Interview With WILDsound Festival

POETRY 7 QUESTIONS:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

My poem Monet is based upon the artist from France. He probably is one of the most recognizable names from the Impressionistic period centering on Paris. He painted the water lily painting and gave it to France. Apparently the painting is tremendous in size (it covers walls) and took some time. I found similarities in myself and what he accomplished, obviously on a much lesser known scale.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

I would like them to know and feel that these artists are regular people, like us, who express themselves in what they do. They don’t see it as work but really a function of themselves, therefore, we can all benefit and connect to them. Maybe we can learn to express ourselves in some small way or at least feel better by liking some of their work. I would like them to pretend they are walking in a garden of long ago and meeting a man who became known for his work. In some small way one would feel privileged to meet this man and find out about him. I’d like them to find out if they identify with him in some way. I’d like them to find a purpose in their own lives like he had purpose.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I wrote quite a bit of poetry a few years ago and plan on doing so again. It inspired me to write a novel. However, I wrote a poem when I was about twenty and gave it to my grandmother. It has since been lost but I thought it quite good. Then I wrote a poem about my sister for a party. It was a tribute to her and I suppose it showed my love for her. I never considered myself a poet because I couldn’t even remember words from a song, only that I liked the song. Now much later in life I have this ability to write lines in the morning. They form quite naturally. If I don’t get up and write them down, they are lost.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

Edgar Allan Poe. Not because he wrote dark poems and such but because my Dad recited his words to me over and over. My Dad could remember lines on and on. I found this fascinating. I feel underprivileged because my school didn’t offer Literature to me as an English class in high school. I never found out about these greats until later in life. What suffering had I?

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Twitter and WordPress. The cost was low and it sounded intriguing. I do suppose it is like a mini production. Fun.

6) Do you write other works? Scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have written a novel (trilogy) and published it to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. I would like to try short stories and possibly a script. I think I’d prefer if someone wrote my script for me. I believe at this point I could polish a script of mine, but write it I’m not sure.

7) What is your passion in life? My passion?

Drinks coffee, scratches temple, hmm. My children. However, I’m going up the escalator now and going higher for some goodness for myself. Things come to those who wait and I feel gratified having given my time and energy to my children. Things to come such as more writing, playing golf, a bit of travel, the sea, wine, architecture (I almost became one of these), and children. Also, I want to get back that nostalgic feeling about Christmas as I lost it awhile back. I’m always searching and learning.

Caroline Clemens Interview

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May-June Newsletter

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Good Morning!

Today is a celebration as my twin girls graduate high school. Yes! Awesome, I know. Their last two years they did alternative high school, in that one home schooled and the other went to an academy for half a day, all online. Both are progressives moves. Where do they get that from I wonder? It was their own choice and I applauded it. Occasionally, it was difficult with teachers and administrators communications but we worked on it. Both are headed to community colleges, and will pursue four year degrees, possibly in healthcare. I warned them how hard nurses must work with all kinds of hours and holidays and no lunch breaks. But I also gave them hope and told them of great rewards. Bright futures are what I hope for all our June graduates. Good luck!

I’ve been very busy with writing and spring cleaning. The most fun though was launching my store on Zazzle.com. It’s called TheIvoryTide. Until I work out any kinks or get a logo or obtain my very own place, I’ll operate off of Zazzle. I will do two collections a year by designing items and clothing from my photography. They package and ship, and hopefully, I’ll make a little $$$. My palm tree photo and silver sea photo were the spring/summer highlights. Check it out. You can order the little notebook below.

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In early May I attended the Atlanta Writer’s Conference, and pitched my story Chocolate for Lilly to no avail. I love the conference and I met a couple other lady writers but I won’t fool ya, it’s depressing and I keep going back for more. I must lift myself, take the criticism (they all have different viewpoints you don’t know what is right or wrong), and move along, do my own thing. George Weinstein does a fabulous job and the meeting is very professional. It’s 1st class. Like I said, maybe I need to stop going (I’ve been to four now). Maybe I’ll never get readers; maybe I will. The people that have read my books have liked them. I’ll take that. I’ve written an essay on politics and social media and will submit this. Maiden Voyage, a Lighthouse Tale is a short story already submitted. It’s a little gem in my book but probably needs more editing to fine tune the tale. I have another short about nightcrawlers-who would write anything about worms?

Atlanta Writer’s Conference

Chocolate for Lilly Query

This historical novel of fiction set in the jazz era of the 1920’s, prohibition, women’s suffrage, post war and the attraction of two souls, is intended for adults. Think The Great Gatsby meets Little Orphan Annie by way of Murder on the Orient Express. 

It’s 1919 and women’s lives are about to change, but before Emmaline can figure out that future she must find her sister that she never knew she had. Robert has just finished his college studies and already has a sizeable portfolio noting his inventions. These childhood friends meet up at the perfect moment in time, and decide to help one another setting off on an adventure only the spirited would undertake. Pretending to be married they board the train from New York City, and first up is the idyllic setting of their childhood, summer homes in North Carolina. What they find in their secret pool alerts them to nearby bootleggers but they are on a journey to find her sister that didn’t perish in the burned out orphanage, and he to showcase his prized paper inventions to none other than Thomas Edison. A train strike doesn’t stop them, a party at the Vanderbilt estate, a shootout nor two opposite coasts of business. They even meet an undercover Washington D.C. reporter, who delivers the chocolate for Lilly, along the way willing to help them as he is after the hit men and their bosses. Her long lost sister, Lilly, gets out just in time on the east coast and the couple, Robert and Emmaline, on the west coast share a first kiss while rowing out from the shores of Edison’s winter retreat.

In the end, the two sisters, Emmaline and Lilly, are united with all the family present in North Carolina, and Robert has partners to back his ventures. This could be a series going forward with the story of their inventions and hotel business in Florida.

I’m an Indie Author and delighted to introduce myself to you! I’m on Amazon.com under the pen name of Caroline Clemens where I have a couple novels, poetry, and my first novella, “Kiss Ride.” I blog at carolineclemens.com and theivorytide.com. I’ve written journalism styled articles for The Guardian Liberty Voice and received two honorable mention awards for “Bleu Moon,” which is the middle segment of my contemporary novel “Into the Vines.” I find this creative process to be a work of art with hopes of producing more titles, such as a thriller I have in the works.

Sincerely,

Caroline Clemens

carolineclemensauthor@gmail.com

Lastly, I have decided to put professional covers on my books starting with the very first real book I wrote. I’m changing the title, re-editing, and adding this wonderful cover by Dani from Brazil you see above. More to come on that. Thanks for reading the newsletter from a starving artist-haha. My humor is emerging, engaging me to write that satire, humor-filled artists role. It will be based upon my favorite comedian.

Caroline Clemens

*art work by Danielle

*photography by me

 

Poetry From Autumn Quotes

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Paradise

Beneath the sea,
Frolics you and me.
If ever we are caught,
Such a battle will be fought.
The air is gold above the ivory tide;
Yet, free we glide in our coral and aqua ride.

Moon River

A beautiful moon river …
The path so golden and lit;
Shall I dream a dream,
Or blink reality as I sit?

My Moon

Evening dropped by again
I raced down the planks lightly.
There he was waiting for me,
Rising up from the dark water.

Calmness settled over me smoothly
I just know he wants to tell me.
Maybe something new, maybe what I know.
My feet shift and stand firm in the sand.

Climbing the sky he’s going too fast.
I want to hold on and go slow.
What blessings can this glow give to me?
A silver river of dreams from me to my moon,

Yes, just me and my moon now,
Glimmering white surrounded by pale clouds.
He burst through and made me smile
Knowing dreams would come true after a while

All poems by Caroline Clemens from Autumn Quotes on Amazon.

Photography by me.

Hey Look 3D! (Plus, Sneak Preview)

Thanks Richard! This is one of the writer’s I follow on WordPress. Writing on WordPress and sharing with each other keeps us propelled and moving forward, or sometimes in circles, either way it’s my online writing group. By the way, he’s very good.

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I got a nice surprise when I opened up my email today to find these two little beauties. The good folk at Creativia, my publisher, had prepared 3D images of both The Eternals and Hunter Hunted. Very Swanky.

This was quite freaky because yesterday, unless my last proofreader finds anything, I finished Into Eternity, the final Eternals book. Done and done. It was quite a sad moment to type ‘The End‘ to a project you’ve spent five years on.

Anyhow, I thought I’d show you my posh new cover shots and also give you a glimpse of Into Eternity before anyone else gets to see it.

Into Eternity / PREVIEW: Here we find Jean traipsing across the Arctic ice, his mood dark,  thoughts elsewhere.

I paced New Washington, strolling up the tree-lined avenues, happy in my own way. I spied my love. She watched from…

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Break Time

Seven years ago I happened upon social medias and kept going after more. I suppose I suddenly found time for a break with the enormity of raising three children close in age. I also wanted to know what they were doing as we’d heard of the many dangers of the world wide web, something I didn’t have growing up. We had books, television, movie theaters, and school. I continually learned enjoying most of it and appalled by some. Eventually I started three blogs, ended up on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, You-Tube, and a few others. I’m still here but am now prioritizing and refocusing.

The photo above is the cover for my 3rd novel ‘Sapphire Souls’ which is part of Into the Vines. My photograph was used with Amazon’s KDP (kindle direct publishing), a tool for self-pubbed authors. Truly incredible!

Never did I think I would write books. Click link below.

Amazon page

A whole other world opened for me and for that I’m grateful. I learned more than a lot. I gained an entrance into my brain that was rarely used (I wrote poetry back when I was 20 n 30) and found out how to express that. Things I loved growing up were right there, and now maybe, I understood why I liked those things as a child or teen or young adult.

No wonder why I went out for musicals, choir, sports, put on skits, and ran for vice president of my class. We should pursue the things in life that make us happy, feel good, and want to succeed, otherwise we become miserable and unable to move forward. We feel trapped. I’ve always been for more arts, sports, recess, and music in school. I could see my children being swept up in homework, sitting all day, bored in class by teachers passing out worksheets and not teaching. They just don’t listen to me (yes, I even got on a board w the principal back in elementary school).

Therefore, I decided to write books in hopes of gaining a larger audience. I’m a doer but realize one person can’t do it all, and really, would we want perfection all at once? I continually seek a sweeter life (and a publisher) with adventure, and maybe now, just to do a little less as my teens will be eighteen (2) and nineteen (1). I have to break except for a couple blog posts I want to do in March on theivorytide.com. I will do my May newsletter on this site.

I deserve a small break, it’s been a wonderful life!

Thanks a million! Kim Troike

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Novel Review

 

Into the Vines

Thank you kindly Jeyran Main for reading and reviewing my novella, String the Cranberries and my novel, Into the Vines. Since the 1st print I have changed the author name & am using my pen name Caroline Clemens. You can find me here on Amazon self-pubbed. Or the 1st edition here at Barnes & Noble.

Here’s the review:  Into the Vines

 

Thank you Jeyran Main!

Christmas Newsletter 2016

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Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you found me, let me tell you a little about me. I’ve been blogging since 2011 and have learned more than I could ever have hoped. It’s like there’s a whole other world out there for sharing and appreciating; makes me feel so grown up! I feel as though the light has been turned ON. I definitely know I found this at the right time as I was looking for more in my life. Why?

Well, I had completed my task list and had dismissed myself to the wayside. Have you ever done that? So I began to concentrate on me and did a couple things but something was missing, that feel or engagement of sorts. Let’s say you attend a musical or play or concert and you just love it. That feeling stays with you for quite sometime. I was missing the concert, or concerto.

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Now I feel as though I don’t have enough time in the day; I mean come on God I need 48 hours for every day. Smiles. I’ll prioritize again, very soon, but first I’m launching this writing thing that began back in 2011. I have books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, mostly digital save for one that I spent money to get published from a small press. They did a fantastic job and I was never more proud to have a book of my own. I didn’t break the bank as I’m a bit frugal and handle my finances very well.

Last night though, I transformed my digital stories into print books, low cost to purchase right on Amazon. God Bless Amazon! Seriously, after five years of learning every detail myself, someone was there to take my hand and say, okay here’s the final step. Let’s see if we can’t find you some readers and make a little money for your hard earned efforts. We’ll see. I’m as happy as a ………

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Christmas has always been special for me and I don’t remember ever being depressed at this time. I know what sadness is maybe even depression but I never carried it for a long time. I’ve had some hits in my life and I honestly don’t know why but I’m wired to get up every time and start over again. If you are sad or depressed at this time reach out just a little and find someone to have a talk with. That helps tremendously. Coffee and a good chat!

Back to the books and what am I grateful for at this time of the year? Simply the people in my life and the zest for which I live. I’m a list maker and a doer. My husband stood by me for years as we struggled with infertility (the quiet killer of dreams) and now I stand with him as he makes a new career for himself moving forward. I’m proud of him for making that change after 32 years at the same institution. I love change and he doesn’t. Talk about opposites.

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Here’s to the next step in life for both of us! I’m just getting started and have more stories to write. I’ve entered contests with cash prizes. Yes! Say a prayer for me and I have already started on a tiny lighthouse Christmas tale. For now go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and find me there under Caroline Clemens, my pen name.  Twitter

Carpe Diem and Merry Christmas with a Blessed New Year! Caroline Clemens

This post is dedicated to Susie Lindau’s #Blessed Project at  #BlessedProject@WildRide

Blogger @theivorytide.com Amazon Purchase

Photography by Me I Have An Amazon Page!

My husband Mike (aka Hemmingway), lights and cabin via Marybeth & Brian’s place.

*Oh my having trouble getting my novel to convert into print! This is distressing for the life of a self-pubbed writer. One in draft, the other not working. Update later ….

* Update on Twitter

The Christmas Tree #poetry by Dorinda Duclos of Night Owl Poetry

Magical, mystical, this Christmas tree Decorated lovingly, for all to see Standing in the flurries of winter’s cold Garland surrounds it, around it, behold This beautiful season, adorning the land Colorfully elegant, vibrant and grand ©2016 Dorinda Duclos All Rights Reserved Photo via Pixabay

via The Christmas Tree ~ #poetry of #Christmas — Dorinda Duclos – Night Owl Poetry

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