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A Democratic Approach To Name-Changing

A Democratic Approach To Name-Changing

So, following my blog post from the other day about why I’m unhappy with the name Miriam Joy as my professional name, I decided to do some work towards changing it. However, I’m a very indecisive person, so I decided to enlist some help: Twitter polls. I chose Twitter polls for the very simple reason that I don’t know of any other website that I currently use which would allow me to ask a multiple choice question in that way….

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Buy One Poetry Collection, Get One Free

Buy One Poetry Collection, Get One Free

I feel like it’s now been long enough since I published my poetry collections that most people forget they exist. That’s fair enough. I regularly forget that they exist, too. In the months after I first released Crossroads Poetry, I remember checking KDP every day to see if I’d sold another one, and being disappointed when a week or a month passed and I hadn’t, but those days are long gone. Honestly, I’m not sure I sold any last year…

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A New Decade

A New Decade

I wasn’t a big fan of being a teenager. It meant people didn’t take me seriously, especially when it came to writing, and since I look younger than I am, I hated having that –teen suffix to emphasise it. Even so, the thought of turning twenty was mildly terrifying. It’s not a legal boundary the way eighteen or twenty-one is, but it seems like a big jump anyway. Yesterday was my birthday. I’m officially two decades old. I still look…

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Looking Ahead #goals

Looking Ahead #goals

So. As promised, time to look at my goals and resolutions for 2016, in order that my failure to meet them can be public. Yay! (I’m kidding… sort of. I always set very unrealistic goals, and life always gets in the way of sticking with the same plans for a whole year, but I do plan to try.) Observation #1: if I want to have a decent work ethic this year, I probably should have written more than 484 words…

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Into The Void

Into The Void

Today, I signed a copy of Broken Body Fragile Heart for a friend of mine. There’s nothing that really compares to signing your name inside something you wrote — a physical, tangible sign that maybe one day I’ll make a living out of this. Or maybe not, especially if I stick with poetry which earns me literally pennies. It’s easy to get discouraged with writing. I’ve been taking this whole writing thing ridiculously seriously since I was about nine —…

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Birthday Presents From You

Birthday Presents From You

Today is my eighteenth birthday. Adulthood: the ability to set my Goodreads profile to public, have control of the AdSense account linked to my YouTube channel, and the obligation to pay for interlibrary loans. Hooray. (I mean, I get that there’s the whole drinking thing, but I don’t drink alcohol, so that’s kind of irrelevant. And I guess there’s a bunch of other stuff, but none of it really interests me.) Last night, I published a poetry collection. If you,…

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