[Enjoy The Small Victories][90 Followers on WordPress!]

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I have 90 followers here on WordPress! Sweet!

Aside the fact that it has been almost a year (come October) that I have been running a literary blog and I only have 90 followers, I’m still happy about it.

You have to enjoy the small victories, especially when you are first starting out. 

Those that do follow me, I would love it if you would help me reach 100+! Either with a reblog or a comment on something I have posted, I appreciate all forms of support! I will be more than happy to reblog something of yours back as well! Either comment somewhere on The Uncanny Sublime or email me at theuncannysublime@gmail.com. I’m a friendly girl, I will comment/email you back promptly! 

The Campaign is still running as well if you would like to be even more helpful towards my short story writing and the start-up for my student editing venture. You can donate as little as $2 HERE!

I am looking to raise about $260 for writing, grammar, and style books for students I would like to help prepare for post-secondary school and a life in the world, as well as for my own writing career (if I may be so bold as to call it that at this point!)

I would love to hear from you! 

[Campaign][The Uncanny Sublime: Editing and Literature]

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Attaining your dreams is rarely easy, and if it is, you’re not dreaming high enough.

Turning my dream of stepping out of the role of a writer and into a author, is going to take a lot of time, effort, and money.

Time, I am able to find in order to write and edit.

Effort, I am definitely not short on that here!

Money, well… This is where I could use a little team effort.

Over almost the past year of being on WordPress, I have seen some bloggers create campaigns in order to raise a bit of funds for whatever it is they are in need of. I thought, why not, I’ll try the same thing.

You can find the campaign page HERE There are perks for putting money towards the fundraising, such as your name and blog/website being posted on my own blog, reblogs of something you have written, and honourable mentions on any future campaigns I may begin. 

The goal of the fundraising is to gain at least $260 in order to purchase the following subscriptions and books that have been recommended to me for writing, editing, and publishing:

1. Writer’s Market Annual Subscription – $45
2. Writer’s Digest 8 Issues – $35
3. Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark – $15
4. The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White – $15
5. Keys to Great Writing by Stephen Wilbers – $15
6. Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write With Clarity, Emphasis, and Style Paperback by Stephen Wilbers – $20
7. On Writing Well 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser – $20
8. The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities by Eric Hayot – $30
9. The Canadian Style by Public Works and Government Services Canada Translation Bureau – $20
10. The Elements of Internet Style: The New Rules of Creating Valuable Content for Today’s Readers Paperback by Editors of Eei Press – $15
11. The Sound On The Page: Great Writers Talk about Style and Voice in Writing Paperback by Ben Yagoda – $15
12. APA / Chicago / MLA for the Modern Student Paperback by H. P. Young – $15

Anything over the fundraising goal, would be put towards self-publishing, teaching materials for my new student editing business, and eventually finding a literary agent.

Money aside, because I know not everyone has cash to spare, even just some kind, supporting words, or harsh criticisms that would help my writing are always, ALWAYS, appreciated. 

Silence may be golden, but it does not help a writer needing to edit!

The Uncanny Sublime: Editing and Literature Campaign 

[Poem][Hero]

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Hero

 

I’ve hardly met a superhero I’ve liked

Radio-active, multimillion dollar, from another planet

Post-apocalyptic, hero that looks and speaks like us

The outsider that wants to be human

But knows they never can be

For this reason or that, they are different

Set apart is the natural conclusion

The lifestyle of a superhero

What else could they possibly do

With that which sets them apart

It is their origin, that makes them who they are

And how we see them

These stories that are glorified until they can be rehearsed

By heart and memory, we begin to crave more from them

But in the end they bleed and break, just like us

Even so-called immortals have their weaknesses

Yes they give us faith in victory, but

They never give us the faith we need

The faith in ourselves

The chance to be our own heroes

I’ve never met a hero I liked,

Because they always save us

[Poem][Required to Write]

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Required to Write:

Items Needed:

  1. Paper – plenty of sheets; preferably lined, in a book
  2. Pen or Pencil – at least two; black or blue would do fine
  3. Cup of Coffee – tall mug; spoonful or dark roast, spoon of hot chocolate
  4. Bottle of Water – 1 liter; ice cold
  5. Pad of Paper – multiple sheet; needed for random ideas and thoughts

~ Find a quiet atmosphere, but not too quiet

~ Find a good time of day: morning, afternoon, evening, night – whatever works for you best

~ Write for at least 15 minutes or 30 minutes or an hour… or longer – depending on above statements

~ Write about… anything you want really. No one can tell you what to write in your free time, because it is your free time.

            There is no true, faultless recipe for writing because it is the most natural thing in the world.

            Do what makes you feel free.

[Poem][The Feeling of a Pen]

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The Feeling of a Pen 

 

Why does a pen, feel so good

Gliding smoothly, across a blank page?

A pencil is different, it has a strange texture

It guides roughly, feeling grainy on the blackness.

Typing is its own beast, text can become anything

BOLDED, italicized, underlined, and hundreds of fonts.

Nothing compares to a pen, it’s a most creative tool.

Your imagination is tested, boundaries pushed.

You must move the pen, you must decide what it does.

Once ink is on paper, it cannot easily be changed.

White can be overwritten, once it is scratched out

Again it cannot be changed so easily, but it is not a mistake.

With pen you see the work, everything is left on the page.

On a computer once it’s gone, it’s gone.

How can you grow, when your changes are forgotten with the tap of a key?

There is something that feels so good.

About a pen gliding smoothly,

Across a blank page,

Not filled with thoughts.