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Crow Calls Volume Three Releases!

Hello lovely readers! A small update to let you know that Crow Calls Volume Three is now available! Two more of my poems are now out in the wild, I hope you enjoy them!

..that being said, there are currently some issues regarding international paperbacks. Our lovely Mother of Crows, Cassandra, is currently working with Amazon to try and get this fixed. So, if you’re outside the US, it’s eBook only for now, hopefully not for much longer!

Volume Three!

Regardless of the issues, I do hope you pick up Crow Calls Volume Three soon! If you do, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and Goodreads, it makes a world of difference to small presses such as Quill & Crow, and helps get our books further afield!

That’s all for now. Sophie signing off!

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Continuing Dear Hypnos (Hiatus End)

Hello, lovely people! It’s been a while, but I’m back with a little update on Dear Hypnos:

(This is just a copy and paste job from a Tweet thread I shared on Twitter, so if you follow me, you may have already seen this! Still, I wanted to update any blog-goers who may be passing by..)

Some of you already know this, but I’ll repeat myself for those who don’t. For most of this year, I’ve been working on my debut poetry collection, exploring my struggle with insomnia. I finished editing it a month ago.

However, I have yet to do anything with it since.

I found that, the longer I left it, the less I actually wanted to publish it. It was causing me so much stress, just fueling my anxiety and depression further. So I ignored it.

Until now.

I’ve decided I’ve had enough of feeling sad and sorry for myself. I will pull myself out of this rut, and I’ll publish this damn poetry collection.

I just want to thank everyone for being patient with me. I’m grateful that so many of you have shown interest in my work. So hopefully, soon, Dear Hypnos will get a cover reveal, and then a release date. Just please be patient a while longer. I love you all.

That’s all now. Sophie, signing off!

Publishing Anxiety (My WIP Update)

Hello lovely people! It’s been a while, how are you? I hope the warmer weather isn’t being too harsh on you!

So, as you may be aware if you follow either my site or my Twitter, I’ve been writing a poetry collection centred around my struggle with insomnia, which I have named Dear Hypnos. I am pleased to announce that I have reached my 50 poem quota! Editing aside, Dear Hypnos is complete!

..I thought I would be more excited about the next stage of the process. Once editing is done, I’ll begin research as to how one actually self-publishes a book. And..to be completely honest, the more I think about it, the less I actually want to do it.

It’s not that I think it’ll be hard. I know and am acquainted with many indie authors now, so I’m starting to familiarise myself with the process. I have two fears for this next step, and they’re contradicting themselves.

Basically, I’m terrified of putting myself out there, but at the same time, I’m worried about what happens AFTER I put myself out there..

I’m going to be honest. I’m not built for this. Whoring myself out on social media when I don’t like it, desperately drip-feeding information about Dear Hypnos to keep everyone interested, constantly reminding everyone that I exist and that I have a book coming out.

But then..what is my other choice? If I don’t keep up with all this, then I don’t get engagement, and then my book won’t sell.

This is all sounds very negative and one-sided, and that I only go on Twitter for future consumers. This isn’t true at all. That’s just one side of it. I adore the genuine connections I have made on Twitter, like the found family I have with the Dark Poet Society. Those engagements I have no trouble with, I enjoy talking with my fellow Crows. It’s just the marketing side of it. It’s exhausting.

And then my other fear. Say I get over my social anxiety enough to publish Dear Hypnos and get it out there. There is literally no guarantee that anyone is going to like it. This could be the worse poetry ever written, and people are going to tell me that. Am I going to be able to handle that? No, I hate criticism, even though it’s integral to the indie author!

I realise I will never please everyone with Dear Hypnos, I’m not even trying to. But..the idea that it might actually be a pile of rubbish is making me not want to publish.

It’s still in the stewing process. Who knows, I might get to the editing part and realise that all these worries are just my anxiety being horrible to me, and that, actually, Dear Hypnos is good. And different! So many people have commented on how insomnia-cased poetry sounds interesting!

So..there you go. Will I end up publishing? If I don’t, nobody else will, and isn’t that what I’ve been working towards since I was eight years old? I’ve got to be brave, I guess. Take the next step.

That’s all I have for you today. I apologise that it’s been somewhat ranty and negative, but I needed to get this out there. Perhaps some of you have any advice for me? I’d love to hear it!

I’ll see you soon. Sophie, signing off!

Crow Calls Volume Two Releases!

Hello lovely people! Just popping on to say that Crow Calls Volume Two is now available!

I am now officially a twice-published poet, and I’m so very grateful to have been given such an opportunity. My gratitude towards Quill & Crow is unending!

Volume Two saw the addition of ten new poets to our Dark Poet Society, here’s a snap of us altogether!

Dark Poet Society..the crows!

It was rather gratifying being able to add yet another thing to my Books page..my portfolio is slowly growing! All evidence and validation that I am indeed a good writer, and believe me, sometimes I need it. Be gone, anxiety!

Anyway, that’s all I have for you today. Please check out Crow Calls Volume Two! Your support means the world to indie authors such as myself, and small publishing presses like Quill & Crow!

See you soon. Sophie signing off!

Crow Calls (How I Became Validated As A Poet)

Hello, lovely readers! With Crow Calls Volume Two dropping in a few days, I thought I’d take the opportunity to go into more detail Crow Calls Volume One, and how I came to be a part of it!

I’m going to level with you. Poetry was not something I ever envisioned being part of my writing career. Whenever I daydreamed of making it as an author, it was always a full-length novel I held aloft in my hands. It was always a hefty paperback I was being asked to sign. But writing poetry? Only five months ago, writing poetry was alien to me.

And..to be honest, it still is! I don’t really know what I’m doing with poetry. I don’t follow forms, I don’t follow metre, and most of the time, I don’t even rhyme. I’m now aware that what I write is free verse. Since getting into poetry, however, I have read lots of poetry theory, and have started experimenting with different types. I’m actually quite smitten with the sestina, I’ve written quite a few of those now!

..I realise I’ve digressed. So yes, poetry was completely alien to me. What changed?

If you’re a writer on Twitter, then you may be aware of #vss, which stands for Very Short Story. Every day there is a word prompt, and you have to write a story, within the 280 character limit, using that prompt. I had seen a few of my mutuals taking part in this, and when I asked them about it, they told me it was great for promoting inspiration and productivity. So, I decided that for my New Year’s resolution for 2021, I would do a VSS post every single day. 

Taking part in #vss led me to stumble upon a similar concept, this time with the hashtag #crowcalls. This time, it was for dark, gothic themed poetry, hosted by Quill & Crow Publishing House. Well, that was just perfect. A short story every day, but now gothic? Yes please!

So I ended up adding a crowcalls post alongside my VSS post. I adored doing them, still do! Some days, they’re all that give me joy. This went on for a few weeks, and then, out of the blue, I got a DM from Quill & Crow. They explained that they were compiling a poetry anthology from #crowcalls posts across social media, and asked if I would be interested.

This..this was a true pinch me moment. An actual publishing house..liked my poems?? I was actually doing something right?? So, of course I accepted! And have not stopped thanking them since!

Eventually, this led to me meeting my fellow crow calls poets, now known as the Dark Poet Society. Now that I know them all a little better, and have seen more examples of their talent..I’m honestly flawed that I’m part of the Crow Family. These wonderful people are just so so amazing, I’m so honoured to be among their ranks!

Crow Calls Volume One came out, and I’m still riding the high of my first publication. This poetry collection meant so much to me..I was worthy to call myself a writer, a poet!

And now, as quickly as Crow Calls Volume One was established, there is also Volume Two. In the space of but a few months, I have achieved my ultimate goal of being published before I’m 30..twice!

So, once again, thank you so so much to Quill & Crow Publishing House for this opportunity, you helped this small town girl’s big dream of making it as an author. Also thank you to all the poets in the Dark Poet Society, I am so very blessed to know such talented, beautiful souls.

Alrighty, after that feels fest, I’m going to go. I hope you enjoyed reading, and I shall see you soon!

Sophie signing off!

My Insomnia Work In Progress (And Why I’m Struggling To Name It!)

So..I actually have a lot of works in progress. Will I divulge just how many? Hmm..maybe someday. Today, however, I’m focusing on the work in progress I am actually working on.

The idea of an insomnia-centred poetry collection came to me when, surprise surprise, I was struggling to sleep one night. If you’re familiar with my poetry, or indeed just my writing in general, then you know it’s quite emotion heavy. I tap into myself and bleed words onto the page until I feel better. Naturally, on the nights where my insomnia is particularly bad, my emotions are so stark and turbulent. I needed an outlet..so why not write poetry about it?

I actually had a working title in mind before I started writing the collection. For a while I listened to nature sounds to try and wind down, but it was something I only resorted to if it got to about five or six in the morning and I still wasn’t asleep. Listening to forest sounds one morning, my head latched onto this phrase: Forest Sounds At Six. Bam! I had myself a title!

…or did I??

I was so sure about Forest Sounds At Six, I’ve even designed the book cover! However, as I began writing the poems, a phrase and a concept kept popping up. It’s in the starting poem, it’s in the ending poem, and it appears in some other poems in the collection too. Dear Hypnos. I was imploring with the Greek god of sleep to help me, to please let me sleep..

Yeah. So I have two working titles. And two different covers..

And I honestly can’t choose between them! Forest Sounds At Six sounds like a peppy podcast, like something you’d listen to at six in the morning when you can’t sleep. But then there’s Dear Hypnos. That definitely sounds like it’s related to sleep, unlike the former.

So yeah. I’m about halfway through my insomnia collection, and I still don’t know which one I’ll choose in the end.

Either way, it’s coming along nicely. So keep your eye out for either Forest Sounds At Six or Dear Hypnos having a cover reveal soon!

That’s all from me for now. Sophie signing off!

Welcome to my website!

Greetings, lovely potential reader! Welcome to my website, and to my first post! As I test the waters with this whole “online presence and blogging” phenomena, I’ll take the opportunity to guide you through my site!

The sole purpose of this website is to establish myself in the world as an author. My hope is for people to stumble upon this humble blog of mine, and see what I have to offer. As of yet, I’ve only written as part of an anthology or two, but that will soon change once my current work in progress in finished.

What I’m really saying is that, whilst I’ve hosted myself on a blogging site..my main purpose won’t be blogging. Sure, every now and then, I may well find a topic that I’d like to talk about, but it won’t be too often. Saying that, I do have a few topics in mind, that I’m eager to explore once I’ve settled in a bit more!

Future blog posts will include: more information on my work in progress, more information on other works I’ve done, and updates on any future projects I may have!

That’s all from me for now! Please feel free to look around the few wares I have, and I’ll be back soon. Sophie signing off!