Poetry Prompt #3

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great start to your week!

For this weeks poetry prompt, I’m using a prompt from the article 125 Of The Best Poetry Writing Prompts For Poets from the website Writer’s Relief. They have quite a few prompts I find interesting, but for now, I’m going to only choose one, and save the others for future posts πŸ˜‰

Anyways, here are a few poems for this week’s prompt, “Between dreams”.

I hope you enjoy it!


Think of the space

Which spans between

One dream

And the next.

How infinite it can seem,

When you are looking,

Just to cross it.

It may seem impossible,

Difficult to bridge the gap,

To reach the other side.

Perhaps you don’t see a space,

Only darkness,

Only emptiness,

Up ahead.

Dare yourself to see,

The darkness lit up with hope.

Dare yourself to fill,

The emptiness with a bright future.

Let there be a colorful bridge,

From one dream to the next.

Simply let there be,

Another dream.


We use reality as an excuse,

To shrink down our hopes,

Dreams,

And desires,

Into bite-sized pieces,

For others to digest easily.

Why?

Why would you do that to yourself?

Let your dreams be big,

Let your dreams be loud,

Let them take up space.

So that you,

Can finally see your worth.


The average person,

May dream three,

Five,

Or seven times a night.

All these dreams,

Pressed together,

In a kaleidoscope of thought,

Within only a couple hours.

How we have so many dreams,

Just to forget them,

After returning to reality.

So many adventures,

Lost,

In the blink of an eye.


Some dreams escape our grasp,

Floating to the back of our mind.

Others haunt us in our waking hours,

Reminding us of the thoughts which roam freely,

In the land of stars and night.


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-Erin(:

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Bookshelf Book Tag

Hello everyone, and happy Friday!

I wanted to do a fun little book tag (well, it’s kind of long, but little enough… I guess πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ)

Anyways, I originally found this book tag on A Suitcase Full of Book’s blog, but I did take out some of the questions I didn’t have any good answers to, since the tag itself is already pretty long πŸ‘Œ

On that note, let’s get into it!


Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn’t actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from:

I have a few shelves where I keep my books; one is a wide bookshelf which also holds my TV (on the far left), the second is a taller bookshelf with these cool X designs on the side (top middle), and then my bed has multiple shelves on it (bottom middle, and on the far right). I have another shelf on my bed, but it’s on the backside of the headboard and hard to take a decent picture of, so it’s not included below.

The first two shelves I got at Target when they were doing a Buy-One-Get-One 50% off sale (quick tip, there are a lot of furniture deals towards the start of the year, so if you need some new furniture, that is a great time to shop!) and my bed I got from JCPenney the previous year, during another beginning of the year furniture sale.

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?

I try to organize each shelf/cubicle by genre or age range. Some of them, though, are organized by what looks the best on that particular shelf. Nothing specific, more of just whatever pleases my eye!

I also have a couple shelves specifically for books I haven’t read yet, which is on the bookshelf on my bed. The two shelves on the left-most side (With the cat on the bottom shelf) are my TBR specific shelves, although not all of the books I haven’t read yet are on those shelves.

What’s the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf?

Probably The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, which has just over 1,000 pages. My manager gave me this book as a birthday present last year, because it’s one of his favorite series. I started reading it earlier this year, but only got about 60 pages in before getting distracted πŸ˜… However, I want to pick it up and try reading it again, hopefully before the end of this year, if not, sometime next year.

What’s the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf?

No surprise here, but it’s the poetry collection Helium by Rudy Francisco (typically poetry collections are pretty short, hence the lack of surprise). This is a really good poetry collection I recommend reading, as I love his prose, and it’s a quick read, which sometimes we all need.

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?

I’ve received quite a few books as birthday gifts actually πŸ˜‚ From my birthday this past June, a good friend of mine gave me the following books (Which is very much appreciated! 😊):

I’ve read both Felix Ever After and The Black Flamingo (which I sped through this super quickly because I loved the stories! 10/10 would recommend!) and I’m currently reading an Unkindness of Ghosts. I’ve noticed when I read sci-fi books, I tend to read them at a slower pace than usual, but I’m really close to finishing An Unkindness of Ghosts, and can’t wait to see how it ends!

What’s the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

This copy of The Three Little Pigs that I received as a party favor from a birthday party I went to in elementary school.

What’s the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

Since these books are from the same series, it would be my Pirateology and Dragonology books. I remember being obsessed with these books as a kid, and wanted to get all the books in this series, which I didn’t do (although, now as an adult, maybe I should complete my collection… maybe). As a kid, I remember having a lot of fun sharing them with my friends and using them in the make-believe games we would play.

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?

I have a few books I’ve received from my friends, so I’ll use the book first book I can see from where I’m sitting.  

 I read Fairest a couple years ago, so I don’t remember my specific thoughts on it, but I at least know I enjoyed reading it. Usually if I don’t like a book, the specific reasons why stand out in my mind, even years later, so I must have enjoyed reading it πŸ˜‚

Most expensive book?

I still have some of my old college textbooks, so most likely my intro to accounting book, as I could only get it through my university, and it may have been a new copy… but I don’t remember really πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

The last book you read on your shelf?

Blackballed: Black American Voting Rights an U.S. Electoral Politics by Darryl Pinckney, as the other two books I read after this (and have finished) are both Kindle books. I’ve mentioned this book a lot on here, so if you want my more in-depth thoughts on it, you can check out my post, Reading Update: 7/17/2020.

Do you have more than one copy of a book?

No, I don’t see the point to be honest πŸ˜‚ I know people love collecting multiple editions of a book/series they love, but I don’t have the space, nor am I willing to spend that kind of money.

Do you have the complete series of any book series?

I do, mostly because I hate having incomplete series on my shelves, although a lot of them I read when I was younger, as I’ve recently been wanting to read more standalone novels.  

I definitely want to write more posts discussing series I enjoyed when I was younger, and maybe even revisit them (?) but we’ll see when I end up getting to it! Who knows, maybe I’ll talk about some of the spooky series I enjoyed during my Blog Everyday in October challenge πŸ˜‰

What’s the newest addition to your shelf?

Inclusify by Stefanie K. Johnson, PHD. I talked about this in my previous WWW Wednesday post, but this is for a book club I recently joined for alumni of my university’s business school.

What book has been on your shelf FOREVER?

Ms. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten written by Joseph Slate, and illustrated by Ashley Wolff πŸ˜‚ I knew it would be one of the books I’ve had since I was a kid, but even now, I’m thinking I might have a book that’s been on my shelf even longer.

What’s the most recently published book on your shelf?

Once again… Inclusify by Stefanie K. Johnson, PHD… I know I already used this for another answer, but it really is the most recently published book I currently have πŸ˜… I tried finding other books that were published this year, but I already used them for other answers as well, so I’ll just have to repeat an answer.

The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)?

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann or Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. The particular editions I have were published somewhere between the late sixties and early seventies. Although, they were both books of my mom’s, so I don’t know which one she bought first.

A book you won?

I have a travel book I won in a raffle hosted by my study abroad department when I was in college! I’m pretty sure that’s the only book I’ve ever won! I can’t remember the title, and even though this tag is about books on my shelves, this particular book is packed away somewhere in the attic. Oops πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ So I don’t know the title, and I don’t want to dig around my attic to find the box this book is hiding in… so here we are!

A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)?

I don’t have anything in particular that comes to mind… I will just trust whoever is borrowing my books to be respectful and not mess them up! Books are meant to be read, and there’s no point in having a book just sit on my shelf if I know someone who wants to read it and doesn’t have a copy.

Most beat up book?

I have a copy of the Godfather that is literally split in half 😱 This is a book I found in my garage that is either my mom or dad’s (although, I think this one might be from my mom), but it has definitely seen better days!

Most pristine book?

A lot of my hardbacks are in really good condition, but I’ll go with On the Come Up by Angie Thomas for this answer. Although I liked The Hate U Give more, I loved Bri as a character (even though sometimes I wanted to talk some sense into her, but those are some of the best characters!), and it was a really good book overall! With how popular The Hate U Give is, it was always going to be hard to follow up with another book, but Angie Thomas did it amazingly with this story.

A book from your childhood?

Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant. I remember reading this book in elementary school and loving it, so my parents got me a copy!

A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)?

I wouldn’t say this is necessarily a “different” cover, but I love how this collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s work is designed and illustrated! I found it in one of the Little Free Libraries in my neighborhood, and had to pick it up when I saw it, because how could I pass up such an amazingly designed collection?

A book that is your favorite color?

This specific cover of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo has a nice green (maybe a little blueishness) on the cover, which are two of my favorite colors πŸ‘Œ


Thank you for reading through this tag, I hope you had some fun and found some new books to read!

On that note, have a good weekend, and I will see you next week with a new post!

-Erin(:

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WWW Wednesday! (08/05/2020)

Hello everyone, and Happy Wednesday!

Today is another round of WWW Wednesday, so it’s time to talk about books I just finished reading, what I’m currently reading, and what I plan on read. Originally, this was hosted by A Daily Rhythm but has been revived by Sam from Taking on a World of Words. I found it through Willow Writes and Reads‘ blog.

Now, let’s talk books!


What I’ve recently read:

I’ve been reading more poetry this year since working on my own poetry collection, and although I’ve found some good ones (Shedding to Grow by Kiersten N. Brydie and Glamourpuss by Cat Fitzpatrick are two collections I recommend checking out), some other ones I’ve read… didn’t do it for me. There was one collection I read that literally took me 15 minutes to get through (luckily, I was doing a trial for Kindle Unlimited, so I didn’t spend money on the book).

I was expecting Ache to be something I read through quickly, and not leave too much of an impression. That was definitely not the case. I loved how the poems flowed together and told a story, and free verse poetry is one of my favorite poetry structures, because I appreciate seeing how writers play around with such a loose structure.

This is a darker poetry collection, and discusses eating disorders, self-harm, and mental illness from a very raw perspective. A lot of the reviews I saw said they either couldn’t finish it, skipped around a lot of poems, or took a long time getting through it because it brought them back to a dark, negative space. If those are topics which you have a hard time reading about, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book to you.


What I’m currently reading:

I am still reading An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, but now I’m within the last 100 pages of the book, and the plot has really picked up! Aster and Theo have both really grown on me throughout the story as well, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the last third of the book.

I also started reading Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson, which follows Claudia, whose best friend Monday disappears over the summer. The opening chapter hooked me right into the book, and I’ve been really enjoying the build up around the mystery of Monday’s disappearance. I’m only a few chapters in, but I can’t wait to keep reading!


What I plan on reading:

I still want to read the other books I included in my previous WWW Wednesday, but I just got this book last week to read for a book club I recently joined! It’s for alumni who graduated from where I went to business school, and the author is a professor at the school (hence why it’s probably the first book we’re reading). I haven’t read a lot of business-centered non-fiction in a while, so I’m hoping it’s a good read!


Thanks for reading, and I hope you found some good recommendations! What have you been reading? If you aren’t reading anything right now, what are you thinking of making your next read? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear about it (:

On that note, I will see you Friday with something new!

-Erin(:

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Poetry Prompt #2

For this Poetry Prompt post, I decided to do my own prompt, and see what comes of it. I’ve been watching a lot of Doctor Who lately (Specifically the Matt Smith seasons) and I wanted to look through some of his quotes on the show, because I love quotes, what can I say πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

During my search, I found this quote from Matt Smith’s last episode as the Doctor, right before he regenerates:

It made me think some things, feel some things… and then eventually write some things πŸ˜‚

So here is a poem based on the previous quote, enjoy!


Remember the past,

Of being a child,

Dreaming of growing up?

Remember the hope,

That lived in your heart,

Thinking of what your future holds?

Whatever happened,

To that childlike curiosity?

Where did it all go,

That hope of a happy ending?

Is it really gone,

Or did we choose,

To pretend it can’t exist?


It’s easy to fixate on the present,

Become too wrapped up,

In the monotony,

Of our daily lives.

It’s easy to drown in the past,

To relive what has been,

In fear of the future.

It’s easy to obsess over the future,

And forget about where you are now.

We need to honor who we were,

Who we are now,

And who we will be,

But not get trapped,

Or dwell,

On what we cannot change.


Thank you for reading, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin πŸ™‚

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Mid-Year Writing Reflections

Since we’re more than halfway through 2020, now is a good time to step back and reflect on the year so far, concerning my writing. I like taking the time to reflect on this year, because I can see what goals I have followed through with, what I have decided to stop working on, and figure out what I want to continue doing for the rest of the year.

If you ask anyone to sum up 2020 in one phrase, most likely it will be some iteration of a “hot mess”, and I am no different. The start of this year was rocky for me, because I was questioning my path with writing (especially with this blog), and I was dealing with more personal issues in my life. This was all happening in January, and at the time I had decided to take a break from the blog, since I wasn’t in a good place and didn’t want to deal with maintaining a consistent post schedule. Then in February, after my break, I decided to blog again, but use it to refocus and think about what I wanted to do on here, and in my life in general. I had also started posting on Medium, but after about a month or two, I realized that I’d rather focus on posting here, rather than on there.

Then, COVID-19 hit.

I was furloughed from my job, so I found myself stuck at home with all the free time in the world. I had already been working on a poetry collection, but it wasn’t very fleshed out at the time. Since I suddenly found myself with the time to do it, I put all my energy towards drafting the collection, as well as posting on here.

Then, on May 25th, George Floyd was murdered, and the whole world saw the last nine minutes of his life.

Around the country, protests were happening, and people were speaking up about police brutality against Black people in the United States. I wasn’t going to protests, because I live with someone who is high-risk for COVID-19, so I had to think about how I could help from home. I was sharing posts on Twitter, signing petitions and donating, but I felt there was more I could be doing. I decided to start posting on here, and sharing both Twitter and Instagram posts, along with articles and other resources for educating and helping out. I know a lot of people who don’t have accounts on these platforms, which is easy to forget that a lot of the people we should be having these conversations with, are probably not going to be on Twitter or Instagram. Even though I may not have a lot of followers on here, it’s still important to use my platform here to speak out on these issues. I also realized how even though I did read books by BIPOC, I wasn’t making as much of a conscious effort to support these authors and businesses as I should have been. I took advantage of the reading lists and picked up a bunch of books to read and discuss, and have been reading through them.


I also want to note, that as important as it is to read stories written by BIPOC discussing the issues they face, it’s equally as important to read their stories not talking about their pain. Let’s read more BIPOC telling a cheesy coming of age story, rom-com’s or even full blown romance stories. Let’s read more BIPOC stories full of drama, and sci-fi stories exploring the human condition through imaginary worlds. The more we support these stories in the publishing community, the more diversity we will see in the stories which are told, and who is telling them. We, as the reader, tell publishing companies what we want by buying books, and we have a tendency to buy what is easiest for us to access. Publishing companies are businesses, and will find more authors who tell the stories which have been selling a lot, as well as continue working with authors who have been successful. So take a little extra time to find your next read, and don’t be afraid to try different authors, as who knows… maybe you’ll find your new favorite author.

Anyways, that’s what I wanted to say on that, let’s get back to reflecting!


Now, it’s the end of July, and it seems more likely things will get worst before they get better. I could go on for a long time on how our government and even fellow citizens, have let us all down throughout this entire pandemic, but that’s not why I’m writing this post.

I’m writing this post to say: stay hopeful.

There will be an end to this year, and I’m sure we will celebrate it with all the joy in the world.

There will be a vaccine for COVID-19, and we’ll be able to safely interact with people again.

We have faced many challenges this year so far, on a worldwide scale, as well as on a personal level. This year, 2020, will be talked about in history classes in years to come, and it’s up to you to decide whether you will be on the right side of history.

Most importantly, though, is to make sure you’re taking care of yourself.

Remember what you’re working towards in life. Remember the things that bring you happiness. Remember to be kind to yourself.

My writing is here for me to remind myself of these things, and as a release so that my emotions don’t remain bottled up inside me. That’s what my writing has been for me my whole life, but especially this year. I hope you have found your means of happiness, some ways to release what you’re holding on inside, and that you find peace in this time of uncertainty.

The world at large is a scary place, and it’s easy to lose hope, to become apathetic to the issues it holds. But we have the power to do so much more than we think, and we need to find healthy ways to remind ourselves of our capabilities.

So what do I want to do for the rest of the year?

  1. Continue working on this blog, my poetry collection and other writing work
  2. To be a more conscious consumer
  3. Be supportive and listen to those who are struggling
  4. Continue taking care of myself

Thank you for reading, I know this went from just talking about my writing to other things, but I want to talk about it, and it’s my blog… so I’m going to talk about itπŸ˜‚

Anyways, I will see you next week with a new post!

-Erin πŸ™‚

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WWW Wednesday! (07/29/2020)

Hey everyone, and welcome to a surprise Wednesday post!

Today I’m going to be talking about what I finished reading, what I’m currently reading, and what I’m thinking of reading soon!

Originally, this was hosted by A Daily Rhythm but has been revived by Sam from Taking on a World of Words. I found out about it after seeing Willow Writes and Reads‘ post last week, and I wanted to try posting a bit more on here than once a week, so this seemed like the perfect way to start!

Anyways, let’s get into the post!


What I’ve recently read:

Recently, I finished reading Darkness Comes at Dawn by Francina Simone, which is the second book in the Guardian’s Trilogy. This is a YA Urban Fantasy, that was a quick read for me, and it also took a darker turn plot-wise in comparison to The Keeper’s Vow, which I really enjoyed. Another aspect of the book I liked was how Simone used the strained relations between vampires, werewolves, witches, humans and guardians to reflect the issues of racism in the real world.

I also finished reading Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy by Darryl Pinckney, which I talked about in more detail in my post Reading Update: 7/17/2020. Overall, I thought it was a good read for learning more about the history of voting for Black Americans in the United States, but it did take me longer to finish, as I kept losing interest. However, I read a bit more of Pinckney’s writing, and enjoyed it, so I would be interested in checking out more of his stuff, even though this book wasn’t my favorite. There are also more great resources for those who are interested in doing further research on the topic of voting and democracy for Black American’s included.


What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading two books:

Ache by Lillian Olson, which is a poetry collection that I’ve been reading before bed when I haven’t been able to focus as much. So far, I’ve been enjoying the Olson’s writing style, the themes of her collection and the more long form poetry.

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon is a Sci-Fi book that takes place on a ship which reflects the Antebellum South, and explores the themes of slavery and gender identity. I’m about six chapters in, and it’s been a good read so far, as the plot is moving at a good pace, and I like exploring the world through Aster’s perspective.


What I plan on reading:

As of right now, these are four of the books I’ve been thinking of reading once I’m done with Ache and An Unkindness of Ghosts. HOWEVER… I am a mood reader, so by the time I’m finished with what I’m currently reading, I might be in the mood to read a completely different set of books πŸ˜‚


Let me know what you’ve been reading down below! Or have you just finished a really good book? Feel free to share πŸ™‚

On that note, have a good rest of your week and I will see you Friday with a new post!

-Erin πŸ™‚

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Poetry Prompt #1

Hey everyone, I hope it’s been a good week!

Today, I wanted to try a poetry prompt from a notebook I have called Write the Poem. It gives you a one word prompt, with a list of “Word Associations” on the side. I decided to write a set of Haiku’s, because I never really write Haiku’s and it seemed like a fun thing to do πŸ‘Œ

If you want to try it out yourself here you go!

PromptWord Associations
SmileGrin
Laugh
Amusement
Delight
Smirk
Beam
Dimple
Lips

Note: As I was editing, I learned how terrible I am at counting πŸ˜‚ I wrote these according to the standard 5-7-5 format… or tried to at least! Hopefully my ability to count the amount of syllables in a phrase has improved!


That smile right there,

Was enough for anyone

To be enchanted.


That goddamn dimple,

Has made me do stupid things,

Because I saw love.


I was taken by

That laugh which would fill a room,

Never reaching their eyes.


I thought he was nice,

With that one beaming smile,

Which hid everything.


The last thing I saw

Was that dumb smirk on his face

As I ran away.


Thanks for reading, and I will see you next week with a new post!

-Erin πŸ™‚

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Reading Update: 7/17/2020

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve been having a good week! I also hope you’ve been staying safe and healthy!

So far in July, I’ve read four books, and today I wanted to talk about what I finished reading recently.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy!


The Week of July 5-July 11

The first book I finished in July was All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. It’s a thriller centered around the disappearance of a girl in a small town in North Carolina, and how that shook up everyone in the town, especially those who knew her. We start the book ten years after the disappearance, following Nicolette as she comes back to the town for the first time since the disappearance of her friend, and during this visit another girl disappears. It was a fun thriller I enjoyed reading up until the ending (which I thought was a bit to “everything works out perfectly for everyone” sort of a deal), so I gave it a 3/5 stars. I would recommend it if you haven’t read a lot of thrillers and are looking to get into the genre, or if you are looking for something that’s not too complex of a plot line.

The next book I read was a poetry collection called Glamourpuss by Cat Fitzpatrick. Her poetry follows her experiences as a transgender woman, and I really liked it! I think I mentioned this in a previous post, but I love how she plays around with different poem structures and how that affects the tone of each poem. The writing style also made it easy to understand the poems, and so it could be one of those books you could read all in one sitting, or one where you want to sit and think about the poem you just read. I gave it a 4.5/5 stars, and I definitely recommend checking this out if you love poetry and are interested in reading more about the trans experience from a more personal perspective.

The Week of July 12-July 17

Earlier this week, I finished reading The Keeper’s Vow by Francina Simone, which is a YA urban fantasy novel. It follows our protagonist, Katie, as she discovers a new world, and by doing so, learns more about herself and the secrets being kept by those around her. I’m giving a pretty vague synopsis because I went into the story not knowing too much, and it definitely added to the reading experience. Overall, I rated it 3/5 stars, because even though I enjoyed the story and found it a fun escape from everything going on right now, the writing style didn’t always work for me, which took me out of the novel sometimes. However, it is Francina’s debut novel, and I still plan on reading the sequel Darkness Comes at Dawn.

The second book I finished this week was Blackballed: Black American Voting Rights and U.S. Electoral Politics by Darryl Pinckney. It’s a non-fiction essay discussing the history of voting rights for Black Americans, and how that has influenced politics today. I thought there were good resources in the material to use for further research, and I found some of the points brought up super interesting, but overall I gave the book a 3.5/5 stars. The main drawback for me, once again, was the writing style, as it made it hard to get through sections of the essay at times. Especially since I just finished reading Killing Rage by bell hooks (where the writing style clicked with me perfectly and made me want to read more) before reading this book, it was kind of a disappointment. However, there was an excerpt from an article Darryl Pickney wrote for The New York Review of Books titled What Black Means Now included at the end of the book, which I thought was written better for my reading taste. I also liked how it went through each time period in a more distinct way to show the connection between the past and the present. He wrote some other books, and I want to check them out, as although Blackballed isn’t one of my favorite books, I really enjoyed the article from The New York Review of Books, along with the other memoirs and such he mentioned in Blackballed.


Let me know what you’re reading! Are you enjoying your current read, or is it dragging on? Are you looking for the next book to start?

On that note, thank you for reading, and I will see you all next week with a new post! Have a good weekend ✌

-Erin πŸ™‚

While you’re already here, why not check these links out? πŸ˜‰

https://polandlgbt.carrd.co/

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

https://yemencrisis.carrd.co/


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Backyard Photography

Hey everyone, and happy Tuesday!

I know I usually post on Friday’s, but when I first started, I was doing two posts a week, on Tuesday’s and Friday’s. I decided to stop posting on Tuesday’s and make Friday my regular posting day, so I use Tuesday as my “extra post when I feel like making one” day.

Anyways, since we’re still sheltering in place (well, for the most part… at least I am) in the US, I’ve been doing more backyard photo shoots, because why not? πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

This particular session is from a couple weeks ago, in the early evening when it was cloudy. I love taking pictures when it’s cloudy, especially if it’s something colorful, as the colors seem to pop more on a dreary day. Although, I also love cloudy weather, so I don’t consider it dreary πŸ˜‚ When you live somewhere that’s sunny all the time, and doesn’t have a lot of variation in the weather, it’s nice to have a cloudy day or two (and some rain) to change things up!

On that note, here are the photos, and I hope you enjoy them!


We have some flamingos in our yard, these two in front are the newest additions!
I have so many pictures of these hibiscus, because the purple flowers are so pretty! There’s another hibiscus plant that I always take pictures of every year when it blooms because of how gorgeous the colors are.
I love these succulents in our backyard, I think they’re adorable!
This photo is VERY heavily edited (in case you couldn’t tell πŸ˜‚) but I love how it turned out, and now it’s my lock screen photo πŸ‘Œ

I hope this little backyard photography session brightened up your day a little, bit! I will see you on Friday with a new post!

-Erin πŸ™‚

While you’re already here, why not check these links out? πŸ˜‰

https://polandlgbt.carrd.co/

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

https://yemencrisis.carrd.co/


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Twitter: @ENordhof

Prose: https://theprose.com/ennord

Creative Dumping Ground #22

Hey everyone, I hope you had a good week!

Before I get into the more “creative dumping ground” part of this post, I want to do a quick little reading update, because my reading has been all over the place πŸ˜‚

Even though I have three books on my Good Reads “current reads” shelf, I’m “actively” reading Glamourpuss by Cat Fitzpatrick. I’ve been enjoying it so far, as she works with a variety of poetry formats such as sonnets, long form poetry and short form poetry. It’s been interesting seeing how everything flows together as she talks about her life, from realizing she’s trans, to transitioning, along with the reactions and treatment of those around her. Her poetry collection is one I haven’t been reading through as quickly as I have with previous ones, and it’s nice to spend more time with one collection (if that makes sense).

I’ve also been doing some creative writing behind the scenes, and decided to share a few snippets (for lack of a better word) of what I came up with. I haven’t been sharing as much of my writing as I have in the past, so I figured, “Why not now?”

Other than that, sit back, relax, and enjoy!



Alright, that’s about all I have for today! Thank you for reading, and I will see you next week with a new post (and maybe even an extra one too πŸ˜‰)!

-Erin πŸ™‚

While you’re already here, why not check these links out? πŸ˜‰

https://polandlgbt.carrd.co/

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

https://yemencrisis.carrd.co/


Medium: https://medium.com/@erin.nord87

Twitter: @ENordhof

Prose: https://theprose.com/ennord