Promote Yourself Monday- February 19, 2018

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Welcome to Promote Yourself Monday.  All Go Dog Go Cafe readers, guest writers and baristas are invited to post one link to one specific post (750 words or less please!) from your blog into the comments section below.  Be sure to pick your best recent post*, because we will be choosing a Weekly Barista Favorite to be published in full on the Go Dog Go Cafe with a link back to the your blog.

If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing people have linked to.

*By posting below, the Baristas of the Go Dog Go Café assume permission to publish your piece on the Go Dog Go Café,  if it is chosen the Weekly Barista Favorite.  All authors will be properly cited and we will publish a link back to your blog.

After Hours: My Attic Room- Christine Ray

You and me in my attic bedroom in Somerville.  Green and tan striped wallpaper inexpertly hung on deeply slanted walls.  Futon on the floor, the smell of warm cedar, window fan lazily stirring the air.  Dust particles floating suspended in golden light that falls across the hardwood floor in a diagonal.  Your eyes the bluest I have ever seen.  Your skin so pale it is almost translucent. Your short hair black and curly, surprisingly silky to my touch.  Your mint fresh breath against my mouth as if you could breathe for both of us.  We try to stay away from each other but we are the drug the other is always craving, we are the hum in each other’s blood. You don’t tell me how you explain your absence from home and I don’t ask—you are the only thing that makes me feel alive.  Your soft breasts visible under ribbed white men’s undershirt that sticks to your skin with summer sweat. You  twist your fingers in the belt loops of my shorts, pulling my hips closer to yours.  Our mouths always hungry, our bodies straining to meld into each other through layers of thin cotton. We are liquid fire in each other’s arms.  The feel of my hands tangled in your hair, the hitch in your breath when I trace your throat with my lips.  We tell ourselves that it is just kissing, that as long as our shirts and shorts are on this is not an affair.  We rationalize this wildfire passion to ourselves, to each other, even when we arch our bodies into each other, even when you give me your gentle and your fierce, even when you call in the middle of the night to say that you can not stop thinking about me, that you can’t live without my apricot kiss.

 

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

Pay It Forward Thursday- February 15, 2018

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Welcome to Pay It Forward Thursday. All Go Dog Go readers, guest writers and baristas are invited to post one link to one specific post from someone else’s blog ii the comments section below.  We encourage you to give a shout-out to someone who has wowed you as a reader, creatively inspired you, and/or to introduce a new writer to a wider audience.  We will be choosing a Weekly Barista Favorite and inviting the author to have their piece published in full on the Go Dog Go Cafe with a link back to their personal blog.

If you post a link below, be sure to read some of the other great writing people have linked to.

 

On Becoming A Writer: Gina Gallyot

An important part of every writer’s journey is the transition from seeing ourselves as “someone who writes” to seeing ourselves as writers.  We asked all the Go Dog Go Baristas to tell us a little bit about their journey as a writer.  We hope you enjoy learning more about the Baristas and are inspired by their stories.

 

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When you did you start writing?

I have always been a scribbler and wrote lots of little stories in high school, was even school magazine Editor in my final year in high school. I moved a lot and lost my notebooks and now trying to recall some of those long lost stories. I write for my professional journals and editorials and am on a list of published authors for my profession in Malaysia. But I don’t really consider that “writing”! My eldest daughter encouraged me to start blogging in 2016 and I played around with writing different themes and topics, finally finding my passion for flash fiction and then for poetry. That’s when I felt like I was writing what really mattered to me. The Daily Prompts in WordPress gave birth to some memorable articles that I wrote inspired by just one word. I’d encourage new and young writers to try this and you will be exposed to a lot of feedback and make lovely new friends.

What kind of writing do you do?

I enjoy writing short stories the most but have fell behind after a personal crisis mid last year and so resorted to keeping my blog active by doing short book reviews and sharing songs and quotes that meant something to me. I am now writing a weekly post of my thoughts for 2018 based on prompts my friend sent me for a span of 52 weeks. I don’t think I will ever limit myself to a certain “type” of writing; I like to be challenged and also have a comfortable space to unleash my creativity and thoughts. I started writing poetry only in 2016 and found I had another avenue of expression. My favourite type of writing are the haibun, it’s tight and challenges me to be precise in short paragraphs. As for poetry I love composing an Ottava Rima as I find it the most challenging but I love the rhyming meter of this poetic form.

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

My walks, my ordinary life, and the books I read and the movies I watch. Also from the relationships I have and have lost. My inspiration for stories comes from remembering my childhood. I think I write the best about the memories I have growing up and also of my time working and living abroad.

What are you current writing rituals/practices? 

I used to write every day and that was good for that time but then I sacrificed my reading time and also social interaction time. I felt disconnected from the real world. Now I write in the mornings in my journal and that’s a record of how I am feeling and the things I want to write more on later. I am setting aside time twice a week to sort my short stories out. I also write articles for a local magazine and get paid every month based on the number of articles I submit and are selected. I usually want to submit at least one a month. The topics for the magazine are given to me a month in advance so lots of time to decide what to write. Working full time, almost 10 hour days and being a single mum makes setting aside time very difficult but I try to manage time as best I can.

When did you start thinking of yourself as a writer?

I am not sure I ever have until my e-book was published and was discussed at my hometown poetry club and book club. I still don’t really call myself a writer as I feel I have so much more to learn and develop. I just love words and hope the words love me back! I write because I need to.

What are your future writing goals?

  1. to continue submitting to the local magazines here
  2. to attend poetry readings and literary fests for inspiration
  3. to set aside focused time to write new stuff
  4. to set aside time to get my written work in order to publish a book

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.”

–John Green

Guest Barista Aurora Phoenix-Sunset Sundae

Strawberry apricot marmalade

Smeared butter knife slathers

Thickly coating tree trunks

Watered down dredges blend

Sugar milky clouds

Deliciously soaking the sky

Inviting hungry eyes

Lick the day good night.


Aurora Phoenix is a wordsmithing oxymoron. Staid suburbanite cloaks a badass warrior wielding weapon grade phrases. Read more of her confabulations at Insights from “Inside.”

Promote Yourself Monday- February 12, 2018

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Welcome to Promote Yourself Monday.  All Go Dog Go Cafe readers, guest writers and baristas are invited to post one link to one specific post from your blog into the comments section below.  Be sure to pick your best recent post*, because we will be choosing a Weekly Barista Favorite to be published in full on the Go Dog Go Cafe with a link back to the your blog.

If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing people have linked to.

*By posting below, the Baristas of the Go Dog Go Café assume permission to publish your piece on the Go Dog Go Café,  if it is chosen the Weekly Barista Favorite.  All authors will be properly cited and we will publish a link back to your blog.

Sweet Dreams sans Merci- Basilike Pappa

Basilike Pappa creates an amazing piece out of song lyrics. Steve Fuller– I hear a challenge calling!

Silent Hour

Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams tread softly like lovers

of half-light, the passions breathe

fire – a new emotion

sweet dreams rising amethyst

before the bedroom mirror

honey wild starved lips

Sweet dreams – one more kiss

softly the passions breathe

your name, naked stream

fading sans merci

like lovers you’ll never know

sweet this is made of dreams

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Sweet Dreams sans Merci is a found poem, made from:

  • Sweet Dreams &  Here Comes the Rain Again – Eurythmics
  • The Rupture & Face to Face – Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • Three Imaginary Boys & Fire in Cairo – The Cure
  • The Cloths of Heaven – William Butler Yeats
  • La Belle Dame sans Merci – John Keats

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Introducing Promote Yourself Mondays and Pay It Forward Thursdays

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The Go Dog Go Café is excited to announce two new weekly features starting Monday, February 12th that are designed to allow all members of the GDG community to interact and support each other and to get introduced to some great writing that we might otherwise miss.

Promote Yourself Mondays

Every Monday starting at midnight EST, Go Dog Go readers, guest writers and baristas will be able to post one link to one specific post from their personal blog into the comment section of our Promote Yourself Monday Post. Be sure to pick your best recent post*, because we will be choosing a Weekly Barista Favorite to be published in full on the Go Dog Go Cafe with a link back to the writer’s personal blog.

Pay It Forward Thursdays

This is your opportunity to give a shout-out to the best pieces you have been reading on WordPress.  Every Thursday starting at midnight EST, Go Dog Go readers, guest writers and baristas will be able to post one link to one specific post from someone else’s blog into the comment section of our Pay It Forward Thursday PostThis is a great chance to give a shout-out to someone who has wowed you as a reader, creatively inspired you, and/or to introduce a new writer to a wider audience.  We will again be choosing a Weekly Barista Favorite and inviting the author to have their piece published in full on the Go Dog Go Cafe with a link back to their personal blog.

We are hoping for lots of participation in these weekly features. Feel free to reblog this post and invite your readers to stop by the Go Dog Go Café.

If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing people have linked to. An important way to improve our own writing is to read great writing.  A key way to gain an engaged following is to be an engaged follower.

Read you next week!

 

*By choosing to post a link on the weekly Promote Yourself Monday post, the editors of the Go Dog Go Café will assume that you are giving permission for the full piece to be published the following week on the Go Dog Go Café, properly listing you as the author and linking readers back to your blog if your piece is chosen Barista Favorite.