Garbanzo Literary Journal, publication, success, writing, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, quirky, fun, writing, writer, L. N. Holmes

I am so excited to announce that my short memoir “Old Betsy’s Obituary” will be featured in the quirky and fantastic Garbanzo Literary Journal! Some of you may remember this piece won first place in 2013 for a competition at the North Carolina Media Association Statewide Media Awards. My work will appear in Garbanzo #5 to be published at the end of March. I am thrilled that my work will be featured at this wonderful literary journal. If you’re interested, please buy a copy when it’s published and check it out!

The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

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I am continuing a series (inspired by Electric Literature) where I post important links for writers and readers on Mondays. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. I’m also adding a few new categories. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post.

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Book Review: Thief of Glory

book copyright Sigmund Brouwer
book copyright Sigmund Brouwer

Young Jeremiah Prins begins his life in privilege in the Dutch East Indies. His family is affluent and served by the locals. All of this changes when the Japanese begin their imperial expansion and invade what is now known as Indonesia. Separated from his father and older brothers, Jeremiah takes charge of what is left of his family — his mother and younger siblings. The Japanese eventually round them up and put them in a jappenkamp where there is little food and little medical care. Jeremiah learns to find creative ways to take care of his family while waiting out what feels like an endless war. As more and more people die from lack of nutrition and disease, Jeremiah’s life becomes increasingly dangerous.

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Weekend Writing: Music as Your Muse

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"Music listener" by Kashirin Nickolai - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nkashirin/5325053378/. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Music_listener.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Music_listener.jpg

[Photo: “Music listener” by Kashirin Nickolai]

I’m a visual learner, so I often use photographs as inspiration for writing. Occasionally, however, I’ll listen to a composition by a band or singer that makes me vividly image a scene or a story in my mind. Music is a powerful tool. Like all art, it can inspire. That is this week’s challenge, are you up to it?

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Chicken Sandwich, low quality food, fast food, By Evan-Amos (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Copyright Evan Amos

So I’ve written a new short story. It’s called “Nourishment” and it is about a traveling preacher-in-training that goes into a diner. It is written in second person. In less than 1000 words, a saucy, colorful waitress in the diner tests the faith of the main character.

The first half of this piece was a breeze. It was the second half that dragged me down. I need to do some editing and revising before I submit it.

This story is for week one. I have to write one more story for week two by Saturday. Okay fellow readers, any ideas on a direction I should take?

Here We Go Again… My New Year’s Resolutions

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Image source: http://articles.hotsaucegames.com/introducing-the-hotsaucegames-weekly-writing-competition/

[Image source: hotsaucegames.com]

New Year’s resolutions are infamous for being unrealistically optimistic, as life usually steps in to bulldoze our plans. That being said, I am — believe it or not — an optimist (I blame it on an increasingly healthy diet), and therefore have started to make New Year’s resolutions and stick to them as best I can. While I have more personal ones that I’ve made, I want to share with you my writing and reading objectives for the year.

Please feel free to share your goals for 2015 in the comments on this post, as I’d love to read about them and cheer for you.

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Book Review: All the Bright Places

Copyright Jennifer Niven, cover, All the Bright Places, YA, young adult, fiction, novel, book, Finch, Violet, mental illness, suicide
Copyright Jennifer Niven

When Theodore Finch climbs the steps of the bell tower to commit suicide, he does not expect to find Violet Markey standing on the ledge, also ready to end her life. It is here that they officially meet and both prevent each other from doing what they had planned to do. Their relationship quickly changes into something much more as the two of them discover each others’ secrets.

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Artist Interview: John Holcroft


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
John Holcroft: “Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK”


John Holcroft, passport, copyrighted,

Copyright John Holcroft


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
John Holcroft: “Illustrator”

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Artist Interview: M. Reed McCall

M. Reed McCall, author, Moose Tracks on the Road to Heaven, book, novel, ficiton, Mary Reed McCall, new book

Copyright M. Reed McCall


(Please note that I am adding the addition of colored text. My questions will be in red and the artist’s answers will be in purple.)


L.N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
M. Reed McCall: “I am originally from Rome, NY, which is about an hour east of Syracuse.”


L.N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
M. Reed McCall: “I am a writer–although I am also a high school English teacher, which requires its own kind of artistry, and I have been working with students (numbered in the thousands by now) for the past 26 years.”

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The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

Copyright L. N. Holmes, truck, old, black and white photography, J. K. Rowling, quote
Copyright L. N. Holmes

I am continuing a series (inspired by Electric Literature) where I post important links for writers and readers on Mondays. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post.

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Book Review and Exclusive Offer: Winter Woven

Written by Garrett Curry and illustrated by Kyle Ragsdale. Copyright Garrett Curry and Kyle Ragsdale, fine artist, children, adults, multigenerational, Winter Woven
Written by Garrett Curry and illustrated by Kyle Ragsdale. Copyright Garrett Curry and Kyle Ragsdale.

[Copyright Garrett Curry and Kyle Ragsdale and associates.]

The day after Christmas, a package arrives for Piper. She is not excited about it. Great Aunt Fran sends her something every year that contains an item that’s itchy and handmade, which she is then forced to wear. This year she gets a scarf. This year will be different from all the others.

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100 Blog Followers and Counting: Thank You Video and Reading

In the beginning of the week, I realized that I had 100 followers for my blog, A Vase of Wildflowers. I started the blog in mid-September and it had really taken off. I wouldn’t be here without you.

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5 Writing Contests with Nearing Deadlines

A writing friend of mine recently asked where she could find more writing contests. I suggested she look to Poets and Writers, which lists many in their online database. Here are a few directly from their website with nearing deadlines. Check out Poets and Writers for more.

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My Latest Publication: ‘How to Love Again’ in GERM magazine

L. N. Holmes, Nicole Gentles, author photo, How to Love Again, poetry, poem, GERM magazine
L. N. Holmes (Photo by Nicole Gentles)

[Photo by Nicole Gentles]

Here is the newest update of my personal progress as a professional writer.

GERM magazine is a bright place, full of wonderful people, places, and things. Along with articles on love, life, style, inner and outer beauty tips, and other topics, GERM magazine has a literary section. As soon as I saw the lovely work of other writers that was featured, I knew I wanted to be a part of this gorgeous publication.

As I saw they accepted previously published work (if the author has the rights) I offered my poem “How to Love Again,” which was originally published in Incunabula and won the Katherine B. Rondthaler Award for Poetry in 2012. To my great relief and delight, they accepted it.

You can find the poem here:

“How to Love Again” by L. N. Holmes

Please feel free to read, review, and share with others. Thanks for your support in advance. Even Jennifer Niven, founder and editor-in-chief of GERM magazine, recommends it:

 

 

I hope you enjoy it!

Artist Interview: Emily Ramser

Emily Ramser, poet, writer

Copyright Emily Ramser


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”

Emily Ramser: “That’s kind of a hard question for me to answer because I consider myself to have two different hometowns, Sacramento, California and Wake Forest, North Carolina. I was born in California but lived in Wake Forest for a good portion of my life as well. They both hold claim to my heart and shaped me into who I am today.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”

Emily Ramser: “I suppose I would have to say writer or poet. I’m not sure I like to really define myself as anything because, to be honest, I’m not too sure who I am.”

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Short Story Review: ‘The Last Day’

Diverse Energies, short story, short story reviews, collection of short stories, Ellen Oh

The world has been in a state of constant war for over a decade. All that remains are the lands won by the President of the West and the Emperor of the East. Kenji lives in a city controlled by the Emperor and his cronies — a place that conscripts children into the army at the age of fourteen.

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Weekend Writing: Assembling a Cyborg

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Copyright Raíssa Ruschel

[Image copyright Raíssa Ruschel]

Cyborgs and their enhanced abilities due to their attached machinery are a topic of interest for science fiction fans. What about the process of becoming a cyborg? What would that entail? That is this week’s prompt. Are you up for the challenge?

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The Genre Debate and Why it (Does)n’t Matter

Legend, The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, California, Black Moon, Station Eleven, novel, book, novels, books, dystopian
Copyright L. N. Holmes (LeeAnn Adams)

Many have heard of the genre versus literary fiction debate. It’s old news — not even news. So why should we still be interested in it?

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How to Help an Artist: 6 Ways to Support Artistic Innovators

This House is Haunted, John Boyne, Other Press, Twitter, book, novel, fiction, author
I try to practice what I preach. I posted this photo on Twitter to draw attention to Other Press and John Boyne when they so generously gave me a free copy of This House is Haunted to read and enjoy.

[Photo caption: I try to practice what I preach. I posted this photo on Twitter to draw attention to Other Press and John Boyne when they so generously gave me a free copy of This House is Haunted to read and enjoy.]

Let’s say you find a book, painting, photograph, set of earrings, etc. that you really like. Let’s say you have the privilege to meet the artist behind the work and you think they’re a pretty swell person. You’d like to support said swell person, if possible, but you are unsure how to do that outside of saying on social media “hey guys, this person is swell.”

This post is dedicated to you.

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Keeping Up with NaNoWriMo: No Complaints Here

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, participant, 2014, novel, 50,000 words

This is my first time participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I’ve kept up so far. In all fairness, writing full-time is my job. That being said, I find NaNoWriMo to be an interesting challenge. Writing 50,000 words in a month is doable but difficult.

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Weekend Writing: The Apartment Home

By WTF Formwork (Wall-Ties and Forms, Inc.) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Concrete housing construction in Dominican Republic using aluminum concrete forms.
Source: Wall-Ties and Forms, Inc.
Author: WTF Formwork

Apartment complexes are rarely completely full. Landlords try to fill the empty apartments as quickly as possible to avoid losing money, but other tenants move out and that creates another vacancy. But what if you owned an apartment complex and couldn’t fill a single room? This week’s prompt focuses on that idea. Think you’re up for the challenge?

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The Prince of Loyalty: A Poem

L. N. Holmes, husband, poem, Prince of Loyalty
Copyright L. N. Holmes (LeeAnn Adams)

So I wrote a poem for my husband. I feel as if he is a rare gem, one that I stole from a haunted crypt before Indiana Jones could get his hands on it. He is a wonderful man, one that has always been loyal to me. So in appreciation for his admirable qualities — and because I love him — I wrote this for him. I hope you enjoy it.

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Artist Interview: Chuck Marshall

Chuck Marshall, oil painter, artist

Copyright Chuck Marshall


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Chuck Marshall: “Umm, Wilmington Ohio.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Chuck Marshall: “Artist / Oil Painter”


Chuck Marshall, still life painting

Copyright Chuck Marshall

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When dogs strike...

Yesterday, my dog decided to chew up my life’s work in a matter of minutes. Cattleya (my dog) stealthily picked up my flash drive while I was watching a movie and began to munch on the crunchy stick. Thankfully, I caught her in mid-consumption and was able to save her from swallowing anything harmful.

But I was mad.

Really mad.

I could hear my heartbeat in my ears mad.

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Literary Magazines Seeking Submissions

So there are many literary magazines out there that need your submissions and I am going to highlight two that have caught my attention on Twitter. Please do your own research before submitting to any literary magazine, including the ones below. Most magazines do not charge for submissions unless it is for a contest or they may have a small fee for technical maintenance costs. Be cautious and submit your writing to places that are legitimate.

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