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Trigger Warnings For Poetry

Trigger Warnings For Poetry

A reader contacted me this morning to say that after, having enjoyed Fleeting Ink, they were interested in reading Crossroads Poetry and Broken Body Fragile Heart, but that they couldn’t really cope with reading about self harm and therefore weren’t sure whether they’d be able to enjoy the collections. I can totally sympathise with this: at the time that I wrote these poems, reading about self harm probably would have screwed me over too, and the last thing I want…

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Buy One Poetry Collection, Get One Free

Buy One Poetry Collection, Get One Free

I feel like it’s now been long enough since I published my poetry collections that most people forget they exist. That’s fair enough. I regularly forget that they exist, too. In the months after I first released Crossroads Poetry, I remember checking KDP every day to see if I’d sold another one, and being disappointed when a week or a month passed and I hadn’t, but those days are long gone. Honestly, I’m not sure I sold any last year…

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Poem-mas Day 9: Crucifixion

Poem-mas Day 9: Crucifixion

We’re almost at the end of the Ten Days of Poem-mas! Which is probably just as well, because my habitual erratic posting means I’m ill-suited to daily blogging and keep forgetting that such a thing exists. Fortunately it provides me with another way to procrastinate on writing my dissertation, but nevertheless I don’t think it’s something I’d ever do long term. Because it’s nearly Christmas, and I come from a Christian background, I thought I’d share one of my more…

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Poem-mas Day 8: A Distant Ghost

Poem-mas Day 8: A Distant Ghost

I almost forgot about today’s Poem-mas post, and then when I remembered it was already getting late, but I’m not above staying up late due to an arbitrary commitment I made to the internet and which absolutely nobody will notice if I miss, so here I am. HELLO INTERNET. YOUR TASK FOR 2016 IS TO PERSUADE ME TO GET A LIFE. Anyway, after some dissertation funtimes this afternoon followed by a nap I didn’t really mean to take, I’m in…

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Paperback Updates

Paperback Updates

Apologies for the double post today! I promised to keep you updated on the status of Broken Body Fragile Heart, namely whether or not the paperback I created through Blurb ever turned up on Amazon. I’m pleased to announce that it’s now definitely available in the US and the UK. You can get it from fun places like the Book Depository as well as directly through Amazon, which is super exciting to me. I’m glad it’s finally working. In the…

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Highlights And Poetry Cred

Highlights And Poetry Cred

Firstly, I’m sorry about all the blogging fail recently. While I try not to apologise for delays because I write this blog on my own terms and that includes being as infrequent as I like, I’m also aware that I’m … not exactly being a regular blogger right now. The reasons for this include not having a laptop, as it’s off having a health check, as well as having delicate wrists because I put my shoulder out again and it’s…

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BBFH (and Other Poetry Updates)

BBFH (and Other Poetry Updates)

I’ll be putting some of my cool photos from York up soon (if you’re following me on Instagram, you might have seen a lot of them already), but I just thought I’d update you on the status of Broken Body Fragile Heart, my third poetry collection and the only one theoretically available in paperback. Theoretically being the key word there. You may remember that a while back I made the decision to sell the paperback through Amazon rather than directly…

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Paperback, Paperback, Does Whatever A Paperback Does…

Paperback, Paperback, Does Whatever A Paperback Does…

Edited to add: Apparently it’s National Poetry Day. So I’m gonna pretend I timed this deliberately, and I’m also going to waggle my eyebrows at you until you think, “Hey, well, as it’s National Poetry Day wouldn’t it be good if I celebrated it by buying this book, either in paperback or as an ebook?” and then everyone will be happy. BECAUSE THAT’S MARKETING. Pretending coincidences were deliberate and all that. Right. Back to the topic on hand. I’m sure…

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Release The Krake– er, Poetry Collection

Release The Krake– er, Poetry Collection

It’s October! This means many things. It means Tumblr’s baffling obsession with Hallowe’en will intensify (as someone who never celebrated it as a kid, the appearance of pumpkins ALL OVER my dash is confusing every year). It means that it’s time to start preparing for NaNoWriMo, if you’re participating. It means I go to uni in four days, and isn’t that a terrifying thought? And it means that it’s release day for Broken Body Fragile Heart, so that’s what I’m…

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The End Of All Things

The End Of All Things

(Well, the end of my summer, a novel, a poetry collection, and my patience with formatting and synopses, anyway.) I think it’s finally hitting me that I leave for uni at the end of next week, because I’m suddenly realising how many things I haven’t done or finished that I meant to do this summer. My Buffy watching has been appalling intermittent, and with only a week and a half to go I haven’t even finished season three, and as…

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