Recently, I posted a literary update on T.W.N. announcing the future release of an new short story. There have been a lot of things to deal with lately in life, and some of my projects (outside of writing) are at a standstill right now. This is more than likely due, at least in part, to... Continue Reading →
One of the poems chosen for the book.
I awoke one day to find
a cryptic lie had seized my mind.
I awoke one day to see
illusions claiming I was free.
I awoke one day to feel
the seven deadly, putrid seals.
I awoke one day to think
how near my soul came to the brink.
I awoke one day to do
what pride had begged me never to.
I awoke one day to dare
reject the darkened powers of air.
I awoke one day to know
the true … “above is so below”.
I awoke one day to stand
among the few meek of the land.
From The Ocean’s Made For Swimming Copyright © 2021 by Ena Whiteraven All rights reserved.
Image found online and does not appear in poetry book. No copyright violation intended.
New literary update.
It feels good to finally have my poetry book released in some form. However, the work doesn’t stop there. Now I face the challenges of promoting it.
As I already knew, “self-publishing” requires you to fund most of the work yourself. It gets disheartening and a bit stressful, but it’s what I have to do for now. At least I’ve accomplished one of my major life goals and can continue to build on it. It’s wonderful to be able to look back on the progress I’ve made, not just in writing but in life.
Now comes the constant effort needed to balance these new parts of my daily life. Plus, I’m renewing my efforts to get a part-time job to support my financial needs. For those readers who are also hoping to publish their work in some form, I highly advise that you get and maintain a day job. Don’t…
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Happy New Year to everyone joining my on this journey! I hope you took the time to reconnect with family in whatever way possible, and that you maintain the bonds of love and friendship not only this year but into the future, as well. I'm happy to announce that a new installment of the mini... Continue Reading →
It comes tomorrow!
The official release of my first volume of poetry, The Ocean’s Made For Swimming, will be celebrated tomorrow – Dec. 21st, 2021 (Yule/winter solstice)! It will also be available to international readers. Further information will follow in the update I post tomorrow.
I’ve been in the process of connecting and updating information across all of my online platforms. Links to my new Amazon Author Page are being updated and can be found on my “about author” page here on T.W.N.They will also be posted to my personal blog, Superlative Deviation.
Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, and have a wonderful New Year!
I will cease to operate on My Poetic Side, as I no longer have time to manage that space. However, I do plan to stay on Medium for the foreseeable future. All other social media platforms remain in effect until further notice.
Now for the big announcement: my first poetry book will be available for purchase on Amazon starting Tuesday, December 21st! I will offer it in paperback format for $8.00 (USD). It does not contain any artwork at this time. The release just happens to coincide with the winter solstice, which was not originally my plan; but I’m glad it happened anyway! I think revealing a project full of positive light on the darkest, lowest point of the year is truly poetic.
I want to thank those of you who have remained with me throughout this phase of my journey. There’s still so much to come…
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I’m excited to announce I will be receiving the proof of my first poetry book in a few weeks. I have been hard at work making several necessary revisions and am so excited to have a bound copy of my work to hold in my hand. Stay tuned to hear my final decision!
As fellow writers will know, the submission process can be daunting and time consuming. I have been keeping track of the dates of my various submissions and am also in the process of investigating alternative publishing platforms – specifically for the poetry book. I’m not sure exactly how to release it yet. There’s still a lot to learn. For the cozy mystery, I definitely hope to have it published traditionally (which is ideally what I want for all my work, regardless of genre).
Invariably, people who don’t work in publishing or the literary field have an unrealistic idea of what it means to be a writer; and writers have an unrealistic idea of what it means to be an author. Recently, I dove deeper into research by reading David Comfort’sAn Insider’s Guide to Publishing. While I don’t approve of the language he often uses, I do highly recommend…
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It is what you make of it.
The images of mind.
It is the limits of your soul
In boundless space and time.
It is the darkness or the light.
The strangeness and the learning.
The opportunities you missed,
Distracted on the journey…
The hearts you healed, the hearts you broke.
The lightness and the weight.
The smaller beings you trample on,
Or who adorn your plate.
It is what you make of it,
The soul behind the laughter.
So bear in mind from time to time –
There is a sweet Hereafter.
Poetry Copyright © 2018 – 2023 by Ena Whiteraven All rights reserved.
Revised poem (excerpt). Complete version will appear in my new poetry book.