🍁Autumn Poems- (and One from Earlier This Year Too!)

Thank you, Ms. Woolf

Yesterday, Issue 13 of Fahmidan Journal was released, “Falling Into Autumn.” I am fortunate to have two of my poems included.

You can read this fabulous issue for free at

https://www.fahmidan.net/copy-of-issue-12-1

Here are my poems from the issue:

The first is entitled “Autumnal Magic.”

The next has to do with how the beginning of the school year can be fraught with anxiety for some students. It’s called “Scrambled.”

A huge THANK YOU to the staff of Fahmidan Journal for their support of my work, and that of so many writers.

Next: The Haunting Art of Marian Spore Bush as Inspiration

I have participated in several Zoom Ekphrastic Writing Workshops, taught by the amazing Lorette C. Luzajic, Publisher of “The Ekphrastic Review.” This next poem I wrote came from one of those workshops.

Here is link to the painting by Marian Spore Bush, (who was a dentist as well as a painter) and what her haunting piece inspired me to write. I was fascinated by the fact that she was a dentist, which also has its place in this piece I titled, “Toothless.”

It was published on September 22nd in “The Ekphrastic Review.” Feel free to share if you like it!

https://www.ekphrastic.net/the-ekphrastic-review/toothless-by-lisa-molina#comments

And that brings me to a piece of Flash Fiction I wrote that was a Finalist in the “Fifty Shades of Blue” Contest held by “The Ekphrastic Review,” this past February. Contestants were given 50 works of art with the color blue in them, and could submit their Poems or Flash Fiction for the contest. Here is the art, and here is what it inspired me to write:

https://www.ekphrastic.net/the-ekphrastic-challenges/fifty-shades-of-blue-contest-the-finalists

I will be posting soon some more works of mine that have been published this past year, another new one coming out tomorrow, and a spooky tale for Halloween that was published last October, but isn’t on this blog- SO – THANK YOU FOR READING, AND-

STAY TUNED!

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🍁 ✍️ Fun Updates: Royalties Donation, Best of the Net Nomination, Ekphrastic Writing Marathon!!!

I can’t believe I haven’t updated this blog since June! Overall, I did more reading than writing this summer, caught up with some friends, and took trips with my family to Galveston and Costa Rica.

SEPTEMBER IS CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Those are MY CHILDREN in the photo above, in the art room at the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center of Dell Children’s Hospital, around 2009. My son was battling leukemia for the 3rd time and was just 13 years old, and my daughter was 7 years old.

I wrote the poems in my digital chapbook “Don’t Fall in Love with Sisyphus,” published in February by Fahmidan Publishing, about my experiences as the mother of a child with cancer.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PURCHASED A DOWNLOAD OF THE BOOK! Because of you, I have already been able to donate over $200 to go towards Art Supplies for the patients to use. I truly believe that all forms of art have the power to heal. Thank you to Fahmidan Publishing for being so generous with royalties to all their authors.

The digital book is still for sale in the online Fahmidan Bookstore for only $7.00! I am still giving all royalties I receive to the the CBCC art room. Believe me, your money will help some very sick children and their families find some joy and creativity during this time in their lives.

HERE’S A DIRECT LINK TO PURCHASE THE BOOK FOR $7.

https://www.fahmidan.net/dont-fall-in-love-with-sisyphus

CHAMPAGNE READING ROOM ZOOM LAUNCH READING!!!

THE Zoom reading/launch of The Champagne Journal, Issue 2, on June 16, was a lot of fun. I read my poem, “On the Topography of Maps,” that is featured in the issue, and saw many of the other writers read their works. You can order a copy at :

https://www.thechampagneroomjournal.com/issues-for-purchase

Best of the Net Nomination!!!!!!

On July 23rd, I was so thrilled to learn that my poem “Who You See” was nominated by Fahmidan Journal for Best of the Net.

Here’s a link about Best of the Net:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NOMINEES!

And here is my poem, “Who You See,” from the Issue 9 of Fahmidan Journal that was nominated for “Best of the Net” by the publishers and editors. THANK YOU Fahmidan Journal, especially Editor in Chief A.R. Salandy and staff for all you do to support the Writing Community.

The Ekphrastic Review Writing Marathon

On July, I participated in a Writing Marathon, held by The Ekphrastic Review, as a celebration of their 7th Birthday.

Basically, the participants were given 20 various works of art as writing prompts on a private group Facebook page, and each of us wrote straight for 30 minutes on at least 14 of the prompts. It was so much fun! This really is my favorite way to write- STOP THINKING TOO MUCH, and let my subconscious take the reins a bit.

We then had a couple of weeks to revise and edit, and were allowed to submit (5?) I think pieces for a contest and possible inclusion in an e-book. None of the works I submitted won the contest, but one of my writing friends was a finalist for 2 of her pieces, and a Haiku I wrote is included in the anthology.

And a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to The Ekphrastic Review, especially Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Lorette C. Luzajic, who is an amazing publisher, writer, artist, and teacher.

Here’s the link to the free download, (My piece is on page 33) You will love the diverse works here, both in poetry and flash fiction.

Here’s my piece in the anthology:

Finally, here’s a fun pic of me in front of The Galveston Bookshop in the historic district of Galveston, a couple of months ago. Books and Galveston- Two of my favorite things! (Not to mention Charles Dickens’ 📚 books)

Good Times

There’s more I have share with you, so I’ll try to update in the next couple of weeks.

Have a great week!

Lisa-

Join Me Thursday, June 16, as I Read a New Poem from Champagne Room Literary Journal

First of all, a huge THANK YOU to all who attended the Zoom 2nd Birthday Celebration of Fahmidan Journal. I think there were at least 8 or 9 of my friends there to hear me and other wonderful writers read some of their works.

It was great seeing you all there, and so much fun to hear the other writers read in their own voices. THANK YOU to you all, and a special shout out to Fahmidan Journal for all they have accomplished this past 2 years, and for publishing my poetry chapbook, which is still for sale in their bookstore for just $6.

I’m donating all my royalties to The Children’s Blood and Cancer Center of Dell Children’s Hospital, where my son had most of his cancer treatments. I have a call with them tomorrow about getting the funds to them. Thank you to all who have purchased the book ! Here’s the link.

https://www.fahmidan.net/dont-fall-in-love-with-sisyphus

Next——- I’m THRILLED to be reading a new poem I have written that is published in Issue 2 of The Champagne Journal, along with other fabulous writers this Thursday, June 16, at 5:00 (EST) at a Zoom gathering/celebration of the launch of the current issue.

You can check out their website at

https://www.thechampagneroomjournal.com/

They will post the Zoom link soon.

You may also contact me directly or see their Instagram page for more information.

My poem is published in Issue 2. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the issue, you can do that here:

https://www.thechampagneroomjournal.com/product-page/the-champagne-room-issue-02

From their website regarding Issue 2;

“In the making of this issue, we wanted to create a container for the unexpected. We wanted these pages to be a comfort for those desiring both seclusion and safety—a room with a door, a bed to crawl into, a circle of chairs or of bodies gathered in communion, saying you belong.“

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope that to see you on Thursday!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope to see you on Thursday!

Lisa-

Join Me for Some Readings and Celebrate!

On Saturday, May 28, 1:30 EST,

Fahmidan Publishing & Co. will celebrate its second year of publishing with some short readings from some of their contributors on Zoom!

I’ll be there, reading and listening, and I hope you’ll join us.

*** Message me or Fahmidan Journal directly for the Zoom link

My digital chapbook, “Don’t Fall in Love With Sisyphus” is still for sale on their website for $6.00, and I’m donating my royalties to The Blood and Cancer Center of Dell Children’s Hospital, where my son had most of his cancer treatments.

Here’s a direct link to the book:

https://www.fahmidan.net/dont-fall-in-love-with-sisyphus

And to their website:

https://www.fahmidan.net/

I hope you all have a great week, and hope to see you on Saturday!

Lisa………..the Lit Geek.

David Sedaris, Neil Gaiman, and Poetry Reading/ Anniversary Celebration

FIRST STOP: DAVID SEDARIS

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of experiencing the hilarious David Sedaris at his show here. I laughed until I cried, like I have done when reading his books, and realized we are all getting older.😄

I already have a couple of books signed by him, but I was not present when he signed them, so I was determined to wait after the show to talk with him in person and have him sign another book of his.

I guess we waited, at most, an hour. He was very nice, and actually drew and colored the vintage 1950’s Coro choker that I happened to be wearing. (At least, I think that’s what he drew…). Without further ado, here it is- (No photos of him allowed)

And here I am with my husband that evening before the show. You can see the choker (I think) he drew.

NEXT STOP: NEIL GAIMAN

OK! As if that was not exciting enough, we then had front row seats a few weeks later to see, hear, and yes, experience, Neil Gaiman! He was his usual charming self, and told stories from his life based on questions from the audience, and read some of his poetry and stories to us.

He had pre-signed books, so we snagged a few. I think I’m up to 6 or 7 different NG signed books now, and I also received a First Edition hardback copy of “American Gods” for Christmas from my husband! Such a treasure. (That goes for both the book AND my husband.🥰)

Notice he is wearing a jacket with tails. Classic.

AND FINALLY:

Please join me on Saturday, May 28th, to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Fahmidan Journal.

This is the fantastic publisher that has published some of my poetry, and published my first poetry chapbook, “Don’t Fall in Love With Sisyphus.”

Shameless plug- My digital book is still available for $6 at their website. Here is a direct link to order:

https://www.fahmidan.net/dont-fall-in-love-with-sisyphus

The event will be via Zoom, and feel free to contact them or me for the Zoom link. I, along with several other contributors, will be reading for 3-5 minutes each. Here’s more info:

They are a wonderful group of people to work with, and have been so tremendous in their support of me and so many other emerging and established poets. I’m thrilled for their success, and that they have invited me to participate in this celebration.🎊🥰

As always, there is more, but I will try to update next weekend.

Thank you for checking in, and follow me on Instagram and/ or Twitter too, if you’d like. See the menu above for those links.

Have a great week!🌷

Lisa, a self-proclaimed Lit Geek

Quick Update

Just a quick update on my writing life since the last post. This is a super-busy time of year for me, so I’m hoping once June arrives, I’ll be able to do more with this blog, and even have a section with links to all the work I’ve done that has been published.

In late March, the April issue of “Beyond Words Magazine” was released as a double issue. You can read my poem “Sacred Trance Dance” in the issue, along with other great poems, stories, and art.

They are based in Berlin, but have featured writers and artists from around the world, and just last week, they announced that McNally Jackson, an indie bookstore in New York City, is selling their monthly issues. It’s surreal to think that a poem I wrote is on a shelf of a bookstore in NYC! I’ve posted that pic below, along with pics of my poem in the issue. (I just happen to be going to 2 music concerts over the course of the next 10 days, and this poem really depicts how I feel when I’m there.)

The art on the facing first page of my poem. Gorgeous.
The beautiful art on the facing second page of my poem. Both works really capture the spirit of what I wanted to convey..
The cover art is stunning

If you would like to order a copy of this April issue, go to their bookstore at or buy a subscription. All of their issues are amazing.

http://www.beyondwordsmag.com

AND THEN…..

A Creative Nonfiction piece I wrote, entitled “When I Saw the Mona Lisa” was published in the Spring issue (#20) of “Sky Island Journal.”

They had accepted this piece a few months ago, so I have been eagerly awaiting the publication.

And I recently learned that out of over 1500 submissions sent to them, they only chose 54 to be included in this issue. I was absolutely gobsmacked! 😱

Below, I’m posting the acceptance letter I received from them, as well as a postcard from Publishers of “Sky Island Journal,” Jeff and Jason, and then the piece I wrote.

You can read this issue, and all of the previous 19 issues at their website:

http://www.skyislandjournal.com

Finally…

My poem “On the Topography of Maps” is published in the print edition of “The Champagne Room Journal. You can order a copy now at

http://www.thechampagneroomjournal.com

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and mother figures out there! Have a wonderful day, everyone, and I’ll update more soon about another Zoom Reading I’ll be doing in a couple of weeks, and going to see and experience both David Sedaris and Neil Gaiman (Separately)

Keep those creative juices flowing!

Lisa the Lit Geek

💡😱 “The Closet Light” ~Something Different~

So wow! I’ve been busy the past month. I won’t bombard you with all of it in this one post, but will trickle out my news, hopefully, in upcoming weekends.

For today, I’m posting a Flash Fiction piece just under 1000 words, entitled “The Closet Light” that was published by Flash Fiction Magazine this past Wednesday on their website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

From their Facebook page

I hope you like it, and I would LOVE to know what you think about it, (especially what you make of the end of the story) in the comment section on the webpage, or even here, if you prefer.

WARNING: This is a pretty dark story, and very much influenced by my love of Shirley Jackson (there are some Easter Eggs in it for Shirley fans too!) I’m trying new styles of writing to challenge myself, and this is an example of that.

https://flashfictionmagazine.com/blog/2022/03/23/the-closet-light/

You can get a FREE copy of one of their past issues at their website.

AND – I can’t believe the launch for “Don’t Fall in Love With Sisyphus” took place over a month ago. Thank you again to all who attended and/or have purchased it.

I’ll be reaching out to my contact at The Blood and Cancer Center of Dell Children’s Hospital soon to donate my royalties.

THANK YOU AGAIN to all the staff at Fahmidan! What a fantastic group of people to work with

The digital book is still for sale for only $6.00 on the Fahmidan Publishing website bookstore at this link:

https://www.fahmidan.net/dont-fall-in-love-with-sisyphus

And this is from their Instagram page:

Thanks for reading- and more to come soon! Happy Spring🌷 🐝

Final line of “Wintering,” by Sylvia Plath. I typed on pink paper, like she used to do, on my 1952 Royal HH typewriter, like the one she used while at Smith College.

Lisa (still a Lit Geek) –

Now off to read! 📚😄