Happy New Year everyone! I’m excited to announce that my haiku won 3rd place in the 2017 Tokutomi Haiku Contest. It was my first time writing with a kigo, so it was a fun challenge I look forward to writing more haiku in 2018.
first morning sunrise shines through the open window spotless countertop
I have the honor of being featured on the Poetry Radio Show Out of Our Minds with Rachelle Linda Escamilla on Wednesday, December 9th from 8-9 PM PST. I will be discussing and reading from my book Whisperings: A Decade of Poems, as well as sharing some of my recent haiku. Tune in next Wednesday night to KKUP 91.5 fm or stream it live at KKUP.org.
When I was 9 years old, I wanted to be a toy designer so that I could bring creativity, imagination and joy to others. I thought it would be a fun and amazing job. Many years later, I’m still a child at heart, but I had almost forgotten about that dream.
When I discovered polymer clay in 2012, that long forgotten dream started to reawaken as I realized I could make cute and unique items with my own two hands and with minimal resources. Little by little, the idea for qtCre8ions started to form in my mind, to the clay in my hands, and finally to the opening of this Etsy shop.
I invite you to visit my shop: http://www.qtcre8ions.etsy.com to browse my collection of clay stamps. Each clay stamp is molded with love and etched with care, and customized just for you.
Whether you are looking for a figurine of your favorite animal, a model of your pet, or a 3-D version of a character for your game, qtCre8ions is here to help fulfill that dream. I hope that every figurine that I create will bring a smile to someone’s lips.
October 15th marked the 1 year anniversary of the Whisperings Publication. Within the year, I had 3 official readings, some guest readings, and a Kindle Publication. It’s been a fun journey and I’m excited to pursue new adventures!
“Everyday someone is perched on the seat, pen in hand, digging into the mind, waiting to release passions of time.”
There has been some exciting things happening in my world lately. On Saturday, July 18th, I co-hosted “A Night of Musical Poetry” where I was the featured reader. For the event, I memorized 2 lyrical haiku (Endlessly Lyricaland Turbulent Water), 4 short poems that had elements of music (Cadillac, Frozen in Time, A Knee’s Way and The Last Goodbye), and read 2 poems that were inspired by actual songs (Not Even the Trees and I Heard Him Making Love to His Guitar). It was a great 20 minutes of fame. I only wished that I spoke a little bit louder. Prior to my reading, we were entertained by musicians that played the violin and the ukele. After my reading, we were able to hear wonderful poems shared by fellow poets during open mic. All in all, it was a beautiful and inspiring evening.
Here is a photo from the event.Three days later, on July 21st, we had a Gallery Day event at work. I had the opportunity to showcase Whisperings to my fellow colleagues. It was a fun, classy event with music, art, wine and cheese. =)
I hope everyone had an amazing 4th of July! While writing reviews on Amazon, this idea popped into my head. Anyone interested in having a Book Review Exchange? I’ll give you a copy of my book, and you give me a copy of yours. We both read the books and write a review on our blog and on Amazon. My book Whisperings is available on paperback and on Kindle, so whichever you prefer, I can send it your way.
Personally, I prefer to read paperbacks because it’s hard for me to concentrate on long passages on the computer. There’s also that comforting, nostalgic, and satisfactory feeling of flipping the pages of a book that you can’t get from an e-book. However; that’s just me =)
If interested, let me know! I look forward to reading your book.
Yesterday afternoon, I attended a book launch party for my poet friend Rachelle Escamilla’s Imaginary Animal at San Benito County Historical Park. It was a beautiful country day, warm and breezy, with a glimpse of the historical past. The food was amazing and the poetry was touching. Rachelle is an inspiring poet who writes from the heart. Imaginary Animal takes you through both her and her family’s memories of the country life, her journey as a poet and what it means to be Mexican.
I had the opportunity and pleasure of starting off the poetry program by reading a few of my poems from Whisperings. I settled on Forever Creating, The Love of My Life and Absolute Freedom. It was the first time I read Absolute Freedom out loud but it seemed like the perfect Hollister crowd for a motorcycle poem. Here is a photo from the event.
Other featured poets of the day included Samuel Ramos and my creative writing professor from San Jose State University, Alan Soldofsky.
My next poetry reading will be a smaller, more intimate setting on Saturday, July 18th and will focus on musical poetry.
I’ve been ridiculously busy the past month and didn’t have a chance to post images from my poetry reading. Once again, I want to thank everyone that attended the event and shared their beautiful poetry. It was a magical day. I still need to edit the video (so I will post that eventually). I hope to do another reading soon.