Author Archives: Christy B

About Christy B

Christy Birmingham is a freelance writer, author and poet. As the owner of When Women Inspire, she supports female initiatives to positively impact and change the world. In addition, she owns Poetic Parfait, a site dedicated to poetry and all kinds of literary goodness. Feel free to connect across the networks!

William D. Holland's Coloring Book Launches

Why a Novelist Created a Coloring Book

Please join me in welcoming writer William D. Holland back to the blog. If you missed the author interview with Bill or weren’t yet following Poetic Parfait, please check it out. Today Bill has a guest post for us. The idea for it came when I learned last week of the coloring book he recently released to the world, titled The Urban Farming Coloring Book. To this point, I had known him primarily for his fictional works and his excellent tips for writers. So, I asked Bill: “Why did you create a coloring book?” Here is his wonderful guest post in response to my question.

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Christy, thank you so much for the opportunity to share my little story with all of your readers.

So, why a novelist created a coloring book…that is the question.

I am, most definitely, a novelist.  I have five self-published novels, another one nearly completed, and five novellas to my credit.  I can’t even count the number of short stories I’ve written.

I love fiction!  I am alive when I’m developing a story, every single one of my senses vibrating as I paint a scene.

So what in the world am I doing publishing a coloring book?

Coloring Book Creator Bill Holland

Author Bill Holland stands confidently as a talented author and creator of a coloring book. Photo used with the permission of Bill Holland.

Farmers Markets

Besides being a writer I’m also an urban farmer.  My wife and I spend quite a bit of our time, during the summer, at farmers markets selling our quail eggs.  Last year, while working our booth, I decided we needed another product to sell, something that would appeal to a broader crowd.

Take my love of farming, combine it with my love of writing, and you have a coloring book, an Urban Farming Coloring Book, one that not only has pictures to color but also has information on how to farm in an urban setting.

Each “chapter” covers a certain aspect of urban farming i.e. how to raise chickens, how to prepare the soil, how to raise quail, how to compost, and each chapter has a picture that relates to that information.  I had great fun formatting the book, despite the formatting problems I knew would come, and I’m pretty happy with the results.  Hopefully someone will agree with me and buy it.

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Writing a Poem about a Wolf

A Wolf Inspires a Poem for Kids’ Month

Hi all! This new poem called “Challenge” gets its inspiration from a particular piece of street art depicting a wolf. The amazing artwork was photographed by Resa of Graffiti Lux and Murals, as part of Kids’ Month. Resa has taken photos of wonderful youth-friendly street art and asked for submissions of poetry and short stories to accompany them throughout the month of March. I’m happy to be a part of the exciting project this year! You can participate too by following the link above.

This wolf art caught my eye with its bright colors and wonderful details. The artist is Cash Akoza.

Blue Eyed Wolf Street Art

Wolf Art Inspires Poetry. Art © Cash Akoza. Photo © Resa McConaghy.

And here is the poem that stirred in my mind as I looked at the wolf street art:


You’re a lone wolf,
Away from the pack and
Savoring a fearless thought,
Blue eyes intent on the path ahead.

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Versions of the Self

I am humbled by this review of Versions of the Self. To get this mention from Sheila Hurst on International Women’s Day means a lot to me. I hope everyone takes time today to reflect on ways to improve gender relations. While I use writing to do so, there are many other ways. Every action helps! Happy International Women’s Day xx

Sheila Hurst

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I’d like to share this amazing book by Christy Birmingham with you. I highly recommend it to men and women, to people who love to read poetry and to people who have never read poetry. To everyone who has ever been filled with doubts or regrets, love and joy.

The poems found in Versions of the Selfresonated with me when I read them, and they’re still resonating. There are so many feelings that can be found here, so many relationships, so many selves.

I loved the poems that celebrated freedom and could at times feel my soul soaring along with the words. Then different poems made me stop and think while bringing me back to Earth.

The poem, “Within a Few Feet,” shows the regrets that hold us back and keep us earthbound, all while freedom is only a few feet away in the form of…

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A haiku about Petra in Jordan

The Natural World of Haiku (Guest Post)

Are you a fan of the haiku? Curious as to how to write one? Would you like to read a few of them?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I encourage you to read this guest post from acclaimed poet Hadel S. Ma’ayeh. You can read more of her intelligent writing at Hadel Poetry Prose Arts and Storytelling. The poetic stage is yours, Hadel!

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First of all, I would like to say thank you to Christy for inviting me as a guest author on her blogging site, Poetic Parfait; I also would like to add, it is a privilege.

For me personally, I enjoy reading and writing poetry since the age of nine and maybe even younger. I was lucky enough to have encouraging teachers in my life who offered me support in writing poetry and other works.

So I am delighted to share with you a particular type of poetry form, called haiku. Although in the poetry universe, there are about 55 poetic patterns one may choose from. Haiku is the creative art form named by Masaoka Shiki in the 19th century Japan. Yes, Haiku is Japanese poetry that was previously called hokku. However, I will be discussing about English Haiku that varies in comparison to the Japanese Haiku. For instance, in English, haiku is written in three lines to correspond to the three parts of a haiku in Japanese that generally consists of five, seven, and then five based on the Japanese count sounds and not English syllables. A traditional haiku usually contains the season or nature in which the poem is set.

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