My book release is today. I am very excited to share my new novel with the world. It is published by MuseItUp Publishing and is available on paperback and ebook format. It is an erotic /romance novel.
I am so excited to announce my book cover reveal and my new romance novel to be released Feb. 20 from MuseItUp Publishing.
Most popular tweet on Ariel Poets
Ariel Poets is a Twitter Poetry and writing account that was created by Alexandra Meehan and myself. We run the account and help writers and poets around the world by inspiring them with our tweets. Twitter has sone phenomenal poets and writers. We have writing prompts that we are featuring on a monthly basis. Use the hashtag #arielpoets and write a poem about betrayal. For the month of January, betrayal is the theme. Follow us on Twitter @ArielPoets to read our daily inspirational writing tweets. Our inspirations are Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.
This tweet on Ariel Poets is our most popular one yet. Take a look https
You can also find Ariel Poets on Instagram.
Take a look at what we are doing there too.
Check out my story on Wattpad, just joined and having fun writing. Are you a member? Let me know what you think about this social media platform?
So far I am just experiencing with the writer in me and the stories, but I found there is actually a poetry section. Who knew?
I will be taking a summer break, be back in September.
Enjoy your summer.
Follow me on Instagram for my story and adventure in real life as I explore Greece.
Take care of your heart and soul. They are precious.
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The exciting part about social media is networking and meeting like-minded people, especially if you are a writer or poet. A writer is a poet.
I first met Alexandra Meehan on Twitter. We have never met in real life, but our souls have probably met before. We became friends and we have come to appreciate each other’s poetic styles. I approached her a few weeks ago with the idea to open an account for lovers of poetry. We are both immensely inspired by Anne Sexton and Syliva Plath, who are two women who wrote about their turmoil life experiences. Men and women appreciate reading these two poets because through these women’s tough eyes the shape of humanity and relationships unfold in unique, female, poetic voices.
The pursuit of writing is an on-going struggle for writers and poets, especially women. Since Sappho, women have come a long way in poetry, but still struggling along. Emily Dickenson and Christina Rosetti are female poets who are world-reknowned and admired, but Sexton and Plath are still not a household name. In America they are. Just pushed aside for contemporary crap. The dark side and mental illness that haunts their literature takes too much of a front seat. Deconstruct it. Their brilliance shined among all. It seems there is so much more to their writing– to being women– that continues to fascinate us.
We created The Ariel Poets account on Twitter to further explore the inspiration that Sexton and Plath have given us throughout our studies of English literature. To be honest, when I was a young graduate studying English literature, in downtown Montreal; at Concordia University, my professor of modern literature did not even have them on our reading list. I discovered them on my own, like a deep secret you could not contain. That was the early 90’s. Ironically, Alexandra’s college experience has been similar, whereas the only poem ever covered was “Daddy”, which according to her, was not even taught properly.
Alexandra Meehan and I hope to inspire you with this account. We want to combine our efforts in writing, and give you some inspiration so that you never stop writing or reading.
No matter how a poet dies, it is how they live that matters most.
We both admire the bravery in Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath’s writing style, and the brutal honesty.
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Thank you so much for your support,
Christina Strigas and Alexandra Meehan
I have recently edited a few poetry books for fellow poets. I find that most poets, find it hard to edit their own poems and a second opinion is sometimes necessary to get out of their own head. I must admit that I never hired a poetry editor for my three poetry books, but I had a particular vision and look that I knew I wanted for my poems.
If you are looking for a poetry editor or you are editing your poems yourself here are 5 tips that worked for me and how I go about editing poetry books.
- After every draft, you should put your manuscript away for over two weeks and clear your mind. As many times as you go through your manuscript, is as many times you must put it aside. This ensures that you start fresh every time and believe me, every time you read it, you will find something that you need to correct or revise. Do this up until there is nothing left to rewrite. Do not settle until you feel your book is done. Eventually, you will know.
- You can divide your poetry book into sections or parts with titles so that it flows for the reader. Also, a table of contents with the list of poems at the beginning of the book is always helpful to quickly find a poem. Lately, some poets are not using any titles or table of contents…if you choose to do so, make sure that you divide your book into sections such as loss, healing, love, death, etc. so that there is some kind of order. There are not many rules in poetry and anything may go for certain poets, but in my experience, the books that have no titles or breaks are hard to read and difficult to distinguish one poem from the next.
- Every poetry book needs a Copyright page, a Dedication page, Acknowledgements page, at the beginning of the book and an About the Author Page at the end of the book. Number your pages. Look at the poetry books in your library and see how the professionals do it.
- Format, font and presentation are an integral part of a poetry book. Pay an expert to create your file in pdf with the appropriate poetic fonts and alignments. Equally, cover art and a blurb brings the book together as a whole.
- Make sure the poetry editor you hire has experience, knowledge and a grasp of poetic terms.
Good luck in the editing process, this is the hardest part of writing. As Ernest Hemingway wrote, ” The first draft of everything is shit.”
i think the way the sun shines on you
has nothing to do with the sun
to do with you.
Once I was at the end of the love song
crying for years because it was over
before it even began. We were caught
loving the wrong person. I immersed
from my drowning and swam to the
beginning of the line. I sailed across
your poems and floated on your words.
You sent them to me by mail, on out-
dated postcards, you wrote them on
the back of my hand with your
fingertips. I sent you magic and
illusions with one needle on your
arm. We lived in a movie and
recited Shakespeare naked in bed.
You were not even close to being
who I thought you were. I was
too much for you to handle back
then, wanting to do everything
and doing absolutely nothing
about it. I climbed Mont-Royal
in heels and you laughed at
my absurdities. I was spontaneous
and explosive, until I wasn’t anymore.
I bent backwards on words
and the power of your hands.
Now I’m in the middle of something
that will change me forever.
I will never bet that girl again.
I have to be someone I thought
I would never be. Life throws you
these wicked curveballs
and I am catching them,
ready to be stuck here
hoping that it will not get
worse. All this hope
for songwriters and poets
but for a regular woman like me
it’s a waste of my time.