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NEW Chapbook and Giveaway

Hi Everyone!

I have a new chapbook available on Amazon, and you can get the kindle-version FREE today until Tuesday, May 23.

These poems and stories use magical realism to create dreamlike (and nightmarish) worlds where reality and fantasy blur together. It contains childhood nostalgia, teenage awkwardness, monsters, and lots of dark, strange experiences for you to enjoy.

Get your copy here

If you would like a free PRINT copy, enter this Goodreads Giveaway for your chance to win:

Poetry Prompt – 18: Oxymoron

I’m back! Sorry for my complete slack in writing poetry prompts this month. Time to get back into it…

Genuine Fake Watches by Rachel Fujita

Today’s poem will be all about oxymoron.

An oxymoron is (according to Google) “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction.” Often this is displayed in a couple words (i.e. living dead, original copy, act naturally, jumbo shrimp, etc.), but it also can be displayed in a sentence or phrase. I love the example Google gives,

Camp NaNoWriMo Day 28: Climax

Girls’ Love Stories #25 (1953); Tom Simpson

Today is the day for the big reveal, the big battle, the solving of the mystery, the moment that your MC and the readers have been waiting for. It’s time for the protagonist and antagonist to meet one on one, for the villain and hero to face each other, and for everything your story has been working towards to culminate. Today, write the climax of your story.

Camp NaNoWriMo Day 26: Pass the Guardian

Young Romance #2 (1947); Tom Simpson

By now you should be getting very close to the climax of your story. But before we get there, it’s time to put a barrier in front of your MC’s path. Today have your MC find a way past a guardian.

The “guardian” is a character archetype from the Hero’s Journey presented by Joseph Campbell. The guardian is meant to test the hero before he/she faces a great challenge, and block the entrance to the area he/she needs to go to complete his/her quest. Though the guardian character can appear anywhere in the story, this character works particularly well when leading into the climax.