The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Suzanne M. Brazil

Meet Suzanne M. Brazil today on the 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour. She finds writing is a release, a call to arms and a honkey tonk dance.

Kate M. Colby

Suzanne M. Brazil

suzanneMy name is Suzanne M. Brazil. I grew up mainly in the Midwest and live less than an hour north of Chicago with my husband and son. We have a daughter getting married in June and our son is in college. I’ve been writing my whole life. When I’m upset, happy, loving, homicidal – it all comes out first in a letter in my head. I once tap danced in a Las Vegas showgirl type outfit in a variety show in Texas and I have owned two horses (neither in Texas). I’ve been published twice in Writer’s Digest and several time in local publications. I finished my first draft of my first novel in August 2014 and am in the thick of revisions. I blog, riff and revise from my daughter’s old bedroom at a desk my husband made for me.

What is the first piece you…

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The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan an empowering author who writes YA Paranormal Fantasy books based on the gods and goddesses of India. Check her out today on the 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour and see for yourself.

Kate M. Colby

Sabina Khan

sabinaSabina Khan is the author of Realm of the Goddess, the first in a series of YA Paranormal Fantasy books based on the gods and goddesses of India. She is an educational consultant and a karaoke enthusiast. After living in Germany, Bangladesh, Macao, Illinois and Texas, she has finally settled down in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and three daughters, one of whom is a fur baby. She is passionate about the empowerment of girls and women, hoping to inspire them with the strong female characters in her novel.

What is the first piece you remember writing (from childhood or young adulthood)?

I think I must have been in Grade Three when I wrote a short story about two kids who found themselves transported to this magical world where giant golden raspberries hung from the trees and friendly giant snored on the fields.

What is your…

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Assignment #4 – Blogging U 201 – Poetry – Concrete, Animal, Enjambment

Assignment #4 – Concrete, Animal, Enjambment

Difficult, difficult difficult……What a challenging assignment.  I did it!.  It is lame, but done.  I do need to remember that if I keep at it and don’t quit I can do anything.  A Life Lesson while writing poetry.  WhaWhoo can it get any better!.     In case It isn’t clear, this is a Concrete Snake.

    a snakes tale

S                                 le

lip                         tt       t

pery                      rat          a

slider             speed                     i

slow              of                      l

glider             burst                    wa

grab               a                      rn

ing a                for             in

spot              ways                   g

of sun         side

                  Sl i t h e r

A Concrete Snake Poem
A Concrete Snake Poem

The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Lauren Faulkenberry

Welcome Lauren Faulkenberry to the 2K International Writers’ Blog tour. Lauren is a creative artist who believes writing is magical. Please check out her interview, blog and books.

Kate M. Colby

Lauren Faulkenberry

LaurenI’m a writer and book artist currently living in North Carolina (US). I published a children’s book in 2002, but currently write novels and shorts stories. Under the imprint of Firebrand Press, I made limited edition handmade books that are letterpress printed. I’ve always loved books and illustration, and have combined my love of writing and image-making in artists books. My books are held in a variety of Special Collections libraries both nationally and internationally. I currently work for the National Park Service and travel to conduct printmaking and book arts workshops.

What is the first piece you remember writing (from childhood or young adulthood)?

A children’s book called “Lost Dog” when I was in grade school. I wrote and illustrated it, and made book covers from cereal boxes.

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer? Your least favorite?

My favorite thing about being a writer…

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Assignment 3 – Blogging U 201 – Poetry – Acrostic, Trust, Internal Rhyme

Assignment 3 – Blogging U 201 – Poetry – Acrostic, Trust, Internal Rhyme

I must apologize to my friend followers and those I visit regularly for not popping by or commenting on your posts.  I have been so focused on writing poetry, which I struggle with as if shedding my own skin,  I have not maintained my social graces.  This morning,  so intent on writing,  I let an important appointment slip my mind.   Ooops.

Anyway to get on with the post.  Here is my offering for assignment #3 – Acrostic on Trust with an Internal Rhyme.   The internal rhyme is not as subtle as I would like, but it is there.

Trust in Yourself

 

Touch a match to the torch

Restrain the stain of shadows insane

Undulating in the corners.

Sustain the light of truth

Through the pain of the darkness.

 

Cheryle Feb 19, 2015

The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Steven Baird

Check out Steven Baird, todays feature artist on the 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour. Steven is a non-linear writer who looks for the poetry in language and dreams of Tim Horton’s coffee.

Kate M. Colby

Steven Baird

stevenI’m a full-time ad designer for a chain of newspapers which publishes in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma, Georgia and several other states. I currently live in S.W. Virginia in a remarkably isolated area with my wife Angela and a horse, dog, cat, and several chickens. I’m a native Canadian so I still miss (after almost 8 years!) my daily Tim Horton’s coffee. I actually dream about it.

I first thought myself a writer when I was 10 years old. I’m 55 now, so it’s been awhile. At my former job, I was an ad designer, a columnist, part-time editor, did pagination, and helped set up the plates for printing. Occasionally I’d insert flyers if there was time. So I’m familiar with the business.

Writing, for me, has always been the best means of expression. Novels have always fascinated me… the pacing, the character development, the plotting…

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Assignment 2 – Writing 201 – Limerick, Journey, Alliteration

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Assignment #2 Blogging U – Writing Poetry 201

I am late with my offering for day two.  I love writing poetry, but it is such a difficult task for me, like pulling teeth. One word at a time.

The assignment was to create a Limerick about a Journey that uses alliteration as a device.   It’s a little weak on alliteration but I think I achieved the idea of a journey and the sense of a limerick.   The Journey is the struggle or the work that is done while meditating to move your mind from chaos to tranquility.

Journey from Chaos to Peace

Once on my cushion, I sit still

To tame the emotions to my will

Dismiss from my mind

Chaos not in line

With the peace I wish to instill.

Cheryle  Feb 18, 2015

Versatile Blogger Award

I am one happy girl.  I am go glad I began blogging.  In addition to being a creative outlet, a learning experience, the kind blogging community makes me feel appreciated, understood and part of a wonderful group of people.

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I am grateful to Donna George of “Donna George Blogs, Beyond Extraordinary Days, Little Bits of This and That” for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award Donna is a versatile blogger in her own right.  Her blog is filled with beautiful photos, inspirational words and loving sentiments.   I have enjoyed many visits to her site,  I recommend you stop by to see her photos, and listen to her generous voice for yourself.    Donnas’ photos and words have been a blogging inspiration for me and I am very happy to have found her site.

The Rules for accepting the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

1) Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their site.

2) Tell 7 things about yourself

3) Nominate 15 bloggers

4) Link to their sites and let them know of the nomination.

7 THINGS ABOUT MYSELF

1)  I come from a military family.  Even did a few years myself.  I learned to drive big trucks and shoot very well.

2)  I love dogs and cats.  I currently have 2 lovely  kitty furboys who love looking outside at the birds bathing in the baths placed throughout the yard.

3) I have always enjoyed writing, even if it was only writing memos.  I never thought I had a voice.  I am finding it now with blogging.

4)  I have lived in, not necessarily in this order,  Shilo – Manitoba, Regina – Saskatchewan,  Montreal – Quebec, Soest – Germany, Calgary – Alberta, Toronto – Ontario and for a very short while Ottawa – Ontario.

6) I never celebrated a birthday at home until I was 6.  My family always travelled during the summer.  I can say I have celebrated my birthday in many European countries.

7)  I learned to speak, English, French and German at the same time.  Now, there are some days I can barely speak English.

THE 15 BLOGGERS I WANT TO NOMINATE:

1)  Mitsubachicats  of Featherstone Homestead

2) Marcelle Davis  Frecklesoul at A Jar of Love

3) Marie Williams of Come Fly with Me

4) Kanzen Sakura 

5) Elan Mudrow

6) Kurt Brindley

7) Spaceshipchina

8) Dr. Rohithz of My Life

9) F.G.M. of poems and poemes

10) Keith Garrett of Keith Garrett Poetry  

11)  Colleen Walser

12)  Marty Leake – An Aspiring Writer 

13) Gretchen Yuma

14) Mia of Heart Cloud Blessings

15 Allyson Lee Adams

Napping is our Nature; Reasons Why You Should Take Time to Nap

Something I have been trying to convince people of for years

Itchy Quill

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Do you remember your first job? I worked in a fish and chip shop in Southern England. I was 14 years old, and my responsibilities consisted of peeling potatoes, chipping them and then blanching them ready to be deep fried by the owner Mr Fukiyama later. He was a Japanese immigrant who had lived in the UK and owned his fish and chip shop for nearly twenty years. I have never tasted fish and chips as good as he made them since.

I worked six days a week, 1.5 hours Monday to Friday, then 2 hours on Saturday morning; they were the cruellest. I would be so tired, dragging myself out of bed at the crack of dawn to make sure there was someone there with the owner to collect the fish delivery that would be shipped fresh in a freezer van from the South Coast.

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The International Writers’ Blog Tour – Corri van de Stege

Introducting Corri Van De Stege todays’ feature writer on the 2K International Writers’ Blog tour

Kate M. Colby

Corri van de Stege

corriI live and write in England, although I’m a Dutch national.  I’ve lived in England for very long stretches of time, studied in London, and worked across the UK. I’ve also lived in The Netherlands where I was brought up, and I lived in Iran during the 1979 revolution. As a consequence of all this moving around the globe I now have a very dispersed family, and this provides wonderful excuses for travelling here, there and everywhere whenever I can!

I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I used to keep diaries and write short stories, but never got round to properly editing or submitting these. I guess this was because, as well as moving around countries and bringing up a family, I had demanding professional jobs. As part of the latter I published some non-fiction work, one as a co-author on a book on…

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