I feel like this post is a long time coming, lol. Anyway, I’ve been talking about it for months over at my Bookish and Not-So-Bookish posts that I’ve been working to self-publish some of my poetry. Well, it’s finally here.
Shall I Be a Poet Instead? is my debut poetry collection. I think I mentioned it here that I started writing poetry again last year, this time on a more regular basis, and this is the culmination of that. Back in January I started sorting through my poetry (actually sorting into two chapbooks; I meant to release the second one later this year but that got pushed back as I need to reshuffle/add/remove poems into the current line-up) and went through a few rounds of editing and moving around, trying to get a feel of the book. Not to mention endlessly reading up on copyright rules regarding font (ended up using a font that’s generally available on all word processors to avoid any kefuffle, as well as my own handwriting for the titles 😛 ) and other fine print.
By the time I left for my trip I had a good feeling about the line-up but didn’t get down to the nitty-gritty of the details to upload to Lulu until I got back. Then, as I mentioned in a post before, there was the details about getting an ISBN with the Canadian government before I finally uploaded my baby to Lulu for proofing. The proofing came back and I was pretty happy with it (a bit bigger than I had expected, dimensions-wise, but I can live with that, lol). Just the fact that it’s in my hands was quite something, really. Took me a bit more time between the time that I got the proof to posting about it because of some details about the approval; I’ve sent it to be included in the search over at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc., but it won’t be showing up over there for up to 6-8 weeks (boo).
But! In the meantime you can purchase it directly from Lulu.com: Shall I Be a Poet Instead? 🙂 My understanding is that it does ship worldwide but do let me know if it doesn’t. I admit, I’m not quite so organised just yet, I haven’t ordered a crate of copies myself to distribute or whatnot but I hope to do so shortly. But expect a little more activity on my end in the coming days and weeks as I get up to speed on that end and get the word out! I just wanted to share with you all in the meantime what I’ve been up to all this time :3
I’ll be posting more of my poetry over at my Instagram as well but there’s a bit of a preview of what’s inside 😉
The January/February edition of Femnista is now live! The topic of this issue was supposed to have been last year but was rescheduled for the new year so here we are. The topic was “Second Fiddle” which looked at the men and women who did not get the hero/heroine of the story at the end of the day. It’s an interesting topic, and naturally (for me, at least) my thoughts immediately went to Henry Crawford from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. I’ve written about it multiple times (here, here, and I think here) but approaching Henry from a viable significant other perspective rather than as an antagonist/mere contrast to Edmund Bertram and you’d see that he was second fiddle, the one who tried to win Fanny’s heart but ultimately fell short.
You can of course read my blog posts on Mansfield Park as my thoughts were a little more expanded there (I think) but the article I wrote for Femnista is a more condensed version:
Almost, But Not Quite: Henry Crawford from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park
And of course, just a bit of shameless pluggage, but you can read all of my previous articles contributed to Femnista via this tag 😉 Happy reading! 🙂
The latest theme of Femnista is now live on the blog! But before I continue, I do have to talk a bit about the changes going on with the publication: Femnista is now on a WordPress platform, with articles released on a staggered schedule. This is pretty cool not only as it fosters discussion amongst the articles featured, but also if you’re interested in writing for a topic, there’s still time to contribute! The July/August issue of the webzine is on William Shakespeare so if you’re interested in writing about him or about one of his plays, you can still do so (from my understanding), just contact Charity 🙂
I had already written about Shakespeare for a previous issue of the webzine so I was quite thrilled to focus on one of his plays for this issue–a difficult task as I have plenty of favourites (see list)! I eventually settled on the historical play Richard II (review), an underrated play that deserves more love and that I cannot stop marvelling about 😀 You can read my article over at the following link:
Of Crowns and Changing Fortunes: Shakespeare’s Richard II
And a bit of shameless pluggage, but you can read all of my previous articles contributed to Femnista via this tag 😉 I hope you enjoy reading the article and the other articles featured in this issue of Femnista! 🙂
(Err, couldn’t think of a creative title for this post :3)
No book review today but instead a bit of a book chat! Pages Unbound is currently hosting a Classic Lit event and today my guest post is live over here in which I talk about one of my favourite classic texts from the Scandinavian countries: The Kalevala (review). I first heard about this text after learning that J.R.R. Tolkien (see author tag) was greatly influenced by it in his creation of Middle Earth and the stories that he wrote. I finally got around to reading it in 2012 and suffice to say it became a favourite of mine, I try to plug it every chance I get 😉 Anyway, you can check out all of the reasons why I love the text so much over there:
Of the Richness of the Kalevala (and why everyone should read it)
Be sure to pop in over there and check out the other posts for this July event contributed by other readers & bloggers on their favourite classics! 🙂 Have you ever read The Kalevala? Plan on reading it in the near future? What’s your favourite Scandinavian epic or classic?
Happy April everyone! With a new month comes a new issue of Femnista! This month’s issue is titled Keeping the Faith, which looks at elements and the evolution of Christianity over time. Took a very long brainstorming session for me (spanning months) as I had a lot of topics I wanted to write on, but in the end I chose to write on St. Thomas Aquinas.
A bit of a personal reason why I chose to write on St. Thomas Aquinas: over the years–since high school, I would say–he’s becoming the saint I would often turn to and pray to, usually over my studies (big exam coming up, finishing my programme (whichever one it was at the time), getting through my MA thesis, getting through my nursing programme). There are other saints in the Catholic Church of course who are patrons of learning and academic studies (St. Dominic Savio was an early one for me), but I stuck with St. Thomas Aquinas over the years.
Oh, and I visited his resting place in Toulouse back in 2010. The church he’s housed at is quite haunting in its bareness (stripped during the French Revolution) but the simplicity and beauty seems fitting for a man dedicated to ideas and learning and his devotion to God (he went through a lot to join the Dominican Order!)
Of course, he’s quite the figure in Christianity. You may have encountered him in high school philosophy, having been the first to reintroduce Aristotle’s works in a large way in the late medieval period and infusing it/taking it a step further with Christian theology. And that’s just the simple explanation: it’s actually a lot complex than that. I learned over the course of pouring over books and online articles (you may have seen my photo on Instagram) that there was quite a vibrant intellectual debate happening in the Church and academic circles at the time and St. Thomas Aquinas’ ideas really pushed things to a whole new level. I also didn’t know that his ideas are more of less the foundations of the present Catholic Church and that it is considered the official philosophy of the Church; I knew his ideas were very influential to the way we think about doctrine and theology, but I never knew the extent of it. It’s really fascinating, and if you’re into reading philosophical tomes, it’s worth peeking at some of his writings, though admittedly they are prety dense (I own the Selected Writings Penguin Classics edition of his works and it was pretty difficult to get through :3 ).
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy the article and the rest of the articles featured in this issue; there’s a lot of great topics and individuals covered! Just a friendly reminder that if you’re interested in contributing to the e-zine and you love to write and talk about arts & entertainment & history, these are the upcoming issues for 2016. You can contact the editor at femnista [at] charitysplace [dot] com to secure a spot. As for myself, you’ll see me again in the July/August issue–who can resist writing on William Shakespeare’s works? 😀