Honestly, I’ve been terrible at keeping up with my blog posts. There’s just been so many new and crazy things with my life! But let’s get you updated on everything.
First, and probably most importantly, I gave birth to my daughter, Harlowe, in late March. She is an absolute joy and the happiest baby I’ve ever met. She’s just starting to figure out what crawling is all about so my world is about to get even crazier, if you can imagine that.
My older daughter, Berkeley, as adjusted amazingly well to no longer being the baby and is thriving in her big sister role. She’s got a big – maybe I should say HUGE—personality, but I’m interested to see how it continues to grow and change.
My older son has adapted well to having another baby in the house and has learned some baby essentials, like feeding, burping, and buckling/unbuckling car seat straps. I’m so proud of him and how much he’s matured over the past few months.
I decided to make the most of my maternity leave and try to get as much writing-related work completed as possible. I’m in a bit of a dry-spell as far as writing poetry is concerned, but I made great strides in my work regardless.
I submitted my third poetry collection Chamomile Dreams to my publisher. I am still waiting on a release date but hope that it will be out before the end of the year. Our current hope is October!
I participated in the Dauphin County Library’s Local Author Festival in April. It’s always a nice time and gives me a chance not only to connect with the public, but also to network and talk to other local authors. This year, I met Mariah Johnson, a young author who just published her first novel, carys. I’m still working on reading it in my spare time but really loving it so far.
My work found homes in several different and new places:
- Pinnacle, a poetry anthology
- WeArtFriends International Poetry Tournament 2018 Anthology (I took first place in the tournament too, by the way!)
- net – featured in June 2019 and will be featured again in December 2019
- Poetic Velocity
- The Revolution
I found my way onto the Millersburg Area Art Association’s website and on Poets & Writers (www.pw.org) – and two of my books (Sparrow and Paperback Wings and Patchwork Eyes) made it into the Dauphin County Library System!
I published my first non-fiction work, How I Became a Time Management Magician and How You Can Too! A work that focuses solely on life’s delicate balancing act and optimizing your time to get everything done.
I also digitized my handmade chapbook The Drowning Girl and listed it for sale on Amazon. Don’t worry, you can still get the handmade ones on my Etsy page, QuietHeartArt! You can also find 25 Vibes and of honey & heartbreak. A collaborative poetry collection (with Pamela Swyers, Nicholas Trandahl, and Fiona Summerville) can also be found on Amazon. It’s called Heart of Courage, and it was super affordable as of this posting!
In addition to all of these things, I have continued to work on my current poetry projects – you’ll hear about more soon – and have been working on two children’s books. The first one is currently sitting with a talented young illustrator. The second one is about half written with plans to be translated into four languages.
I’ll have to be better about keeping this page updated. There are always new and exciting things happening with me. For more updates, follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/poetKelsiRose