Book Update #2 and New Review of Pathways to Illumination

Book Update

Book update and talk and run on sentences and … Photo via Poetic Parfait

Books unite! No wait, what? Let me get my head together here. Hang on. Glasses on, check. Smile on, check. Fingers ready to type, okay. I have an update on the new book and also got a great review to share on my debut book Pathways to Illumination. Thanks for spending some time with me today as I share the news.

Update on My New Book

Let’s start with the new poetry book, which will release over the next few months. It is a work in process, I know. I’m taking my edits and applying them on the computer. I take one hour a day to work on it, so it’s a slow but steady rate.

I now have a book title. Yes! Versions of the Self. Yes, that’s the title at the moment. Could it change? Sure. Will it? Don’t know. That’s the working title right now. If you want to read more secrets about the upcoming book, you can check out the first progress update on it that I posted last month.

Hmm let’s see… I’ve started brainstorming about the cover. I want a simple design to convey the overall theme and my friend author Rolly A. Chabot has kindly helped me with visualizing my ideas. As well Graciela Sholander – follow her on Twitter as she is a great writing resource – has been very generous with her time, helping me with some of my Amazon publishing inquiries.

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Interview with Author Debbie Manber Kupfer

Interview with P.A.W.S. author Debbie Manber Kupfer

Hello Debbie Manber Kupfer, nice to visit with you today. Photo courtesy of Debbie.

Hi everyone! The doorbell just went and I have to hurry to the door to see who is there. (Looking through the peephole in the door). Oh how wonderful, it is author Debbie Manber Kupfer! Hi Debbie, welcome to the Parfait-verse. I hope all is well.

What’s that? Oh yes, I have restocked the shelves. After Raymond Alexander Kukkee ate all of the ice cream sandwiches, I went and got us Oreos instead. Here, sit down and let’s talk a bit about you.

Debbie, please tell us a little about yourself and how you first became interested in writing.

I grew up in London and have lived in Israel, North Carolina, and New York before ending up in St. Louis where I live with my husband, two kids, and the real ruler of our household, our kitty, Miri Billie Joe. I divide my time between writing fiction and writing puzzles for magazines and my puzzle blog, Paws 4 Puzzles, and recently published my first book of logic problems, Paws 4 Logic, together with my son, Joey.

I’ve been writing stories ever since I was a kid. I used to fill notebooks with my tall tales and even wrote a series of “novels” in elementary school. It wasn’t until 2012 though that I first started to take my writing seriously. In October 2012 I had a vision of a young girl being given a silver cat charm by her grandmother, and I knew the vision was important, from this the story of P.A.W.S. was born.

I decided to try NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I put the rest of my life on hold for a month and wrote my story. At the end of the month I had the first draft of P.A.W.S.

And we are so glad you have taking your writing seriously or we would not have gotten these books! That’s great that you completed NaNoWriMo successfully as I have heard it is quite the challenge. Okay, now I am wondering, if you had to choose, which writers would you consider to be mentors? Read the full post »

Book Spotlight: Dreams On My Pillow by Irina Dimitric

Poetry Book Dreams On My Pillow

Reading Dreams On My Pillow by Irina Dimitric on my Tablet. Photo: Poetic Parfait.

Hello everyone, hope you are having a great day! Today I am spotlighting the book Dreams On My Pillow by Irina Dimitric. It is a book of poetry that is certainly worthy of the mention here.

In Dreams On My Pillow, writer Irina Dimitric shares a collection of 39 poems that evoke many emotions. Some make me laugh (yes, I have reread them more than once), others speak of love, and there are beautiful poems about nature too. Read the full post »

To Writers Who Struggle with Self-Compassion #1000Speak

1000 voices speak up for compassion

The #1000Speak for Compassion movement is here, February 20, 2015.

I am proud to take part in the #1000Speak movement for compassion and here is my contribution with this post. I thought about what to write and then got hard on myself, judging whether the concept I came up with would ultimately meet readers’ expectations. Then I thought of this Faulkner quote:

The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with. ~William Faulkner

Okay, well, now that’s a little depressing, isn’t it? I mean, if we can never make the idea as perfect in written form as it is in our minds then why bother? Aha, but isn’t is so worth trying to get out to the reader those amazing ideas, to try, to ponder them, to meld them into words? Isn’t that a wonderful challenge to take on?

I think so. If I didn’t, then I wouldn’t be blogging and working on a second book. But, I do struggle with self-compassion when it comes to my writing. I am hard on myself, and I think other writers struggle with the same issue. We can have compassion for other writers as we read of their struggles with their book plots, character descriptions, or having a feeling of lack of creativity some days. But then after we finish reading that post (or two or three), we return to our projects and curse ourselves for our perceived failures and shortcomings.

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