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The Difference Between Poetry And Fiction

A couple weeks ago I had a discussion with a fan/friend. He asked an interesting question: “Which is harder to write, poetry or fiction?” My answer was automatic.

Poetry is easier (for me) to create. It’s only a matter of pulling what’s inside of me out. It’s searching the darkest parts of my soul, where fear and hope and pain dwell and exposing it to the light. The hard part of being a poet is releasing it to the world. When I allow a poem to be read, I’m allowing someone to see me completely exposed. And while I’ve known immense joy, it’s the darkness inside that needs to be purged. Each poem given out for public consumption is open to ridicule, to criticism, but it’s not just my words- it’s the scars inside. It. Is. Hard.

Trapped In Yesterday

Trapped now I’m locked in yesterday

Please don’t think it’s you why I turn a way

I can’t stand the way it makes me feel

To know that this could become real

You can’t expect me not to flee

When you hold such power over me

The last to get this close left me to learn

The searing pain of love forever burns

I don’t want to go though that again

And nothing you say can make this fear end

I wonder if you understand

Why I shiver when you touch my hand

Why I can’t go but neither can I stay

The answers you’ll find in my yesterday.

*Excerpted poem from About A Girl: A Poetry Compilation

Fiction is harder to create. Characters have to be built from scratch, they have to be made real from pen and pad. Worlds have to be created. Supporting characters must have their place, feel like real people, and yet, remain on the side lines to allow the protagonist to complete their journey. It’s a lot of work. On the other hand, passing it off to be published might be scary, but it’s not the same soul-crushing fear. Readers can agree, or disagree, with the choices you characters make. They can love, or hate the content. At the end of the day, though, it’s not you under the piercing gaze of readers who will no doubt catch every mistake.

Excerpt from Kiss of Death, Immortal Hearts Book 2

“Time to feed the human,” Beau announced, carrying over two cups of coffee.

He handed me one of the heavy black mugs and I took a sip, testing the flavor. The robust flavor of the coffee hit me first, full-bodied and slightly bitter. Then, the sweet, creamy mix that was tailored to my taste buds. I was impressed he remembered I preferred brown sugar in my coffee. The gesture warmed my heart, as it never failed to do.

“So,” I said as I cut into my eggs. “What’s on the agenda for today?” The yolk spilled out, but the whites remained firm and intact. Cooking the perfect over-medium egg was not an easy feat, especially for one who didn’t eat. I’d been working at it for years and my success rate was spotty at best.

“Well, I have to be at the club today; somebody has to oversee business there. Valerie and Adam are going to be here in a little while to take you to your place and get some of your things.”

“I appreciate the offer, but I don’t need an escort, Beau.”

“Maybe not, but it’s already set up regardless.”

“You do realize I didn’t sign up for this just to be stuck with a babysitter, right?” I hid my annoyance by nibbling on a strip of crispy bacon.

“You’re one of mine, Leah. I won’t allow you to blindly walk into danger.”

My pulse quickened, but I wouldn’t let him charm me into abandoning my position. “And I won’t be able to do what you want me to do if I’m constantly being guarded by vampires. It’s counterproductive, really.”

“Let’s just agree to take this a day at a time. This is new for both of us.” His tone hinted at something left unsaid, but I decided to leave it be. Breakfast was my favorite meal and I had no intention of ruining another meal over this assignment.

Both poetry and fiction are beautiful and terrifying in their own ways. I could no more give up one than the other. Each offers a reward of it’s own it’s own to my soul, but they are so vastly different from inception to publication.

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New From Katja Omlor



Marketing Bullshit is bursting with practical tips, geared to a single objective: to make you think about your actions and optimize your business from a marketing perspective. By showing you the huge potential of freebies, available online, you will be able to test many low-budget solutions and achieve high end results.

Starting with personal motivation, the author (Katja Omlor) invites us into the mesmerizing world of marketing by always staying away from bullshit of any kind. By covering aspects like new marketing, Corporate Identity and just how lazy customers might be, the book offers a non-conventional approach to this omnipotent subject.

Have you ever dealt with Customer Relationship Management? Intranet? Organising events? Internal communication and public relations? Your own website and Online Marketing?

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And – if everything fails, it even offers a segment on getting a job. Try it!



4.6. Are there any special tools or treats the world has to offer?
Well, as a designer, this might be (personally speaking) sort of counterproductive. The internet has many things to offer, we have already discussed several special websites with free photos, banner creators, etc. There is also one very important site worth mentioning: Envato, so humbly described as “top digital assets and services.” I can tell you, they ain’t lyin’!

My favourite part is the Envato market. Here is a little secret: although I am a graphic designer, I often use this website simply as a source of inspiration. Once you discover what they have to offer, you, on the other hand, may be soon happily applying thousands of resources and saving loads of money. The website provides you with:
• Themes and templates (ThemeForest)
• Graphics and vectors (GraphicRiver)
• Photos and images (PhotoDune)
• Footage and animated graphics (VideoHive)
• Scripts and plugins (CodeCanyon)
• Music and sounds (AudioJungle)
• 3D models and textures (3DOcean)

Basically, what you will be getting here is anything your heart desires at an incredible price (e.g., templates starting at around $4). I know, sometimes it seems too good to be true. The only limitation you may face will often be buying graphic design software to edit the files.

Envato isn’t the only option for getting free resources. You know the basic rule: just Google it. One premise, however, remains constant. Nothing beats a good designer that gets to know you and your company. If you are planning on becoming a Champions League Player, you will need to kick it up a notch and personalize.

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In the Words of an Author: An Interview With Christy Day


Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

I am a huge fan of
Ivan Doig (description of landscape and kindness to characters)
John McPhee (ability to write about almost any topic and make it comprehensible)
David Whyte (for his poetic insight and his metaphors)
E.B. White (for everything – humor, wit, delight in life)

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

It will be my grandfather on my father’s side, who died when my dad was 18. It will be interesting to develop his character.

Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

The challenge for me, when I write my first novel, will be to make the dialogue believable and moving.

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

The most rewarding part of being an author is the connection to the reader/listener. That something I said makes a difference to readers means the world to me. I want to inspire people and move them to hope.

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

My students really liked 5-minute free-writes. I extend that for myself to twenty minutes. It is a way to limber up the mind, get the creative juices flowing, and feel ready to settle down to writing.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I write immediately after breakfast and my 6 a.m. walk. I take the weekends off. I tend to edit as I go along and make notes about what I want to research. I write thoughts down as they occur and keep them in a notebook for use later. I always have water and coffee at my side and I often stop to snack on something homemade as a reward for sticking to it.

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

In a way, yes, in a way, no. I did always want to write a book and when I walked El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, I knew the book inside me was ready to be written. My mother was a beautiful writer and she never did write the short stories (her favorite medium) she threatened to. I thought that was a shame.

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I would love to have a conversation with Eleanor Roosevelt. What a powerhouse. In a man’s world, she made all the difference, and she connected to the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor in equal measure. How did she keep her courage and compassion together?

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?


There will be times when you are walking that your spirit is awakened and the universe pauses to let you be in that moment. Such was that hour that I sat in utter solitude and damp silence in the quiet dark church, Vilar de Donas, and I felt the monumental meaning of the Pilgrimage. The best you can do is be as fully in the moment as possible and keep good records – journaling, notes, photos, so that when you return and process your experience – a lifetime endeavor for sure – you can deepen your memory and be able to share it meaningfully with others. It would be impossible to see it all, understand it all, and appreciate every detail. You barely scratch the surface. When you get back, you will wish there had been more hours in each day, more energy in your tired body, and more awareness in the moment of just how extraordinary each place was. In some amazing way, we truly do become ourselves more deeply as we walk this Pilgrimage. (pp 72-73)

authors, books, christian literature, nonfiction

In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Carolyn Denise Owens

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

I started writing short stories, etc. when I was around 7 years old, so I can’t really say if my writing was influenced by other writers, writing is my passion and I started writing at a very young age, because of my love for it.

Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

I write from my heart and since my writing is primarily non-fiction I can’t say that one person is any more difficult to write about than another.

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

For me, the most rewarding part is to inspire a young person who wants to be a writer. I met a 6-year-old girl a couple of years back and she was so excited to meet a “real live author” in person as she stated. I was excited that she was excited and I just hope that the fact that I’d accomplished my goal of writing would inspire her to do the same.

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

I want them to know that writing is something that you do because you love it and not to seek, fame or fortune. If fame and fortune comes, then that’s the icing on the cake, but don’t look for it. Writing is a hard business and you have to be very persistent and even more patient to make it, but more than that you have to love what you do and have a genuine interest in the subjects you choose to write about.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

Many of my writing ideas or inspirations will come to me in a dream. I still jot down ideas and write them in a notebook as opposed to a computer. I keep a notepad next to my bed so that if I dream about something that I need to write about, the pad is right there so that I can start writing as much of the information that I can remember. Also, I will set aside time to meditate on my writing and brainstorm to come up with different titles,subjects and so forth.

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Indeed, I started writing at a very young age. I was around 7 years old when I started writing short stories and poems.

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

If I could speak to anyone person, I think that it would be Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the reason why is that even though great strides have been made due to his efforts and the efforts of others like him, sometimes I wonder and wish that I could ask him if the sacrifice was worth the benefit. It seems that people of all colors, religions, and races take his sacrifices for granted and don’t value his love for humanity to the extent that they have chosen not to build on the legacy and foundation that he laid. Sometimes, I wonder if he would have rather worked at a school or a factory and just live his life in obscurity and raised his family, instead of laying his life down for humanity because of the thanklessness of the people who benefited from his efforts.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

From “Timeless Wisdom”


You Have to Execute!

“Gathering up a bunch of ideas and doing nothing with them is just like collecting garbage in garbage bags in your house, if you never make it to the curb with the garbage bags, all you are is an organized hoarder. Sure, the garbage isn’t all over the floor and the counter, it might be bagged up, but you need to get it to the curb for the garbage collector in order to have accomplished anything. You’ve got to execute. That’s the same way it is with an idea. Collecting ideas and doing nothing with them is useless.” (Vincent Owens)
I’ve heard it said many times some of the greatest books that weren’t written, and some of the greatest songs that weren’t put to melodies, are in the graveyard. If you have a goal that you want to accomplish, go for it! It may be a book that needs writing, a poem that you want to recite, or a song that you want to sing. There is no such thing as waiting for the right time, because the right time is now. Waiting is sort of like a runner preparing for the Olympics all of his life, and on the day before the big event he breaks his leg. You have to enter some smaller races before you get ready for the big one.

If you have a goal, start small and build on each success little by little.
Look at three areas of your life:  Spiritual, Financial, Health and set goals that are attainable. See what you can accomplish in the next three months.  Set down write the goals and make them plain and make sure they are not pipe dreams, but realistic, attainable goals. Once one set of goals is obtained, set other goals and build on them.
“Yard by yard it’s hard; inch by inch it’s a cinch.”

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authors, books, nonfiction, self help, Uncategorized

In the Words of an Author: An Interview With Dr. Paul Golden, MD

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?


Was being an author something you always wanted to do?


Why did you write “An Insider’s View of Bipolar Disease” and your memoir “Bipolar M.D.-A Doctor’s Experience with the Curses and Blessings of Bipolar Disorder?”

After 39 years of providing medical care, particularly in a tough subspecialty and with the issues above, I wanted to start a new career as an advocate for mental illness. Having dealt with bipolar disorder for over forty years I felt that I could educate and help remove the stigma by writing and speaking. Target audiences have been behavioral health professionals such as the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and age groups at risk for the first hints of mental disorders namely in the second and third decades of life when crucial life choices are made.

What does major depression feel like for you?

I have had five discrete episodes of major depression starting in my third year of medical school. I feel a kind of switch going on in my brain. I start with early morning awakening which I call morning terror. This progresses rapidly to being afraid of the coming day, hopelessness, pessimism, guilt (feeling a burden to loved ones), loss of interest in things that usually give me pleasure, agitation and ultimately difficulty with concentration and decision making.

What does mania feel like for you?

For me mania or hypomania is more difficult to realize early. It creeps up on me. I start driving faster and more aggressively, I feel omnipotent. I feel too well. My thoughts are rapid as is my speech. I delve into multiple projects at one time and don’t need much sleep. My wit is quick. I feel impatient with others to the point of feeling superior. I spend money beyond my means. In times past I was hyper-sexual. If not caught soon enough I am irritable and piss off friends, family and total strangers, the latter by being intrusive.

What is worse for you, depression or mania?

By far my five discrete episodes of bipolar depression beginning in my third year of medical school have been more terrifying than the many hypomanic (bipolar II) times sprinkled in between. The despair is invisible to others, hard to describe and associated with a kind of physical pain.

All these artists and politicians you cite—how do you know they really had these disorders?

As for artists and politicians with either major depression disorder or bipolar disorder I have read biographies of all cited in my book and in some cases  memoirs and letters about all the highly accomplished people.  In some cases the diagnoses were already documented and in some one can make a forensic diagnosis. These and many more that I did not mention are all discussed by Kay R. Jamison, herself bipolar, (Professor of Psychology at Johns Hopkins University) in her book “Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament”.

How has medicine changed since you started in 1974 and when you retired (2012)?

In 1974 medicine was fun. As an intern, resident and fellow in the hospital setting I could  make the tough decisions, act and sometimes improvise. As a community internist and nephrologist I had the autonomy. Between the rise of Corporate Medicine (the Insurer/Pharmaceutical/Government/Complex) physicians have lost autonomy and bioethics has taken a dive.

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Getting feedback from readers.

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Keep at it.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I write when I am inspired.

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Benjamin Franklin Because he accomplished so much.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

Available on look inside the book on Amazon

**INTERVIEWER’S NOTE** This post has been updated from it’s original posting, with added information about the doctor and his work.