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📖Interview with Rebecca May Smith: The Paradox of Womanhood (art & poetry book)

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The journey of exploring and embracing the beauty and strength, complexity and contradiction, mischief and reverie, pleasure and pain of becoming our authentic self is a lifelong adventure: a pilgrimage celebrated in this unique, adult coloring book.




Inside you’ll discover:

  • 48 beautiful women to color and create.
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21 calligraphy crafted lines of poetry with borders to complete.
  • 3 cards, 6 gift tags and 4 bookmarks to finish and share.
  • 
Your special link for your complimentary gifts.
  • Insider Secrets to Coloring Like a Pro.
  • Your step-by-step guide to simply beautiful adult coloring.
  • VIP subscription with coloring pictures and puzzles delivered regularly to your inbox.
  • Completed artwork from contributing artist, Olga Kolesnyk.
  • Interviews with our creators – Lou – our poet, and Rebecca – our creative and inspiration collector and creator – on how and why this unique coloring book came into existence and into your hands.

Unleash your creativity, relieve your stress, and discover your Zen within the pages of this intricate and detailed peek into the best of womanhood!


Hello there, Rebecca! The Paradox of Womanhood merges art and poetry quite seamlessly. And the fact that it’s interactive art (coloring) makes it even more fascinating to me. What inspired this highly unique creation?

I love poetry. It has the power to reach out; to gently caress or to widely plunge us into the depths of our very soul and uncover those things long since hidden.

I also love art and the impact it creates.

And I adore the power and fragility, the complexities and contrasts in being a woman.

The inspiration for this book was to share the incredible journey and being of womanhood. Then to craft a piece to aid in creation for creation sake. Not in the “succeeding” or the “winning”… Whatever you or our world may perceive this to be. The winning here is just in the doing, the feeling, the creative connection… Without any judgement at all.

I absolutely love it! So, what has your artistic journey been like up until now?

I love to explore standards and different ways of being. Maybe that comes from a combination of years at University studying health science, the curiosities in clinic, and life’s experiences showing me that we are so much more than atoms and flesh.

Language can be used to tell a story, of course, but its whimsy, rhythm and ability to color and connect are what I really love.

“…We are so much more than atoms and flesh.” What a mystical statement to make that I couldn’t agree any more with! So, we’ve dabbled into inspiration and journeys. Now, I’d like to discuss central themes.

The main theme is womanhood, and how we can be both fragile and strong, funny and serious, genius, fun and grounded. It’s about accepting ourselves and other women as we are.

Unconditional self-acceptance is such a beautiful thing. It’s safe to say this book is chock-full of important themes. What muses have been guiding you along the way?

The incredible women in my life, those I have been blessed to meet along the way, and each woman playing her role in our communities.

Sounds like a powerhouse of inspiration to me! How do you normally go about creating? Is there a particular process you abide by?

Oh, it rarely starts as a process. More a burst of creative inspiration that strikes in the depths of the night! Then, once the initial thoughts are penned, the piece is usually left to rest. Other ideas will strike – thank goodness for always having a notepad and paper on hand. Then when I am ready, I come back to combine, edit, read, edit, rest and edit some more. This process was different than usual as I worked with an amazing poet named Lou.

That’s wonderful. Also, it’s great that you joined poetic forces with another talented word artist. Thanks for giving us a sneak peek into your vibrant world and your new book. It was a true pleasure!


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📖INTERVIEW with Breanna Brown about her new book, “Amnesia.” 💜

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Poetess Breanna Brown takes you on a journey through life’s countless trials and triumphs. Through untold suffering and unbearable loss, the road to enlightenment and greater faith is paved. From the darkness, we awaken stronger than we ever could have imagined.

Amnesia belongs in your poetry book collection if you’ve ever been through a difficult time and are looking for a some hope. Or perhaps you’ve lost someone close to you like the author has. Either way, this book is a must-read!

 


Hi Breanna! I must say, the cover of Amnesia is very striking. But we can’t judge a book entirely by its cover alone, so I’m sure glad we’re having this interview. First thing’s first: Inspiration. What was your main source of inspiration when putting together this poetry book?

I had to watch my mother suffer from lung cancer. Until then, I always thought of her as this unmovable mountain that would always be present when I looked out into the distance. I had to watch her get chiseled away and I didn’t know how to survive once she had passed. I started to write to cope and it turned into a healing process. Before I knew it, I had a mess load of pieces of me on paper. And I thought that maybe my experiences could help someone…

In our darkest hour, it seems like creativity makes her way into our lives. It’s in those moments when poetry becomes more than mere writing on a page, it becomes a healer. I’m glad poetry found you. When it comes to your journey as a writer, how did it all begin and what’s your creative journey looking like now?

My mother taught me to write before I even entered preschool. Ever since then, it’s been a way of life for me. I write to exercise my observations, take inventory on my emotions and translate our human heritage of awareness into worlds that can be explored over and over again.

That’s so beautiful, Breanna! It’s amazing that your mother taught you how to write at such a young age as well. How inspiring is that? Also, I love what you said about translating our human heritage of awareness. That’s a poem in and of itself! So, theme-wise, what are we looking at?

My book follows a cognizance theme. In the dawn of my struggle, I felt like I’d dozed off into a very dark nightmare, as if I were sleepwalking through my days. Then, I started to wake up. I saw the true natures of love and life in what felt like a moment of deja vu. I began to heal and the more I did, the more lucid I became.

Once again… how beautiful! It’s safe to say that while this book covers some dark themes, it grants an unshakable sense of hope within the reader. So, it’s easy to tell that your mother is your biggest inspiration and influence, but who/what are some of your other muses?

Muses? Ah, there are dozens. Lauryn Hill, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Rihanna, Beyonce, Missy Elliot… There are so many whom I admire. That list would probably span over four, five blog posts, lol.

I bet :D. I’m the same way, honestly. So, when you sit down to write, how do you normally go about it… or does it vary?

My writing process is a flighty one. Sometimes I have to sit with nothing but a notebook and pen, pray and open myself up for His inspiration. Other times, I reflect and revisit my most intense experiences. Then there are times where I’m driving to the grocery store and I have to pull over because an idea decided to hit my windshield at that very moment. I don’t have a distinct process because I need multiple ways to stay open and flexible.

That makes perfect sense. Inspiration can hit us at the most random of times. Luckily, you pull over if the poetry bug bites you while driving. Speech to Text typically doesn’t do the best job (I would know :D). Anyway, I’m really grateful you took the time to chat with me about your amazing book. I’m sure anyone who’s reading this interview is feeling particularly inspired.


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📖Interview with Ruben Belizaire about his book ‘Broken.’

attachment_171125072546 (1).pngBroken is a collection of poetry written by a Ruben Belizaire prior to his time in the military and the following months after his separation. The collection of poems tells a story about love, relationships, cheating, betrayals, the treatment of woman and personal struggles. Broken takes the time out to question one’s self-purpose and identity for. Belizaire, along with his co-author Edmilson, wrote Broken to reach out to individuals who might be going through the same issues and do not want to talk about them. This book is not a fairytale and does not a clear ending. It cannot as life is not over yet for the author. Broken’s unorthodox style of writing will leave the reader wanting more.

 


Hello Ruben! I’m excited to be having this interview with you about our latest poetry collection, “Broken.” What was your main source of inspiration for its creation?

My inspiration for this book was my personal life and relationship problems I’ve seen myself.

Firsthand experience really does serve as fuel for anyone who creates! So, what started it all for you (poetry-wise)?

I started writing in 7th grade, and ever since then, I just kept writing down my thoughts. This collection features mostly writings from my high school years and new ones. I’m very indecisive so the hardest part was deciding what poems to include and what not to include, as well as how long it should be.

I completely get that. Once you accumulate enough poems, there are a lot of tough calls to be made. What themes are showcased in “Broken”?

Themes involve love, pain, and betrayal.

Those themes are certainly universal. As a poet myself, there’s no way I can avoid such topics when writing. When you sit down to write a poem, how do you typically go about it?

My writing process includes listening to jazz and reflecting on past memories and social problems.

Music is a wonderful motivator! And self-reflection is a necessary ingredient to poetry writing. Anyway, thank you very much for chatting with me. I’ll include some more info about you below so anyone reading this can learn more.


attachment_171125071437 (1).jpegIn high school, Ruben Belizaire was on the wrestling team. During his senior year, he realized he wasn’t going to do anything with wrestling in his future and decided to quit the team. The coach made him transfer out of his weightlifting class and he did so.

He would end up in a creative writing class that only included five other students. In this class, Belizaire began to start sharing his writing that he started in the seventh grade but didn’t feel the need or have the courage to share.

Two years after high school, Belizaire decided to join the United States Navy, where he would serve honorably for four years. Instead of reenlisting, he decided to move on with his life and go back to college to study Public Administration. In his new student experience class, he would meet a fellow writer (Edmilson) who would encourage him to write a book and he did. Belizaire’s goal in all of this is to encourage everyone to pursue whatever it is that is their passion.

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