A Writer's Path
by Teagan Berry
There are countless social media sites out on the internet, each of them offering us different means to share our thoughts and life with other people. For authors, social media can help us out in many different ways. Book promotion, connecting with fans, networking with other authors… and that’s just to name a few.
A little while ago I was introduced to a site called Pinterest by a fellow author and let me tell you, I will be forever grateful to her for it. In this post, along with another one I shall be putting up in a couple days, I hope to give you a few reasons why I believe Pinterest is so useful for authors. Right now, I’m going to focus on the private side of Pinterest, and what it can do for you and your specific writing.
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all that remains
when the flame of love burns low
are embers and ash
Terror cut short the French elite
Look over yonder
for there lies your destiny
follow the rainbow
The warm West wind
whining as it weaves it’s way
around the woven wire
watch the birds feathers fluff and
bristle, softly complaining
Chantellion is sitting in front of her loom with her back to the central hearth, where a pile of glowing embers barely give enough light to see. Her woollen cloak covers her long greying hair and is open at the front allowing her bare arms to protrude. Hunched forward uncomfortably on a low, wooden, three-legged stool,she lets her fingers run down the fine threads stretched horizontally in neat, evenly spaced rows across the frame, lingering on each one as if to test it’s quality. At her feet in what seems a haphazard pattern, stand large skeins of coloured rough yarn. Varying in size and hue she has placed each one carefully within reach of her outstretched fingers knowing which to choose even in the gloom. She is alone and sits rocking back and forth to a slow rhythm only she can hear, whilst humming almost imperceptibly a low tune that her own mother taught her. Long gone are the days when Chantellion was considered to have a sweet singing voice and she knows that if she raised her voice she herself would be disappointed at the change wrought by the years of sitting in smoke filled rooms. Memories of her younger self appear in her mind and she smiles, satisfied that with these memories will come others and she will be ready to pick up the threads ready to start weaving her picture stories. This is how her family’s traditional tales are told. Not by word of mouth around the blazing fire in the evening where they may suffer distortion by exaggeration and faded memory. This only leads to arguments and ill feeling. Through her loom the tales she tells in woven pictures can be read by all and know the truth. This is her task, as chronicler, entrusted to her, like her mother and grandmother before and soon will be entrusted to her own daughter for that is their way.
For the benefit of their English audience but regrettably not for all others, the BBC have been broadcasting a selection of poems at intervals throughout the day in celebration of the Solstice. Today we have had the privilege of listening to well-read favourites, spoken by well-known voices. I hope that many of you were able to catch at least one. Despite my love of Larkin, his contribution being, “Cut grass,” I feel that “The way through the woods,” by Rudyard Kipling was the most enjoyable of the day. Not being a fan of love poems my views on “Strawberries,” by Edwin Morgan were mixed but it was a rare delight to hear again the lovely “Adlestrop,” from Edward Thomas. On the whole a fine varied choice and I hope that you were able to enjoy them too. If so, I would be interested to know which was your favourite out of the selection on offer?
Another exercise to help you get your voice heard
TOKEN Magazine is calling for submissions for Issue 2, and this time we have a theme – BODIES. This can be interpreted as you wish.
We are accepting:
– Fiction/Non-fiction of up to 2500 words (maximum 2 pieces per submission).
– Artwork/Photography (maximum 4 pieces per submission) and a summary of your work to go alongside the piece(s).
– Illustrations – please send across recent illustrations, and once we have the writing sorted you will be given briefs.
With your submission we ask that you please also include your biography (max 200 words). If it is not obvious please can you also write why you feel you are under-represented in the arts and literature. It is important that you do this as we want Issue 2 to have as many diverse voices as possible.
Send your submissions to email@example.com by 15 July 2017 (midnight). Any submissions after this time will…
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The spawn of Darkness
eager to please their Master
arose from the Deep
craving the contact
pleasured, I allow your light touch
but you repay me with your restrictive betrayal