‘Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.’ — Robert Frost.
Through my writing, I want you, the reader, to feel emotions and gain experiences that you wouldn’t otherwise have. Books teach us empathy and allow us multiple viewing points to life. Poetry teaches us how to love language. I hope that here, I can give you both and that we can engage in the creative conversation that they inspire.
I’ve always written but loved it so much that it kept me from finishing anything. Then about five years ago, I had, what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity and started to work on what became my first book. Prior to that, I failed at several different things until I found something I didn’t want to fail. Something I couldn’t let myself fail. I discovered that writing was my purpose. And finding my purpose drove me in a way that nothing else ever had.
I write two pages a day, pencil and paper, or edit at least two pages on the laptop, in whatever my current project is. The routine is based on the idea that if you do less a day than you could do, you’re not pressuring yourself.
The other writing I do is an adjunct to that. Poetry every day and creative writing pieces allow me to push myself against my purpose instead of retreating inside of it.
I read tonnes in fits and starts, but on average about 100 books a year. I enjoy rereading books because I’m seldom the same person when I reread them.
Three of my favourite books are:
‘Love In The Time of Cholera’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
‘The Blind Assassin’ by Margaret Atwood
‘The World According to Garp’ by John Irving
I post reviews of books I’ve just finished reading, and there is the infrequent opinion piece. But mainly, I like to use this as an open canvas to practice, create and express myself through flash fiction and poetry.
I post almost every day. My most popular poetry pieces are Good Hurt, A Car is Waiting, and Claim, and picking a favourite is difficult, but A Violent Imagination was special. I am currently hard at work on The Ogden Review, a series that started as a simple piece of flash fiction and has turned into an episodic online novella.
I am represented by SMART Talent Agency and am currently working on the final draft of what I hope to be my first traditionally published book. There are two more awaiting additional edits, and I plan to start soon on my fifth book very soon.
I hope you’ll follow along and join the conversation.