a Writer’s Agony

Two years after I first posted for A Reading Writer, I think my writer-heart still keeps a box of agony. As Maya Angelou said: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

I think my muse is still keeping tons of untold stories, so yes, the agony is still there. But now I can handle it better.

Because I am within a lovely community, and I know my heart’s story is written by He.

CHEERS, everyone!!!

P.S. I’m done writing the 100 poems for my debut book! 😀

Coffee Break for June

Summer is done, raindrops are here. So lemme share another cuppa coffee with you! ❤


Productive May

Thank you to somehow a peaceful work-month, May has been quite productive for me. I was able to:

…and most importantly, I was able to join and finish May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Aside from the lovely novel-prompts Sarah Doughty allowed me to use this month, I am more than grateful of knowing a RARE author like her. She has several nearly 5-star-averaged-books on her sleeves such as:

…but she is so lovely, so humble, and so inspiring. She is a gem and I am glad to know her. ❤

After a very active May… here comes a…

Silent June

I am hoping and praying for a work-related-blessing this month… and I am also moving to a new apartment. Things might get busy… and I am also trying to avoid writer’s block.. with these reasons, I am taking a break with writing prompts.

This is just a month-break and I will surely be back. But before that, I want to thank prompt-hosts Alastair ForbesPriceless JoySonya, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and La duchesse d’Erat! ❤

So… will I be completely out? Of course NOT! 😀

I still have two plans this month… and these are:

  • More collabs with my dear Mel, and with other writers too! (hopefully)
  • Post the free verse poems I have written and stocked in a Word doc since February.😀

I hope to still see you around, my lovely writing mates! 🙂 ❤

Cheers!

~

Photo credit: Pinterest, Daily Meal

My Light (A Poem and An Important Note)

My Light: A Bergerette*

it takes leap of faith,
and some creeping wraith,
to write.
It takes great valor,
and candid candor,
to fight
writer’s agony
so let your words, be
my light.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Unsplash


NOTE: My WP friends, please let us all be kind enough to comment back to those who appreciate our work.

I would attest that the awesome people who have been consistently showing love for my pieces boost my confidence. But most of all, they inspire me to write better.

Because of them, I want to be one’s inspiration too. I want to be an encourager, especially for writers who I personally admire.

If your blog is a leap of faith, so as theirs. If you work diligently for your posts, so as them. If your words are special, so as theirs. 

Life and work happen, but be sure to take some time to show gratefulness to people who showed you that your words matter, because their time is precious too.

May our words be the light that brightens our little blogging community. ❤

In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Brave New World

The Virelai, is a narrative, an expanded Lai and a member of the Lai family of forms. A poem of a single Virelai stanza is known as a Bergerette*.

The Virelai is:

  • stanzaic, any number of nonets (9 line stanzas) may be written at the discretion of the poet. One nonet is called a Bergerette or a Lai when made up of 3 tercets.
  • syllabic, syllables per line 5-5-2-5-5-2-5-5-2.
  • rhymed, it carries a running rhyme from stanza to stanza. aabaabaab bbcbbcbbc ddcddcddc etc until the end, in which the long line rhyme of the first stanza is repeated as the short line rhyme of the last stanza, ffaffaffa.

Dear Judgement*

*Part of the  free verse “Dear Series” collaboration with my poetry Queen, my dear soul-sister, my cheerleader and encourager, my lovely friend, Nandita of Manan Unleashed.

Dear Judgement*

Once accepted,
I can’t be erased.
Once received,
I can’t be fazed.

Once you enter
you are usually seen.
Empathy is my mentor
I will not let you in.

I break hearts,
and infect minds,
turn lies to art,
make truths blind.

Hearts gets bleeding
You are so unkind.
A parasite feeding
on the feeble mind.

With self-righteous man,
I will surely flourish.
Cause there is no one
better than all he is.

You’re so hell bent
I hope you do your penance.
Dear Judgement,
I bid you good riddance.

Photo: DeviantArt

Thank you again my dear Nandita for another fierce yet meaningful collab! Your are the queen of stanzas, no doubt. ❤

Read the rest of our Dear-Series:

Dear Distance

Dear Envy

Dear Hatred

Dear Failure

Ten (plus 2!) Non-Book-Blogs Readers of Fiction and Poetry Will Surely Love

 

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I was once a reader,
a reader only.
I become a writer,
eventually.
I didn’t know I can,
until I knew these
brilliant ones.

Beautiful Words by Priceless Joy

  • A youthful woman who scribbles jaw-dropping fictions. She seldom breaks heart, she mostly melt them. She also host the awesome Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.
  • Need some proof? Read this one.

 

Clcouch123 by Christopher

  • A wise deep man who writes moving poetry.
  • Want to know him more? Check this out.

 

Doodles and Scribbles by Maria

  • A hopeless romantic writer who possess gift of writing heartwarming yet always relevant poems and tales.
  • Want to know her  more? Read this powerfully lovely poem.

 

Hookline and Inkwell by F.T. Ledrew

  • The King of breathtaking metaphors, he writes eloquently free verse and with diverse poetic forms.
  • He is currently on a break but still check him out. Start with this one.

 

In Media Res by Melinda Kucsera

  • Heads up fantasy junkies! She is the queen of sonnets and the brilliant scribbler of epic fantasies taking place in a mystical world called Shayari. She has a published book, too,  Stars and Angel Sing.
  • Believe me you dare not miss her latest event invitation.

 

Jade M. Wong by Jade

  • A youthful writer who can scribble romantic, mystical and even powerful fictions and poems.
  • Come on, and check her awesome poem in two lovely languages!

 

Manan Unleashed by Nandita

  • The queen of stanza, her lovely pen overflows with love, fierceness and honesty.
  • Go check out her poems, long or short they are all impressive. Like this one.

 

Mandibelle16 by Mandi

  • A gifted poetess and fictional writer, she can creep you and make you wiser, too!
  • Visit her and find beautiful fiction and poetry, here’s one!

 

Moonskittles by Dajena

  • The queen of romance, her exquisite words are flowing with passion and love.
  • Here’s a great example!

 

NJ Says by NJ

  • A simple yet intricate writer, she writes with simplicity yet always with deep and wise meaning.
  • See how she translated this lovely poem!

 

The Breathing Castle by Muse

  • She breathes words and that is shown in each of her pieces. Her words are raw and real.
  • Check this out!

 

What the Woman Wrote by Annie

  • A woman with substance, she writes tales and poems that can make you squeal in delight and sometimes cry in subtle painful meaning hiding behind her beautiful words.
  • Go read this one!

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

May 10: Ten Websites I Love That Aren’t About Books (you could go specific and do like top ten favorite food/travel/craft/fitness blogs I follow, 10 websites I visit daily,  10 fun websites I waste a lot of time on etc.)

 

You will visit them, right? 😀

~

Mahulog Sa’yo | Fall For You*

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*Very first collaboration with the writer-best-friend I never got to have, my now proud Filipina blogger-best-friend and an equally gifted poetess and storyteller, Maria of Doodles and Scribbles.

She wrote the lovely Tagalog (language of the Philippines) poem and I tried translating it to English. ❤ Thank you for letting me do that, Maria. ❤


Mahulog Sa’yo | Fall For You

Sanay na akong nakasunod | I have always been
sa iyong mga yapak, | a follower of your steps,
At ang anino mo’y | Behind your shadows
pilit hinanagilap. | I have never left.

Kuntento na akong pagmasdan | It is enough for me to stare
sa likod ng pintuan, | behind silent closed doors,
Ang pagsilay ng iyong mga ngiti | Waiting for your sweet smile
na sa aking pagod ay pumapawi. | that erases my soul’s remorse.

Kaya, mahal, pakiusap ko lang, | To you my love I beg,
Hayaan mong ako’y magmahal, | Just let me love you,
sa lihim lamang. | inside hidden heart’s keg.

Wag mo akong dalhin sa tuktok | Don’t let me reach your heart’s peak
para lang iyong iwanan, | Only to wait for your absent heart beats.
Wag mo akong bigyan ng dahilan para isipinm | Don’t let my mind wonder,
na maaaring may pag-asa, | that we have a future to share,
na maaaring ako’y mahal mo rin pala | that you can love me too, oh dear.

Dahil kung sakali man | Cause just in case,
handa akong tumalon. | know that I’m willing to jump.
Handa akong mahulog para sa iyo. | From a high cliff towards you.
Handa akong mahulog sa iyo. | To fall even to death just to be with you.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Unsplash.com


In response to Napowrimo Day 30. (yes, I’m done catching up! :D)

 

And now our prompt (still optional!) Because we’ve spent our month looking at poets in English translation, today I’d like you to try your hand at a translation of your own. If you know a foreign language, you could take a crack at translating a poem by a poet writing in that language.

Read the rest of my Napowrimo 2016 poems here!

 

Dear Failure*

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*Part of the  free verse “Dear Series” collaboration with my poetry Queen, my dear soul-sister, my cheerleader and encourager, my lovely friend, Nandita of Manan Unleashed.

Will your failure define you? Or will you define your failure? 


Dear Failure*

I’m the bane
of victorious soul,
I’m the rain
sun can’t control.

Your test of rainy days
are a blessing in disguise
for the one who strays
into the path of lies

You’re a mountaineer
in a beautiful peak,
I am wind’s sneers
turning  you oh-so weak.

My faith is invincible
No matter the height
my strength indomitable
Burden heavy or light

Slowly you cascade
from top to bottom.
Will someone save
your life in autumn?

Succeeding in its fall
Beauty cascading free
An important stepping stone
Dear Failure, I honour thee.

Photo: Unsplash

Thank you again my dear Nandita for another meaningful collab! Your talent shines and it is truly contagious. It is my honor, always.<3 

Read the rest of our Dear-Series:

Dear Distance

Dear Envy

Dear Hatred

Dear Poetry (A poem and Updates)

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Dear Poetry

I thought I lost you
already.
I’m glad I don’t,
not really.
Thank you for waiting,
for me.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit:Unsplash


UPDATE and THANKS!

Finally I had sometime to catch up on responding to lovely comments and reading awesome poems and posts.

What happened? I had a blast on a vacation, and a louder blast when I went back to work. (You guys, know what I mean! :D)

So… let me thank you those who made their presence felt while I’m absent.

Shout outs to my consistent and very supportive readers especially Mel, AnnieChristopher, Mandi,  PJ, Jade! Geez guys, you read almost all my scheduled poems!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ I cannot. I’m just so touched. ❤

Thank you too, my dearest NanditaJudy, Jacq,  Dajena and Ameena. I feel you guys! And to the private messages from lovely Vijaya and La Duch!

Cheers to my new found great writers and friends from Napo and AtoZ: NJ, SriviIndy, Dixita, Era, Ipsita, EM and Uniqusatya ! It was GREAT knowing you!!!! ❤

I stopped writing poetry since I left and until now. I’m afraid I lost the flow, I’m afraid words won’t glow any more. I’m glad it didn’t.

Maybe because I am surrounded by a lot of writing talents.

~

Spring’s Harbinger*

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Spring’s Harbinger*

*A collaboration with my Queen of Sonnets, who I consider a dear friend,  Melinda Kucsera of In Media Res.

Melinda, an eloquent poetess and a gifted fantasy writer, is the author of epic fantasy adventure Stars and Angel Sing. Visit her blog and take a thrilling journey as she takes you to the enchanted world of Shayari.

P.S. This is my first! ❤


Spring’s Harbinger

Spring’s come with bird song, chirped all morning long
White, purple petals of harbinger blooms
Coaxes crocuses, daffodils to throng
Transforms frozen sheets with colorful fumes
Flee winter, take your snow and gray days, go
Melt your sparkling stalactites, stalagmites
Take your ice and go, let your waters flow
Bid goodbye as we welcome spring’s delights
Make way for spring, wake you buds to new life
Let our soul sing with the chirping bluebirds
Their song rings in meadows where beds wildlife
Crafts flower’d scene defying rule of thirds.
The sweeping vista invites me to rest.
Reminds my soul to rest, yes, I am blessed.

Image credit: Unsplash

Note: Originally posted last March 28.