I have my first assignment to complete by February 22, 2016 for my Children’s Writer Course at the Institute of Children’s Literature. My instructor’s name is Pamela Beres. I always wanted to become a Children’s book author. I am taking this course so that I have the best shot at becoming a Children’s book author. An NJCU alumna recently was in the spotlight for creating her book Ibby’s feelings a book for children. She was pictured outside of the Weiss Center. She has the same major as me but she minored in Media Arts though.
I contacted Chris KP Brown of twopensandlint.com a Chapbook publisher the other day and sealed a deal to have my first Chapbook, Through Ayesha’s Eyes published by him. The small fee of two hundred and fifty dollars paid in two monthly installments of $125 on his website via Paypal includes 100 copies of my Chapbook, a bio, a webpage and more. I am so excited to give my family and my friends at NAMI Mercer a copy to read. Robert Hedden is going to be one of the first people I sign a copy of my Chapbook to and give one to. I’m going to announce it on Facebook next month once I have my Chapbook created and the 100 copies of it and the other goodies that come with it like my own personal webpage and bio.
I rank number 9 out of 100 for Writing and Editing professionals on LinkedIn. I just checked a minute ago. I’m happy to be number 9 out of 100!
I went to Cave Canem last Fall of 2015 by train for all 8 sessions including the Final Reading, the last session. This Spring of 2016 I did not get in but Cave Canem said they would get back to me if someone cancels or if somehow a space opens up and if a space opens up I plan to go. The first session is on February 17, 2016 and the Final Reading is on April 13, 2016. I may be able to get in if someone cancels and a space opens up. I hope I can go to this Spring 2016 poetry workshop somehow.
I have a file on my computer called Through Ayesha’s Eyes: a Chapbook of poems. I have twenty-one poems so far. I want to have like twenty-five poems for my Chapbook. In six months I see myself finding a Chapbook publisher. I am looking into Chapbook publishers and Chapbook contests in the next six months.
I recently published a poem in the NAMI Mercer newsletter for January 2016. I am really looking forward to publishing my first Chapbook. I need 25 poems and so far I have close to 20 poems written and typed in a file on my laptop. I keep Journals and I write a lot. I want to get a chocolate Shit-zu when my older cats die. I feel like I’ve been so blessed to have had the experience I had taking Edi Giunta’s Memoir class for two semesters and following her on Twitter and liking her recommended Facebook pages. Hands down sharing from both of my memoirs at Memoirfest has to be the best thing I’ve ever done. If I could have I would’ve taken Capstone with Edi and just wrote and wrote.
I published a poem in the NAMI Mercer newsletter this January 2016 (and a poem in January 2013). I saw my poem published online on the NAMI Mercer website and a print copy will be in the mail any day now. I love being a Poet!