The Writer & the Reader

Let me tell you of the writers
That you say are fairly odd
What you fail to understand
Is that everyone is flawed
That while the writer tends to bleed
in layers of black ink
when you enter in their mind
They are giving you a link
To a world of make believe
Where imagination always flows
a place to seek sanctuary
where knowledge only grows
It’s not hard to see the reason
That there’s magic on a page
And why not everyone can keep
Their heart locked in a cage
So I dare you to let go
And be captured by the stream
It doesn’t cost to listen
It doesn’t cost to dream
Should you feel you’d rather stay
With a taste that’s rather bland
I will wait here in a world
That only readers understand

Cover Reveal! The Coordinates of a Dream.

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Title: The Coordinates of a Dream
Genre: Poetry
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Ebook: $0.99 USD
Designed by: Najla Qamber Designs

Inspired by human perception and the complicated emotions of the heart, MJ Abraham weaves tenderness and empowerment with all the complexities that make up our relationships.

Her debut collection of poetry includes a spark of hope, the sadness of loss, vulnerability mixed with strength, and the type of romance we crave.

Each poem takes you on a journey between our imperfect world to the realization that dreams are what we make of them.

Magic does exist; it runs through us like a wild, fiery current.

* Add to your Goodreads TBR pile *

I had so much fun working on this with Najla. As usual, her patience and dedication for her client’s vision is always appreciated! My inspiration came from three separate pieces of art work I’d come across online. I decided not to have any models on the cover and instead focus on elements that surround us each and every day. As the blurb suggests, the book will have a mix of love AND loss, something that I believe everyone has felt at different points in their life. Whichever path you’re on now, I hope you’ll find you can relate to my words.

Many of the poems that I’ve shared on Instagram will be included, but I’ll also be publishing several new ones. I’m so excited about it and can’t wait to have all my favorites formatted for ebook and print!

As a thank you for your support, I’m doing a giveaway for a $25 Amazon or B&N Gift card. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and check out the Rafflecopter link below. I’ll pick a winner 6/7/15… good luck!

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Blackout Poetry

Sometime last year, while minding my own business searching Pinterest for home decor/party decor/hot shirtless men I stumbled upon an image that looked like a newspaper article with certain lines crossed out in thick, black marker. The remaining words made a type of poem or quote. I was intrigued and immediately starting searching for other types of “blackout poetry”. It turns out this was a trend started by Austin Kleon who now has three books out and a long list of aspiring authors/poets to thank him. Because I find this to be not just another fancy way to write poetry, but also a great way to practice and hone your skill. When I’m in a slump or don’t have the time to work on one of my own poems it’s nice that I can reach over and grab a book for word play.

What I do is pick out one of my favorite books from my shelves and skim through the pages. It’s that easy, and that hard. The hard part is finding the perfect page that will get you going. I start off with some of my favorite scenes but if that doesn’t work I just randomly flip through. I find that I can usually get somewhere within 3-4 tries. A soon as I spot the right words that will make something meaningful to me (or some sort of sense to the reader) I photocopy the page (*No books are ever harmed in the making of my blackout poetry!) and begin to blackout what I don’t want seen.

Some poets get really creative with it and draw pictures instead of just crossing words out – I haven’t gotten that far yet – but it is impressive what other people can do. The important thing is to have fun with it however you choose to do your own!

I’ve shared all of mine on Instagram but here are a couple I’ve done:

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Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga “Believe in magic beyond the universe. Reality will kill dreamy beginnings.” Page 283.
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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. “Hopeful was white noise. It was the heart wired wrong somewhere. Sometimes you didn’t know whether to push without letting go. Gray stuff cataloged into everything.” Page 227
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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green “And then just for one moment, like a clap of thunder in the field of suffering, he pulled me to fight and I felt powerful just a little. We lay there furious until morning, when I heard that his body could tell it wasn’t working.” Page 215

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Why blog?

With there being an “About Me” section on the blog, I didn’t want my first post to be “All About Me”. And anyways, your best chance of getting to know me is simply by interacting with me (social media is where it’s at!). So instead, I’ve decided to start off with why I blog.

I started blogging while in college as a way to journal, and the internet was the easiest way to do it. There weren’t too many posts and it wasn’t about anything interesting. It was, as writing has always been for me, just a way to get my thoughts out. Later that blog became a journal about my son and motherhood but it wasn’t until he was two years old (2010) that I started a blog to review books. That was when I learned how BIG the blogging community was and how many amazing people are out there – so passionate about the written word. While I was no stranger to blogging itself, I was a stranger to book blogs and I am so thankful that I did that for two years and for all the wonderful people I’ve met. Thanks to bloggers, I learned about “Independent Publishing” and realized “holy crap! I can finally publish some of my work!” I put reviewing aside and began working on two contemporary romance novels that I self published in 2013.

So why am I here starting yet another blog under my author name? Two reasons:

1. As a mother, wife, and full time employee (not writing) my time is limited. My favorite thing to write is fictional stories and I know that I will never stop writing them but I can’t always work on them. My writing process is not really considered a “process” I work on them when I can. You’re probably thinking you should be working on stories instead of blogging (and I get that) but sometimes it just isn’t that easy. I need silence, I need time. I can write a quick blog post on my phone or during a lunch break. I can’t concentrate on my characters the same way.

2. This blog won’t just be ramblings (promise!) It will have info on my books, stories, and poetry as they come to me.

This isn’t a woe is me post, it just is what it is. I blog because I love to write. Because I have to write something. Words won’t let me go, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.