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: Continue reading “NEW Chapbook and Giveaway”

Soul Searching and Painting My Way Back to Writing

Hi everyone. I’ve been putting this blog and my writing aside for nearly two months now, so I figured it was time to update, and share what I’ve been up to. I hope after all this time there’s someone who’s still interested…

I started July off motivated and excited to work on my novel-in-progress during Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve been writing and rewriting this novel of mine for years, and every time July rolls around I get the most work done. I started the first few days strong, then of course life got in the way, and my strong word counts slowly dwindled into a daily word count of 0. But I decided that unless I was working on my novel, I would not work on any other writing at all. I wanted to maintain my focus on one project. But instead, in this sudden absence of writing, something unexpected happened…

I became a Christian.

Before anyone starts cringing or stops reading, hear me out. I’m not here to preach to anyone. I wasn’t looking to become a Christian at the beginning of July, but by the end of July I was one. Instead of finishing my novel I went from being an ex-Catholic agnostic who thought she wasn’t looking for anything more, to a full-fledged Christian. It’s a long story that I’d be happy to tell to anyone interested, but won’t get into here.

So… what does this mean?

This means that I’ve been spending the month of August trying to figure out exactly what this means for my writing. And trying to mentally integrate my new self with my writing style. I believe it is more than possible, but I’m deciding the details, and where I want to take this.

What it DOESN’T mean: I’m not switching over to a strictly Christian genre, or anything like that. Also, I will not be preachy or judgmental, in my writing or socially. That has never been my style, and now more than ever I’m not here to judge anyone. I really do have love for everyone, and always want the best for people. However, I may be exploring my own faith in my writing, and subtly exploring Christian themes.

It also means I’ve been painting… a lot. It’s been my way of thinking out my faith in a creative way until I’ve made decisions about my writing. I’ve been selling prints for charity online, so I’ll be integrating that into this website soon for anyone who’s interested.

Well, that’s what’s going on over here. I hope I didn’t scare anyone away. If you have any questions please contact me.

Check back soon for some artwork, and sometime in the near future for more writing projects πŸ™‚

Blogger Awards (Part I): Sunshine Blogger and Liebster Awards

Sunshine-Awardliebster awardI was recently nominated by a fellow-blogger James Stack (and his dog Ollie) for two blogger-to-blogger awards: The Sunshine Blogger and The Liebster Award. How cool is that?

What this means is that I get to answer eleven of James’s questions, and then pose eleven questions of my own for nominees of my choice. Ultimately, the awards are used to promote, recognize, and thank fellow bloggers, which I think is nice πŸ™‚

So, thank you James and Ollie! Here are the answers to your questions: Continue reading “Blogger Awards (Part I): Sunshine Blogger and Liebster Awards”

Virtual Reality Poetry

My very talented brother, Roberto Sosa, is a graphics and animation artist, and awhile ago he asked if he could use one of my poems as the basis for his first virtual reality animation.

After months of working on it, the movie is finished! Not only that, it was accepted by a film festival (more info on that to come).

So, for your viewing pleasure, I present my poem “Waiting for Big Benny” as a virtual reality experience!

Note: You don’t need the VR headset to enjoy the video. It should still work as a 360-degree experience on most smartphones, and even on computers (drag the mouse to look around).

Another side note: You may notice my last name is spelled wrong in the credits… That is being fixed. I still love my brother.

Trouble viewing the video? Try watching it here on Facebook.

Why is reading out loud so hard??

As most of you probably don’t know, I have never read my writing (stories, poetry, anything…) out loud on video, or for a “reading,” or in front of people in general. I typically avoid those types of situations at all costs because I have an irrational fear of large groups. However, my flash story “Monsters in Walls” was accepted by the very cool Justin Meckes, in a new flash fiction series called The Open Mic.

My very first reading ever will premiere sometime in July. In the meantime checkout my video of bloopers for your entertainment.

(Note: I am an introvert, and taking videos of myself is beyond bizarre. This video is a way for me to break-the-ice before the actual “reading.”)

And, if you’re a writer, submissions for The Open Mic are still open!